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There are a number of shopping cart add-ons for Joomla, ranging from the simple to the complex. Some may have lots of shipping and payment modules, and simple to add products and categories. Others offer more features and more flexible layouts and more 3rd party product integration. Some offer good SEO, some have none.
This type of site development often needs significant business, user interface design, and development knowledge. Therefore it's important to research the different extensions available before you invest your time.

 

The October Joomla online magazine has compared 3 free Joomla e-commerce extensions: VirtueMart, Tienda from Dioscouri Design and redShop from redComponent.
You can read the review here: e-Commerce for Joomla!.
Commercial support is available for each of these environments. A commercial VM solution named VirtueMart VMX is available from vm-expert.com, a company run by a major contributor to that project. Both redShop and Tienda offer support on a subscription basis.

 

Comparison Summary

 

Summing up, the reviewers said that each cart offered a good experience, and should be evaluated for your specific needs. They said:

 

* Do you want a simple easy-to-understand shopping cart for the average Joomla! Administrator? If so, Tienda might be your best bet.
* Do you need a rich feature set and lots of control? If so, redShop is a good choice.
* If you want your shop to be based on a community driven project and a mature set of community Extensions and documentation, VirtueMart is likely the best choice.
Joomla shopping cart comparison
Joomla shopping cart comparison

The article is well worth a read, and for those of you who like comparison tables, they have created a PDF with all the features side by side. Download the e-commerce comparison sheet.
Virtuemart, redShop and Tienda are each excellent options with unique strengths. By clearly defining the business requirements for your eCommerce engagement, you can better compare the choices available and find an eCommerce solution suitable for your customer's need. 

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