(The Hosting News) – Top features of the Miva Merchant 5.5 Shopping Cart:
1. PCI & PA-DSS Compliance
It is crucial that the shopping cart software you use for your e-commerce site is compliant with the new PCI PA-DSS by July 2010 if you store any confidential or credit card information.Â Many shopping carts are not and will not be compliant by the deadline.Â However, Miva Merchant will be 100% compliant by July.Â Sites that are found to be non-compliant can face severe and hefty fines and even face the possibility of being shutdown.Â This is not a matter that is being taken lightly by any means since Internet security is taken very seriously nowadays.
Miva Merchant has developed a strategic partnership with ControlScan to provide all-inclusive PCI compliance and security across all sites utilizing Miva Merchant Hosting.Â Websites that use ControlScanâ€™s services receive a seal from the company notifying customers that they are protected.Â This seal will give consumers a sense of trust and security so they will feel comfortable sharing their private information.
2. Store Morph Technology (SMT)
This popular and powerful new feature allows users to create stores that are totally customized to their specific needs based on provided templates.Â Store Morph Technology is a huge advancement in the creation, design and management of e-commerce businesses.
With SMT, storeowners have total control over the layout and design of every single page of their store.Â SMT allows merchants to have a certain layout on one page and a totally different one on another page.Â SMT is renowned for its simple use of basic HTML commands in order to create customized pages.
SMT allows stores to become more functional to their target clients and customers by modifying small yet important details of a site.Â This way not every Miva Hosting store looks the same â€“ you can make your site stand out amongst the competition.
3. Miva Skins
A skin is a graphical interface that changes the appearance of a site without altering the way the site functions or operates.Â Miva Merchant has developed skins for just about any kind of retailer or service you can fathom.Â From sporting goods retailers and beauty product stores to travel agencies and restaurants, store skins for a wide array of businesses are available at a reasonable cost.
The Miva Merchant 5.5 Skin Store gives the online merchant an impressive selection of store skins available for purchase.Â When a storeowner purchases a skin for their store, they are able to improve the look and feel of their site instantly.Â Banners, custom images, backgrounds and buttons are also included with the purchase.
4. Miva Modules
Miva Merchant 5.5 presents its users with the ability to buy and install third party modules for their stores.Â These plug-ins are easily installed and allow for customization without costly outsourcing to a custom programmer.
New modules are consistently being developed since there is an evolving market for them.Â There are modules for a wide variety of tasks including:
- Physical Appearance Templates (that go beyond the abilities of SMT)
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Email Management
- Ordering and Shipping
- Marketing and Promotions
- Inventory Management
For a list of the best-selling Miva Merchant modules available, please visit Miva Centralâ€™s Modules Page.
5. Technical Support
The technical support of Miva Merchant and its Premier Partner hosting companies is unparalleled and unrivaled.Â They connect with each and every client on a personal level and demonstrate time and again that they actually care about their customers.Â Furthermore, online merchants will find a great deal of valuable information on the Miva Merchant website through their forums, tutorials, FAQs and videos.
For a setup fee of $129 and a monthly cost of $19.95, store operators can join the Miva Merchant Service Club, which provides them with exclusive support through Miva themselves.Â The $129 setup fee will be waived if you sign up within thirty days of obtaining your Miva license.
If a storeowner signs up with Mivaâ€™s Service Club they will receive the following:
- Priority access with unlimited toll free telephone and email support for Miva Merchant
- Support for Miva Synchro (Mivaâ€™s unique program that integrates online storefronts and databases with Intuit Quickbooks)
- Database Repair
- Free modules, success secrets and store graphics as part of Mivaâ€™s monthly â€œGemâ€
For the clients of Webnet Hosting, a Premier Provider of Miva Merchant Web Hosting and consistently voted Best Miva Merchant Host, 24/7/365 phone and email technical support are included with all hosting packages at no additional cost.Â Keep in mind that a quality web host will always provide 24/7 both email and phone support.Â Having constant support for your website is important because if your site is not working properly you can quickly lose money and no e-commerce operator wants that!