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Migrating from Magento Go to Magento Community? Customer Paradigm Can Help.

Magento Developer

Fixed Price Magento Go to Magento Community Migration: $4,750
(See details below.)

We’re here to help. And to make it easy.
(And to make sure the code works)


Customer Paradigm, a Magento Silver Solution Partner, has created special software and processes to make the migration from Magento Go to Magento Community as quick and easy as possible.

Our developers know Magento’s 150,000 lines of code inside and out, and have been tested directly by Magento and certified to work on Magento Websites.

We’ve been able to automate most of the migration process, but there’s still work that real humans need to do. Call us today!

Need to Move from Magento Go to Magento Community?

On July 1, 2014, Magento decided that Magento Go… had to “Go.” As of February 1, 2015, Magento Go will go away forever. Anyone on the Magento Go platform needs to migrate.

Magento Go is a hosted version of the Magento Platform. It uses some of the Magento Enterprise code base, but was severely locked down and restricted. It was great for basic users, but it didn’t allow eCommerce merchants to be able to leverage most of the integration or additional functionalty from the Magento Connect world. For example, if you wanted to tie into a third party database system for inventory syncronization, Magento Go can’t handle this functionality. Unfortunately, the support costs and hosting costs of the platform were too much for Magento, and they are shutting it down. 

Magento - Time is Short to Migrate!

Migrating to the Magento Community platform might make sense to do. Magento is used by 30% of eCommerce sites, world-wide. It’s a secure, very robust system.

The good news is that the overall structure of the Magento Go site is very similar to the Community platform.  

The bad news is that because we have limited access to the Magento Go system, it’s not quite a copy-paste automated process to convert the site from one platform to the next.

We have spent a lot of time working on migration tools and techniques to make the process as easy and automated as possible.  We are able to migrate over the products, customers, past orders and media files (i.e. all of the product images) in a semi-automated way.  We do need to take the export files and do a bit of magical data transformation.

There are still several parts of the process that require a human to set up and transfer information, such as the design files, CMS pages, product categories, attributes, custom options and static blocks.  Other information such as coupon codes, shipping settings, transactional emails and other store settings also have to be set up by a person.

As a Magento Silver Solutions partner, we have worked on hundreds of Magento sites.  We’ve helped upgrade Magento stores, both on the Community and Enterprise platforms.  We’ve done complex downgrades from the Enterprise platform to the Community platform. 

Our team has spent tens of thousands of hours learning the Magento code base inside and out, so that we can leverage this expertise for your site migration.

  • We’re based in Boulder, Colorado, in an open office environment. 
  • We don’t outsource overseas.  You won’t have to worry about time zone challenges, language barriers or cross-cultural communications. 
  • We answer the phone during working hours, and respond quickly to emails. If you want to come into the office to meet with our team, we’re always open to this.
  • We do things right, responsibly, and are here to help make sure your site is migrated with a minimum of hassle on your end. 

Free, No Obligation Consultation About Magento Go to Magento Community Migration:

Call Today! 303.473.4400  Toll Free 888.772.0777 Or Click Here To Have A  Real Person Contact You Now >>

What do you need to migrate Magento Go to Magento Community?

  • Web Hosting. (We have Magento Web hosting recommendations here >>)
  • Payment Provider. (We recommend PayPal Pro and/or Authorize.net.)
  • Someone to help set up a new instance of the Magento Community platform, and migrate over your design, products and content. (We can help!)

Our Magento Go to Magento Community Migration process is fairly straightforward:

We have come up with a streamlined process to make the migration process go as quickly and efficiently as possible:

Step I: Export from Magento Go System

  • Using your username and password to the Magento Go storefront, Customer Paradigm will go into the system and do an export of the following information:
    • Products
    • Customers
    • Orders
    • Media Files, including product images
    • Custom CSS and other design assets

Magento Go - Admin Login
Magento Go – Admin Login, used for the Magento Go to Community Migration. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

Magento Go - Manage Attributes for Conversion to Magento Community - Screenshot
Magento Go – Manage Attributes for Export / Migration to Magento Community. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

  • We will use our proprietary software that we built for Magento Go to Community migrations to gather non-exportable content, including:
    • Templates
    • Non-Custom CSS
    • Javascript files

Magento Go CSS Editor - Screenshot
Magento Go – CSS Editor Screenshot for Export. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

Magento Go - Export Attributes for Products for Go to Community Migration
Magento Go – Export Attributes for Migration to Magento Community. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

Step II: Installation of fresh version of Magento Community

  • Customer Paradigm will install a clean, standard version of Magento Community
  • We will use the GIT repository version control system to keep track of any changes to the code base.
  • We will install this on our development server, where you’ll have access to see all of the changes as they are being made.

