The options on the Domain Settings screen affect domain-level settings (as opposed to store-level) such as your registration information, how software upgrades are handled, administration interface restrictions, and the appearance of the Store Selection page, where visitors can select from among your stores, if you have several.
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If you change the domain name of your store, enter the new name here. The new domain name can be up to 100 alphanumeric characters. This will be entered as the default registration if you upgrade or add another store to your domain.
Note: This only effects your registration information. You will also need to update the links specified under Domain Settings / Site Configuration.
Your license number is also available on this screen, along with the version of MIVA Merchant that you are running.
The information you entered during setup is shown here initially. Changes you make on this screen will be transmitted to MIVA Corporation when your registration is next updated, such as when you upgrade, or add another store to your domain.
Fields in bold are required. You can change the information in these fields, but they cannot be left blank.
View and edit the directories and URL paths for your store here.
URLs in bold are required. They can be changed but cannot be left blank
For Mail Server, enter the address of your Web host's mail server. That is the server that sends out e-mail. This is not an e-mail address. You can get this address from your host. In some cases the host provide this information in an FAQ page. If you cannot find the information on the website, contact the host directly.
Some hosts require that angle brackets enclose the e-mail address. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org would be entered as <email@example.com>. Contact your host to find if you need angle brackets.
Some web hosts use an optional commerce library method to send e-mail. If yours does, they will either set this up for you, or will tell you what to enter here. In general, leave this field blank.
When checked (which is the default), requires entering only alpha numeric characters, the underscore ( _ ) and hyphen ( - ) for the Login and all codes in MIVA Merchant, such as the product code, category code, etc. Strict Validation is recommended and is the default.
Caution: If you clear the Use Strict Validation for Codescheck box, MIVA Merchant wil l allow other characters. However, symbols and punctuation should generally be avoided, and some symbols (such as the %, &, and #) are never allowed for a code. If, after being off, Strict Validation is turned on again, codes which had been valid will become invalid.
Timeouts enable you to set limits on users accessing your administration interface.
Specify the length of time, in minutes, that an administrator can be inactive before the system logs that user off . The default value is 60 minutes.
If you are working on extended projects, and tend to get called away by customers or phone calls, you might want to set this value higher. For instance, 240 minutes would allow 4 hours of inactivity. On the other hand, if your computer is accessible to others, you might want to specify a shorter time, so that if you are away from your computer for more than 15 minutes you will be logged off automatically.
If someone attempts to log in to your administration account, and fails after a certain number of attempts, MIVA Merchant will lock out all attempts to log in for the amount of time you specify here. The default is 15 minutes. This is to discourage hackers and automated processes from continuously trying to log in.
Note: If you are trying to access your administration interface, and it appears that your usual user name and password do not work, it is possible that your account may be locked due to someone else's failed attempts to log in using your user name. If you suspect this may be the case, simply wait the specified amount of time (for instance, 15 minutes), and try again.
Enter the number of times an administrative user can attempt to log in, and fail, before that login name is locked out. The default is 3 attempts. If you are prone to mistyping your name or password, you might want to specify a higher number.
If a user tries to log in, and fails, this number of times, MIVA Merchant will lock them out for the amount of time you specified above.
For added security, the Remote IP address of the user for whom the unique session was created gets recorded is verified at login.
A message in the Administration Interface Main Data area indicates the number of failed login attempts have occurred since your last login. The number of timeouts is also included in this number.
Specify the types of image files, using file name extensions, that you will permit to be uploaded to your store. This is to prevent others, such as store managers, from uploading possibly harmful, or excessively large, files. For instance, you might not want to accept uncompressed formats, such as bitmaps (bmp).
The default file types are gif (Graphics Interchange Format), jpg, jpeg (Joint Photographic Experts Group), jpe (jpg with embedded color profile), and xbm (X-Windows bitmap).
MIVA Merchant will allow administrators to upload any of the file types you specify here. Any kind of image file that can be displayed by web browsers can be used in your store.
To add or remove acceptable image types from the list, simply edit the text in this field. Separate the extensions using a comma, with no spaces, and do not precede each extension with a period. For example: gif,jpg,jpeg,jpe,xbm
With the new Launchpad (at the top of the screen) you can configure the Shortcuts toolbar so the features you use most are only a click away. Set up links to pack data, create batches, delete expired baskets and more.
