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Score 7.2 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

3dcart

3dcart works well for small to medium size businesses that want to take care of their own website and product uploads and have the time to stay on top of inventory management. It does not work as well for a business who wants to just "turn it on" and forget about it unless they are able to integrate their POS system with 3dcart to manage inventory.
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Miva

If you need an e-commerce system that is flexible and full featured at a reasonable price point I would say Miva Merchant is very hard to beat.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.3
Miva
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
Miva
Product management
3dcart
8.0
Miva
Bulk product upload
3dcart
10.0
Miva
Branding
3dcart
7.0
Miva
Mobile storefront
3dcart
7.0
Miva
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
Miva
Website integration
3dcart
5.0
Miva
Visual customization
3dcart
8.0
Miva
CMS
3dcart
5.0
Miva

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
8.0
Miva
Checkout user experience
3dcart
8.0
Miva

Online Payment System

3dcart
9.0
Miva
eCommerce security
3dcart
9.0
Miva

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
8.0
Miva
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
8.0
Miva
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
7.0
Miva
SEO
3dcart
9.0
Miva

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
6.8
Miva
Order processing
3dcart
8.0
Miva
Inventory management
3dcart
5.0
Miva
Shipping
3dcart
7.0
Miva
Custom functionality
3dcart
7.0
Miva

Pros

3dcart

  • SEO - 3dcart is built in such a way that even if you do no SEO work at all, as long as you use the meta description wizard on each page or product you wind up still searching pretty well in Google.
  • Product uploads - Product uploads are easy to do with 3dcart's .csv import/export feature. No need to struggle with messy simple and variable uploads like on WooCommerce, 3dcart takes the guesswork and hassle out of uploading different product types.
  • Media uploads - Media uploads are quick and simple and the uploader always works.
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Miva

  • The ability to quickly change the look and feel of any given page in the store. The storefront, category, product description, and all checkout pages are easily customize-able using simple HTML language.
  • With minimal effort, more sophisticated changes and behaviors of the store can be modified using MivaScript, the language Miva Merchant is built upon.
  • New features are very easy to add using a huge selection of 3rd party feature modules that typically sell for less that $100. Miva has so many features already built in, but if there is a major common feature not already in the code, it's almost a sure bet that there is a affordable and easy to install module that will meet your e-commerce business requirements.
  • Miva corporation provides a high level of free support 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.
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Cons

3dcart

  • 3dcart does not connect to many of the POS systems my clients use so we need to manually update inventory daily/weekly.
  • There are many modules available to do many different things, but it makes you feel like you are being tickled and died to death to get the site to do exactly what you want. Also can be confusing if you don't know what you actually need.
  • It's a little difficult/confusing to upload products with multiple variations - ie: color and size - especially if there are multiples colors and multiple sizes.
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Miva

  • The internal search function is somewhat basic. Ideally the a search would potentially use multiple data fields.
  • Selling digital items for download isn't yet an option.
  • MIVA isn't responsive so that it reduces nicely on mobile devices.
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Likelihood to Renew

3dcart

No score
No answers yet
Not applicable - as a franchisee, the franchiser took over the web site and shopping cart capabilities, so I no longer need the tool. But I would recommend it.
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Miva

Miva 7.7
Based on 15 answers
For most clients, the MIVA Merchant platform, in combination with 3rd party plugins from ADS, Emporium Plus, eMediaSales and Sebenza, has all of the bells and whistles they need. While MIVA is lacking in a mobile friendly option and the ability to easily sell soft goods like mp3's or eBooks, these additions are coming to MIVA soon. The lack of connectivity to popular POS systems is also a negative for us. We will certainly continue to offer MIVA Merchant to clients.
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Usability

3dcart

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Miva

Miva 2.1
Based on 3 answers
I won't say usability is all bad with Miva; basic product configuration isn't complicated and assigning products to categories works well. However, when you go beyond the most elementary tasks, things almost always become needlessly cumbersome and the information stored by the platform is inherently poorly organized. They've really hyped that Miva 9 released last year features a re-worked admin interface, but from our perspective they've simply given it a fresh coat of paint, made the layout passably mobile friendly, but yet still have not in a substantive way addressed the glaring deficiencies at the core of the platform itself. Adding custom admin area bookmarks is a band aid, not a proper fix.
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Reliability and Availability

3dcart

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Miva

Miva 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I work with multiple Miva sites daily, and uptime is fantastic. Outages are rare from my experience, and any issues have generally been short and handled quickly.
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Support

3dcart

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Miva

Miva 5.1
Based on 2 answers
The Miva development staff generally did a good job at implementing requested new features and making functionality revisions. However, the costs can get quite steep depending on what you're asking for. Things more often than not went quite well once a project and its pricing was mutually accepted. However, it can be very difficult to get a human on the phone or by email if there's a genuine emergency. Other reviewers here have had more positive things to say, but in our experience we would be on hold on average for 30 minutes before speaking with someone when calling the tech support line.
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Implementation

3dcart

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Miva

Miva 6.0
Based on 4 answers
Creating the Miva store originally took a reasonable amount of time, 2-3 months, but we were unable to migrate our orders and customer accounts from the old platform. Additional refinements were required over the following 6 months to refine the functionality and features so that they worked properly for our store and fulfillment process.
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Alternatives Considered

3dcart

I found 3dcart to be the most cost effective and easiest to use for my smaller to medium sized business clients.
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Miva

Because I have worked with Miva Merchant longer than any other shopping cart package, I'm comfortable doing anything that needs to be done within the package. I find it easier to develop modules for Miva than to do plug-ins or extensions for other carts, primarily based on my own level of knowledge of the different packages. Some of the competition software provides the same level of customization, but certain not all of them do.
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Scalability

3dcart

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Miva

Miva 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Miva has proven to be a great solution for smaller mom-and-pop stores through large enterprise-class businesses with tens of thousands of products. Performance is just as strong on enterprise-class stores as on considerably smaller stores, and an increasing number of marketing/sales tools are continually being added to the core Miva functionality to keep up with current marketplace demands.
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Return on Investment

3dcart

  • 3dcart has enabled my clients to quickly and easily get up and running with an online store giving them an almost immediate ROI.
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Miva

  • Easy Merchandising
  • admin user level control
  • Easy integration with 3rd party shippers
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Pricing Details

3dcart

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Miva

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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