10 Beautiful Examples of Miva Merchant Sites
If you’ve read this blog for awhile, ever talked to me, know what I do for a living, or have anything else to do with me in any other way, you probably know that I eat, sleep, and breathe e-commerce…and that my usual platform of choice is Miva Merchant. I’ve used other systems on occasion, for fun and for work, to various degrees, but Miva is where I started and where I spend most of my time.
Miva Merchant ships with a default look-and-feel called MMUI – the Miva Merchant User Interface. It’s there because it HAS to have SOMETHING, right? But it was never meant for public consumption…the developers always assumed people would replace it with an actual design. But many retailers didn’t replace it – either they didn’t have the skills, they were cheap, they were lazy, they didn’t know better, or whatever – but lots of stores used it. And have been since year 19-whatever. Miva Merchant has since released a built-in CSS skin that is better, but still very basic, and yet this MMUI (see image, right, under the big red X) is still around on the web. You’ve probably seen it and groaned.
So I wanted to take this chance and showcase a bit of what CAN be done with Miva Merchant. Although I’d been planning this for a couple of weeks, in a timely coincidence, Chuck over at Merchant Tutorials posted about common Miva Merchant myths and the very first one is that the cart is limited in it’s look and feel. Let’s debunk that right now.
1. Green Tree Coffee & Tea
2. smallfri.com Birth Announcements
3. DJ Shadow
4. California Caviar
5. Mad Cat Toys
6. Bee Global
8. Rusty’s Off-Road Products
9. Arcadia Publishing
10. Michael’s Finer Meats and Seafoods
One small caveat just for the sake of transparency: Mad Cat Toys is one of our clients at NetBlazon. But the design is completely the work of the owner, Dale Carlson of Propaganza…we just did the backend programming. So I’m not sneaking in a self-backpat or anything. Also, thanks to Scott from Sebenza for pointing us in the direction of Michael’s Meats, a site I hadn’t seen before.
Got any other examples of truly beautifully-designed Miva Merchant websites? Post them in the comments below!