Archive for June, 2013

What is best for Joomla Ecommerce? Virtuemart or redSHOP

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Joomla is a content management system (CMS) to build different websites, publish content on the internet and enables you to build powerful and dynamic online applications. The best part of Joomla is that it is open source that is free to use for everyone. It provides extensive features and it is user-friendly so it has become the most popular CMS worldwide.

Joomla is coded in PHP and uses the latest database system called MySQL. Joomla is used for developing different type of websites such as e-commerce portals, corporate and business sector websites, government based websites and applications, community portals, online media and magazine portals etc.

Advantages of Joomla development

  1. You can add, edit or delete content on websites quickly and easily
  2. It allows simple and flexible coding support to developers based on MVC framework
  3. Plug in or add-on functionality for event handling is supported on advanced level
  4. Ensure highly secure and flexible system along with the ease of use

Virtuemart

Virtuemart is an open source e-commerce plug-in that supports Joomla CMS. It can be used as a shopping cart with Joomla. For using it with Joomla, you have to download and install Joomla framework and then you can install Virtuemart and configure it as required. Virtuemart offers superb facility to your website by providing you with unlimited number of products, categories, customers, orders etc. Furthermore, if you combine it with a free online tax calc, then Virtuemart can be set up to handle taxes too.

Both Joomla and Virtuemart are written in PHP and so they can be easily used in PHP and MySQL environment. Virtuemart provides complete and full shopping cart solution for your website which also includes different plug-in support such as Photo gallery, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Guest books etc.

Virtuemart also provides excellent Catalog mode where you can view the entire website as a catalog of products and at that time the shopping cart features will be turned off. It also provides feature to add single product in the cart with multiple price support.

Virtuemart offers following features:

  1. Products which includes unlimited child products and variants, dimension and weights, product review and ratings etc.
  2. Shoppers which include customized form for registration, anonymous check out and shipment, address book etc.
  3. Inventory management which includes entire stock and warehouse management process, virtual stock system etc.
  4. Prices which include multiple price display based on specific group of shoppers, multiple currency support and update
  5. SEO which includes default integration of SEO features
  6. Dynamic calculator which includes tax calculation on basis of time, category, country etc.
  7. Complete order tracking and shipment process which is calculated based on weight, number of items, order amount, country etc.

redSHOP

redSHOP is also an ecommerce shopping cart plug-in or extension for using it with Joomla CMS. It provides fully featured and rich online shopping system. It has wide range of features as follows:

redSHOP features

  1. Support unlimited templates and design feature
  2. Support multiple currencies and multiple payment methods
  3. SEO and statistical calculation facility
  4. Display unlimited products range
  5. Allow to add images in various sizes
  6. Provide Price management system and multiple shipping mode management system
  7. Extensive search functionality to search for different products
  8. For marketing, it has different features such as Newsletters, action emails, Google based integration etc.
  9. It also has Stock management and order management system
  10. Customer support, service and user management system
  11. Complete Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support which includes SEO friendly URLs, metatags and keyword support, Google Analytics integration etc.

Comparison table of Virtuemart and redSHOP

VirtuemartredSHOP
General features
ExtensibilityYesYes
SupportYesYes
PreconfigurationYesPartial
Products
Unlimited ProductsYesYes
Categorization and TagsYesYes
Inventory managementYesYes
Pre orderNoYes
WatermarkNoYes
SubscriptionsYesYes
Physical productYesYes
Multi Category and its mappingYesYes
Shipping
Shipping modulesYesYes
TaxesYesYes
Payment system
PayPalYesYes
eCheckYesNo
Third party paymentYesIn pro version
Promotion
Discount and gift vouchersYesYes
Discount couponsYesIn pro version
Templates
MVC ComplianceYesYes
CSSNoYes
Media
GalleryYesYes with batch upload facility and built-in light box
Image with multiple sizesYesHighly configurable
VideoNoYes
Order calculation
Order NotificationNoYes
Accounting software integrationYesIn pro version

Conclusion:

Looking at the features and above comparison of Virtuemart and redSHOP, we can say that redSHOP is growing and emerging Ecommerce shopping cart extension which has wide variety of features. But if you are looking to develop an ecommerce website with unlimited and dynamic features and functionality, Virtuemart is better option. Virtuemart has been used since many years and it has larger customer base and holds higher reputation in the Ecommerce market till today.

