VirtueMart is the leading Online-Shop Solution for Joomla! CMS (more than 2.5 Million Downloads so far).
And the Best: it's free! You can download, use and modify it without any Restrictions (License: GNU/GPL) - just like Joomla!.
With it's a fully-featured eCommerce Engine VirtueMart is perfect to sell your Goods online and drive your Business to new Heights. Despite being Open Source Software it powers large Online Shops providing the Performance, Usability and Security you expect from professional Software.
VirtueMart is an Open Source E-Commerce solution (a Component or Plug-in) for the Joomla! Content Management Systems. It can be run as a Shopping Cart, or in Catalog mode.
You need to install Joomla! first (as the "Framework"), and then install & configure VirtueMart.
All you need is to download the latest Joomla distribution from joomla.org and the VirtueMart package Complete Package for Joomla! 1.5. Joomla provides the Core System and the Framework, which VirtueMart can use. So you can easily use a complete Shopping Cart Solution within your own dynamic Website ("Portal"), together with many other Plug-Ins, called Components and Modules, like Forums, FAQ, Guestbooks, Galleries........
Change the look and feel of your site by using the Templates for Joomla! Sites, which use CSS and XHTML......all these Templates and Plug-Ins are available on extensions.joomla.org (mostly for free).
Even if you think that you don't need a Portal or a "big" CMS - think about and just try it! You are more flexible with it.
How much does VirtueMart cost?
VirtueMart is free software released under the GNU General Public License.
No limitations exist for VirtueMart. You can create and maintain a site with an unlimited number of categories, products, orders, customers, etc.
Why do I need Joomla! ?
Joomla! is an extensible Content Management System that can be further enhanced by installing 3rd party Extensions - e.g. Components (like VirtueMart), Modules and Plugins.
VirtueMart is a Joomla! "component" - so you need Joomla! to be already installed on your Server.
Why use virtuemart?
Its easy to use another shopping cart dedicated to sales, but the beauty of virtuemart is that it allows you to have a fully functional Content management system as well as a shopping cart bolted onto your website.