Virtuemart is the most popular Joomla shopping cart, but it can also be challenging for beginners.
We have covered Virtuemart several times, including a comprehensive beginner guide.
In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to make your product information more interesting by using custom fields. This will allow you to add all sorts of specific details to your products, beyond simply the name, price and description.
Step 1: Navigate to Custom Fields
Step 2: Choose a type
Step 3: Give it a title and description
Step 4: Choose the layout position and add a tool tip
Tool tip: If this is filled in there will be a tool tip that pops up when you click the information icon.
These layout positions do not work with "cart attributes" which means custom fields that will affect the price of the item. Those are handled in a different way.
Advanced users can create any type of position they want by adding code to the template. I'll include the code here even though it's beyond the scope of this tutorial.
Admin only and Hidden are self-descriptive. The one that causes most confusion is "Isa list?" You you would use this to create a selection list of multiple attributes like a list of radio buttons for colors. We're just making a simple label. We'll use this when we have a more complicated example. For now "No" is the best answer.
Exercise: Adding a message to a product
Let's suppose that for certain items, batteries are not included. You need to put that notice on some items but not others. Below is an example of how to fill out the form. Let's fill out the whole form and then see what it looks like.
Step 5: Add the field to a product
You can see the results of your effort on the product detail page. Everything you entered shows on the site, so take care with your wording. If you entered a tool tip, you will see the blue tooltip icon, otherwise there won't be one there. Mouseing over the icon reveals the tip.
This is the procedure for a simple text message. You can add more than one text message to a product. The design and layout of the message is not controlled through the administration. This is dependant on the template and the CSS.
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