VirtueMart is a Complete ecommerce Solution. It must be used together with the Content Management System Joomla.
Both are released under the GNU General Public License, which means by the end, they are free for download and use. Joomla and VirtueMart are written in PHP and made for easy use in a PHP / MySQL environment. All you need is to download the latest Joomla distribution from www.joomla.org and the VirtueMart package from this site. 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.
VirtueMart is an Open Source E-Commerce Solution (a Component or Plug-in) for the Joomla! Content Management System. 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.
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.
VirtueMart 2 offers an extensive list of features as standard to enable shop owners to build a working shopping cart, the non-exhaustive list is below:
Please note that you can extend your VirtueMart shop using Plugins, Components, Templates and Modules! visit extensions.virtuemart.net for more a list of available extensions.
Real Multi Currency
Default SEF/SEO integrated
Marketing Promotion and Tools
Hidden debugging tool
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.
You are not allowed to sell software that includes parts of VirtueMart Code.