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Anyone who uses Virtuemart 2 for their joomla ecommerce website has probably come across custom fields for products which are displayed to the user in the front end shop. In this way you can increase the functionality and depth of the Virtuemart core offering. 


Sometimes however it may be necessary to add a product field to Virtuemart’s backend. So that when a product is either added or updated in the administrative back end this new product information can be stored to the database. In this blog post we will run through the process of adding a new field to the products section of the Virtuemart backend.

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If you use the Virtuemart 2 component for web design with Joomla! then there will come a time when you will need to add attributes to products. When I use the term attributes I mean variations on a product that may or may not affect the price. For example we have been working with a company that produces LED displays. These displays may be red or yellow (another example may be having a Tshirt in various sizes Small, Medium, Large).  The site visitor needs to be able to select one of these values for each product in Virtuemart.

In older versions of Virtuemart you could simply add attributes to the product in the Product Status page. However alot of things have changed with version 2 and attributes are one of them. To achieve the same goal you need to approach the problem in a different way.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:30

Using domain information sites for SEO

This is a simple, fast and powerful way to get backlinks from websites that Google considers authoritative.

There are a number of websites out there that contain domain statistics about  other websites. They list information such as ip address domain age, date of registration or the page title and metadata.

More importantly these site include a backlink to the site they contain information on.  Below is some information about www.swaysearch.com on the meta site www.howismysite.com (http://howismysite.com/swaysearch-com).

If you use this Joomla! component you may well find that you have many duplicate meta descriptions entries.

To see if this is the case go to your Google webmaster tools (if you don’t have an account you should get one). Select the website under investigation. Click on the Diagnostics menu item on the dashboard and then HTML suggestions from the submenu. On this page you will see a section for Duplicate meta descriptions – click on this link to view a detail reports of any pages with have duplicate meta descriptions.

We're developing a solution for a local wholefoods shop that involves connecting their existing Filemaker Pro database to their new website. We've come up with a solution that can be applied to any company looking for unique database driven solutions for web design, Cambridge. Here's how to connect your Filemaker Pro database to Joomla:

First off let external sources access your MySQL server by going to your web host Cpanel and selecting the 'Remote MySQL' button and enter in the relevant domain you're connecting from or a % for a wildcard.

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