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July 16, 2015 | Seattle, WA

 

MivaCon Regional Series will be visiting Seattle, WA on Thursday, July 16th, for a one-day event, and we want you there! Join us for a day chock-full of ecommerce education, networking, and more! For a limited time, registration is only $149! 

 

Register Now!

For more information, visit http://mivacon15.com/seattle


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May
6
End of Life Software and Non Compliance Fee Change Updates
Posted by Wayne Smith on 06 May 2015 02:54 PM

As Miva has evolved, we’ve built a unique, hybrid Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that allows our customers to retain the control and independence of distributed software, while having the easy upgrades we’ve all come to expect from SaaS platforms. It’s time we refine and formalize our policies on when software is officially EOL (End of Life), and update our Non-Compliance Fee (NCF) policies accordingly.

Most Software-as-a-Service platforms don’t give you a choice when it comes to upgrades – you simply login one day and your platform has been upgraded for you, whether you like it or not, and whether it negatively impacts your business or not.

Miva has chosen a different path. While providing the type of seamless upgrades and updates people have come to expect from Software-as-a-Service, we don’t force you to upgrade before you’re ready. The downside to this path is that, often times, people will choose to run out-of-date software; and in this day and age, it’s simply not a wise, safe or prudent choice to run out-of-date software. 

We specifically created and use the Non-Compliance Fee program as an economic incentive program to encourage people to update their stores regularly.

For example, in my opinion, it is simply not safe to run any version of Miva Merchant prior to 5.5 Production Release 8 Update 7 (which was released on October 16, 2012, over two and a half years ago), yet we still have many customers who choose to run Miva Merchant 5.5 PR8 Update 6 or older (including people still running 2.x stores, which was released way back in 1999).

Going forward, Miva Merchant software will be considered EOL (End of Life) when either of these 2 circumstances are met:

1. Software has been officially Non-Compliant due to normal software releases, from the perspective of PCI software updates, for more than 12 Months. In other words, 15 months after the release of a new update, software will officially become EOL.

or 

2. Software that is Non-Compliant due to a security release, from the perspective of PCI software updates, for more than 3 months. In other words, if we mark an update as a security-focused update, per the terms of PCI compliance, older software will be considered EOL 4 months after the security update is released.

What impact does Miva marking a product as End of Life have on you, the merchant?

First and foremost, it means we will not, under any circumstances, release a patch, update or upgrade for that version. The most common use cases would be either an API change by a provider (say for example USPS changes its rating API, we will not be releasing an updated USPS module to work on any EOL version of Miva Merchant).

Second, when there are system-level security changes (such as POODLE in 2014), we will not be releasing a patch or engine upgrade to keep EOL software fully operational on modern Operating Systems.

Non-Compliance Fee program changes:

Currently, we have a varied Non-Compliance Fee program that means you pay a different fee depending on if you’re hosted by a third party or directly with us; and, if you’re hosted with us, your fee varies based on the plan you have.

Going forward, we’re standardizing our Non-Compliance Fee program to a flat rate program. Your NCF will be $50 per month, if you’re running Non-Compliant but non-EOL’d software; or, it will be $100 per month, if you’re running Non-Compliant and EOL’d software.

 

 

Click here for the original blog post.


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Nov
12
New Miva Training, Documentation and Resources for Developers
Posted by Wayne Smith on 12 November 2014 10:36 AM


New Miva Training, Documentation and Resources for Developers

For the past 6 months we have been heads down working really hard on building high quality training resources for developers. Today, we are very proud to publish our brand new Developer Training Series. It is by far the best developer training we have ever produced for Miva Merchant. Along with a free developer store and a new set of Sublime Text Snippets , there are also 50+ videos that will take someone completely new to the Miva Merchant Platform and give them the background and foundation to build upon and become a Miva Merchant Expert.


In addition to new training for web developers, we also released a new series on writing modules for Miva Merchant and working with the Module API. If you have ever wanted to write a plugin for Miva Merchant, this course will explain the concepts behind the Miva API, show you how to install and use the compiler, setup a developer environment and get you headed in the right direction. It also includes helpful links, code samples and downloadable pdfs. 

Check out the blog post for more information!


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Oct
27
ReadyTheme Developer Videos
Posted by Wayne Smith on 27 October 2014 09:30 AM

For anyone looking to build ReadyThemes (or you just want to learn more about how the new ReadyThemes works) We just released 5 new developer videos which walk through the Base Developer Framework as well as a overview of the main ReadyTheme features and functionality

http://www.miva.com/videos/category/readythemes


We'll be continuing to add new ReadyTheme videos however, if you have any areas you would like to see more video content (or written documentation) on let me know and I can add it to our queue.

Some other helpful links:

ReadyTheme Documentation - http://www.miva.com/videos/articles/...-documentation

Base ReadyTheme Framework - http://www.miva.com/videos/articles/...ase-readytheme


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Sep
2
Miva Merchant 9 Developer Style Guide Released
Posted by Wayne Smith on 02 September 2014 04:23 PM

Developers: We thought you could use a little guidance in the form of a style guide for Miva Merchant 9 so you don't have to hunt & peck for colors, font sizes & the like, so we came up with this quick little starter guide. If you have any suggestions for changes or additions to the guide please let us know and we'll do our best to address them.

The guide can be downloaded at:
http://mivamerchant.com/styleguide

 

Community forum

http://extranet.mivamerchant.com/forums/showthread.php?114274-Miva-Merchant-9-Developer-Style-Guide-Released

 


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