Step III: Category, Attribute and CMS Manual Creation

  • One of our team members will go into the Magento Go system on one screen, and the new Magento Community Version on another screen.
  • They will then manually re-create the following:
    • Product categories  (up to 100 categories included)
    • Attributes (up to 100 attributes included)
    • Transfer of CMS content (up to 50 CMS pages and blocks included)

Magento Go Categories Structure for Migration
Magento Go – Category Structure for Export for Magento Community Migration. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>


Magento Go - Theme Customization for Magento Migration to Community - Screenshot
Magento Go – Theme Customization for Export / Migration to Magento Community. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

  • If you have more attributes, categories or CMS content, the following additional charges will occur:
  • We will set up a fresh, clean copy of the Magento Community platform (currently for you, on one of our test servers.
  • We will migrate over your design.
  • We will copy over your content pages.
  • We will work with you to export your products and categories, and import them over to your new test site.
  • We will hook up your payment provider, help you choose shipping options, coupon codes and more.
  • We’ll train you on how to best use your site, and process orders (you’ll likely have more options available than on the Go Platform)
  • Once your site is tested, we can help push everything live, and migrate your domain name to point to the live site.

100 – 200 Categories
201 – 400 Categories
401 – 600 Categories
600+ Categories

+5 Hours
+5 Hours
+5 Hours
Quote req.

50 – 100 Attributes
101 – 150 Attributes
151 – 200 Attributes
200 + Attributes

+3 Hours
+3 Hours
+3 Hours
Quote req.

50 – 80 CMS Pages & Blocks
81 – 110 CMS Pages & Blocks
111 – 140 – CMS Pages & Blocks
140+ CMS Pages & Blocks

+2 Hours
+2 Hours
+2 Hours
Quote req.


Step IV: Design Migration

  • During this step, we will migrate your Magento Go design over to the new Magento Community site.
  • Because we do not have access to the actual design templates from the Magento Go system (like we would with a Magento Community or Enterprise system), we have written migration software, and created custom processes to make this go as quickly as possible.
  • During this step, we will:
    • Implement non-custom and custom CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
    • Implement Magento Community design files and elements.
    • Migrate Javascript.
    • Importing design and styling.
    • We will address any of the styling and formatting issues on the site that need to be addressed.
    • If your Magento Go site was built with a responsive theme (making it work automatically with laptop, tablet and smart phones), we will migrate this over for you.
    • If your existing Magento Go site is not built with a responsive theme, the new site will not be responsive, unless we do additional design changes to the theme.

Magento Go Media File Export Process - Screenshot
Magento Go – Media File Export Process for Magento Go to Community Conversion. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

Step V: Product Migration

  • During this step, will move over your products from the Magento Go store to the new Magento Community site.
  • A bit of background:
    • When Magento was originally designed and built, the company building it (Varien, led by Roy Rubin) created the Magento eCommerce platform with the idea that a person would go into the interface and add products one at a time.
    • Due to the complexity of Magento products, the system was not designed for an easy import process.
    • If you only have 5-10 products, this isn’t a problem.
    • But if you have many, many products, this doesn’t work.
    • Customer Paradigm has spent thousands of hours working on product imports for the Magento software system, and know how to do things the right way, and quickly.

Magento Go - Orders Export Screenshot for Magento Go to Community Migration
Magento Go – Orders Export Process for Migration to Magento Community. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

  • We will need to take the product export from the Magento Go store, and modify the export to work properly into the Magento Community platform.
    • This requires us to use our custom-developed data transformation tools to make the products map properly to the category structure.
    • We will verify the match of inputted categories and attributes into the system.
    • And we will import all of your products, including description, weight, SKU, pricing, manufacturer, product images and other information into the new Community site.
    • Included is an import of up to 1,000 products.
    • For more than 1,000 products, additional charges will apply:

    1001 – 2000 Products
    2001 – 3000 Products
    3000 – 4000 Products
    4000+ Products

    +4 Hours
    +4 Hours
    +4 Hours
    Quote req.


