Ecommerce Archives

Miva Merchant: Excel Tips and Tricks for Import and Export Files – Part 1

It may seem odd for a Miva Merchant web designer to be posting tips for using MS Excel, but for Miva Merchant store owners who use the flat file import and export features of their store, learning a few little Excel tidbits can come in pretty darned handy. There are so many things you can […]

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Miva Merchant Quick Tip: What to Do When Your Payment Gateway Fails

A fire at the Authorize.net data center has caused massive disruptions in payment processing for ecommerce sites across the country today. Fortunately for Miva Merchant store owners, having your gateway go down doesn’t have to mean that you stop taking orders. By switching your payment method to Credit Card Payment with Simple Validation, you can […]

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Miva Merchant Quick Tip: Matching Multiple Variables in a Conditional

This morning I was working on a small project to modify the layout of the attributes on a product page template, and it occurred to me that others might find this little trick about writing conditionals where you need to match a multitude of variables useful. In this particular project, I needed conditionals for two […]

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Miva Merchant: Customer Account Creation on INVC Page

Recently there’s been lots of buzz on the Miva Merchant User Support Forum about moving the account creation process to the end of the checkout. There are a number of good reasons for doing this. First, you eliminate one of the checkout screens, and streamline the checkout process. Second, and more importantly, you eliminate a […]

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Miva Merchant: A Store Morph Technology Mini-Primer

When Miva Merchant released MM5, they revolutionized the way the software worked “out of the box” and opened a whole new world of customization to ecommerce store owners. Using Store Morph Technology (SMT), store owners could completely and…well, I was going to say easily customize their stores to suit their needs, but the truth is that at first glance, SMT isn’t in fact all that easy.

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Miva Merchant Custom Product Field Conundrums

One of the handiest features of Miva Merchant 5+ is the inclusion of built in custom product fields. These fields can be used for an enormous variety of purposes, from adding product specific data (author, manufacturer, dimensions, materials, etc) to acting as a boolean-style test variable for setting up conditional displays of information. Unfortunately, custom […]

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Taking Care of Business – Calendaring Important Web Events

On Friday, I got the sort of email every web developer dreads. The subject line…”BIG Problem”…said it all. The fact that I had spent that morning doing some updates on the site didn’t help my sinking feeling. My first thought, naturally, was that I had overlooked some major layout issue, and the site had gone […]

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Restrict Access to a Product Page in Miva Merchant

I have received numerous requests for some code I wrote to password protect a product page in Miva Merchant 5 (or 5.5), so I thought I’d share it here. This code was originally written for a site that wanted to implement custom product pricing using the Emporium Plus External Product Purchase module, but wanted to […]

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The #1 mistake when building a website

I’ve been working on a database and scripting project for one of my clients over the last couple of days, and it got me to thinking about some of the lessons I’ve learned in my years as a website designer, and one of the most important ones in particular. I’ve put several hours into this […]

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Is the real cost of fraud registering with merchants?

As ecommerce grows as an industry, it becomes more and more imperative that online merchants understand and protect themselves from online fraud. There’s plenty of focus in the media about risks to consumers as far as giving up their credit card information online is concerned. But few publications concern themselves with the losses experienced by […]

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