Magento go – shutdown
Magento go is gone forever and it is already time to get the migration mode on. If you are still skeptical about which platform to move your store to, the winner will clearly be Magento even if you take all the eCommerce platforms into consideration. The enterprise edition is totally a different story as it involves big bucks and especially for those who have preferred to go with Magento Go the Magento community edition is the perfect place that would welcome your landing.
Why still Magento?
This question is quite concerning for many of you and in this section we will explain (not convince) why continuing with Magento is a good choice.
Putting aside the well known fact that Magento is sturdy and the most preferred platform, there are much more convincing aspect to stay with Magento. It is ready for any sort of customization and flexible enough to accommodate integrations and tweaks.
Having used Magento Go earlier it will be more convenient to use Magento Community Edition, the free, open source edition of Magento, instead of learning a totally different interface of some other eCommerce platform.
Being familiar with Magento, your migration will be more of a rebuild or enhancement of your current store instead of a complete new build. At last, you can take advantage of surplus extensions and themes (free and paid) available through Magento Connect.
Why the migration process is considered technical?
Now, moving over to how we can migrate, it is definitely a technically daunting task.
With Magneto GO, drag, drop, action buttons and a list of enable / disable settings did the job of setting up your eCommerce store while with the open source version of Magento, you are completely on your own.
Magento GO made use of Enterprise Edition codes which are highly secured and kept away from open-source Magento developers. Since the access to these Magento Go codes is very less, the migration can get quite technically tough, especially if you have done customization in your Magento Go store. However, the structure comparison of Magento GO and CE are quite similar and so the migration will not be hectic throughout.
The Migration Process
Before we begin, keep in mind that migrating between Magento GO to Magento CE will not result in any data loss as the data are being remapped.
It all begins with choosing a hosting provider. It is always advisable to go for a cloud hosting solution like Amazon as you always want your customer base and business to triple. For this, you can go for cloud hosting consultants (cloud page link) who can handle the necessary cloud server setup technicalities of your web store.
Then, the installation of Magento Community Edition 188.8.131.52 into new server environment should have to be done. Once it’s done, you will have access to the FTP, database and other technical add-ons.
During product migration, product mapping is necessary to make sure that the products are perfectly synching with the category structure while being installed into Magento CE. The attributes of products should also be matched.
Then the products should be imported along with details including description, SKU, pricing, images, demo videos and other information, if any.
Your highly valuable asset, the customer database should then be migrated. Customer import includes the transfer of customer details, their login credentials, shopping history etc to continue your business strategy from where you have left.
Configuring your Magento Store on CE
Once you are settled with getting all your data imported on Magento CE, you will have to focus on your store settings. Store settings include setting up of shipping addresses, payment gateways, specifying store addresses, transnational emails and much more.
The testing is a phase by phase process which should begin with browser and device compatibility (if the site is responsive). Next to it, browse throughout your website, navigate back and forth across all pages, checkout for broken links, form submissions, action buttons and all other functional areas in order to check the browsing convenience and errors.
Admin and user options such as adding product from the back-end (with details such as images, price), adding products to cart will have to be checked. Have a keen eye on the shipping settings, payment settings, and checkout process in order to avoid cart abandonment.
And then, Go Live!
With all these said, we are done with explaining the stages of a Magento GO to Magento Community Edition migration. This outline will serve you as a check list to do a safe migration but however, a strong technical assistance is required to get your store through a technically perfect migration.