Free, No Obligation Consultation About Magento Go to Magento Community Migration:

Call Today! 303.473.4400  Toll Free 888.772.0777 Or Click Here To Have A  Real Person Contact You Now >>


Step VI: Customer Import

  • During this step, will move over your existing customers into the Magento Community system.
  • Due to differences in the code base, some data transformation is required for customers and orders to be added to the system.
  • Customer Paradigm has developed custom software and streamlined processes for importing customers from the Magento Go store to the new Magento Community site.
  • If you need your past orders imported into the system, that will require an additional 10 hours of time to complete. (It’s a non-automated process.)

Magento Go - Export Customers for Site Migration - Screenshot
Magento Go – Export Customers for Site Migration to Magento Community. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

Step VII: Magento Store Configuration

  • During this step, will move over your store settings, including:
    • Shipping settings
    • Payment method settings (i.e. PayPal Pro, Authorize.net, etc)
    • Store address
    • Store email addresses
    • Up to five transactional emails (i.e. order confirmation email, account creation email, etc).

Magento Go - Transactional Emails for Migration
Magento Go – Transactional Emails – Export / Migrate to Magento Community. Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

    • We will configure Google Analytics to be able to properly track your site.
    • If you are using Pay Per Click (PPC) marketing campaigns, such as Google Adwords, we can also install conversion tracking codes to better track your marketing and advertising campaign success..
  • We will install the Watchdog extension (regularly $250), so that you can have:
    • Mid-day and end of day sales reports, including sales summary information, coupons used, new customers and more.
    • Trigger-based reports, including an email if there are lots of orders in a short amount of time (or no orders in a specific timeframe).
    • Magento Error reporting, if there are errors or issues on the site.
    • The Watchdog extension is not a feature that is available for Magento Go.

Magento Go - Store Settings - Migration to Magento Community
Magento Go – Store Settings Migration to Magento Community Click Here for Larger Screenshot >>

Step VIII: Testing & Review

  • During this step, will test your site to make sure that the migration was completed successfully.
  • We will test:
    • The ability to browse CMS pages
    • The ability to add a product to the cart
    • The ability to checkout using a test credit card
    • Making sure that shipping settings work properly
    • Making sure that coupon codes work properly
    • And other site testing metrics.
  • We will test on:
    • Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer
    • iPad, iPhone
    • Please note that if your current design is not compatible with older versions of browsers (for example, IE 8.0), this migration will not automatically upgrade the design to work with these older platforms, although we will attempt to correct minor issues.
  • We will run our Magento Code Audit tool on the site:
    • Our Magento Code Audit tool will give you a baseline report that will tell you how the site is constructed, and that it is clean code, free of core file modifications.
    • We developed this tool as a means to evaluate sites, and this helps make sure that the site is built to the highest level of quality standards possible.

Step IX: Push Live

    • During this step, will push the Magento files and database from our development servers up to your live server.
      • You will need to sign up for Magento hosting; we have many recommendations for low-cost, high-powered Magento hosting providers.
      • Magento Community will not run well from Godaddy’s hosting accounts – it’s a bit underpowered and while it can technically run, the site’s page load speed will likely be in the 8-10 second range.
      • You will also need an SSL certificate; this is often provided by your hosting provider.
    • We can assist in repointing the DNS records, so that the new site is live.
      • You will need your domain registrar information (such as at Godaddy, Network Solutions or more).
        • Our recommendation is to set the TTL (Time to Live) value for your site’s A records to 300 seconds, so that browsers do not cache the site’s IP address.
        • This will make the migration process go more smoothly once it is time to point your site to the new location.
      • If your main site is a different platform (i.e. WordPress) and the store was a subdomain, we can either:
        • Move the site so that it is in a sub-directory (i.e. www.domain.com/shop). 
          • This option is recommended for best search engine optimization (SEO) performance.
          • In this case, all of the content of your site is on your main domain.
        • Or keep the site so that it remains as a subdomain (i.e. http://shop.domain.com)
        • You will not be able to keep a site at the http://subdomain.goestore.com domain going forward.
      • Customer Paradigm’s team has extensive experience with DNS zone file records.
        • We know how to migrate A records, SPF records, CNAME and MX files easily.
        • We can
    • We will also set you up with a free Website monitoring / uptime alert system.
      • The system will visit your site every 30 minutes, and let you know via email if the site is down.
      • This is a free, external system that we can add for you.
    • We will perform a speed test on the live site, to give you a baseline report of how quickly your pages load.
    • We will use our Human Testing Service to run through the system as well, to ensure that the site is functioning properly.
    • We will also make sure that the robots.txt file is set properly, and that your site is set to be discoverable and indexed by search engines.

