Magento and eBay Inc. have announced that Magento Go and ProStores platforms will effectively end from February 1st 2015. This is shocking news and has concerned many clients running websites on this platform. Support will be officially dropped for the platform and website owners need to consider an alternative platform sooner rather than later.
Launched in February 2011, Magento Go offered a cloud-based eCommerce solution that was designed to support small businesses without the need for extensive development and provided hosting by Magento. Emphasising the use of built-in modules and additional Magento extensions, Magento Go offered a rapid entry to market but with restricted options to customise.
Although the decision will allow Magento to focus on two core frameworks and deliver even more features and functionality in a faster timeframe, the announcement is likely to impact a significant number of retailers that employed the service, with just under seven months to investigate and proceed with a changeover to an alternative eCommerce solution.
Magento has announced a partnership with Bigcommerce, who offers a SaaS eCommerce solution similar to Magento Go in terms of features, functionality and pricing, however this is not something many people will want to do and WEBS Ltd are able to offer clients alternative, equally spec’d solutions.
We appreciate the concerns that companies using Go will face; the concerns over changes and the potential impact to their business. We have over 15 years of experience within the e-commerce market and understand how effectively deploy an alternative solution with minimal downtime for the website owner.
We are Joomla Website Professionals and Word Press Specialists as well as offering many alternative open source and custom made e-commerce applications, suited to your budget. If you would like to get in touch with us on Freephone 0800 756 9975, we will be happy to discuss options with you.