The Best Seller Display module interfaces with the internal Miva Merchant 5.0 statistics module to provide your customers with similar best seller information previously only seen by the store owner in the admin interface. It goes a
step further by breaking down the best seller information by category. Your customers will not see exact numbers sold, only relative ranking. As they see the best sellers listed, the display provides them with a convenient link to the
individual products so that they too can see what all the excitement is about. You can reset the statistics through the existing admin statistics interface so that your best sellers can be kept current as product inventory changes. This module is for MIVA Merchant 5.x. We also have the corresponding module for an older version of Merchant.
Through admin, the store owner can place the token for the display on whichever pages he/she desiires. You can specify the number of best sellers that will display in the box, e.g.
top five. The CTGY screen is slightly different from the other screen displays, as it shows the best seller in the category that the customer is viewing at the time. You have the option of excluding specified category screens that
you do not want to display the top selling products. You can also vary the color, size and fonts used in the display box. You can even specify that the module will obey the availability group settings. This will limit the linkage if your best sellers are only available to certain customers and those customers have not logged in first. The upside is that it does not show detailed product info for products that are not available
to all customers. If you choose to allow all customers to view all products in the bestseller list, the module will ensure that only eligible customers can link to the products.
You can exclude specific products from the display. This is useful if you have products that are special sellers, e.g. upsell products.
The layout optionally allows you to include the thumbnail and price of each best seller item. You can set the height and width for your images, hence you should try to keep all of your
thumbnails at about the same aspect ratio. You can vary the layout at each of the screen type so that some can be vertical while others are horizontal or no display at all. Using the render tokens, you can insert the Best Seller Display just about anywhere and on any screen.
The default display is easily configured in the module's admin screen and will display the best sellers either vertical or horizontal. For those with more experience in using the Miva page templates, you can use the custom render token and make all of the table layout configurable with
store morph code by processing the array that the module creates.
In admin, the store owner can view the best sellers under Utilities. The report feature lets the store owner specify how many products from the top down they want to view. So they are not limited to just the top 5 that the regular admin interface displays.
The module currently fully supports the mivasql configuration of MIVA Merchant 5. It also supports MySQL as long as load balancing has the data stored on the single MySQL server and
permissions are set correctly on the data
directories. This would be the case in most of the server setups. If you are using Merchant 5.x and your host is web.com, you will not be able to use this module due to the way they configure their servers. There are no known issues with