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Migrate From Magento GO to Magento CE

Migrating from Magento Go to Magento Community Edition

You’ve probably already heard the news about Magento Go closing down. The official date that the platform will be closed down is 1st February 2015. It should be worth remembering that Magento itself has two offerings: Magento Community and Magento Enterprise. Since Magento Go merchants are quite familiar with operating a Magento store, it is quite logical that many should choose to move to the Community or Enterprise editions of Magento, rather than learn a new platform, such as BigCommerce.

Migrating to Magento CE

For clients looking to stay on the Magento platform, and are also looking for power and flexibility, you might be tempted by Magento Community – and rightly so! You are already familiar with running a Magento-based shop, so why would you want to learn how to use a completely new piece of software. With Magento CE you’ll be able to focus on rebuilding your store instead.

There are a number of things to remember when you’re looking to move your site from Go to Community, some of which can get quite technical and that’s why we recommend that you work with a company such as MI Digital so we can take the headache out of the transition.

Here’s an overview of difference in services you will receive over the Magento Go Platform.

Support: Phone, Mail, Live support is available to you now at a more personal level than you had with GO.

Magento Go To CEManaged Backend and Product Uploads: The biggest time and resource crunch for Magento is hiring people to just upload your products, ensure your uptime, uploading new campaign banners and so forth. We can easily take the hassle of managing your store off your shoulders and provide timely and quality support and integration services. We also provide marketing services which ensures that the only thing you have to do is relax and concentrate on what you do best.

PCI Compliant, Optimised, Magento tuned hosting done by the MI Digital team based on our years of experience serving global clients and multi-store brands.

Bigger, Better, More Branded Solutions: There was no way to generate a proper branded store under Magento GO. Only pre-determined themes and extensions could be used, and these were very limited plus limited Java script support. No access to your code was given either. However, with Community CE you will have access to the code-base and can make bigger and better changes and should you choose us, you can create a brand in the mind of your customers.

Connected to your Partners. Our services can connect to your existing distributors, fulfillment and logistical partners and suggest new ones e.g. for email marketing services, programmatic buying, analytics and reports on a whole different level such as with Heat Maps, Scroll Maps, Engagement and customer journeys.

Anything Go did, Community can do and it can definitely do it a lot more as well a lot faster. It’s fast, scalable and secure. Whilst this shows a small demo of how the platforms services will differ, of course, migrating your content and domain name are also big parts of the process of migration. Migrating with MI Digital as your partner means that that you won’t lose any content due to the data being re-mapped or ‘lost in translation’. 

If you would  like to discuss how MI Digital can smooth your transition from Magento Go to Magento Community, then please contact us at corporate@midigital.co or connect to us at (UK): +44-20-32901438 or (US): +1-603-842-2536. You may also fill out the contact form here and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.

Magento has emerged as the dominant platform for those interested in e-commerce. The opportunities it provides in terms of customization and optimization are nearly unlimited and it allows you to quickly build an effective and scalable business operation. Magento is state of the art software that includes the most modern ecommerce features available at the moment. There are no barriers for migration to Magento platform from any software you use. The complete list of what is possible is below:

MAGENTO MANAGEMENT FEATURES

  • Select and Control Information to Share Across Multiple Online Stores From a Single Admin Area
  • Assign Roles and Permissions Across Users
  • Web Services API for easy integration between Magento and any third-party application
  • Custom Website Design and Styling
  • Manage Online Customer Groups
  • Integrated Content Management System (CMS) for Creating and Managing Informational Pages
  • Google Website Optimizer Integration for A/B and Multivariate Testing

CHECKOUT, PAYMENT & SHIPPING

  • One-Page Online Checkout
  • Integrated for Real-Time Shipping Rates from UPS®, FedEx®, and USPS®
  • Option on Credit Card Transactions to Authorize and Charge or Authorize Only and Charge on Creation of Invoices
  • Integrated with Amazon Payments, PayPal, Authorize.net, and Google Checkout
  • Ability to Accept Checks, Money Order, and Online Purchase Orders
  • SSL Security Support for All Online Order and Sensitive Transactions
  • Online Tax and Shipping Calculation and Prior to Checkout Estimates
  • Option to Create Account as Part of Online Checkout Process
  • Gift Message Management
  • Configurable Saved Cart Expiration
  • Multiple Shipping Address Management
  • Online Order Tracking from Customer Account
  • Ability to Manage Multiple Shipments on a Single Online Order
  • Destination Country Management
  • Per Order and Per Item Flat Rate Shipping Option
  • Free Shipping Functionality
  • Manage Shipping by Weight and Destination

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)

  • Light Footprint Design for Fast Load Time and Search Engine Optimization
  • Google Site Map Creation and Site Map Auto Generation
  • Search Engine Friendly URL’s Including URL ReWrite Controls
  • META Information Management at Product and Category Levels
  • Auto-Generated Popular Search Terms Page

