Time to Plan Your Miva 9 Upgrade
The holidays are over, the shopping frenzy done. Presents are unwrapped and we’re all looking forward to the new year. That applies to your website, too, and if you use Miva Merchant, you need to start thinking about Miva Merchant 9.
What’s New In Miva 9?
Miva 9 includes several major changes. Even though it’s an in-place upgrade (where you just have to click the upgrade button), this is one you’ll want to plan for, especially if you use certain third-party modules, like Shipping Supermod. But before we get to that point in the discussion, let’s look at what has changed.
A New Admin Interface
Miva designed an entirely new admin interface. It takes some getting used to. Many things are easier, and the universal search capability is especially nice. But you may spend a couple of weeks looking for things that have moved, or figuring out how to do a task that used to be second nature. You will want to allow yourself and your employees time to get used to the new interface.
This one caused a lot of discussion and complaints on the Miva forums, but it looks like it’s here to stay. For a complete discussion, read the details on Miva’s website. But the gist is that, if you want to allow more than one person to log into the admin at the same time, you’ll need to purchase additional seats. You can have any number of administrative users defined in the backend, like you always have, but with the default license, only one of them can be logged in at the same time. This also means that you can log in simultaneously on two different machines, or using two different browsers on the same computer.
One thing that wasn’t clear at first was that this is NOT tied to Miva 9. Simply choosing not to upgrade won’t allow you to avoid the per-seat licenses, and you’ll get hit with non-compliance fees too. So, as best as we can tell, you either need to suck it up or change your workflow. Not something we like, but it is what it is.
There are also some new features built into the software that are extremely nice:
- Ready Themes, a kind of plug-and-play templating system
- Amazon and Ebay marketplace support
- New merchandising features, such as enhanced price groups and built-in coupons
- Volume pricing
- and more…for a complete list click here
How to Upgrade
Because this is a fairly major upgrade, we highly suggest that you don’t simply click the button on your live site. Have Miva (or your host, if hosted elsewhere) create a development copy of your site and run the upgrade there. The main issue we’ve noticed is that the Copernicus Shipping Supermod module either has to be upgraded (and paid for), or replaced with the built-in shipping rules. The old version will simply not work on Miva 9; it will start to ask you for a license key.
You’ll also want to test the entire site before it’s live where your customers can see it, and doing this on a dev copy allows you to better control that, and find and fix any related problems.
As far as our own modules go, the following modules have been fully tested with Miva 9:
- AccurateTax Advanced
- AccurateTax Enterprise
- Zip Based Sales Tax
We no longer sell or support any of our other modules. Most of them will probably work fine, but be sure to test, as there are no upgrades available. Should you need support, you can contact us to discuss a paid engagement, but all modules except those listed above no longer have any free support.