Frequently Asked Questions for VM Scheduled Discounts - Online Sales Tool for Virtuemart & Joomla!

This article describes how to install and use VM Scheduled Discounts, or how to solve any common problems that you may face with it.
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General Questions

You can create discounts for Virtuemart products or whole categories, which can be published based on a schedule.

No. VM Scheduled Discounts is a Joomla! extension and can only be used within the Joomla! CMS and with the Virtuemart e-shop extension.

That is very simple. You just login with your user account and navigate to Connect > My Purchases. Since July 2017, you can also use the Joomla! Updater feature!

Please refer to the VM Scheduled Discounts download page, on the right.

Payment & License

You get unlimited usage on unlimited domains and websites. You get unlimited support (please read the Terms of Service for more information) and free updates for 1 year. After that, you may continue to use VM Scheduled Discounts as you did, but to be able to receive updates, you would have to renew your license.

When you download VM Scheduled Discounts, you get unlimited usage rights. That means you can install VM Scheduled Discounts on a friend's site, but they won't be able to receive direct support or updates, and you should not share the zip archive you download.

Well, that is because extensions are not developed and maintained by a large company, but rather by Christopher Mavros, the developer and owner of this website. That means no expensive equipment and no large facilities, which results in low-cost development, and thus, low-cost extensions.

Installation & Configuration

To install VM Scheduled Discounts, you follow the usual steps, as with installing any other Joomla! extension.

Navigate to Extensions > Extension Manager, and under the tab "Upload Package File", you select the zip archive you downloaded from, and click "Upload & Install".

Wait until the package file gets installed and you should see a completion message. You are ready to go.

You would need to enable the VM Scheduled Discounts plugin. For showing the Discount Text in the VM Product Details page, see question "How to show the Discount Text in the Product Details page" in "Extension Usage", for more details.

Extension Usage

No. VM Scheduled Discounts can be used in unlimited sites and domains, with unlimited DB records. Enjoy ;)

First of all, you need to create the discount in the Discounts manager. That is found under Components > VM Scheduled Discounts > Discounts. In that view, you can manage when the discount will be active, how much to discount the selected product or category and what to show in the Discount Text.

All you need to do, is to create a template override for the product details layout. This means to copy the file components/com_virtuemart/views/productdetails/default.php to templates/your_template/html/com_virtuemart/productdetails/default.php and place the following text: {vmsd_discount_text} wherever you want it to show up in that file. If any of the above directories do not exist in the second path, you can create them.

Advanced Configuration

Yes, you can do that by enabling the Enable changes on effective discounts option in the plugin.

Yes, but you have to enable the Filter New Products option in the plugin..

Common Problems

Please enable the plugin called System - VM Scheduled Discounts.

This is a usual problem, which only happens if you have not configured your Update Options properly. Since this is a commercial extension, your account username and Paypal email are required for security reasons. If you do not know your account username, please search your inbox for the automatic message sent to your address right after purchasing VM Scheduled Discounts.