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Score 6.8 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Miva

How many products are in the store? What type of products do you sell,
and do they have any variations/attributes (eg size, color, model #,
etc)? How much traffic does your store get monthly, or what are your monthly sales? What methods of
payment do you offer? What shipping methods do you offer for your
orders? Do you offer affiliate accounts? How custom of a design are you looking for?Miva is very well suited for small business to enterprise level business sites or for stores that require lots of customization
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Pros

Miva

  • General versatility, though changes commonly require the aid of a true Miva developer to implement
  • Compatible with many payment gateways and a fair assortment of third-party services
  • Developers employed directly by Miva to handle merchant projects are personable and responsive to most requests
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Cons

Miva

  • Coupon capability. If end users want to offer coupon discount, they will have to purchase through a third-party. It will be an excellent feature to have.
  • Product layout. The product layout from previous Miva Merchant is much better. Merchant 5.5, the product “Code, Price and Quantity in Basket” is at the bottom of the product instead of with “Colors”, “Size”, and “Quantity” on the right hand side. Custom image sizing does not display well.
  • More Custom Fields/Dropdown options. Our end user has to purchase Addendum from a third-party to use the custom field.
  • Some of our customers are having problem viewing our store after we upgraded to Miva Merchant 5.5. Our products page is empty.
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Likelihood to Renew

Miva

Miva 7.7
Based on 15 answers
I can't say enough good.
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Usability

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

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

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

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

Miva

I have used others, but don't recall all the names. In the end though - we always go back to Merchant. Its just easier, and we have full access to our data.
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Scalability

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

Miva

  • The site grosses over $1 million in its first year with only 12 core skus. This was seen as a success and well worth the initial investment.
  • Easier CMS than we had been used to managing, without limiting open source code options
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Pricing Details

Miva

General

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