The World's Shortest FAQ
Just one question!
Here it is, folks, your most frequently asked question:
"I want Miva Merchant to do ___(fill in the blank)___. Should I hire someone to do custom work, buy a module off the shelf, or modify Miva Merchant myself?"
The answer depends on how complex your need is, and your own level of computer skill & knowledge.
|This is often the best way to get what you need. The price of custom work is likely to be higher than buying a module off the shelf, but not excessive: a custom module may cost a few hundred dollars, or less in some cases. The result will do exactly what you want: the screen layouts will provide what you (and your customers) want to see, and the menus and buttons will be tailored to help you do what you want with the minimum amount of typing and clicking.|
|This is often an attractive option. There are hundreds of modules available, some for
as little as ten to twenty dollars. However, there are a number of problems with this
|The last alternative is to edit the Merchant software yourself to get the desired
results. This is often tempting, especially if you already have some familiarity with HTML
and scripting languages. After all, if the only thing you want changed is one little line
of text on a Web page, it seems silly to spend money for professional help. Why not just
search through the files till you find the text, and change it on the spot?
There are several reasons why not. Miva Merchant is a very complex program, and "minor" changes sometimes have unexpected side-effects or complexities. Changing one line of text might not be too difficult, but it's easy to get in over your head. For example, it might turn out that that one line of text is generated by some Miva Script code that is used on several different pages, and you only want to change the text on one page.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, if you have changed your source files, and you upgrade to a new version of Merchant, or move your site to another host, all your changes may be lost; you'll have to re-do them. I hope you kept notes on everything you changed ... There are a few sites out there that are still running very old versions of Miva Merchant, because they've done so much customizing, the idea of re-doing it all on another set of source files is daunting.
|If you want some enhancements for your Miva Merchant store, I recommend the following
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