Magento Go Migration to BigCommerce (or Shopify?)

Last updated on November 8, 2018

Magento Go MigrationSo Magento Go is shutting down, so if you are using their services, the last day that your online store will be working will be February 1, 2015.

Pretty crappy if you’ve been using their services to power your ecommerce store… but I suppose they’ve made a decision to focus on their higher end services such as their Enterprise & Community Editions.

So what do you do?

I think there are 2 main factors to consider if you want to keep running your business:

1) Magento Go Migration – how is it done?

2)  Which ecommerce builder should you consider using / migrating to?

1) Magento Go Migration – How Is It Done?

Migration can be very smooth, or it can be a royal pain in the butt.

Anytime when you try to transition from a website to another, there will inevitably be hiccups.  All the features that you’ve been using while at Magneto Go.  Any customizations you’ve made.  How will all these be transferred to another ecommerce platform in the least painful way?

Here’s some good news and some bad news.

Good News – There are other very capable ecommerce builders available that you can continue to use to power your business (more below).  They also have importing functions that can help you move your precious data from Magento.

Bad News – All online store builders have different features / tools.  So what you had with Magento Go may or may not be available with these ecommerce platforms.  Also, the migration process may not be as easy as a flick of a switch.

So I have a confession to make.  I’ve never used Magento Go before, so I’m not entirely clear on how challenging (or easy) it is to migrate data away from Magento.

But before you pump your fist in the air in anger, here are a few tips and suggestions that I have to offer after doing some research online….. keep reading.

2) Which Ecommerce Builder Should You Consider Using / Migrating To?

BIGCOMMERCE

Magento Go did recommend their users to check out BigCommerce, which is a really good ecommerce builder (or else why would they recommend it, right?)

BigCommerce has also put up this dedicated page to explain why you should move your store to them.

Magento Go Migration - Bigcommerce Offer

It looks like BigCommerce is offering free migration and some sort of exclusive offer of up to $900 in free and discounted services.

I’m not entirely what these services are, but it’s definitely worth signing up and checking out what they have to say.

SHOPIFY

Before you commit to BigCommerce, you should also checkout Shopify, another premium ecommerce online store builder.

Shopify has also launched a special offer to Magento Go users, offering:

  • 10% discount on all plans
  • Free Magento Go migration services
  • Free 1 hour call with a Shopify Ecommerce Guru
  • 14-day free trial

Magento Go Migration - Shopify Offer

So at least Shopify is a bit more transparent / detailed about what they are offering you.  With BigCommerce, as mentioned, they only offered up to $900 in free and discounted services.

I think the free 1 hour call with a Shopify expert is quite interesting and can get you up to speed on the learning curve on how to best use their tools, especially when you have been using Magento’s tools previously.  So if you have any questions about how you can adopt some of Shopify’s tools to give you similar results as what you had with Magento, this is your perfect opportunity to do so!

Further, there is a Magento Importer app that you can use (it’s free in Shopify’s app store) to migrate all your data.  But then again, why do it yourself if Shopify’s team will do it for you for free!

BigCommerce vs Shopify

Shopify and BigCommerce are competing head to head in the online store battle.  Both have their own pros and cons.

Here is a high level overview of what I think:

1) Themes / Designs – Winner – Shopify

2) ECommerce Tools – Tie (pretty even, and it really depends on what specific tools you need)

3) Support – Winner – Shopify

4) Experts – Winner – Shopify

5) Apps – Tie (again pretty even, and depends on what you need)

6) Credibility – Both are strong. But Shopify has more paying customers at the moment

CONCLUSION – MAGENTO GO MIGRATION

Magneto Go closing down shop is a royal bummer.  But what can you do?  It’s time to move forward to the next phase of your online store.

Choosing between BigCommerce and Shopify is by no means an obvious choice.  You really have to invest some time, test both out, and see which one suits your needs better than the other.  Both offer free trial periods (specifically 14 days for Shopify and 15 days for BigCommerce).

But one thing to keep in mind is that both ecommerce platforms are trying to make life and migration a bit easier for you, offering you special deals as listed out above.

Overall, Shopify has much nicer designs, a bigger ecosystem of experts and theme designers to help you customize your store, and at the moment has pretty much 2 times the number of paying customers than BigCommerce.

BigCommerce does have a broader set of tools than Shopify.  But then again it really depends on what tools you are looking for.  One thing to note is that BigCommerce is now aggressively expanding their theme selections (they recently announced BigCommerce Next).

Our suggestion is for you to take up their free trial periods to see which one works better for you.  Spend a few hours playing around with both builders and experience them for yourself.  Both are the top tier e-commerce builders in the market, and there are good reasons why they’re at the top.

See Shopify’s Special OfferSee BigCommerce’s Special Offer

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Jeremy

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Jeremy

About Jeremy

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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    Alok
    Thanks Jeremy for publishing fantastic articles. I have a query, which eCommerce software is best for large number of SKUs (say 300K-500K)? I am seriously considering Magento versus Prestashop. Are both good or one is better than the other? Or is there some other option better than these both?
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      Jeremy
      Hi Alok, That's a lot of SKUs, and personally I don't have any experience managing such a large number of SKUs. What I would suggest is that you contact their technical support team to see if they can actually manage that number of SKUs, and to provide some examples of some sites that are comparable to what you need to build. - Jeremy