New Team, new Direction, new Version, new Vision

Greetings to everyone,

We know that it seems from outside that virtuemart didn't evolve much during the last months and that development slowed down. But we had a lot of changes in the virtuemart team in the last months. It is like the first generation relays virtuemart to the second.

The founder and former leader of virtuemart Sören is from now on administrating the sites and provides the platform we used to develop VirtueMart. Sören didn't have the time lately to steer the project. So we decided to take 3 leaders - one of them will be around almost everytime. The ship is now steered by Rick (bass_28), Max (milbo), and Roland (rolandd).

Rick Glunt is an IT Manager for a US manufacturing company. He also runs a small IT consulting business. He has been programming on various platforms and with various languages for about 25 years.

Max Milbers is an engineer for constructions and wrote java programs for the car industry. He did a study for the Fraunhofer institute to show the possibilites of GPGPU. He is programming in various languages since 5 years.

You should also know Roland from the early VirtueMart days: he is the mastermind of CSVImproved.

Get your copy of VirtueMart 1.1.4 now!

cart.gifFinally VirtueMart 1.1.4 has been released - a recommended maintenance update, which provides numerous bug fixes for problems discussed in the forum and on our bug tracker (see the changelog for full details).

Full installation packages and patch packages are available on the download page.

To update to version 1.1.4, login to your VirtueMart administration area and choose "Check for Updates" from the "Admin" menu, then click the "Check now!" button and follow the instructions there. (Or, you can download the 1.1.4 patch package directly , save it to your local hard drive, and choose to "Upload a Patch Package" from the "Upload a Patch" tab.)

If you are using VirtueMart 1.1.0, you must first update to VirtueMart 1.1.1 before being able to use the auto-update to VirtueMart 1.1.4.


Together with the new VirtueMart version we have also updated the "VirtueMart eCommerce Bundle" - a comfortable way to install Joomla! and VirtueMart at the same time - for all those who want to set up a completely new site (or when migrating).

VirtueMart voted #1 Joomla! Extension

cart.gifThe guys over at JoomlaShack started a voting last month to find out what the community thinks is the best Joomla! extension. So they asked "What are the top ten Joomla! extensions" and 2.591 people voted.

And now guess what: The "grand prize" winner is: VIRTUEMART!! JoomlaShack will donate $200 to the VirtueMart Project, which can be used for the extension development.

Thank you so much for making us #1 of the Top Ten Joomla! Extensions, we really appreciate it. Congratulations to JoomlaPack, which was voted #2, and #3 goes to JCE (which is my favourite!).

I was really surprised to find VirtueMart at #1, because there so many good Joomla! Extensions. This "eco-system" of Joomla! Extensions is so important for all of us and makes the joomla! community grow each day. Basically you can use Joomla! for anything you want - just create an extension or a plugin ;-) A plugin system for VirtueMart is planned and probably VirtueMart 1.2 will bring it, so you can easily extend VirtueMart as you do with Joomla!.

For some more information about good Joomla! Extensions I can recommend the article 50 Top Joomla! Extensions by "Water&Stone".

VirtueMartDay 2009 in Germany

 banner_jd2009_468x60.jpg We are happy to announce the second VirtueMartDay in Germany starting on the September 24th, 2009. Together with the german Joomla!Day, we are planning a 3-day conference about Joomla! and VirtueMart in Bad Nauheim (near Frankfurt/Main).

The first day of the conference will be 100% VirtueMart. The second day - called Businessday - will cover all business aspects of Joomla! and also VirtueMart. The third day will be the so called "CommunityDay" with a wide range of topics.

On the VirtueMartDay, we are planning different tracks and workshops:

  • Virtuemart Basics,
  • Setting up an online shop from A-Z,
  • Extending VirtueMart,
  • VirtueMart Themes,
  • Legal Questions,
  • FAQ,
  • Virtuemart Roadmap / Next versions.

The exact schedule will be posted here as soon as possible.

Some well known names in the Virtuemart-World will be at the conference for your questions and workshops:
  • Sören Eberhard-Biermann
  • Tom Bohacek
  • Thomas Kahl
  • Martin Blascyk (Author of the German VirtueMart Book)

and more...

Tickets for the Virtuemartday and the other conference-days are available online at The conference language is German, but most of the speakers are able to answer your questions in English.

More facts about the VirtueMartDay 2009.

10th Maintenance release for Joomla 1.5

Joomla LogoOn Saturday, 28 March 2009, the Joomla Development Team has released a new version of Joomla! 1.5, which is now the 10th maintenance release: 1.5.10. "Wohmamni" - that's the name of this release is a security release and users are strongly encouraged to upgrade immediately. Although no critical errors have been found, you are at risk for XSS-attacks and CSRF (cross-site request forgery) if you don't update your installation.

Make sure you read the full announcement at

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