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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
Chris Janus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify is great for someone looking to become an affiliate marketer. They have multiple features to help you sell their product. I would say it is a little less appropriate for people who have limited web design experience. It can be a little confusing when you are first starting out. Overall though, I would say that it is easy to use.
Dan Hanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

Miva
Shopify
8.7
Product catalog & listings
Miva
Shopify
9.0
Product management
Miva
Shopify
8.7
Bulk product upload
Miva
Shopify
8.0
Branding
Miva
Shopify
8.8
Mobile storefront
Miva
Shopify
9.1
Product variations
Miva
Shopify
8.4
Website integration
Miva
Shopify
8.8
Visual customization
Miva
Shopify
8.6
CMS
Miva
Shopify
8.5

Online Shopping Cart

Miva
Shopify
8.7
Abandoned cart recovery
Miva
Shopify
8.7
Checkout user experience
Miva
Shopify
8.8

Online Payment System

Miva
Shopify
9.5
eCommerce security
Miva
Shopify
9.5

eCommerce Marketing

Miva
Shopify
8.3
Promotions & discounts
Miva
Shopify
8.7
Personalized recommendations
Miva
Shopify
8.4
SEO
Miva
Shopify
7.8

eCommerce Business Management

Miva
Shopify
8.3
Multi-site management
Miva
Shopify
6.7
Order processing
Miva
Shopify
9.1
Inventory management
Miva
Shopify
8.9
Shipping
Miva
Shopify
8.7
Custom functionality
Miva
Shopify
8.1

Pros

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.
Steven Seale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

  • Ease of Use - Very user friendly. Anyone can pick it up within a couple days and know how to do almost everything.
  • Great Customer Service - The help is excellent. Also, they have a huge community where people are happy to help.
  • Ton of Add-Ons - You can find a ton of add-ons and modules to use that can be installed by you. They don't require developers.
  • Inexpensive - Because it's easy to use and doesn't require a ton of developer time, it's so much cheaper to run.
Jeff Moriarty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Miva

  • Prospective and established merchants considering the Miva platform should be warned that they've recently implemented an onerous new fee when more than one person accesses the store admin area at any given time. Specifically, Miva merchants will now be on the hook for $50 per additional simultaneous user per month. If we had remained on Miva, this would have increased our annual costs of using the platform by at least $3,000, perhaps more. The president of Miva claims this is standard for SaaS e-commerce platforms, but I know of none that do and this change makes their platform incredibly unattractive for merchants who expect their business to grow in the future. Furthermore, certain third-party services can be detected by the Miva HQ tracking system as admin users, also triggering an additional seat fee.
  • Exorbitant pricing for adding some basic features that feels like a petty cash grab. For instance, we opted for the $1,000 mobile optimization package and received a bare bones mobile-friendly site with no appearance refinements aside from crudely plopping our logo at the top. They forgot to optimize a few key pages, like the product search results, and it seemed like whoever did it rushed through the work in an hour or two. Other projects they helped with went better, but there's frequently minor coding errors we've had to clean up ourselves.
  • Features released with updates practically always require developer assistance to test and properly enable.
  • Issues that should be treated as bugs are instead left for third-party modules to correct. For example, if a wholesale customer adds items to their cart before logging in, those items retain the standard retail price when the order is placed. We informed Miva tech support of this, expecting that they might look into fixing the problem, but were instead told that we should buy an add-on module that forces a cart recalculation at checkout. Why should this be the responsibility of an extra module to correct? It should be noted that a year or two ago Miva purchased the Emporium Plus plugin catalog, including the cart recalculation module, yet that is still omitted from the core platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

  • Shopping cart is hard to customize and it's hosted by Shopify separately
  • Transaction fees can get high if you have a lot of transactions
  • To do any special customizations, you will need a developer and the platform is somewhat rigid with capabilities.
Scott Markman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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.
Timothy Schneider | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 9.5
Based on 15 answers
Shopify continues to earn me money and attract new customers without becoming a burden to my business, so it only makes sense to stick with Shopify. After beginning with setting up stores for my other clients I became so happy with the platform I progressed to setting up a store for myself.
David Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Miva

Miva 2.1
Based on 3 answers
Miva Merchant allow individual of various skills to create the perfect online store! The wizards inside Miva Merchant that has step by step allow someone with little or no programming skills to a skilled programmer who can customize to his or her heart content.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 3 answers
All the functionality needed for a basic store is extremely easy to manage. Though some deeper customization requires coding it doesn't hide the code from you and provides an abundance of developer resources.
David Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Chris Janus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Miva

Miva 5.1
Based on 2 answers
An overwhelming majority of the support technicians are top-notch. One or two key exceptions stand out, but even those are typically fine - just occasionally wrong or unhelpful. Overall I seem to get quick and useful support, whether it's for the software or a web hosting-based need.
Susan Petracco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 3 answers
In terms of support I give Shopify a 9 out of 10 because they're always very friendly and thorough, and they personally can't solve my problem for me they always point me in the proper direction with the proper information I need to move forward
Paul Francis Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Miva

Miva Merchant has it's own language which had a high learning curve for me to understand. Customize the template to match a html/css static site was difficult because you needed those Miva Merchant code pieces to be in the correct places. Now that I'm older and wiser, I no longer work for that company and I use WordPress and Woocommerce to build e-commerce and it's much easier for me to understand. Once you know how to customize a WordPress template, Woocommerce is so easy to understand
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify was the easiest to use for my client on the backend, which was a major incentive for them over the other platforms. It had all the features they needed, and ultimately they were able to manage everything in-house without needing to bring in a major developer or sacrificing features
Gary Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Chris Janus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Miva

  • Running a business in general (and this applies to e-commerce of course) involves not enough time to do too many things. Any place one can automate/streamline/ simplify some of these myriad things, you gain more time to focus on high value activities. We have found that the more we have been able to leverage Miva's capabilities (often with our own tools), the more time we can spend on marketing, sales and product development.
Gordon Currie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

  • Shopify has allowed me to add more products than I could have ordered on my own with investment upfront. Their dropshipping apps and tools make it the perfect add on to any clothing businesses to get started with less investment up front.
  • Within Shopify's app store I was able to use an affiliate app to help track influencers and sales that originated from those influencers to drive more sales. This paid app returns 100x its original cost each month and serves as a significant revenue generator to our store's sales.
Nichole Pelaez | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

Shopify

General

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

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