The characteristics compared are those relating to the standard versions of the two electronic commerce software and are expandable through additional modules already available or through the development of additional functionalities byArte e Informatica. VirtueMart is an excellent solution to integrate into a website created with Joomla! a product showcase and / or a small e-commerce site. It should be noted that projects such as Joomla! Shop and Red Shop can be valid alternatives to VirtueMart for the management and creation of small e-commerce sites integrated into business sites based on the Joomla! PrestaShop is the Open Source solution, ideal for carrying out advanced electronic commerce.

Starting from version 1.5: PrestaShop integrates multi-store management and advanced warehouse management, rivaling equal arms with Magento, while remaining less demanding of hardware resources.

Feature and Functionality
Need for the Joomla! CMSYESNO
Integration with the Joomla! CMSYESNO
Choice of the status of a productYES*YES
Catalog Mode (Product Showcase)YESYES
Management of UPC codes (USA, Canada)NOYES
Stock history (sales, supplies ...)NOYES
Improved stock managementNOYES
Minimum purchase quantityYESYES
Unlimited categories and sub-categoriesYESYES
Unlimited range of attributes (sizes, colors ...)YES*YES
Unlimited number of combinations (red, green, S, M, L ...)NOYES
Unlimited product combinations (example: red shirt, XL)NOYES
Automatic match creation programNOYES
Unlimited product featuresNOYES
Unlimited number of images with automatic resizingNOYES
Multiple images per productNOYES
Choice of the number of products per pageYESYES
Display of the quantities available on the product sheetYESYES
Selection of products in order of relevance, price, date ...YES*YES
Print product sheetsYESYES
Monitoring of anomalies related to categories or products (empty, deactivated ...)NOYES
Categories reserved for customer groupsYESYES
Product and accessory packagesNOYES
Discounts expressed as a percentage or fixed amountYESYES
Identification of product codes, suppliers, ISBN-EAN13NOYES
Monitoring of products purchased in gift lists (who, when)NOYES
Management of producers, brandsYES*YES
Supplier managementNOYES
Eco-contribution managementNOYES
Customizable products (images, texts ...)YESYES
Downloadable products (MP3, PDF, software ...)YESYES
Ability to export products to eBayNOYES
Ability to export products to TwengaNOYES
Product comparisonNOYES
Zoom and thickbox on product photosNOYES
Protective watermark on product imagesNOYES
Quick search for a productYESYES
Search in AjaxNOYES
Customer comments on productsYESYES
Customer opinionYESYES
Double display of prices: VAT included and excludedYESYES
E-mail notification of minimum stockNOYES
Product characteristics filter (red, xl), price range, etc.NOYES
Adding attachments to products (user guide, instructions, etc.)YES*YES
Adding products to the wish listNOYES
Sending the wish list by e-mailNOYES
«Send to a friend» optionYESYES
Display of products corresponding to the same categoryYESYES
Discounts for product / s by user group, purchase codes, etc.NOYES
Discount for product / s for validity period (from dd / mm / yyyy to dd / mm / yyyy)NOYES
Creation of a group of favorite productsNO
View the contents of the cartYESYES
Display of product categoriesYESYES
Customization of the store without modifying its coreNOYES
Location of physical stores (store locator)NO
One-click activation / deactivation of modulesYES*YES
Unlimited addition of modules in the front office and back officeYESYES
Presentation of the leading products on the home pageYESYES
Contact form with multiple recipientsNOYES
Canonical URL: Avoid duplicate contentYES*YES
Presentation of the best salesYESYES
Newsletter subscription boxNOYES
Full view of customer accountsYES*YES
Legal notes and acceptance of the conditions of saleYESYES
Choice of currencyYESYES
Database back-upNOYES
Management of sub-domainsNOYES
Choice of languagesYES*YES
Maintenance modeYESYES
Authorization of specific IP addresses in maintenance modeNOYES
Changing the theme starting from the front officeNOYES
Import shops moduleNOYES
Compatible with all browsersYESYES
Integration with CRM or ERP through the Web ServiceNOYES
Contextual help function in the Back-officeNOYES
Creating custom links in the Back-officeNOYES
Text editorYESYES
Optimized access for search enginesYESYES
URL rewritingYESYES
Ad hoc URL for each productYES*YES
Automatically generated sitemapNOYES
Automatic robot.txt and .htaccess filesNOYES
Tag Title, meta, meta descriptionYESYES
Product loading time reductionNOYES
One-page checkoutNOYES
Orders associated with invitations (guest checkout)NOYES
Order renewal in one clickNOYES
Customizable order statusNOYES
Predefined messages for order trackingNOYES
Minimum order amount configurableYESYES
Possibility to order products not available in stockYESYES
Invoices and delivery notes available in PDF formatNOYES
Gift boxYESYES
Mandatory validation of the general conditions of saleYESYES
Unlimited number of couriersYESYES
Unlimited number of destinationsYESYES
E-mail notifications relating to the delivery status of the orderYESYES
Possibility of free shipping costsYES
Separate delivery and billing addressesYESYES
Tax management by country, state and regionYESYES
Cash on deliveryYESYES
Payment: PaypalYESYES
Payment by bank transfer in advanceYESYES
Loyalty programsNO
Coupons and discount couponsYES*YES
Affiliate programsNOYES
Returns managementNOYES
Ability to send messages through a customer accountNOYES
Ability to export lists of newsletter subscribersNOYES
Notifications in the Back-officeNOYES
Order and sales statisticsYES*YES
Affiliate statisticsNOYES
Statistics for CourierNOYES
Better supplier statsNOYES
Best results statistics by category, coupon, product, etc.NOYES
Centralized management of multiple stores from a single Back-OfficeNOYES
Catalog management for store and store groupsNOYES
A different graphic theme for each storeNOYES
Multiple warehouse managementNOYES
Management of orders to suppliersNOYES
Inventory movements / s with history and simplified modificationNOYES
Abandoned cart managementNOYES
Management of shipments to multiple destinations for a single orderNOYES

* ) The functionality is partial for example VirtueMart does not allow PrestaShop to order products by available quantity, the management of sizes and colors in VirtueMart is complex and requires the insertion of child products requiring more time for insertion and greater management difficulties.

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