STEP 1. Decide between VirtueMart Fullinstaller or manual installation
The VirtueMart fullinstaller provides a fully configured and prepared joomla with virtuemart already installed. It is by far the easiest way for a beginner to start with a shop. The VirtueMart Fullinstaller uses a slightly changed joomla installer and installs VirtueMart itself after entering the administration area. The manual method has the "advantage", that you start with an unconfigured joomla, which maybe more convenient for experienced users.
Using the VirtueMart Fullinstaller
1. just download the fullinstaller from here http://virtuemart.net/download
2. Follow the standard procedure for a joomla installation https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Installing_Joomla and just select the Virtuemart sample data
It is highly recommended to select and download directly the right language for your page. So that virtuemart directly installs the right tables.
Using the manual installation
STEP 1. Install the latest version of Joomla.
If you do not already have Joomla, download it from joomla.org.
You MAY be able to auto-install Joomla 3.x from your web host’s auto-installer and skip this step. However, many auto-installers offer an older version which is no good to you. YOU MUST INSTALL JOOMLA VERSION 3.6 (or current). SEE https://docs.joomla.org/Installing_Joomla_using_an_AutoInstaller
STEP 2. Download the latest STABLE VERSION of VirtueMart onto your personal computer.
Get it from http://dev.virtuemart.net/projects/virtuemart/files - be SURE it is marked STABLE VERSION. There are two always to versions of a release provided, one is containing the zip files, like com_virtuemart.3.x.y_extract_first.zip. If you need languages other than English also download the com_virtuemart.3.x.y_languages_extract_first.zip file. Note the words "extract first" in the file names. You must unzip (decompress) the files in the next step.
STEP 3. Unzip VirtueMart
Unzip the com_virtuemart.3.x.y_extract_first.zip file so you can see the two ".zip" files (tar.gz). This download contains two zip files, which you will upload separately in Step 4 using Joomla Extension Manager.
Extract the two zip files and the README file to a folder on your computer where you can find them easily:
- com_virtuemart.3.x.y.zip – the VirtueMart core files, and
- com_virtuemart.3.x.y_ext_aio.zip – the All In One (AIO) Installer that installs some extensions for you the way you need them.
STEP 4. Install VirtueMart extension in Joomla
Log onto your Joomla Administrator using the email address and password you created in the Joomla Install Wizard as follows: http://mystorename.com/administrator
From the Joomla Admin’s top navigation bar, click Extensions > Extension Manager > Install tab. In the Upload Package File area, click the Browse... button and select the com_virtuemart.3.x.y.zip file from your local folder.
Click the UPLOAD & INSTALL button for the first file.
Repeat for the second file to upload, the VirtueMart All In One Installer, com_virtuemart.3.x.y_ext_aio.zip.
You will see the happy success message: "Installing Component Was Successful!"
When you have problems with the gui, you can take a look on this howto [[Installation of VirtueMart 2 with provided packages]]
In case you have a problem with the limited file size or the error "Unknown Archive type"
Then just upload the installer per ftp to the temp directory and choose the 2. option, for more information, look here http://www.phoca.cz/phocagallery/478-how-to-install-large-components-with-help-of-ftp-in-joomla