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How to change the default layout of VirtueMart 1.1 Related Products display.

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Customise the VirtueMart 1.1 Related Products display
  • Joomla 1.5 + 1.0
  • VirtueMart 1.1

The default layout for the VirtueMart 1.1 Related Products display is a maximum of 4 products displayed in a horizontal row.

It's quite easy to change this and also to display rounded corners i.e <div><div><div><div> layout but you need to change the core files.

The default layout of the Related Products is quite "clonky".
VirtueMart standard related products display
Open file joomla_root/components/com_virtuemart/themes/default/templates/common/relatedProducts.tpl.php in any text editor.
In this case we will make the display fold at 3 products, if you want more or less just change the ($relItem == 3) parameter. The original file is as so -
 
<?php if( !defined( '_VALID_MOS' ) && !defined( '_JEXEC' ) ) die( 'Direct Access to '.basename(__FILE__).' is not allowed.' ); ?>
<hr/>
<h3><?php echo $VM_LANG->_('PHPSHOP_RELATED_PRODUCTS_HEADING') ?></h3> 
<table width="100%" align="center">
  <tr>
    <?php 
    while( $products->next_record() ) { ?>
        <td valign="top">
          <?php echo $ps_product->product_snapshot( $products->f('product_sku') ) ?>
        </td>
  <?php 
    }
  ?>
    </tr>
</table> 
 
The changes we need to make are to count the number of products and insert a new table row when we reach our required target number.
The relevant changes are within the table -
 
<table width="100%" align="center">
  <tr>
  <?php $relItemNo = 0; ?>
          <?php 
             while( $products->next_record() ) { 
        if ($relItem == 3) {
        echo "</tr>\n<tr>";
        $relItem = 0;
      }
         ?>  
     <td valign="top">
        <?php echo $ps_product->product_snapshot( $products->f('product_sku') ) ?>
     </td>
  <?php $relItem++;
      }
  ?>
       </tr>
</table>
 
If as well we want to surround the individual products in divs e.g. for a rounded corners border etc then we do this in this file as well. Simply add a class and the necessary divs to the table cell, you will have to adjust your css to suit -
 
     <td valign="top">
        <div class="related">
           <div class="module" style="width:210px;height:160px;">
              <div style="width:210px;height:160px;"><div><div></br>
           <?php echo $ps_product->product_snapshot( $products->f('product_sku') ) ?>
          </div></div></div>
            </div>
         </div>
</div>
     </td>
 
To increase the number of related products shown we need tp change another file.
Open file joomla_root/administrator/components/com_virtuemart/html/shop.product_details.php in any text editor and go to line 85.
Change the number of returned results in the query -
 
$q .= "AND FIND_IN_SET(#__{vm}_product.product_id, REPLACE(related_products, '|', ',' )) LIMIT 0, 4";
 
to for example 6
 
$q .= "AND FIND_IN_SET(#__{vm}_product.product_id, REPLACE(related_products, '|', ',' )) LIMIT 0, 6";
 
Looks better!
VirtueMart adjusted related products display
Last Updated on Monday, 18 October 2010 16:40
 
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