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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Developer Note: Virtuemart - Editing the Add to Cart MooTool Popup

To edit the “Add To Cart” popup that appears when you add an item to a cart in Virtuemart, there are few files that you need to know about.



These are the files to know

\components\com_virtuemart\themes\default\theme.js
\components\com_virtuemart\js\mootools\  - contains the files for editing the appearance of the popup.

To edit the appearance of the box, edit \components\com_virtuemart\js\mootools\mooPrompt.css to change the styles as well as editing the 2 images in the directory to edit how they appear as well (close box and header-background)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Installing Virtuemart for Joomla

VirtueMart is a free piece of Shopping Cart Software made for Joomla.  It works right out of the box with a few minor tweaks, but it also allows for some major customization.

There is a lot to learn about VirtueMart to get it fully customized for your needs, but if you want a free e-commerce shopping cart component for Joomla, VirtueMart is the leading candidate.

To install VirtueMart is easy.  Download the latest complete package from the VirtueMart website.  Log into your Joomla adminstrative interface and upload the package that you just installed (see Joomla - Installing Components and Plugins).  You need to unpack the file you just download because you are only going to need to initially upload the file called com_virtuemart_1.1.5.j15.zip (corresponding to the version you downloaded).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Official Facebook Like Button

I would like to follow up the post made about the Tweet button with a post about the Facebook Like button and the benefits of adding the button to your web site.

Below is an image of what the button looks like.  If you would like to see a real world example, you will find one at The Vintage Revival near the bottom.


The Facebook Like button allows visitors to share the content of your site with people on Facebook. When a visitor clicks on the Like button, a story appears in that visitor’s friends’ News Feed with a link back to your website. As you can guess, this quickly and easily helps promote your site on one of the most popular social networks on the Internet today.

By embedding code in your website (called Open Graph tags), your page will become the equivalent of a Facebook page with a connection made on Facebook between the visitor and your web site. Your site will appear in the "Likes and Interests" section of the visitor's profile and you will have the ability to publish updates to the visitor. Your page will show up in the same places that Facebook pages show up around the site (e.g. search), and you can target ads to people who like your content.

The main advantage of the Facebook Like button is increased integration with a popular social networking site which will help promote your site through the actions of your site’s visitors.

Both the Facebook Like button and the Twitter Tweet button are easy to integrate into your site.  If you have any questions, contact us through our website or post a comment below.