Physical stores can’t carry so many options for the customers, that’s why we came up with a better solution, that is eCommerce. Online e-commerce business has so many options for their customers as they are not bound by the limitations of a physical store. As so, we are seeing continued rationalization on the retail side and that drives more businesses to join the online e-commerce market through their website. Apart from this we a lot of brands that are aggressively growing their businesses mostly through e-commerce.
However, growing e-commerce has its side effects as it has exponentially increased the competition online and harm the small traditional businesses. Well, as painful as it may sound for these traditional businesses, e-commerce has become a necessity. However, things are changing as e-commerce is now also easily available to everyone. This is made possible with the help of platforms like Magento, which is an open-source e-commerce platform. Magento provides its users with a variety of services like e-commerce brochure design, cart system, integrated payment gateway, etc. So, if you are thinking of joining the online market, Magento is the best option for you. However, if you already have a website and want to migrate to Magento, then take note of these important points before you actually migrate to Magento. They will really come in handy when you actually migrate your online e-commerce business to Magento.
Well before we discuss the points you need to know before migrating to Magento, we would like you to know the core benefits of migrating to Magento or reasons as to why you should migrate to the Magento.
- Exponential core performance
- Fast processing and improved loading times. Works more effectively even with high incoming traffic.
- Improved user experience for the admin, and smoothened streamlined backend for better performance
- Includes touch-based user interface for more enhanced user experience
- No need for adding third-party or custom extensions. Magento provides everything you would need from backend to frontend.
- Cost-effective, it is easy to maintain
- Magento also provides self-hosting, so you won’t have to worry about putting yours on a server.
Create a Migration Plan
Most of the time people think that migrating their website is really an easy task. But they forget to take into account the format of the parent and receiving host. Now, your website might be made in a completely different format than websites on Magento. Now, we don’t mean that you are using different t programming languages or frameworks. The difference is accounted for how your website actually manages the data at the backend like your database, object-relational mapper, etc. So, its always better to create a well-defined structure before you migrate your website. If you are worried about what to include and what not to, then look at the flow chart provided by the Magento for migrations, which will be really helpful for you. However, if you are not familiar with coding or web development, we recommend hiring a professional. Things may get complicated if you are just doing them in random order.
Analyze Your Code
One of the most trivial things that you are going to face while migrating to the Magento is maintaining the native functionalities for your website. Let’s assume that you have created your website using Python and the Django framework. Now let us assume that you used a third party extension to add certain functionality to your website. However, when you will migrate to the Magento, you won’t be able to use that third party extension in order to add that certain functionality to your website as Magento does not support third-party extension. You will have to look for a native Magento function or service that could help you add that same functionality to your website. So, its important that make sure that you pinpoint all of such functionalities based on third party extensions before you actually migrate to Magento, or else you will run into an error while migrating.
Don’t Worry About Your Data
Now, looking at a positive side of Magento if everything above went well, you don’t have to manually move your users or any other to the Magento. Magento makes sure that all of your user, product, or customer data is easily migrated to the website, given that you make sure that no errors will occur during the migrations due to thrid-party extension or native web app functions.
Make Sure To Check Your SEO and Technical Optimisation After Migrations
After you have migrated its always a good idea to review your SEO store and technical problems. Make sure that you create a list of all of these websites’ functionalities and optimizations and review them when your website has been migrated. It will also be better if you double-check your SSL certificates and security accords. Here are some general things that you could check.
- Meta tags for all of your products and categories
- Check your URLs carefully and make sure that they remain SEO friendly.
- Images and media are optimized for the website.
Hermit Chawla is a Marketing Manager at Sprak Design. He would love to share thoughts on advertising brochure, Lifestyle Design, Branding Firm, Exhibition design etc..