Magento Go Shut Down – Best Next Steps to Move Your eCommerce
Magento Inc., an open-source content management system for eCommerce websites, owned by eBay, recently announced that they would be shutting down their Magento Go and Magento ProStores platforms in early 2015. With Magento Go and ProStores going off the market, now is the time to migrate your eCommerce store to another powerful Magento eCommerce platform.
Magento Go Migration – Where Should I Go Next?
Magento Go and ProStores are shutting down on February 1, 2015. According to Mark Lavelle, SVP, Product and Strategy, eBay Enterprise, the decision to discontinue Go and ProStores is part of a bigger realignment strategy:
“We’re focusing our resources on Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition, two solutions that better support and better equip small and medium size merchants to prosper in the evolving and increasingly competitive eCommerce landscape.”
Magento will continue to offer two of its standalone products – Magento Community Edition (CE), a free open source software application generally for mid-sized merchants, and Magento Enterprise Edition (EE), a commercial application designed for businesses that require technical support with installation, usage, configuration, and troubleshooting.
Migrating to these platforms entirely depend on your store size with an existing database and site usage.
Magento Community Edition (CE) will look and feel like Go in many respects. It is a full featured solution that you can run on almost any web hosting platform. Data can be exported and imported into CE.
Magento Enterprise Edition (EE) is perfect for fast growing business. Despite being a costly solution, Magento Enterprise edition is quite popular because it encompasses hundreds of extensions along with an open architecture to add more functionality. The solution offers complete B2C and B2B support.
Both of these versions require dealing with some technical aspects during migration. That’s why working closely with an ecommerce development company can take the headache out of the transition.
We recommend that you don’t delay and get started on the Magento Go migration process as early as you can. It would behoove your business to have everything finished before the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Contact us if you have any questions about migrating from Magento Go, support for Magento, or to help smooth your transition to a new Magento eCommerce solution.