Updated information Oct 2009 – There is a good extension that can help you build a joomla affiliate store, It is commercial however. Also if you are interested in building a WordPress affiliate store you could take a look at my friend’s site.
The free version of PolarBearPro can be found in our downloads area – the template details can be found here.
The template demo is something we’re quite proud of – To liven things up we built an affiliate store for iPod Accessories using Virtuemart and products from various affiliate product directories.
We started out thinking the demo would just look more appealing if it had a purpose, and some content that reflected a real world example of what could be done with a Joomla site and some free extensions.
In the end we realized this could be something our readers would be interested in learning how to build for themselves.
So here goes: The store was built entirely using free tools. Any products sold generate commissions for the store owner and you don’t have to carry any stock or deal with customers. It’s also an online business that won’t cost you a penny to setup!
We built our online store with the following free tools:
- Joomla – Get your free copy of the best CMS under the sun here.
- Free Joomla Template – made by us
- Virtuemart – Fantastic free shopping cart for Joomla.
- Free PepperJam Affiliate Account. PepperJam has a huge list of advertisers whose products you can sell in your own affiliate store.
If you don’t have a hosting account you will need one – It’s about the only thing you will pay for and it’s a cost that comes with running almost any site (except your free blogger blogs, etc).
If you are just getting started and don’t already have a web host then a very reasonably priced Joomla host I like is iPower – plans start at less than $50 per year. You can also register a domain name through them.
Over the next few days I will be working on a full step-by-step tutorial explaining the entire process we went through to achieve what you see in the demo. Every step has been screen captured so you can see just how easy it is to put together your own store.