Magento Go announced recently that they are closing up shop and new users looking to use this service have been sent elsewhere to find an alternative. People currently using the service will find it switched off on 1 February 2015.
However, there’s no need to panic. There is plenty of time, and plenty of options out there for you. Magento Go customers have been recommended BigCommerce as an alternative for eBay sellers, but this isn’t your only option. 10,000 small businesses are thought to be affected by the announcement from July. So what should you be doing if you’ve found yourself trying to figure out your options?
There’s no point in sitting still. There are plenty of things you can be doing to arrange your ecommerce platform so that there is no downtime. Research your options carefully to make sure that you are making the right choice about your ecommerce site. No one should wait until the last minute to sort out their platform, and with retailers’ busiest period of the year quickly approaching, there are a number of things you should be doing.
Many users who have been happy with the service from Magento may be considering another option from the same company, and rightly so.
What is the Difference between Magento Go and Community?
Choosing Magento Community allows users to feel comfortable with the dashboard system, as it’s familiar to those of you used to Magento Go. As well as this, there is no risk of losing content. However, Magento Go offered support, hosting, store credits, and gift cards as well as access to themes and layouts in the admin system. Unfortunately, a lot of this easy functionality is lost to the default Magneto Community settings.
For those looking to try something completely new, there can be a number of issues associated with switching to a different content management system, with lots of jargon and nonsense written in the ‘how to’ guides which can baffle those not in the know when it comes to coding.
Key Things to Remember Before You Migrate
After researching all of your options, there are a number of things that you should remember to ensure that your content and data are kept safe.
- Backup all of your order and customer data – this ensures that you won’t lose vital information.
- Backup all of your categories and products – in the event of a problem, it’s good to make sure that your store can be set up in exactly the way that it was before.
- Choose a new theme – remember, having an original theme makes your ecommerce site stand out from your competitors. Free themes are often low quality or so common that your store can look boring, failing to engage your potential customers.
If you aren’t entirely sure about the process, use a professional service or your digital marketing agency to ensure that everything goes smoothly