ANALYTICS AND REPORTING

  • Integration with Google Analytics and more advanced analytic systems such as RJMetrics, KISSMetrics, ClickTale, iPerceptions and more.
  • Admin Report Dashboard with Business Overview
  • Sales Reports Including Total Sales and Returns
  • Tax Reports
  • Abandoned Shopping Cart Reports
  • Best Viewed Products Reports
  • Top Sold Products Report
  • Low Stock Item Report
  • Onsite Search Terms Report
  • Product Reviews Report with RSS Support
  • Tags Report with RSS Support
  • Coupon Usage Report

MARKETING PROMOTIONS AND TOOLS

  • Online Poll Creation and Management
  • Newsletter Management
  • Landing Page Creation Tools
  • Catalog Promotional Pricing and Controls
  • Flexible Coupons Rule and Pricing Restrictions
  • Free Shipping Promotion Management
  • Multi-Tier Pricing for Volume Discounts
  • Bundled Products Options
  • Customer Group Pricing
  • Recently Viewed Products
  • New Items Promotional Tool
  • On Page and In Shopping Cart Upsells and Cross Sells
  • Send to a Friend and Wishlist Management

Order Management

  • View, edit, create and fulfill orders from admin panel
  • Create one or multiple invoices, shipments and credit memos per order to allow for split fulfillment
  • Print invoices and packing slips
  • Call Center (phone) order creation − Includes ability to create new customer, or select existing customer and view shopping cart, wishlist, last ordered items, and compared products list, as well as select addresses, give discounts and assign custom prices
  • Create re-orders for customers from administration panel
  • Email Notifications of Orders
  • RSS feed of New Orders

CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • Contact Us form
  • Feature-rich Customer Accounts
  • Order History with Status Updates
  • Order Tracking from Account
  • Password Reset email from front-end and admin panel
  • Order and Account Update Emails
  • Customizable Order Emails
  • Create and Edit Orders from the Admin Panel

CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS

  • Order status and history
  • Re-orders from account
  • Recently ordered items
  • Address Book with unlimited addresses
  • Default Billing and Shipping addresses
  • Wishlist with ability to add comments
  • Email or Send RSS feed of Wishlist
  • Newsletter Subscription management
  • Product Reviews submitted
  • Product Tags submitted

CATALOG MANAGEMENT

  • Inventory Management with Backordered items, Minimum and Maximum quantities
  • Batch Import and Export of catalog
  • Batch Updates to products in admin panel
  • Google Base Integration
  • Simple, Configurable (e.g. size, color, etc.), Bundled and Grouped Products
  • Virtual Products
  • Downloadable/Digital Products
  • Customer Personalized Products – upload text for embroidery, monogramming, etc.
  • Tax Rates per location, customer group and product type
  • Attribute Sets for quick product creation of different item types
  • Create Store-specific attributes on the fly
  • Media Manager with automatic image resizing and watermarking
  • Advanced Pricing Rules and support for Special Prices (see marketing tools)
  • Search Results rewrites and redirects
  • Approve, Edit and Delete Product Tags
  • Approve, Edit and Delete Product Reviews
  • RSS feed for Low Inventory Alerts Customer Personalized Products – Upload text for embroidery, monogramming, etc. (this one is already there, but want to have the following shown after it)
  • Customer Personalized Products – Upload Image
  • Customer Personalized Products – Select Date/Time options for products
  • Customer Sorting – Define Attributes for Customer
  • Sorting on category (price, brand, etc.)

PRODUCT BROWSING

  • Multiple Images Per Product
  • Product Image Zoom-in Capability
  • Product Reviews
  • Related Products
  • Stock Availability
  • Multi-Tier Pricing Upsell
  • Product Option Selection
  • Grouped Products View
  • Add to Wishlist
  • Send to a Friend with Email

CATALOG BROWSING

  • Layered / Faceted Navigation for filtering of products in categories
  • Layered / Faceted Navigation for filtering of products in search results
  • Flat Catalog Module for Improved Performance with large catalogs
  • Static Block tool to create category landing pages
  • Ability to assign designs on category and product level (unique design per product/category)
  • Configurable search with auto-suggested terms
  • Recently viewed products
  • Product comparisons
  • Recently compared products
  • Cross-sells, Up-sells and Related Items
  • Popular Search Terms Cloud
  • Filter by Product Tags
  • Product Reviews
  • Product listing in grid or list format
  • Breadcrumbs

Talk to us about migrating your store today.

We can also help you in:

  • Migration from Zen-Cart/osCommerce to Magento
  • Migration from CS-Cart/X-Cart to Magento
  • Migration from Virtuemart to Magento
  • Migration from Volusion to Magento
  • Migration from Prestashop to Magento
  • Migration from Opencart to Magento
  • Migration from legacy custom shopping carts (PHP or ASP) to Magento platform