Let’s say warm welcome to new generation of Virtuemart, called Virtuemart 3 has been released with many new features under the hood and developed from VM2. It’s strong, and stable with aim to increase site performance, along with looking and working almost as VM2, but the feeling and handling is different.
VM2 to VM3 is an upgrade, implemented using the Joomla install manager. It does not require a migration. The team maintained as much compatibility as possible with VM2 but they definitely made some changes in order to deliver the improvements in VM3.
Below are some benefits that various user groups can inherit from VM3:
Create your market place
Different modes for multivendor
Full front end administration
New internal program caches reduce the sql queries for the most used tasks by more than 25%.
Uses only the JFormFields
Reduced jQuery conflicts as we now mainly implement the same as Joomla 3.4 (jQuery v1.11.0,jQuery UI – v1.9.2, legacy complete).
Core and extensions are now working with a new abstraction layer
The xml files have also been updated to J2.5 style
Merchants and Shop Builders
The most advanced VM available to date
Increased backend performance
Simplified process for adding and implementing product customfields
Enhanced parameters for displaying related products and categories
Easily add and configure your own shopper fields directly useable in the shopping cart
Increased ability to Restrict/Manage employee access to key functions using ACL
Improved page load speeds
The ability to add products and their variants to the cart directly from the category browse view
Simpler checkout process helping to reduce cart abandonment
Predicted shipping costs prior to full address entry
For multi lingual stores, we now have a language fallback to the default language for non-translated text
Enhancements from a technical perspective
Compatibility with Joomla 2.5.x and Joomla 3
Clean architectural structure
Increased performance both for the front and backend
New internal program caches reduce the sql queries for the most used tasks by more than 25%
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