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Jday France 2014, VM 2.6.0a, VM for Joomla 3

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  • VirtueMart at the Joomladay France 2014,
  • Release of VirtueMart 2.6.0a
  • VirtueMart for Joomla 3

VirtueMart at the Joomladay France 2014

JoomlaDay à Paris le 23 et 24 mai 2014The eigth edition of JoomlaDay France, after a few years spent in province, will take place in Paris, the 23/24 of May 2014: 2 days with conferences and workshops.

Like every year, VirtueMart will be there for a conference and a workshop.

VirtueMart, the ecommerce reference for Joomla, has experiencing a growing success : the 30k downloads mark was exceeded in 15 days for the latest release, and the version 3.0 will soon take off.

Some figures about VirtueMart:

  • A reliable ecommerce solution for over 10 years alongside Joomla
  • More than 250 000 sites in the world,
  • Among the top 5 e-Commerce solutions Open Source
  • More than 600 extensions (component, third party plugins )
  • Translated into more than 30 languages ​​,
  • An active international community .

Discover, at this conference, the new VirtueMart version :

  • Compatible Joomla 3.x
  • Faster
  • Even more secure
  • Improved custom fields
  • Settings optimized
  • Etc. ..... 

The workshop will be presented by the virtuemart.fr team. The goal is to provide practical advice to

  • Create complex products
  • Configure / create calculation rules
  • Overriding template
  • Creating a multilingual site


Then we will listen to you and answer your questions.

Come and participate in one of the major events of this new edition of French JoomlaDay 2014!

New Release Version 2.6.0a

Download now Version 2.6.0a

 

List of fixes:

  • Fix by Luiz Weber to prevent checkout of meanwhile sold out products
  • Preventing submitting twice an order
  • Added some missing language keys, removed obsolete ones (COM_VIRTUEMART_LOGINAME)
  • fixed updating orders with empty entries http://forum.virtuemart.net/index.php?topic=123694.0
  • Search had problems for some products
  • Bug Fix for Vat calculation with different VatTax rules
  • fallback if glob is not supported
  • added switch prodOnlyWLang; You can switch with it between the old and new method to load products only with language or also without
  • added parameter to setCartPrices of vmspsplugin to give plugins the possibility to switch between linear or progressive fee calculation
  • added self::$langCount to config.php so we can use the vmtable of vm3 in vm2
  • added vmtable of vm3, slightly modified, take care of isSuperVendor
  • there was a small error preventing to create more then 10 children using the "same" slug
  • little fix for facebox
  • Paypal, IPN IPs checking in notification
  • Checking amount in Paypal standard (option cart) for IPN validation
  • added abs to the discount of avatax
  • Fix KlarnaCheckout
  • Klarna : birthday fix for Germany/Netherlands
  • Sample data: Yen has no decimal
  • admin VM module: fixed the mutliple submenus
  • moved the input fields of the form of the add to cart button back outside the else, so it is now always there (some js relies on it)
  • enhanced sample data
  • SystemCache was accidently activated in the fullinstaller
  • removed false positive error
  • added loading of language if misssing (for example to the installation finished screen).

 

 

For the people waiting on VirtueMart for Joomla 3 

VirtueMart 3 is almost ready. The situation is maybe similar to vm2.5.3. The more testers and reports the faster we can release. Please download Virtuemart 2.9 (the beta for VM3) here http://dev.virtuemart.net/projects/virtuemart/files. Search for the latest vm2.9.x, join us in the forum, tell us your experience with it http://forum.virtuemart.net/index.php?board=136.0.

 

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VirtueMart are proud to release VM2.6

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Release of VirtueMart 2.6, VirtueMart 3 for Joomla 3 is coming soon. New: Full Installer including Joomla and VirtueMart. 

New minimum requirement for VirtueMart is php 5.3.10

Enhanced Features:

With so many changes over the past couple of years, we noticed that many small and big features have been added to the core of VirtueMart. Some of these have been provided by 3rd party developers, whilst others were added as workarounds to remove/avoid bugs, or to complete a feature, which combined with our increased experience has translated into many more general and useful functions.

A good example of an enhanced usable feature is the way in which Virtuemart automatically sends emails. In VM1 emails were generated automatically for any and all order status changes, but VM1 had a different cart workflow, so we simply adjusted the workflow and made more use of the order status email system, however this rebounded with a different problem, in that the merchants felt spammed by their own shop. To address this issue, as part of the enhanced features, we have added a configuration setting for mail, so you can control which emails are used, resulting in a better end user experience.

