What Are the Drawbacks of Moving Away From OpenCart to a New Platform?

Posted by AlexDobson on February 17, 2023

Moving away from OpenCart can have some significant downsides, depending on your specific situation. Here are some potential drawbacks to consider:

Time and Cost

Moving away from OpenCart and migrating to a new platform can be a time-consuming and most of all, an expensive process. It can involve significant data migration, extensive website redesigns and complex integration work.

Learning Curve

Moving to a new platform means learning a new system, which can take time and effort. This may also require training for your team and additional support costs. 

Potential Loss of Features

If you have customised your OpenCart website extensively or relied on certain features, moving to a new platform may result in losing some of these features or require extra work to rebuild them. Even after this, it may never be like the initial feature that was first integrated.

SEO Impact

Moving to a new platform can potentially impact your SEO rankings, as URLs, page structures and other factors may change. This may require additional work to maintain or improve your SEO performance. It can take a significant amount of time to regain the position you were in which could end up costing you more than you bargained for.

Quality Issues

Moving to a new platform can potentially introduce new bugs or quality issues, which can impact your application's performance and reliability. This is especially apt if you are moving to WordPress whereby you have to constantly update the version and plugins in order to avoid issues with the platform.

So before you commit to moving away from OpenCart, I would seriously consider how the above points will a) disrupt your business and b) end up making your life more difficult, rather than easier. Sticking with OpenCart and undertaking a Website Rebuild will help aliviate a lot of the issues raised above; if you would like a no obligation estimate for this work then please do email us at info@antropy.co.uk.

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