This guest article was written by, Mark Wilston who works with PixelCrayons.com, an India-based outsourcing and consulting firm. PixelCrayons offers extended teams to its clients, helping them to reduce Time To Market (TTM) and enhance Return On Investment (ROI). With services such as Joomla development and eCommerce development, PixelCrayons helps clients define and leverage their offshore strategy, offering them “value for money”. One can hire Joomla developer here for effective Joomla development services.

Drupal Pathologic Module Best Solution to Get Rid of Broken Links

Saturday, 22 June, 2013

You want your business website to appear professional and leave an impact on the minds of the users. However one problem that many websites face is with broken or invalid link. They can be one of the worst killers on your Drupal site. They not only make your website appear unprofessional but can also affect search engine ranking. How do you tackle this menace when you have a large websites with hundreds of pages? The problem equally persists with small websites too and affects them equally. To overcome this problem you can make use of the Pathologic Module.

What is Pathologic?

It is basically an input filter that can correct paths in links and images in your drupal content in situations where the URL of your site chances such is in case when you are moving the site to a different server or altering the sub-indexes. In normal scenarios that would cause the links to ‘break’. This module also helps you solve the problem of missing images and broken links in your RSS feed. This module has been designed to be simple and developers have named it set-it-and-forget-it utility.
drupal pathologic module

How To Use It?

It works like any other Drupal module that you have used so far. You need to download the Pathologic module and enable it. However since this module is an input filter as we have mentioned above it won’t work by itself and you need to configure it.  Along with the module you will also get documentation that has detailed steps on configuring this filter. In short you need to configure the text format that you would normally use for your content such as ‘Full HTML’. However this configuration process needs you to foresee your needs and hence it should be done with care.

Common Issues That Crop Up With Pathologic

Though Pathologic module helps you tackle all kinds of problems with Drupal broken links it does also face certain issues. Let us now take a look at some of these problems and how you can customize Pathologic to overcome these bottlenecks –

HTTP or HTTPS

A common problem that developers face with this module is while using both the HTTP and HTTPS protocols on the same site. You are aware of the fact that HTTPS encrypts communication between the client and the server via a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Hence we find the suffix ‘S’ that we commonly associate with ‘Secure’. In a normal Drupal site HTTP protocol is used for normal traffic or anonymous traffic to the site while administrators make use of HTTPS protocol to log in and edit the website. So where is the problem? When an administrator adds a relative link to the website do they follow the HTTP or HTTPS protocol?

If you post content on the website using HTTPS protocol as an anonymous user might not be able to view that content. For instance an image that you post would appear perfect to you but a viewer would find the image holder empty. Your problem doesn’t end here as the user might also get a ‘Warning’ saying that the page the page has an Insecure Certificate.  In majority cases the user would abort the website immediately. How do you get rid of this problem?

Remember we mentioned that you would need to configure the Pathologic Module in the beginning of this article and we did it so because we had foreseen this issue. When you are configuring the module you are presented with three options in terms of how the URL should be generated. They are –

Full URL (http://mysite.com/country/state)
Protocol relative URL (//mysite.com/country/state)
Path relative to server root (/country/state)

The Full URL option is ideal to fix the problem of broken links in syndicated content such as in RSS feeds. However the problem with HTTP and HTTPS will persist. The second option i.e. Protocol relative URL will avoid the HTTP/HTTPS problem but will create issues with feed readers as they might be confused with the paths. Path relative URLs would solve HTTP/HTTPS without any compatibility concerns but won’t fix broken images and links in syndicated content.

So What Are Your Options?

Make use of path relative URLS as this will put your site first and even if the RSS feed breaks you don’t lose out on the bulk of traffic. Using the HTTP protocol for accessing your admin isn’t advisable as this opens up new risks. If you use the HTTPS protocol as most users do you will need to purchase a secure certificate to prevent users from aborting the site.

Pathologic does offer you the solution to broken links but it does have its share of problems as we have highlighted above. It is however one of the best bets you are having.

This guest article was written by Koushal, who is an eMarketing enthusiast who loves to help people in developing effective online marketing strategies and is working with ValueCoders, a web/software development company india, specialized in CMS development and web 2.0 application development. One can hire Drupal programmer here for effective Drupal development services.

