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That’s a significant cost savings. And if that’s not enough, when you are migrating to Shopify Plus, you get a dedicated project manager to help you migrate and also a dedicated merchant success manager to assist with ongoing growth strategy. These two resources give you a smooth and non-stressful transition to the Shopify Plus platform.
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The end of life has been announced for Magento 1.x. Customers on Magento 1.x will be forced to decide whether to upgrade to 2.x over the next 12 months. After Fall 2018, Magento 1.x Community and Enterprise customers will not longer receive support, patches or upgrades.
The move to Magento 2.x requires a complete re-platform. But be aware that Magento has an aggressive development cycle for its 2.x roadmap, with plans to deploy multiple point releases and security patches in a given year. Like many on-premise solutions, new releases can pose a challenge when the platform has been extended or customized. With each release, the client must organize a true project to understand the impacts to the existing code base. Upgrades can take days or weeks depending upon the situation. In many instances, the client may need to rewrite existing customizations. QA and load testing are required for each individual release.
As a hosted solution, these items are not a concern with Shopify Plus.
Let’s take a look at some common concerns:
Depending on your store, there’s likely to be significant work involved. But considering the fact that moving to Magento 2.x entails a complete re-platforming, you’ll have work ahead of you regardless. But to make things easier, Shopify is offering FREE standard data migrations (or $1000 towards a non-standard migration) on top of the free 6 months!
You’ll also have two additional layers of assistance – the ecommerce pros here at ForeFront Web as well as your dedicated Shopify Project Manager. And with the move to Shopify you’ll gain access to outstanding features like cart scripting, Avalara tax integration and robust APIs.
We hear it all the time – we like Shopify’s ease of use, but can it handle a store my size? Well, if you ask Red Bull, Budweiser and Chicago Music Exchange, they’d all tell you that Shopify sure can.
In fact, a case could easily be made that Shopify is actually a BETTER platform for handling larger sites! Shopify Plus provides 99.99% server uptime, up to 8,000 orders per minute per store, 7,000+ cores, and a fully-integrated Fastly CDN. Shopify Plus gives high growth, high volume merchants the scalability, reliability, and flexibility they need, without all the hassles, long timelines, and expense of an on-premise solution. Many Shopify Plus clients are coming to the platform just accommodate the massive loads associated with flash sales. These flash sales often see thousands of concurrent checkouts at peak. Migrating to Shopify Plus means never having to worry about infrastructure, hosting, networking or load testing ever again.
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Again, here is an area in which Shopify excels. Not only does Shopify offer a plethora of awesome apps, but (unlike Magento) all Shopify Apps have to pass extremely strict guidelines before they can be made available. You’ll get stability and compatibility like you’ve not seen before.
As for customization, Magento is certainly a great platform, as just about everything can be customized. The approach that Shopify has taken is different, but that doesn’t mean it’s worse! Shopify Scripts are truly powerful tools that will allow you to control the features you want without worrying about breaking fundamental code or losing functionality with your next upgrade.
And with the announcement of a slew of new APIs at the 2017 Shopify Unite conference, there’s even greater flexibility across the board! Be sure to check out our Shopify Services and see how our experts can help.
Clients must feel safe and secure when transacting with your brand. For this reason, security is fundamental to ecommerce. PCI Compliance is our industry’s way of verifying security standards for organizations that handle any online payments. PCI Compliance goes well beyond the software itself; it creates dependencies on how the software is managed, deployed and hosted.
While Magento provides the ability to deploy PCI Compliant storefronts, you as the vendor are responsible for ensuring that your site is safe and secure. Ensuring PCI Compliance is costly and time consuming, and the burden of securing the data on the server is entirely yours.
With Shopify Plus, your site will be hosted and protected as Shopify is Level 1 PCI DSS compliant. Shopify Plus also takes care of various compliance assessments and risk management, making sure your site is secure, without the need for you to manage a regular assessment of your site.
Shopify Plus provides a free site-wide SSL certificate to all clients. Most ecommerce websites use SSL encryption technology to protect a shopper’s personal information during the checkout process, but Shopify covers the entire shopping experience.
Shopify Plus offers a fully hosted SaaS solution built to handle any level of volume allowing high-volume merchants to focus on their business, not their IT. Shopify Plus is built on the same infrastructure that supports over 350,000 Shopify merchants, ensuring that flash sales, Black Friday, or heavy daily volume can be handled with ease.
Existing clients are encountering flash sale peaks in the thousands of concurrent checkouts. Offloading concerns around scalability and performance allows you to focus time on energy on value-added pursuits such as marketing and user experience.
If you’re as excited as we are, get in touch with us today! Our primary mission is to make you money and that starts with a simple click!
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