VirtueMart 3 Documentation


Before you proceed to setting up your Joomla Web site please make sure you are fully prepared. Please complete the following preparation steps:

Editing software

To feel comfortable working with the Joomla template we recommend downloading all the applications required. You can see the list of required software at the template live demo page.
The requirements may vary for different templates, so we'll tell you here what is needed in general:

  1. First of all, you need the right applications to extract the password protected archive. You can use WinZip 9+ (Windows) and Stuffit Expander 10+ (Mac).
  2. You may also need the Adobe Photoshop application. It is used to edit .PSD source files and it is necessary if you want to edit template design graphics and images.
  3. To edit template source code files you need some code editor like Adobe Dreamweaver, Notepad++, Sublime Text etc.
  4. To upload files to the hosting server you may need an FTP Manager like Total Commander, FileZilla, CuteFTP etc.


As Joomla CMS is a PHP/MySQL based application, you need to prepare a hosting environment to run Joomla.

If you have live hosting, please make sure it matches Joomla software requirements and is ready to be used for Joomla websites.

Otherwise, you can run Joomla locally on your computer using the local server. To create a local hosting server please use the localhost applications such as WAMP, AppServ, MAMP etc. Any of those can be easily installed as any other program and used to run Joomla.

Please check the tutorials below on how to configure the local development environment: