These days we are building more and more e-commerce sites for clients and Miva Merchant has proven itself to be one of our more valuable tools in really delivering a top-notch storefront. So when the folks over at Miva Merchant HQ asked us to guest author a post on their blog, we jumped at the opportunity. We’ve developed a wide range of online stores using many different shopping cart platforms over the years, such as osCommerce, CRE-Loaded, Zen-cart, Magento (Community & Enterprise), Yahoo Stores, eBay Stores, Drupal and even WordPress to name a few. With this kind of experience under our belt, we can tell you without hesitation that the road to success is much smoother with Miva Merchant.

This month at the Miva blog we discuss making your website design top-notch while also keeping it relevant to your industry and audience.

I first started working with Miva Merchant back in 2001 as a freelance developer. Back then, most people’s first exposure to Miva Merchant (originally Miva) was the result of it being offered as a free shopping cart add-on to their hosting plan. Since it was free software, many small businesses began using it without even really considering other choices. Over the years since then, many free open source shopping cart platforms have come and gone; and while many of those original Miva Merchant customers may have jumped ship along the way in pursuit of that mythical perfect free shopping cart, those who stuck with Miva have been the beneficiaries of a mature, solid, well-built platform that has made millionaires of many of those first small business owners.