Scot's Blogger and CMS is a Wordpress replacement for Miva Merchant and adds a WYSIWIG content creator to your store for product blogging, content posts, and more.
Scot's Blogger is a Miva Merchant eCommerce blogging module that makes writing posts and creating marketing content easier than it's ever been.
This product is a dream come true for many of us! - Lynne Phelps, Digital Branding & Information Architext, Sy-Klone International
We really like how Blogger integrates with Miva so smoothly - http://ClassicCarInterior.com
Perfect! Thanks for all of the expert support you have provided. This module has evolved into a very useful tool for me now and I would recommend it to others wanting a built in blog for Miva stores.
~Kris Larson, Larson Shutter Company
Blogging about your products is one of the easiest marketing strategies you have.
The only question is, how do you want to do it?
Scot's Blogger and CMS has you covered. No doubt you will talk to developers who will be quite convincing in their arguments for using Wordpress. Don't be fooled by this. There are very few reasons why any Miva Merchant store needs Wordpress, and many reasons why a store owner should not use Wordpress.
What it really boils down to is security, ease of installation, how it integrates into your store, eCommerce features, and cost.
|Installation||Scot's Blogger is a module made for Miva Merchant.
You install the module and templates in a few minutes.
When you update global parts of your store like the nav bar or footer, you don't have to do anything to Scot's Blogger.
|You need a custom theme which is a time consuming and expensive headache. |
It can take months and thousands of dollars to get the theme to look and feel like your store. If you make any changes to your store, your Wordpress theme must be updated, again, at more cost.
Any updates to your header, footer, CSS, or other global items in your store has to be repeated in your Wordpress theme or customers will think it's a different site when they read a post.
|Security||Scot's Blogger is as secure as your Miva Merchant store because it's part of your store.
You don't have to worry about anything.
|WordPress is coded in PHP which is a non-compiled language and is vulnerable to hacking.
In fact, vulnerabilities are found on a daily basis. Do a search for "Wordpress exploits" to be sufficiently terrified.
Hackers find vulnerabilities in Wordpress all the time, and until the developers fix it, your store is at risk. Also, any one of those often anonymous developers could, and do, put back doors in their plugins which puts your site and your Miva Merchant data at risk.
You will need a lot of plugins help Wordpress act like Miva Merchant which means a lot of possible exploits into your system.
Plugins for WordPress are coded in PHP which means any bug in any plugin can be exploited which also makes your store vulnerable to hacking.
|Integration||Your store functions without any extra work.
Searching for products, the shopping cart, checkout, wish lists, readytheme content sections, every aspect of your store is right there.
Scot's Blogger is part of your store.
|Wordpress does not integrate with your store.
Everything has to be "pulled" in and taped together. It's like using colored tape to paint a house.
Rarely will you see a Miva Merchant wordpress integration look exactly like the store. Most store owners give up and say, "It looks close enough."
However, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Wordpress accounts and Miva Merchant accounts are two different things. If someone creates a wordpress account in your blog pages and then goes to your store, they have to create another account.
If someone adds products to their cart in your store then goes to read a blog post in Wordpress, there is no way for them to checkout until they go back into your store.
Want a mini-basket in your Wordpress pages or someone to add a product you're blogging about to their cart?
A Wordpress developer will create your theme, and then you must hire a Miva developer to create hooks for all the dynamic Miva Merchant items like logins, carts, related products, readytheme content, any of that.
The costs just keep adding up.
|Comments||Your customers create one store account to leave comments (or you can set it for anonymous comments.)||When your customers comment on Wordpress posts, they need two accounts. |
One for your store to buy products, the other for Wordpress to leave comments.
|Plugins & Customization||Scot's Blogger updates are an email away, and your developer knows Miva Merchant inside and out.|
Do you like a certain Wordpress plugin? Just ask and we'll make it happen in Scot's Blogger.
|You will pay your Wordpress developer to create a lot of plugins.
These are used to display products and do everything else that is built into your Miva store.
Wordpress developers, many of them part of overseas coding groups, know nothing about Miva Merchant and often cause more harm than good. Or worse yet, just enough about Miva to cause some real damage.
|Cost||Pay for the module license. |
|It can cost thousands of dollars to get your Wordpress theme the way you want it. |
Once your Wordpress theme is up and running, be ready to create a monthly budget to keep your theme updated to reflect store changes.
Every time you change something in your store, you need to pay your Wordpress developer to keep things in Wordpress updated. It never ends.
Scot's Blogger can be used for blogging, news and other articles, FAQ and documentation, and is an easy way to add content pages to your store without going through the hassle of creating a new page every time you need one.
Some of the features include:
Easily Add Pages to Your Store
Scot's Blogger is also great if you're looking for a way to add a lot of pages to your store without cluttering up your user interface administration. Want to add 20 new pages to your Miva Merchant store? Easy- add 20 blog posts and each one turns into it's own page.
Scot's Blogger is ready for CSSUI, Boostrap (Base Readytheme, Prepworx, Retro), and CornerstoneUX (Suivant, Optics, Iron & Wool, Coustic) Miva Merchant Frameworks and can easily be customized for any other setup.
Scot's Blogger can be also be used as a documentation and FAQ manager.
Who Needs to Blog? Everyone.
Custom content is the number one way to rise in search results, and writing articles and blog posts on your site is the best way to get that custom content.
This is the eCommerce solution for writers who will love Scot's Blogger with Miva Merchant. You get the best of both worlds: an industry leading shopping cart in Miva Merchant, and a blogging module that makes creating new content easy.
Scot's Blogger and Miva Merchant have free trial periods so it's easy to give both systems a test run.
Scot's Blogger is constantly being developed to offer more features and usability. Don't hesitate to ask a question or send in a request for something new.
2.2 - Nov 2017
There is too much to list however here are the major updates.
1.14 - December 25, 2015
1.13 - December 21, 2015
1.12 Fixed permalink and other misc bugs
1.10 Major updates, new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.
See http://scotsscripts.com/faqs/scotsblogger/sb_updates.html for detailed release notes.
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