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Kent Multer
Consultant, author,
musician



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AGIC  

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P R O D U C T I O N S

I have been consulting since 1981 to a wide variety of clients, ranging from fortune-500 companies to Mom-and-Pop operations.  I have expertise in a broad array of topics related to the Internet, software engineering, programming, and documentation.   In recent years, I have focused primarily on Internet-related projects.  A detailed resumé and references are available on request.

Problem: Solved!

If you're reading this Web page, most likely you're a businessperson who  wants to sell products or services on the Internet.  You're not a programmer or a Web designer, and you don't want to have to become one.  My specialty is keeping it human; I bring the software into your world, not the other way around.   We will tailor the site to your needs, and add 3rd-party or custom software as needed, so that everything becomes simple, convenient, and even fun to use.

Miva Script and Miva Merchant

Miva Script is a language developed by the Miva Corporation for use in writing server-side programs and "active documents."  Miva Merchant is an e-commerce or "shopping cart" software package, which has become extremely popular for small and medium-sized business that sell their products or services on the Web.  It allows a basic on-line store to be set up quickly, and it is easy to enhance and customize  for special needs:  more features, improved store layout & design, etc.  As a Miva Technology Partner, I provide all kinds of services for Miva software, from basic setup to custom programming.

 

Attention Miva Merchant users:

If you are considering adding some enhancements to your site, there are a number of options.  I discuss them, and offer some advice, in The World's Shortest FAQ.

 

Products

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The Official Miva Web Scripting Book is an introduction to Miva Script programming.  Published in 2000, it is now slightly out of date.   However, it still offers a good introduction to the language and plenty of useful reference information.  It is available from Amazon.com; their "look inside" feature allows you to read some sections.


Currency Magic is a Miva Merchant module that allows your Miva store to display prices in international currencies.  Visitors to your site simply pick the desired currency from a menu, and your entire Miva store will instantly start displaying all prices in that form!

Exchange rates can be entered manually, or retrieved automatically from an on-line server. You can configure the module to retrieve exchange rates from many different servers.  Upon installation, the module is preset to use Yahoo.com. The documentation includes settings for several other public currency-converter sites, and explains how to create your own settings for other servers.

Flexible formatting includes international punctuation selectable for each currency, and customized display of negative numbers. Advanced HTML and CSS formatting can be used, with plain text provided for emails and other unformatted displays.

This module is available from Viking Coders.

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Special Order Instructions is a Miva Merchant module that allows a Miva site to display up to five additional text boxes or checkboxes on the checkout screens, which can be used to collect information from the customer, such as delivery instructions, greeting card messages, etc. 

The customer's information is saved in a database, and is also included in the notification email to the merchant, and in the confirmation email to the customer. 

This module is available from Viking Coders.

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Checkout This displays information to your customers during checkout. You define one or more messages that can be triggered by various conditions: shipping, payment, specific products in basket, customized conditions using OpenUI tokens, or combinations of all the above. The messages are displayed on a separate page, and the user must click the Continue button to proceed with checkout. You can optionally remove the Continue button to create "dead end" pages that prevent the customer from completing their purchase.

By combining thus module with Special Order Instructions (described above), you can collect additional information from your customers, by displaying a text box, checkbox, or drop-down menu with any message. 

This module is available from Viking Coders.

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Upsale Magic provides a discount function that allows you to set up many different variations on the idea of, "buy X, get a special price on Y." It overcomes a major limitation of Miva's built-in upsale feature, since you can inform customers of the discount while they are shopping, instead of waiting till they check out. You can set up different types of discounts for various products or categories, and you can customize the text and HTML formatting of the discount messages. 

This module is available from Viking Coders.

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Other services:

  • Web design and development

  • Programming in a variety of languages

  • Documentation of all types, long or short, user-friendly or intensely technical

Please contact me to discuss your needs in any of these areas.


Miva is a registered trademark of Miva Corporation. Miva Engine, Miva Empresa, Miva Mia, Miva Merchant, Miva Vender, Miva-connect, Miva Galleria, "The Document IS The Application," "High Velocity E-Commerce," htmlscript, and the Miva Corp. blade logo are trademarks of Miva Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

What clients say:

I know I can always count on you! You'll be the one I come to when my clients need custom work. (Apr. 2014)


... Thank you so much! The module literally saved me hours of time (and tired fingers) this weekend. (Mar. 2014)


Thanks again for always being so responsive and willing to help with very short notice! (Jan. 2014)


You are the best! Thank you! (Oct. 2013)


Customers have been using the Search by Size filters like crazy all week! Thanks again, weíre thrilled with how they turned out. (July 2013)


Thank you for getting this up and running for us. The admin side is better than expected; it will give us the flexibility to update our charges and descriptions in the future. (May 2013)


Your module was a lifesaver for us! None of the issues of existing store URLs ... Smooth transition! Love it!! (Jan. 2013)


One thing I liked about your emails is that you were easy to understand. I have dealt with several other programmers... sometimes it was difficult to communicate my ideas with them. You caught on immediately, and it was appreciated :-) (Dec. 2012)


We have tested the site and we are ready to go live in a few hours. Thank you so much for getting your module working and delivering it on time. (Sep. 2012)


Iíve been using Miva for about 8 years now so I know your reputation within the community is stellar. (Feb. 2012)


Thank you for being patient ... and (as always) I'm very impressed with the work. (March 2011)


I have always found your modules to be every bit as good as advertised, and your documentation is excellent. I'm sure this one will be no exception. (November 2010)


Out of all the programmers that I have worked with, you are by far the fastest at getting anything done, and the most responsive as well. (Mar. 2010)


I have appreciated your attention to detail in every aspect ... You really seemed to WANT to do a great job, and even made suggestions to make the project better. (January 2009)


You really did a great job with this module and delivered exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for your quality work and fast service; we really appreciate it. (October 2008)


I'm so happy. I have been using the module all morning and it's such a breeze and saving me so much time. (May 2008)


... It's been extremely nice having your support through all the unforeseen bumps! (Feb. 2008)


... In my 8+ years of experience with Miva, you are the best. (Oct. 2007)


I have been using the sales module for awhile today and I donít just like it. I LOVE it! (Oct. 2007)


Iíll never go to another developer again. (Sep. 2007)


I have contacted MANY Miva programmers in the last few years and you have been the best by far! (Sep. 2007)


Thank you thank you thank you. You have no idea how this is going to make my life easier. (June 2007)


So far you have been the most reliable developer we've had ... (Apr. 2004)