Hello! I am a new VM person.
I have never used VM, but last night I spent about 3 hrs exploring VM and a couple of other options for a new online store.
This new store will be an addition to an existing T3 Framework site that was built on the t3_bs3_blank template.
Today, I briefly searched for clues about how VM would integrate into a preexisting responsive site.
I found nothing.
No joke. Nothing.
I crawled this forum and 1 or 2 Joomla forums, etc.
It's occurring to me that vast numbers of "How to do X in Virtuemart" posts on this forum go unanswered, suggesting that actual discussion of how to use the extension is much less common than posts advertising $100 VM themes necessary to make VM do anything.
I read the VM site. I read the VM FAQ here. I searched various terms. I read various reviews. I'm smarter than the average wheelbarrow, and unfortunately, I have to tell everyone here that after several hours of exploring VM, I don't know anything about it. I can't begin to make a reasonable decision about whether to try this open source extension on a stable T3 site.
On google, one of my searches was "How to make Virtuemart responsive". That search returns many links to $ themes, but also a very promising forum link which then returned "The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you.".
Ahhhh - I think I'm starting to understand! VM was written by a dark sith, and the introductory maze of questions-without-answer accompanied by millions of posts advertising $ themes is actually an intricately woven trap designed to suck me gently into a massive dealership of premium themes and plugins and toothbrushes that are all necessary install "free open source" VM so that it can then suck life and hope from my site and my children.
Is that how VM works?
If so, I think you guys need to be more transparent and honest.
The VM page and this forum seem to be misleading. The VM presence on the joomla extension directory seems full of promise, which is why I decided to check it out. But it's misleading, isn't it?
Here I am today, mulling the fact that in a few short hours, I gained a nearly comprehensive understanding of how J2Store and HikaShop work, and zero knowledge of how VM works. WTF?!
Here are my suggestions for your sith:
All of your introductory content should contain informational elements and be more transparent, ie:
1 - "Hi, welcome to VM, if you have or want a responsive or mobile-first website and you want to consider VM, here is exactly what you need to know:
"A VM shop will instantly be responsive if you wink at it"; or,
"A VM shop can be made responsive only by advanced php or css capabilities"; or,
"A VM shop can be responsive only if you like rabbits."
Whatever the hell it is, you should just tell people up front instead of trying to trap them with obfuscation.
2 - If VM is just a dealership vehicle designed to get people to buy themes, you should say so up front: "Hi, welcome to VM, it won't do a f***ing thing until you spend at least $200 on themes or plugins." Something like that.
3 - etc, etc
So look, I still don't understand why VM exists, or how it works, or anything like that. Like honestly, what is VM? Is there a link somewhere written by an honest person that tells new users how to use the extension and what to expect?
I'll wrap up today with a simple question:
I have a stable T3 site. The site uses a carousel extension called DJImageSlider. To get a image carousel, you just install the extension, slap a couple of photos in it, and presto, the carousel works, AND, IT IS RESPONSIVE because it is integrated into a responsive site.
Does VM work that way too? If you install VM into a fully responsive and operational T3 site that is running the latest joomla and T3 versions, will VM function responsively within the responsive template, or will it sit like a giant turd waiting for money, voodoo, rabbits, money, a sith lord, money, and the severed ears of my children?
I'm not joking. I just need to know how this thing works, and i can't find that information anywhere.