Click Configure Shortcuts at the top of the window to customize actions and text that appears on the Launchpad buttons.
To customize a Shortcut button click EDIT next to an existing shortcut. Here, you can apply pre-defined links (Available Links), or create custom links for the Miva Merchant Admin or even other Web Sites.
To link to an external site/page, just enter the full URL to the resource.
To link to specific sections of the Admin, you’ll need to enter both the SCREEN and the STORE Codes and, if necessary, the Module Type.
For example, to set a button to go directly to the Shipping Settings screen, you would enter:
To locate the Screen (and Module_Type, if used), hover your mouse over any of the left-menu links. The full URL will appear in the browser’s status bar. You only need to copy the code that BEGINS with “Screen=” and forward.
You can set links to expanded menus as well. To expand the menu beneath Categories in the left menu, we copied the URL code from “Screen=” and forward:
The Quick Find feature lets you locate orders, products, categories and customers on the fly—without ever having to navigate the left menu.
Select what you want to search for and enter the text (order number, product name, code, etc.) then click GO. If you have a mall, you must select the which store to search, as well.
Miva Merchant 5.5 incorporates key settings for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You can reach domain-wide SEO settings by clicking the + next to Global Settings and clicking the Domain Settings link.
Short-links are used to strip non-alphanumeric characters from the URLs to store pages, as well as to make standard linking structures less lengthy and more SEO friendly.
You can utilize prefixes and/or suffixes, and custom page identifiers (for products and categories).
Links like this:
Can now look like this:
Depending upon your server’s settings, some configurations may render the newly updated links to return error pages. Be sure to test the store’s link patterns immediately after making changes.
*This is an advanced feature. It is possible to render parts of your store unreachable with an improper mix of "Short Link Settings." Please do not change the "Short Link Settings" unless you are sure you understand how they work.
Miva Merchant can create, and update on-the-fly, a store map that consists of all categories and products. Once activated, you can modify the SMAP page template to gain full control over the page’s layout.
The Screen code for the Site Map page is SMAP (Screen=SMAP).
Specify the URL to the server where software upgrades will be accessed, and how often you want MIVA Merchant to check for new upgrades.
When you have more than one store in your domain, you will have a screen where users can choose which of the stores they want to visit. The options presented here give you a choice of overall display schemes for your list of stores. Select one, then adjust the particular settings below to customize its look.
Choose how many stores you want to display on each line. For instance, let's say you have 6 stores. If you enter 1 store per line, all of your stores' names will be displayed in a single column. If you specify 3 stores per line, the names of your six stores will be displayed in two rows of three.
The header is anything you want to appear above the store names. You can enter a plain text message here, or HTML code, including image tags, to display your logo, for instance.
The colors you specify on this screen affect only the Store Selection page, where all the stores in your domain are listed. You can enter colors directly, by their hexadecimal values, such as "#3399CC" or "#FFFFFF", or by HTML-supported color names, such as "black", "olive", or "red". If you prefer, click the color bar button to the right of each field, to select colors directly from a color pallette.
Enter the font you want to use for text on the Store Selection page. Keep in mind that some users may not have the font you specify, especially if it is unusual. It is good practice to also specify a secondary font or two, which will be used if your first choice is not available on the user's computer. Separate each font in the list with a comma and a space, like this: Broadway, Verdana, Helvetica
Font sizes are specified relative to a default of 0 (zero). That is, if you want the text to appear somewhat larger than normal, try a value of 1 or 2. For much larger text, experiment with 4, 5, or 6. If you want a smaller size, use a negative number.
There are three places on the Store Selection screen where images can be used. To specify an image, enter the path to the image file (on your server - not on your local computer) here. To upload an image from your computer, if you don't already have it on the server, click Upload. From that Upload File dialog box, you can browse your computer for the image you want. If you do not want to use an image, just leave the field blank.
For the images that appear on the navigation bar, you can use images with transparency to let the background color come through, or solid rectangular images with no transparency. The default images are 15 pixels high. You can follow this example, or use larger or smaller images. The height of the navigation bar will adjust to accommodate the images you specify.