Collection of premium quality free HTML CSS PSD website templates

Sunday, 2 June, 2013

There is and has been lot of debates happening as to whether creativity is inborn or learned. I strongly believe that creativity is inborn, which can only be improved with proper practice and training. As far as the skill web design is concerned, it is a combination of both creativity and technical excellence. To be successful as a web designer, you must have perfect blend of creative skills such as rich visualization, exceptional color sense, strong artistic ability, attention to detail, innovative thoughts etc. Along with all these creative abilities he should also have strong technical skills such as HTML CSS coding, client side programming languages like JavaScript knowledge, basic understanding about database management etc.
In every web designer’s life, there are times when he is going through a dreaded creative block where no fresh idea comes his way. Since web design is a process where creativity is the key component, during times of serious work pressure or stress we find it really difficult to finish the task at hand on time. It is during that point we realize the power of ready-made free website templates. Templates comes in different forms, it can be an HTML – CSS template or a PSD template.

These templates can really help the designer come out of that serious creative block. He can take fresh ideas from the template and he will be able to innovate further from the design. These web page templates can also help them save their valuable time at times when he is working on a very tight deadline. Another common use of an HTML or PSD template is for the design newbs, they can use these templates to learn the way how it has been coded or put together.

In this post I am presenting you all with a collection of more than 10 high quality premium like free HTML – CSS PSD webpage templates. All these templates are bookmarked with the original source. All these files have its own copyright terms of usage. Read that carefully and contact the copyright owner for the right permission.

WhiteFolio: a free HTML portfolio template

Whitefolio, a template that develops itself on one single html page and that has inside four different sections. To make the navigation harmonious and fluid inside the theme,  a javasript has been used that allows the shift from un section to another through  an animation effect: just click with the mouse on the navigation link to see the effect.

Whitefolio, is single page website template that develops itself on one single html page and that contains four different sections within it.  There is a beautiful responsive javascript navigation with some cool animations.

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Creatif – Premium HTML CSS Template

Creatif is a Premium HTML Template for Business, Portfolio, Corporate. Custom Pages, Great Slider, Working Contact Page, 6 Color Schemes, Twitter integrated and many more.

Creatif is a Premium HTML Template suitable for Business, Portfolio, Corporate. Custom Pages. It has a beautiful slider, has a working contact page. This template comes in 6 different color schemes. Twitter is integrated with this template and many more cool features.

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Webwire Free HTML – PSD Template

Trendy modern looking html and PSD template. It has a clean simple look with elegant colors.

Wewire is a trendy modern looking HTML and PSD template. It has a clean simple look with elegant colors.

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Aiwaz – Premium Website Template

Aiwaz is a Premium HTML Template for Business, Portfolio, Corporate. Custom Pages, Great Slider, Working Contact Page, Twitter integrated and many more.

A Premium HTML Template for Business, Portfolio, Corporate. Custom Pages. Has a Great Slider, Working Contact Page, Twitter integrated and many more.

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YIW Minimal Clean HTML template

a template that’s simple but at the same time professional and enticing, easy to personalize and completely free.

A professional webpage template that’s simple but at the same time professional and enticing. It is really  easy to customize and personalize this template. It is completely free.

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Cool portfolio PSD template in blue color

Beautiful portfolio website template in underwater theme. best suited for personal portfolio websites.

Beautiful portfolio website template in underwater theme. best suited for personal portfolio websites.

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Elegant free PSD website template

Premium quality PSD website template for free. Simple yet beautiful layout using cool colors.

Premium quality PSD website template for free. Simple yet beautiful layout using cool soft colors.

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Free web 2.0 HTML CSS template

 Free web 2.0 layout for a website specialized in mobile applications and software.

Free web 2.0 layout template for a website specialized in mobile applications and software.

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Exponet Business Site: Free PSD Website Template

Professional free PSD website template which contains two layered PSD files for both home and inner pages.

Professional free PSD website template which contains two layered PSD files for both home and inner pages.

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Free Grunge style website PSD template

Aesthetically pleasing, relatively simple and clean grunge PSD template for free.

Aesthetically pleasing, relatively simple and clean grunge PSD template for free.

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Free HTML PSD technology website template

This website template is optimized for 1024X768 screen resolution. It is also XHTML & CSS valid. The website template goes with two packages – with PSD source files and without them. PSD source files are available for free.

This website template is optimized for 1024X768 screen resolution. It is also XHTML & CSS valid. It has two versions, one with PSD file and the other without PSD file.

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Multi purpose free website PSD template

Free PSD website design template with a clean simple design. This template is suitable for all website types.

Free PSD website design template which has a clean simple design. This template is suitable for all types of websites.

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