Step X: Marketing Strategy Consultation

    • Running an online store is not an easy process.  We know, and many of the staff on our team have been in your shoes in the past, and have run and managed eCommerce stores.
    • With our extensive experience in the eCommerce and online marketing space, we’re happy to share best practices strategies, and tactics that make eCommerce sites successful.
    • We’re happy to share what’s worked for others, and how to take your site to the next level.
    • You’ll receive a one-hour consultation with our team of search marketing and eCommerce experts.
    • Our team is in the top 125 contributors to the #1 SEO resource, Moz.com (out of 350,000 contributors, worldwide).

Pricing: Fixed Rate – $4,750

    • Because Customer Paradigm has invested in propriety software and streamlined systems, we’re able to offer the Magento Go to Magento Community for a flat rate of $4,750 per Magento Go site.
    • If you have more than 100 CMS pages or more than 1,000 products, some additional charges may apply – please contact us for details.


Free, No Obligation Consultation About Magento Go to Magento Community Migration:

Call Today! 303.473.4400  Toll Free 888.772.0777 Or Click Here To Have A  Real Person Contact You Now >>

As you already may know from looking at our site, Customer Paradigm is a Magento Silver Solution Partner, and we’ve worked on hundreds of eCommerce sites that do millions of dollars in transactions per year.  Magento is the #1 eCommerce solution in the marketplace today, and commands a 26% marketshare of the eCommerce sites in the Alexa Top 1 Million Websites.

The Magento platform gives you the stability, security and reliability of the open-source software platform, used by more than 100,000 other Web merchants.  That said, Magento is an industrial strength solution, and needs to be fine-tuned and optimized to run quickly.

Free, No Obligation Consultation About Magento Go – Magento Community:

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Why Customer Paradigm is different: Migrating from Magento Go to Magento Community:

U.S. Based
No overseas outsourcing. We speak English, work during normal US business hours and respond quickly.
Bug Free Code
Our programmers write bug-free code that works! Wwe have a dedicated team of testers to ensure that the delivered Magento Programming works as requested.
Certified Magento Developers
We have worked on hundreds of eCommerce systems that process tens of thousands of transactions per day. We know the best practices for working on high-volume, live production systems (as well as low-volume basic Magento systems).
Direct Access to a Magento Developer
You’ll get the name, email address and direct phone number of your Project Manager and Developer that is in charge of your Magento eCommerce project. Our Project Managers keep you apprised of your project’s budget and progress, and also ensure that your needs as a client are met exactly.
Low Prices for Magento Developers
Our prices are low, but our quality and customer service is high. Unlike other web development agencies we also offer firm quotes for your project, so you know what to expect when you receive your bill.
We Answer the Phone & Emails
We know that this shouldn’t be something we have to mention, but we do pride ourselves on our ability to have a real person answer the phone during our business hours, and we make sure to respond to all email requests promptly.
Small Projects Are Okay
We work with small 1-2 person companies, as well as some of the largest corporations in the world. We know you might want to test out our team first, before you commit to a larger project. And we’re okay with that. We have no minimums for working with us.
Open Office Format
We work together in an open-desk office in Boulder, Colorado. What this means is that if someone has a specific question about a Magento eCommerce programming task, they can ask anyone else very easily.


