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Miva Merchant
Anybody used it?

 4:42 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Has anybody used the Miva Merchant shopping cart. My hosting company offers Miva 4.2 for only $60 setup fee. This sounds too good to be true.

How good is it? How much customization can you do? Is it a big learning curve? I am a developer. Would it be easy for me to learn?

The technical details on this product are "sketchy". They say it's a proprietary software. Hmmmmm.... Or do they just not want you to know what type of technology/database they are using?

Any thoughts?




 5:50 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

miva is limited in its ability. It is something that most beginners use since they don't know exactly what they are looking for. One big issue w/ miva is if you or your client swtiches hosting companies and they new host doesn't have miva then they will be screwed.


 6:24 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

I used this for an e-commerce site a few years ago. As I was new to the game then it pretty much suited what I needed it for, but I found even then with my limited ambitions that it wasn't that customisable. How much of that was due to my lack of skills versus the program's limitations I'm not sure.

In a nutshell, it did what it was supposed to on my site, was pretty easy to set up, and wasn't altogether that ugly.



 7:41 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

bingo...that is exactly what i was talking about


 3:53 am on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Our store has used Miva Merchant for a couple years now. A lot can be customized through the use of third party "modules" or scripts. This is the nice feature of Miva Merchant, you can chose what features you want a la carte from a network of Miva licensed developers. The biggest hurdle up to recently was googles inability to spider Miva's dynamic urls but it seems they have gotten that worked out in the latest couple updates.


 4:15 am on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>it seems they have gotten that worked out in the latest couple updates.

And again thanks go to GoogleGuy

Post #117, back in December, 2002

dvduval and Marcia: thank you for the example Miva urls! I can't promise anything, but I'll ask our crawl engineers to see how hard it would be to crawl urls like that. Sounds like the sort of scalable problem they love to tackle. Especially if Miva stays away from sessions IDs.


Note Conard's comments here; he knows Miva as well as anyone else I'm aware of


For some of us it's still better to exclude the cart and just work on static pages for the primary portion of the site.

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