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4.6. Product Administration

4.6.1. Product Categories
4.6.2. Products
4.6.3. Product Price Management
4.6.4. Product Variations and Attributes
4.6.5. Product Types Management
4.6.6. Product Downloads, additional Images and Files
4.6.7. Product Discounts
4.6.8. Product Ratings and Reviews

VirtueMart offers the ability to categorize products not only by manufacturer, but also by product category. Product categories may also contain subcategories enabling storekeepers to manage their products in as much detail as possible. Because products and product categories are associated to a particular vendor, it is important to create your vendor records before creating the product and product category records.

VirtueMart includes the ability to associate products to product categories and subcategories to enable better product management.

To create a new product category, open the Product Category Form: "Products" ⇒ "Add Category".

To modify an existing category, click on the name of the category you want to edit in the category list.

Product Category Fields

Used to specify whether the category will be published on the site.

Category Name

The name that will be used to identify the category.

Category Description

The description that will be displayed for the category.


The Place of this category in a list with other categories.


The parent category with which this category will be associated. If the category is to be a top level category, leave the Parent drop down list with the Default Top Level selected.If the category is to be a sub category of an existing category, choose the appropriate parent category from the Parent drop down list.

Show x products per row

The number of products per row when displaying products of this category.

Category Browse Page

Example: managed

The template file for displaying the products of this category in a list. "Managed" Mode looks for the Setting for "Show x Products per Row" and decides, which browse page template will be chosen.

Category Flypage

Syntax: shop.flypage

This is the template file for displaying the Product Details of a product in this category. You can create your own templates by modifiying existing templates (in the directory /components/com_virtuemart/themes/templates/product_details).

The file for preparing the display of the Flypage is /html/shop.product_details.php. Some of the details that you can't find in the Flypage template can be found there.