New Features:

Some time back we started working on version vm2.1 and noticed that API changes would be required, whilst at the same time new bugs in VM2.0 were being found which forced us to stop development of VM2.1 at that stage to further fix VM2.0. However some developers needed those VM2.1 features, which they had already added to their customers' shopping carts and plugins, so we started to add backward compatible features back into the VM2.0 series, which resulted in us gathering together the developers' and users' ideas. Read here to get an idea http://forum.virtuemart.net/index.php?topic=123203.msg420458

Re-implementation for backward compatibility:

In the meantime, the Joomla world moved on and released Joomla 3.x which also has some API changes itself, so we had to replace some of the Joomla functions ourselves (for example JText against vmText), which exposed the situation that some of these revised functions were not in VM2.0. So to give our 3rd party developers the chance to write extensions compatible for VM2.0 and VM3 we have introduced these general functions to VM2.6, which makes VM2.6 the perfect interim version between VM2.0 and VM3.
The added features meant for VM2.2 and the implementation of the general functions required for VM3 justifies a direct jump to VM2.6 and also better reflects our progress in enhancing VirtueMart.

VirtueMart 3 for Joomla 3

The old VM2.1 trunk is completely synchronised with VM2.6 and will become the new VirtueMart 3; the version for developers is now VM2.9, so the VM2.0 series ends with VM2.6.x. VirtueMart 3 works on Joomla 2.5 and 3.2, which brings everything up to date and allows us to allocate our time now to developing VirtueMart 3. 

This sounds complex, but endusers just need to know:

  • version 2.6 is the interim between VM 2.0 and VM3= new features, no API changes, only compatible Joomla 2.5
  • version 3: coming soon, compatible Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3, contains API changes (mainly custom fields)

new-sample-data

Release strategy

We are very happy about the changed release stragegy of joomla. Even maybe not written down clearly we had always a similar strategy. The version vm2.6 is now the last supported version of the vm2.x series and will be supported with security fixes at least the next 2 years. There are additional developer versions to the release strategy of joomla and the strategy to reimplement features of a new series back to the old. You may read more detailled about our roadmap here http://dev.virtuemart.net/projects/virtuemart/wiki/Roadmap

New minimum requirements for VirtueMart

PHP 5.2.x is EOL since 3 years and 3 months. From the view of a technician or programmer there is no need to say that php5.2.x is completly outdated and unsecure. There are no fixes anylonger since 3 years, please read here http://php.net/eol.php. There are some critical issues in the encryption functions in the php5.2 versions. We worked as best backward compatible, but bugs are more likely. We even suggest to use php5.5 latest.

Therefore, the new minimum requirement for VirtueMart is php 5.3.10

Features:

- Moved language to the component folder
- new Sample Data
- Joomla Virtuemart Complete Installer
- Added GTIN and MPN
- automatically encryptes storing of fields in the database.
- stockable Plugin: Added functionality to order/reorder child products
- vmText,vmRequest and vmjsapi.php in own files/added them for BC to vm2.0
- added plgVmCouponInUse
- Added check in cart to get cart variant if not in productdetails form
- Added login for ask a question, recommend a product
- added multiple products for add to cart popup
- added cleaning of cache if config is stored
- added recaptcha for registration and ask a question/recommened to a friend
- Proper use of MyISAM and InnoDB according to its intended use.

Bugfixes:

- paypal response fixes
- Paypal Amount displayed in payment currency
- klarnacheckout live URI fix
- authorize: error message fix when invalid date

- removed stupid block which prevent managers to enter the BE (the "you are not vendor of the store problem")
- old ACL of vm is completly removed, proxy functions are still there, but using joomla authorization internally

- changed some more JText to vmText to prevent cutted description of customfields
- Fixed ordering of customfields
- changed slug filter, creates nicer slugs
- weight and length units should now be correctly displayed (and stored) for childs
- added deletion of customfields if a protocustom is deleted.
- Customfields values can be an array (multiple input)
- Userfields select list with size

- changed all xhtml to false, except for pdf creation
- Fallback for using tcpdf 6 with vm2.0

