Part of our ongoing Ecommerce Update series
On February 1, 2015, two major ecommerce platforms will be shutting down operations: Magento Go, the easy-to-use merchant platform from Magento, and Prostores, the ecommerce solution from eBay. Any small or mid-size business using either of these online platforms will be forced to make a big decision about what to do next. We’re here to help.
What’s my first step?
Before you make any rash decisions and jump ship to another platform, take some time to think about what’s best for the future of your online business. Remember, you have plenty of months to make any transition, meaning you have plenty of time to plan and execute appropriately.
You’ll want to choose a new vendor that will be able to handle your future plans. So ask yourself: Are you growing? Adding lots of new products? Require new functionality? Research all the platforms, find the one that’s right for you and put a plan in place to migrate everything over.
You may want to start the process this year (get everything set up), but not fully transition until after the busy holiday season. The last thing you need to be doing is tinkering with a new platform when online shopping transactions and customer service issues are at their peak.
I have a Magento store. Is Magento going away?
Nope, just Magento Go is going away. Magento Enterprise and Magento Community are here to stay and both remaining platforms are excellent. This is great news for Magento Go customers who are already planning to make the jump to a larger platform. For other Magento customers, the fact that the company is cutting ties with Magento Go means they’ll put more energy into Enterprise and Community and make them even better.
I hear Bigcommerce is offering a FREE transition. Is that true?
Yes, Magento is partnering with Bigcommerce to help small and mid-size businesses transition from a Magento Go store to a Bigcommerce store. The transition is completely free and it is a very complementary platform for many businesses. If you need assistance customizing your new Bigcommerce store or updating your design, we are a Bigcommerce Premium Partner and would be happy to get you fully setup and making sales immediately.
How do I get the free migration from Bigcommerce?
Click here to go to the Bigcommerce page explaining the exclusive migration offers for Magento Go & ProStores clients. They have lots of information to help you get started.
Are there other Magento Go alternatives and Prostore alternatives for transition?
Of course! You can transition your store to Shopify, Volusion or any of the other popular and practical ecommerce platforms. We have experience with most of them and our expert team can assist in your migration.
I still have questions. Who can I speak to?
The process isn’t easy, which is why we’re here to help. Fill out the form at our Request a Quote page or call us at (800) 970-8466 to arrange for a Free Consultation. Our LeapGo team can walk you through all your options and help you make the best decisions. It doesn’t cost a thing so don’t hesitate because February 1, 2015 will be here before you know it.