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OfficiaDigital says

I want to make a site in joomla with an online store. This is an author who wants to sell his book. The site should have information about the book with pictures and videos and should have an option to order the book and pay for it by paypal or credit card.

I’m looking for a good template that supports the online shop option. What template would you recommend me?

I would like a template with a clean design and does not need many plugins.

Thank you

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DevelopMedia says

I would recommend Wordpess and WooCommerce. Both are free to use and are extremely customizeable.

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phpbits says

Magento ;)

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Australia says

< amazed at Magentos popularity, it sure is bloated. But mambo/joomla is crap lol

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erwin_schro says

First you would need one of these extensions (if his books are downloadable)

http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/e-commerce/paid-downloads

but for an online shops solution, I can’t recommend anything…none are simple to use.

and regarding the template, if you can’t find one available here then you can find a HTML template and hire a developer to convert it to Joomla template

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Australia says

You would be better buying a stonking html template from TF and custom coding the pay pal ipn buy now button, it can even link thru to hidden download buttons with expiry. No bloat and totally custom.

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DevelopMedia says

Depending on your host, you can install Wordpress with a single click through your cPanel. If you have a dedi/vps, you can still install it manually through FTP in less than 5 minutes.

The great thing about Wordpress is that you can publish custom pages, post, and media with just a couple clicks, all from a control panel. There are thousands upon thousands of plugins available for all applications.

Next, I would install WooCommerce. It is free to use. You will be able to accept paypal by default, by simply entering your email and updating some settings on your PayPal account. The great thing about WooCommerce is that it offers functionality for “Downloadable Products” by default. So you don’t need any other plugins. If you did want more features, there are plenty of more options.

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familychoice says

I would recommend Wordpess and WooCommerce. Both are free to use and are extremely customizeable.

You would be better buying a stonking html template from TF and custom coding the pay pal ipn buy now button, it can even link thru to hidden download buttons with expiry. No bloat and totally custom.

+1 for both of the above. If the author is planning more books, or already has a back catalogue they can sell then the WooCommerce shopping cart option would work better.

For a single product a custom PayPal button would work fine, personally I’d go for a Wordpress set-up but for simplicity a simple HTML template might work just as well.

I wouldn’t touch Magento with a very long stick. Bloatworld.

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erwin_schro says

... But mambo/joomla is crap lol

Joomla is crap? That could be your humble opinion…I’m curious have you ever tried making any template/extension for the latest Joomla version? if you have, how is it compared with developing wp plugin?

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Australia says


... But mambo/joomla is crap lol
Joomla is crap? That could be your humble opinion…I’m curious have you ever tried making any template/extension for the latest Joomla version? if you have, how is it compared with developing wp plugin?

probably the same, I hate Turdpress too lol

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