- added a fix, so that shoppergroups can be easier manipulated by session
- Pagination uses $limitStart = JRequest::getInt ('limitstart', 0); if you change the category/manufacturer
- coupon expiry date fix
- plgVmOnUserfieldDisplay userId fallback
- fix for double optin
- small enhances for calculator makes it possible to use the variant prices better within rules
- fixed country/state dropdown

- Cart controller now uses fallback to set the shipment/payment id of the cart in case the Request is empty
- one form for the cart, found BC solution
- fixed problem with TOS and agreed default set to 1
- fixed auto login if registering in checkout

- reviews emails: not sending an email when the review has not been saved.
- a lot of minors, little fallbacks, small completions, added a missing returns, added initializing of a variable ....
- replaced deprecated key_exists by array_key_exists

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Download VirtueMart now!

VirtueMart is a powerful free ecommerce component for Joomla!®. Easy to use for beginners and experts, it offers thousands of built in features to quickly install your professional store.

VirtueMart 3.0.18 is the latest stable version available. It is compatible with Joomla! 2.5 and Joomla! 3.6.

How to start

You are new to Joomla and VirtueMart or you don't have Joomla already installed? we recommend to download the Full installer:

  1. Unzip the downloaded archive
  2. Move the unzipped archive to your web folder
  3. Open your browser and enter the URL of you website
  4. The installation process starts. Follow the instructions.

You already have Joomla installed ? Download VirtueMart component (Core, AIO and TCPDF)

  1. Unzip the downloaded archive
  2. Install the VirtueMart core component via the Joomla installer first (com_virtuemart.w.x.y.zip)
  3. Install the VirtueMart AIO component second. It contains VirtueMart plugins and modules (com_virtuemart_ext_aio.w.x.y.zip)
  4. Install the TCPDF component. It is necessary for printing invoices and delivery notes (com_tcpdf_1.0.0.zip)

More detailed instructions can be found here: installation instructions.

You need more help? Visit our forum section about Installation, Migration & Upgrade VM 2.

Features

VirtueMart includes natively a very important list of features such as:

  • Complex product easily created
  • Easy Store Management
  • Powerful SEO features
  • Marketing and promotions tools included
  • Numerous payment providers integrated

Discover all the features, and try our demo.

Requirements

VirtueMart has the same requirements as joomla.
However, we recommend those technical options:
php 5.3+ and mysql5.5, php settings: 128 MB RAM (at least 64 MB for the pdf invoices).

Hosting

Hosting is an important part of the success of your business. VirtueMart has selected some hosts companies for their performance specialized in hosting VirtueMart shops:

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Second birthday of VirtueMart 2.x, AvaTax holiday special

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VirtueMart is 2! Happy Anniversary!

Happy Birthday VirtueMart

The team is very happy to announce the second birthday of VirtueMart 2.

Within the two last years more than 1.5 million downloads have been made. Each release included massive improvements with constant and steady development. We are happy to know that the vm2 ecosystem is running well and there are so many extensions that adds value to VirtueMart, like payment and shipment systems, SEM, product builder and so much more.

VirtueMart 2.2 is on the way and we have reached already at least one milestone of the roadmap. We pay a lot attention on getting a more robust and compatible code. The changes are often not visible and just noticeable by developers working with it. Our goals for next year:

  • Enhanced customfields (already developed, needs to be tested)
  • enhanced cart (less code, more secure, easier to extend, more flexible, simpler OPCs)
  • joomla 3 compatibility (added vmText, vmRequest, vmCheckToken, ...)
  • jquery 1.8 (same as j3 uses)
  • better encapsulated js
  • fine grained rights management using the joomla ACL (Access Control List)
  • JformFields for payment/shipment plugins

Read more about our roadmap.

Our sales tax automation extension Avatax is offering 50% off activation fees for the holidays.

The end of the year is fast approaching. Businesses are looking for ways to continue to streamline and improve daily operations into 2014. If you, respectively your customers are still managing sales tax compliance manually what better New Year’s resolution than to automate sales tax!

With the craziness and extra spending that the holidays bring why not take advantage of our offer for you, 50% off activation for agreements signed by December 31.

Avatax holiday savings offer

Bugfixes:

  • Removed bug which allowed with trick to use a coupon twice
  • Gift coupon are deleted upon a order status
  • Send an email to vendor when submitting a review
  • Fixed disabling of TOS fixed
  • Default country, does not directly confirm checkout
  • Quick fix to vendor edit permissions to get them working
  • PayPal Express Checkout order link fixed
  • Obsolete usergroups files removed

Download VirtueMart 2.0.26a

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VirtueMart 2.0.26 includes PayPal Express Checkout, PayPal Pro and PayPal Pro (Hosted)

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paypal-logoWe are pleased to announce that PayPal Express Checkout, PayPal Pro and PayPal Pro (Hosted) are now available through VirtueMart’s ecommerce solution.
 

PayPal Express Checkout

If you already accept credit cards online, you can decrease shopping cart abandonment and boost sales by adding the PayPal Express Checkout button to your site. It complements your existing payments solution and can open the door to over 137 million active PayPal accounts* who look for and use this fast, easy, and secure way to pay.

* Active accounts are those that have had activity in the past 12 months. (Source: PayPal Q313 Fast Facts)

PayPal Pro

PayPal Pro is an all-in-one payment solution that enables you to control your customers’ checkout experience from start to finish. It comes pre-integrated with your VirtueMart store, so is easy to switch on through the VirtueMart admininistration area.

Once you’ve opened your Pro account with PayPal you could be up and running in no time and enjoying all of its features including:

  • More ways to get paid– accept major debit, credit card and PayPal payments directly on your website and by phone.
  • Greater control – Pro gives you a merchant and gateway account in one, enabling you to manage your transactions through a single relationship.
  • Easy to switch – Pro comes pre-integrated with VirtueMart and your Pro account could be set up within a week.
  • No hidden costs – you pay a fixed monthly fee, plus a small transaction fee every time you get paid.
  • Dedicated local business support – help is just a phone call away.
  • Advanced security – Pro comes with advanced fraud and security features and is PCI compliant (Hosted version).

Learn More About PayPal Pro

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VirtueMart 2.0.26: New features and fixed bugs

  • Enhancement for semi one page checkout. The cart view is now almost a whole form, so the whole construction is more congruent.
  • Changed validateUserData gives back -1 if only filled with default values 
  • Fixed router for orderby
  • Fix for calculation vat and tax rules for shipment/payment
  • Added config gui for default delivery date
  • Added in checkFilterOrder fix for empty parameter
  • Fixed getNeighborProducts using sortSearchListQuery query. should now work correctly for most types of ordering.
  • Fixed ordering for products
  • Fixed router for SEF for ordering of products
  • The customer number is a bit shorter and nicer
  • Fixed css classes in standard payment plugin
  • Paypal: better error logs
  • Paypal IPN more secure validation
  • IPN validation checks for magicquote, and stripslashes is removed from IPN response
  • Fixed mediahandler, images are correctly deleted if a replace is done
  • Mediahandler shows only useful actions
  • Title in emails is translated
  • Fixed typo in "order confirmation layout"
  • Added vmText to customfields variant tooltip
  • Filterlist in custom prototypes shows now only groups
  • Show customfield title only if its selected in BE configuration
  • Cleaned old sprites, reduced zip installer below 2 MB
  • Small changes in the BE gui of user, removed unecesary table in vendor tab and reduced size of the textareas
  • Memorylimit for invoices/mails is now set to 96MB
  • Small fix in setLoggableFieldsForStore
  • Fix for internal product cache, key has more variables and is converting booleans to 0 and 1, to get always a proper key
  • Fix in model product.php for prooper ordering of the category view using a manufacturer_id without category_id
  • Fix in vmmodel.php to prevent the error "Warning: strpos() [function.strpos]: Empty needle in .../vmmodel.php on line 213"
  • Fixed typo in getProducts (maxLimit was not working for getProductSingle
  • Added fix for styles to the NoImageFound list
  • Added some require for shopfunctionsf.php, seems that some 3rd party needs it
  • Multivendor fix, sometimes admins couldnt change vendor
  • All VM errors are logged
  • Heidelpay: switch on sepa for direct debit. You can now use IBan and Bic, instead of account and bank no.

Download VirtueMart 2.0.26

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VirtueMart 2.0.24a includes Klarna Checkout

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Klarna Checkout is available for VirtueMart

We are proud to announce that effective today, Klarna Checkout is available for VirtueMart!

Klarna Checkout

Klarna Checkout is the revolutionary payment solution that changes the way the world shops online. With Klarna Checkout, you can offer your customers all the popular payment methods in one payment solution. Ingeniously simple and friction free. Klarna Checkout is today available for Sweden, Norway and Finland.