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A Huge Time (and brain) Saving Advantage
Miva, Inc. www.miva.com
Developer Sandbox is great! We were able to do a major overall of the Miva.com web site without resorting to the use of a dev site. We could keep our changes private until they were tested and approved, and then with a single click, make those changes live.
The ability to easily add multiple users to the project was a huge time saver as well. Instead of using a session ID that could change, requiring me to look it up again and again, we just added the reviewers to the project.
I wish I had this available to me when I last rebuilt the entire Miva website. The days of test pages and individual logins are gone! I will be using this for every change to Miva.com from here on out.
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Show Your Results, Not Your Work
Sandbox makes it easy to work on code and content in your LIVE store without having your customers trip over what you are working on.
It's Really Simple*
(* ...just not obvious)
With Sandbox, you can add content, change the appearance of your site, even add new functionality and features without interupting your customers or requiring you to do the work twice (once on a dev site, and then again on your live site). Furthermore, you can share your progress with a select group of people for testing, review or approval.
Let's look at some simple examples:
Adding Some Style
By default, the basic CSS template is purposefully bland. So let's say you wanted to add some color, style and signage to your site.
What Your Customers See
What You See
The difference is created by a simple line of code and using Sandbox to swap out your CSS Style Sheet files.
Where SandBox Really Earns Its Keep
Miva Merchant's Template architecture lets you control every aspect of design and functionality for your site. However, most design elements and features require changes to mulitple templates. Trying to update them all at once if basically impossible...unless you use Developer Sandbox.
For example, let's say our redesign also needs to change the appearance and content of the category product listing. With Sandbox, we just use the same "project" we used to control style sheet changes.
What Your Customers See
What You See
Adding a Sandbox Project to the Category Product Listing
Now, the Real Magic
When the project is ready for the public, one change makes ALL the changes viewable at the same time, regardless of which templates they are in.
One Change Makes Mulitple Template Changes Live!
...and, if you somehow overlooked something, you can just as quickly revert all template changes back to their previous appearance while you correct the issue.
You Don't Have to Do it Alone
Sandbox also lets you "play well" with others. Want to run your changes by the rest of the team? Easy, just list them as team members in Sandbox, and they'll see your changes and be able to add their own changes too! Each team member can even multiple listings so they can check changes via Smart Phone, tablets or just a different location.
Create and Manage Different Projects and Team Members
Private Content: Premium Content, Internal Policies, Procedures and More
Sandbox is also perfect for creating limited access to content in your store. For example, you can create 'Premium Content' paid pages that only are viewable by specific customers (who are logged in). Or, create internal policies and proceedure pages that are viewable by only you or your staff.
The process is simple: Just create a new page in the Merchant admin, and then wrap the entire page within a Developer Sandbox.
Add Private Access Content Pages
Now you can control access to these pages either by IP Address (handy for internal documents, especially when everyone access the site from the same internet connection) or Customer Id (best when users might be located in different areas).
Provide Access Based on IP or Customer Login
More About Sandbox
Do It Once
As you can see, Sandbox is about making your work more efficient and less stressful. In the past, to be safe, you'd first make changes on a separate development site. Problem is, once you did that, you still needed to copy changes to the live site. This duplicated work exposed your customers to "work in progress" and possible errors, especially when the changes affected multiple templates. And if something wrong did occur, you'd have to revert back to the previous templates and start over.
Easily Control Who Can See the Changes
Sandbox lets you assign who can view changes based on either their IP Address or their Merchant Customer Account. These viewers (we call them Members) can have multiple entries, for example, one associated with their work IP address, another with their home IP address, another for their mobile phone or device and so on.
Once Members are assigned to With Sandbox's project controls, its easy to control what gets seen by whom:
Don't Forget Our Fabulous Support
Don't quite get it? Think Developer Sandbox is beyond your comprehension or abilities? We're here to help. We can quickly assist you in setting up the sandboxes you need for a specific task.
Red items are required
Developer Sandbox is licensed for one year from the date of purchase. This includes free support, feature updates, and of course any bug fix releases.
Products expire after this period unless they are renewed.
The renewal cost for Developer Sandbox is: $48.00.
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