Some of Customer Paradigm’s Work:

3M Sustainability Website

3M Sustainability Site
Website for 3M’s Sustainability Department, aligned with 3M’s corporate Web standards.
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Energy Classroom - Magento Site Energy Classroom by Xcel Energy
Microsite for Xcel Energy, the 4th largest power company in the United States, teaching energy conservation for teachers, students and other constituencies.
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Magento Website for Travel Accessories Travelocity Accessories Shop by Mizco
Travelocity is a leader in online travel and for the last sixteen years has guided travelers to affordable and convenient flights, hotels, vacation packages cruises and car rentals.. Their partner, Mizco International, Inc. (“we”, “us”) came to Customer Paradigm wanting to create a eCommerce travel accessory shop with full functionality from search features to payment methods. The site, which is owned and operated by Mizco under license from Travelocity, LLC (“Travelocity”) continues to provide thousands of savings to travelers all over the world.
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AAMCO Colorado - SEO AAMCO Colorado
Search Engine Optimization, Cost Per Click Marketing, Website Development for all Colorado-based AAMCO dealers to drive targeted leads for auto repair.
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Up With People Up With People
Website development for Up With People, a global education organization that aims to bring the world together through service and music.
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Go To Training Mobile Website Citrix
Mobile Website development, Trade Show Marketing for leading company in GoToMeeting – Web Conferencing space.
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San Francisco Soup Company Mobile Website San Francisco Soup Company
Website Development, Mobile Application System, Daily Soup Email Marketing System for San Francisco-based fast casual restaurant.
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Fresh Produce Clothing Fresh Produce Clothing
Magento Enterprise eCommerce Development, Custom Application Development for clothing retailer, using the Magento Commerce platform.
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Mainfreight San Francisco Main Freight
Custom Application Development for world-wide logistics company. Customer Paradigm has built a system that tracks more than $100 million of products, including where items are located in each warehouse and when items are shipped, returned or damaged.
Cody Simpson Magento Enterprise Website Programming Warner Music Group
Magento Enterprise Commerce development for custom extension for Warner Music Group Websites.
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Adventure Rabbi Adventure Rabbi
Website Development, Photography, Online Marketing for outdoor religious organization. SEO efforts led to coverage by CNN, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS News and more.
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Red Apple Lipstick Magento Commerce Red Apple Lipstick
Magento Website development and programming for leading retailer of gluten-free lipstick and cosmetic products, using Magento Community edition.
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Free, No Obligation Consultation About Magento Go – Magento Community:

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About Customer Paradigm



Customer Paradigm is a full-service interactive
media firm, helping businesses acquire, retain and
interact with our customers.

We specialize in Magento Developers. Our team of Magento Developers know Magento inside and out. Customer Paradigm has clients throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Our customer-centric approach allows us to internalize our client’s vision for their organization and design websites and print marketing that gets results.

Our Magento Developers also work closely with our team members who focus on search engine optimization (SEO), search engine advertising (CPC) and Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO). Our open-office, team-approach makes sure that we take an integrated approach to your project. Nobody is programming in the dark… we’re always looking out for other factors including how the customization will affect SEO, social media and CPC campaigns.

Our work includes Website development for 3M, microsites for Xcel Energy and marketing campaigns for the Four Seasons, BP, Shell Global Solutions and Genetech.

From continuing medical education courses and e-newsletters for Johns’ Hopkins University, to trade show marketing / mini-CRM systems for Genetech, to secure remote imaging software and website development for the Greeley Medical center, we understand the specific challenges and opportunities faced by a wide variety of industries.

We’ve done privacy consulting work for Merck, McGraw Hill, Lillian Vernon, and Starwood Hotels. We understand the challenges a regulated industry faces when it comes to the collection, use, storage and access to sensitive, personally-identifiable information on their websites across the U.S. and abroad.

We’ve built eCommerce systems for Travelocity, helped AAMCO Colorado achieve top search engine optimization results, and created microsites for Go To Meeting’s Citrix. Clothing retailer Fresh Produce relies on Customer Paradigm for custom Magento eCommerce programming. The San Francisco Soup Company leverages Customer Paradigm’s cross platform expertise in an integrated mobile optimized system and daily email marketing campaigns.

Our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts helped news organizations find local religious leader, Rabbi Jamie Korngold and cover her program in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, AP, Ski Magazine, CBS News and more. This intense media interest sparked a book offer from Doubleday Religion, who published Rabbi Korngold’s first best-selling book, God in the Wilderness (www.GodintheWilderness.com).

In the sustainability realm, Pfizer, 3M and Intel are the first users of a manufacturer-based sustainable development software planning tool we’ve developed for the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) organization. We’ve also recently redesigned the sustainability section of the 3M Website site for 3M.

Customer Paradigm was named the 2009 Supplier of the Year Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association. Customer Paradigm’s founder, Jeff Finkelstein, has been called a “Web Guru” by New York Times Magazine.

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