Miva vs Pinnacle Cart

Miva vs Pinnacle Cart

Miva Merchant offers a licensed version of their E-Commerce solution from their web site. Additionally the product can be purchased through various hosting companies they have relationships with. Recently they have started to provide a monthly hosted solution.


 

Pinnacle Cart

Miva Merchant

Location of SupportUS Based SupportUS Based Support
Technical Support Plan30-Day, toll-free phone support and 1 year unlimited email support INCLUDED with any new cart purchase.
Additional support packages are available.
Must join “Miva Merchant Service Club” for $129 setup fee plus $19.95/month.
Support hours are M-F 7am-7pm.
Pricing$29.95-$149.95 Per month hosted$995 Licensed
Design and Development ServicesPinnacle Cart is built on the most widely used scripting language PHP. Additionally, we have developed a Third-Party Developer marketplace of Pinnacle Cart experts who compete for your development projects guaranteeing competitive pricing for all custom design and development projects.Since programmers must know MIVA’s proprietary development language to work with the cart, they tend to charge higher rates and can be more difficult to find. They do have a developer network.
Number of Categories / ProductsUnlimitedUnlimited
Multi – Language / Multi – Currency SupportYesYes
Ability to customize the look of your site without programming knowledgeYes. Pinnacle Cart’s easy-to-use “Cart Designer” toolbar allows you to set up your site quickly and easily with just a few clicks.Yes, limited features in the admin area
Provides assorted buttons / headers / graphicsYes, over 100 different sets of buttons and headersNo
Supports wholesalersYes. Plus the ability to create pricing / discount groupsYes
Supports Digital DownloadsYesYes, with limited features
Image Zoom and MagnifyYesNo
Supported Product FeedsGoogle Base, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Shopzilla, BizRate, Shop.com, Google SiteMap and morenone
SEO Friends URL’sYesUnknown
Inventory trackingSupports both inventory at both the product and attribute levelYes
Create “buy x get x free” promotionsYesNo
Supports Amazon.com feature “Customers who bought this also bought this”YesNo
Ability to create Product Update NewslettersYesNo
Import / Export Product DatabaseYesN/A

Technical Specification

Pinnacle Cart

Miva Merchant

Application LanguagePHPMiva proprietary scripting language
DatabasemySQLmySQL

Payment Features

Pinnacle Cart

Miva Merchant

Supported Payment MethodsPayPal Standard, PayPal Pro, PayPal Express Checkout, PayPal Payflow, PayPal UK, Authorize.net, Google Checkout, DataCash, Echo, HSPC, LinkPoint, NTP Now, PSI Gate, Transaction Central, World Pay, USA ePay, PayJunction, Moneris, ViaKLIX, Shift 4, ProTX, NETbilling, iTransact, Fast Transact, 2Checkout, QuantumGateway by CDG Commerce, Credit card with validation and more.PayPal Standard
Allows for custom payment methodsCheck, eChecks, COD, Fax, Credit Card storage w/validationCheck, COD, Credit Card storage w/ validation
Quantity DiscountsYesRequires Add-On

Shipping Features

Pinnacle Cart

Miva Merchant

Supported Real-Time Shipping MethodsUSPS, UPS, Fed-Ex, Canada PostFed-Ex
Supports Custom Shipping MethodsWeight, price, base + weight, quantity, flat rate, free shipping, destination, ability to disable methods based on destinationFlat rate

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