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2016 Sales Tax Changes Webinar Series
Posted by Wayne Smith on 20 November 2015 09:32 AM

The new year is always a time of change - and sales tax in 2016 is no exception. We want to help you understand the rules, protect your business and stay ahead of the changes. Join us for a two-part webinar series to walk you through everything sales tax for 2016. Avalara did all the research so that you wouldn't have to.

Part I - Federal and Legislative Update

The first part of this webinar series will cover changes that are coming at the federal and legislative level. The presentation will include: Federal changes that may impact how you manage sales tax How new legislation is changing the sales tax landscape New rules that (may) impact your business How technology can reduce audit risk

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

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Part II - State-by-State Rules Update

In the second of the two-part series, Avalara’s resident sales tax compliance expert Shane Ratigan, will highlight the major tax rules changes by state and explain what they mean to your business.

Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

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If you aren’t available on these days and times but would still like to see the presentation, register anyway and the recording will be sent to you afterwards. Miva and Avalara are here to help with any other sales tax compliance questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us for assistance.


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Miva Merchant 9.5 Coming Soon!
Posted by Wayne Smith on 17 November 2015 01:32 PM
  • Digital Downloads - You can now turn any product into a digital download. Control the number of days until the link expires as well has number of downloads. Built in CDN (Content Delivery Network) support allows you to host the file on your local server or use Amazon S3 - with support for other CDNs coming soon.
  • Customer Address Book - Give your customers the ability to save multiple shipping and billing addresses and choose which they want to use during checkout. Customers can save as many addresses as they want and quickly select between them during checkout as well as set a default.
  • Reorder Tabs & Tab Groups - Customize Miva to fit your workflow! You can now reorder the tabs on any screen to put the places you visit most front and center. You can also reorder the tab groups, which are the collapsible sections within a tab. All this from a simple drag and drop interface.
  • Payment Method Rules - Take control of your payment options! With Payment Method Rules you can not only sort your payment methods in any display order you wish, but you now have access to powerful rules to limit payment methods by Country, State, Zip, Order Total, or Availability Group.
  • Saved Admin Searches - Create custom "views" based on common searches. Want a quick way to view all Orders over $100 or Products with a certain inventory count? Create a saved search and it is now just a click away.
  • New Marketplace Features - Marketplaces now supports Ebay Motors as well as Amazon UK. Additionally you can now create user groups for marketplaces and restrict admin users to this group. A new Get Orders Button will make the process of pulling in orders from all your marketplaces simple and convenient.


Miva Merchant 9.5 Coming Soon page 

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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.


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.



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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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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

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 -

Base ReadyTheme Framework -

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