Migration from Magento Go to Magento CE

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Magento go is all gone by now and its the perfect time to move on to the next platform. But what would best suit the needs as like Magento. Enterprise edition will cost you more, the best option is to move on to Community edition.

We may wonder why Magento again and why not any other platform,

 Why Magento?

Though magento is the most preferred platform there are few features possessed by it which retains the end user convenience. It is ready for any sort of customization and flexible enough to accommodate integration and tweaks.

Having used Magento Go, it is quite convenient to move on to the open source Magento Community edition than any other platform.

This helps in quick enhancement and customization of the current store instead of a new build. Also there is a greater advantage of surplus extensions and themes both free and paid available through Magento connect.

Does migration is purely technical?

magento_go_migration_magento_communityMoving over to Magento community from Magento Go is purely technical oriented task. Where Magento Go has specific features like drag,drop ,action buttons and a list of enable/disable settings were available on ready mode but in the open source Community edition all these features have to be set manually.

Moreover Magento Go uses few codes from Enterprise edition which eases the security related issues from Magento developers.Due to the lack of access to these codes the migration process have been though especially when customization of store has been carried out.

Since both Magento Go and Magento community possess the same kind of structure the dissimilarities has been tackled.

Migration process

Migration process does not result in the data loss as remapping is being carried out.

Hosting solution

It is always advisable to choose a cloud hosting provider. For example, hosting solutions like Amazon S3 are preferred among the customers who want to triple their business. Certain cloud hosting consultants like Cloud page link handle the necessary cloud server technicalities of the web store.

Export

Once the installation  process ends all the data is exported from Magento Go to Magento CE. Data include products, customer, orders, media files including product images, custom CSS, design files, custom templates, CSS and JavaScript files.

Installation

Installation of Magento CE 1.9.0.1 into the new server environment has to be done. Once the installation is completed, access to FTP, database and other technical add-ons are provided.

Design migration

This involves the migration of all the design features of the Magento Go into Magento CE environment. All the CSS files, JavaScript, design, styling etc… are migrated. If the site was responsive with the earlier edition the new migration replicates the feature else technical tweaks have to be done to make the site responsive.

Product migration

Product mapping is done during this stage to make sure that the category structure and attributes of the products are syncing with the newly installed CE. Then products along with the details including description, SKU, pricing, images, demo videos and other information has to be imported.

Customer details import

Customer database most valuable asset has to be imported. This process includes the transfer of customer details, login credentials, shopping history etc..for the successful continuation of the business strategy.

Configuration

Once all the import ends the next step is to focus on the store settings. This includes payment gateways, shipping addresses, specific store addresses, transaction emails, etc…

Testing

Testing process is carried out in phases beginning with compatibility check (responsiveness of the site). Next navigation back and forth across the pages, check out broken lines, form submissions, action  buttons and all other functional areas to check browsing convenience and errors.

On the backend admin options such as adding product form the backend, adding products to the cart has to be checked. In order to avoid cart abandonment shipping settings, payment settings and checkout process has to be checked regularly.Once checklist of all the above mentioned procedures has been completed the migrated Magento CE is ready is go live!

To migrate to a new Magento CE platform contact us on sales@veltrod.in.


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