Magento Go and Pro Stores Shutting Down – Get Ready to MigrateJuly 21st, 2014
eBay has decided to shut down two of Magento’s products – Magento Go stores and Pro Stores, just 3 years after acquiring the company. Both the Magento Go Stores and Pro Stores were aimed at small sized and medium sized online retailers, and by announcing to shut them down, eBay has clearly signalled that they are no longer focusing on SaaS customers. The two products served 10,000 merchants combined. Ignoring the needs of such a large number is a dumb move by a company like eBay.
But at the same time, shutting down these two products might be a good idea, considering Magento Go never actually offered online retailers the modern features. Support issues were also always evident with Go customers. For these very reasons, Magento Go didn’t gained traction at any time in the wake of competitors like Shopify who offer their customers great modern features, boasts of excellent customer service, and is also known for its AppStore.
For retailers who have been running their businesses on Magento Go and Pro stores, this news might come as a very disturbing one. It is not always easy to migrate to another eCommerce platform when you have already set up shop on a particular platform. But hey, there is good news for you.
Shopify, the best eCommerce platform aimed at Small and medium sized online retailers is offering all Magento Go and Pro customers a great offer:
- A free 14 day Shopify trial
- A free migration tool
- A 10% discount on their monthly plan if they sign up before July 31.
The migration tool offered by Shopify is a great tool that facilitates easy migration of all your product data, customer information and order information. But it is a massive task that requires a number of resources and a tiring effort. It is always best when you avail the services of professional Shopify experts to ease the transition process.
As we discussed before, Shopify doesn’t offers its customers any modern features that come with Shopify. With holiday selling season approaching in the year end, you will want to migrate well before that to offer your customers all these modern features. You should also migrate well in advance so that your new store is already indexed in the search engines’ indexes when you make the transition from Go or Pro to Shopify.
We at Softpulse Infotech are committed to the success of SaaS merchants. We have also been providing our services as Shopify experts for a long time. The trust and confidence that our esteemed clients vest in us is a result of our dedication and expertise at our work. We work with our clients to understand what they need before taking up and starting the project. We also maintain constant contact with the client during the project execution phase.