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Joomla! Virtuemart vs. Magento

Joomla! E-commerceThe e-commerce platform Magento has only been around a few years but it can offer e-commerce business owners a very competent alternative to a Joomla! Virtuemart setup. Although I’m not entirely unbiased, I’m happy to admit that Magento offers the user lot of great functionalities. What should you consider when making your choice?

The state of Joomla! e-commerce blogs are a series I am writing about Joomla! e-commerce extensions. Click the “e-commerce” label/tag to read more articles about this subject. A previous blog post was “The state of Joomla! e-commerce in December 2010“.

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osCommerce vs. Joomla! Virtuemart

Joomla! E-commerceThis is not an elaborate overview of the advantages and disadvantages of osCommerce and Virtuemart, but merely a brief summary that I’ve borrowed from a fellow forum member on a Dutch Joomla! forum. Dimage works with both systems and because of this he was able to compile a good overview. Read on for the advantages and disadvantages of osCommerce and Virtuemart!

There are going to be some interesting changes in the Joomla! e-commerce area in 2011 as some of the new extensions (like MagebridgeTienda and redSHOP) become more mature. The state of Joomla! e-commerce blogs are a series I am writing about these changes. Click the “e-commerce” label/tag to read more articles about this subject. Two previous blog posts are “The state of Joomla! e-commerce in December 2010” and “A short history of Joomla! e-commerce“.

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The state of Joomla! e-commerce in December 2010

Joomla! E-commerceAfter we dove into a bit of history concerning Joomla! e-commerce, lets have a look at Joomla! e-commerce today. What are the new Joomla! e-commerce extensions, and what do Joomla! developers tend to think about them?

Joomla! e-commerce finally took off in 2010, with a few serious extension developers entering the ring with there brand new Joomla! e-commerce extensions, and a few examples are MagebridgeTiendaThe state of Joomla! e-commerce blogs are a series about the developments in the Joomla! e-commerce area. 

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Virtuemart 1.1.6 and Virtuemart 1.5 beta

Virtuemart 1.1.6 and 1.5 beta releasedThe Virtuemart team has released two new versions! Virtuemart 1.1.6 is a bug fix release which fixes many long standing bugs. It also introduces some bugs, that could potentially disable your site. So only upgrade to Virtuemart 1.1.6 is you have time to backup, test and fix your site before you put it online. There are already 11 bugs reported for Virtuemart 1.1.7, so it is not a strange idea to wait for that version.

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A short history of Joomla! e-commerce

Joomla! E-commerce Joomla! e-commerce finally took large steps forward in 2010, with a few serious extension developers entering the ring with there brand new Joomla! e-commerce extensions. Some of the new extensions, like Magebridge, Tienda and redSHOP, are challenging Virtuemart head on to become the favorite e-commerce extension of Joomla! developers everywhere.

The state of Joomla! e-commerce blogs are a series about the developments in the Joomla! e-commerce area and my thoughts about those developments. Click the “e-commerce” label/tag to read more articles about this subject. 

Lets start of with a short history of Joomla! e-commerce and the primary player in that history: Virtuemart!

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The future of Joomla!: the Joomla! Idea Pool

Joomla! Idea PoolAs Joomla! 1.6 is reaching completion, the Joomla! core team has opened the “Joomla! Idea Pool“. It is a website based on Uservoice, collecting ideas for future versions of Joomla!

What is extremely cool about this site, is that everyone (including you and me!) can now suggest new features for future Joomla versions, and vote on them! You can now have a direct input into the future of Joomla!.

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Joomla! 1.6 Video Tutorials

Joomla! 1.6 BetaNow that Joomla! 1.6 beta is released, different community members have posted video and text tutorials about the new features in Joomla! 1.6. One of those community members is Joomla! 1.6 lead developer Andrew-Eddie, which posted at least 9 video’s. In this post, you will find an overview of the most interesting Joomla! 1.6 video and text tutorials. 

 

The tutorials are a great way to understand the changes in Joomla! 1.6, before you actually install it.

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Joomla! 1.5.18 and Joomla! 1.6 Beta 3 released

How to update/upgrade Joomla! 1.5

The Joomla! project has released version 1.5.18 and Joomla! 1.6 Beta 3.

For Joomla! 1.5: you can use Akeeba Backup to create a backup, then Sam’s Update Manager to update the Joomla! 1.5 websites you manage to 1.5.18. You can also read the tutorial on how to update a Joomla! 1.5 website, have a look at it here.

For Joomla! 1.6: this beta version is not for use on production websites! It is intended to be used for evaluation purposes only. You can install it to get to know the next great version of Joomla! and report any bugs you find to the Joomla! Bug Squad.

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How to download Joomla! 1.6 Alpha 2

Download Joomla! 1.6In our website statistics I noticed that some users are searching for a download link to the latest version of Joomla! 1.6. If you want to give Joomla! 1.6 pre-beta a test drive, there is a really easy way to get your hands on the download, just a click, no SVN clients necessary.

Let me tell you how you can download the latest version of Joomla! 1.6 Alpha.

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