As a successful online retailer you have likely encountered growth pains and identified deficiencies and shortcomings in your e-commerce platform as you’ve grown and expanded.  All online retailers reach the point in their evolution where it makes sense to move from a “starter” platform to a more scalable and flexible e-commerce platform.

There is a growing trend amongst online retailers that have started a successful journey with a “starter” platform like Shopify, ZenCart or BigCommerce and are now finding it difficult to scale the next level.  They are considering re-platforming to an e-commerce platform that will propel them to the next level.  Increasingly, successful online retailers are migrating to the Magento e-Commerce platform.

The reason Magento is such a popular choice amongst small and medium sized retailers is its focus on performance, security, customer experience and flexibility.

If you’re like many of these merchants, you’ve found many of the solutions you need with Magento. Here are 4 important considerations to make when re-platforming to Magento:

1. Magento Server Performance – decide if you will host your site on your own servers or with a Magento Hosting Partner. If you don’t have dedicated staff for managing your servers and infrastructure, we recommend a hosting partner like ZeroLag that specializes in Magento and is focused on performance, security and providing excellent support. A hosting partner and a solutions partner specializing in Magento will help ensure your server is sized appropriately for performance and reliability.

2. Magento Data Migration – data is the lifeblood of your e-commerce system and fortunately it is fairly easy to extract your data from your current e-commerce platform and migrate it to Magento using Cart2Cart. Use this service to bulk transfer your product catalog, customers, and orders to Magento.  Work with a Magento Solutions Partner like Crimson Agility for more complex data migration requirements and to ensure your Magento Product Catalog is optimized for SEO and a great customer experience.

3. Magento Theme – if data is the lifeblood, the Magento theme you select is the face of your e-commerce platform.  Once of the advantages of using Magento is that Magento boasts the largest community of theme and extension developers of any other platform. This can also make selecting the right theme a difficult task.  We can help you select a mobile-friendly (RWD) theme that performs well and aligns with your vision for your brand and online presence.  One that we recommend is the Porto theme for Magento. Ask us for a list of live sites using Porto across many different industries.  When deciding what your online store is going to look like, there are many approaches – they vary widely in terms of the effort required and cost. If you require a design consultation to discuss what approach aligns with your vision and budget – call us.

4. Magento Customizations – Magento E-Commerce offers the flexibility to add your own enhancements or select from thousands of extensions developed for Magento by the Magento community. As in most things, there is a “right way” and a “wrong way” to customize Magento.  Not following “best practices” when customizing Magento or failing to refrain from the temptation of adding too many or poorly developed extensions can be the beginning of the decline for your new Magento instance. Always work with a Magento certified developer and Magento solutions partner to ensure your sites remains high performing, reliable and upgrade-safe.

Having a solid plan and proven methodology when re-platforming to Magento can transform a complex process into an event that will increase your sales and grow your online business.

If you’re interested in migrating your e-commerce website and online business to the Magento platform, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Certified Magento Professionals.

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