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Global vs Local Items#

In Miva, understanding the distinction between local and global items assigned to a page is crucial for efficient management and customization of website elements. Let’s delve into the differences between these two types of items and how they impact the overall design and functionality of your Miva Merchant store.

Local Items#

At its essence, a local item is confined to a specific page within a branch, exerting its influence solely on that particular page’s layout and settings. Any modifications made to a local item — whether to its design, configuration, or attributes—affect only the page to which it is assigned. For instance, the header and footer sections unique to a page exemplify local items. Changes made to these elements alter their appearance exclusively on the corresponding page.

Global Items#

In contrast, a global item transcends the boundaries of individual pages, serving as a centralized component accessible across multiple pages within the website. Alterations made to a global item, such as a global header or footer, reverberate across all pages that utilize that specific item. This centralized approach streamlines the process of updating shared elements and ensures consistency in design and functionality throughout the website.

When navigating the page settings, the absence of a specific item under the collapsible menus indicates its global nature. For instance, if the navigation bar (Nav Bar) does not appear under the page settings, it suggests that it is a global item shared across multiple pages.


Understanding the distinction between local and global items empowers developers and administrators to effectively manage and customize elements within their Miva Merchant store. By leveraging both types of items strategically, users can maintain consistency in design, streamline updates, and create engaging and cohesive user experiences across their website.