ProStores Shutting Down After 15 Years of Service

ProStores shutting down after 15 years of service, not something I thought I’d be saying after working with amazing ProStores merchants and members of the PS tech team and executive team . I can’t imagine this has been an easy decision, but its made now and there is no turning back.

From the prostores.com home page:

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Dear ProStores Merchants,

We’ve made the difficult decision to shut down ProStores on February 1, 2015. Your store will not be affected during the Holiday shopping season – it will continue to operate and perform normally, and ProStores will continue to provide customer service until February 1, 2015.

Over the past 16 years we’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of merchants and have been humbled to be a part of so many success stories. Going forward, we’re focusing our resources on eBay’s Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition, two solutions that better support and better equip small and medium size merchants to prosper in the evolving and increasingly competitive eCommerce landscape.

Please be sure to take advantage of the checklists, planning resources and special offers found in the Migration Center to help smooth your transition to a new eCommerce solution.

Sincerely,

Mark Lavelle, SVP, Product and Strategy, eBay Enterprise

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If you log into your admin you will see the new Migration Center which outlines what you can do to keep your store going and migrated to another platform like BigCommerce or Magento CE (not to be confused with Magento Go which is also shutting down).

There are some really great deals on migration, especially for the BigCommerce platform (which we recommend for probably 80%+ of ProStores merchants).

We are ready to work hand in hand with all ProStores Merchants, current clients, past clients and new to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Store Transfer and Migration from ProStores to BigCommerce, made easier!

When we move your site from ProStores to BigCommerce, we do all the heavy lifting. Your site will retain all of the product, category and customer data from your existing Prostores store. Enjoy all the benefits of BigCommerce’s innovative and ever-expanding technologies.

We will migrate your entire store!

We will move your existing site from ProStores to the BigCommerce platform professionally, correctly and quickly – Begin the transfer today.

ProStores is officially closing their doors Jan 31st 2015. ProStores has offered a really great deal to current ProStores.com merchants (not valid if you are hosted somewhere else, please see the package below). Please see the new migration center in your ProStores Admin confirm your details. They are offering free product, customer, category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open.

ProStores and Bigcommerce are offering free product, customer, and category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open, as well as reduced monthly fee. Please see your admin for full details.

We know that its a tough situation and we have the experience in ProStores and BigCommerce to help you move smoothly. Since ProStores and BigCommerce are not able to help you move your design we are offering a design integration and store configuration special. If you are currently hosted with prostores.com we will discount our package below by $600 (making it $1395.00). You will need to email [email protected] to get a special link for that price. While BigCommerce does its work we will duplicate your store design in BigCommerce and set up all your store settings for you. We will help you go down the Migration checklist that ProStores has provided for you and get you moved into your new home with ease. If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote.

What we and Bigcommerce will do for your store as a part of their migration and our migration offerings.

  • Product database *
  • Product images
  • Including multiple product images
  • Product attributes
  • Including price changing product attributes
  • Related products
  • Customer database
  • 301 Redirects for all pages
  • Categories and subcategories *
  • Logo, design template and color scheme port (example #1, example #2, example #3)
  • DNS support and consulting
If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote

Moving your website will never be easier! Offering power and flexibility as well as enterprise-level tools at a price that every business can afford. BigCommerce is a world class, fully functional eCommerce platform for small-medium-large businesses. Move your store from ProStores to BigCommerce now with help from One Take Media’s Ecommerce Experts!

Total: $1,995.00

  • Deposit: $895.00

Remainder to be paid after completion of design transfer and store settings migration.

You can also pay in full at start to save $200!


Payment Options



*please contact us first about product catalogs over 300,000 unique items, or 5,000 categories. Special setup and pricing may be required depending on your situation.

ProStores to BigCommerce Store Transfer / Migration

Store Transfer and Migration from ProStores to BigCommerce, made easier!

When we move your site from ProStores to BigCommerce, we do all the heavy lifting. Your site will retain all of the product, category and customer data from your existing Prostores store. Enjoy all the benefits of BigCommerce’s innovative and ever-expanding technologies.

We will migrate your entire store!

We will move your existing site from ProStores to the BigCommerce platform professionally, correctly and quickly – Begin the transfer today.

ProStores is officially closing their doors Jan 31st 2015. ProStores has offered a really great deal to current ProStores.com merchants (not valid if you are hosted somewhere else, please see the package below). Please see the new migration center in your ProStores Admin confirm your details. They are offering free product, customer, category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open.

ProStores and Bigcommerce are offering free product, customer, and category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open, as well as reduced monthly fee. Please see your admin for full details.

We know that its a tough situation and we have the experience in ProStores and BigCommerce to help you move smoothly. Since ProStores and BigCommerce are not able to help you move your design we are offering a design integration and store configuration special. If you are currently hosted with prostores.com we will discount our package below by $600 (making it $1395.00). You will need to email [email protected] to get a special link for that price. While BigCommerce does its work we will duplicate your store design in BigCommerce and set up all your store settings for you. We will help you go down the Migration checklist that ProStores has provided for you and get you moved into your new home with ease. If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote.

What we and Bigcommerce will do for your store as a part of their migration and our migration offerings.

  • Product database *
  • Product images
  • Including multiple product images
  • Product attributes
  • Including price changing product attributes
  • Related products
  • Customer database
  • 301 Redirects for all pages
  • Categories and subcategories *
  • Logo, design template and color scheme port (example #1, example #2, example #3)
  • DNS support and consulting
If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote

Moving your website will never be easier! Offering power and flexibility as well as enterprise-level tools at a price that every business can afford. BigCommerce is a world class, fully functional eCommerce platform for small-medium-large businesses. Move your store from ProStores to BigCommerce now with help from One Take Media’s Ecommerce Experts!

Total: $1,995.00

  • Deposit: $895.00

Remainder to be paid after completion of design transfer and store settings migration.

You can also pay in full at start to save $200!


Payment Options



*please contact us first about product catalogs over 300,000 unique items, or 5,000 categories. Special setup and pricing may be required depending on your situation.

How NOT to design a form

Dear RestaurantEquipmentDirectory.net,

I have to be blunt, your submission form really sucks.

  • it doesn’t allow dashes in the phone number but doesn’t say so, gives a stupid “are you sure you entered an area code?” error
  • it requires http:// before the www in the site url, a simple adjustment to your form can make tell if there is http:// entered and if not add it to the url so your database has it in it each entry.
  • it can’t delete or ignore preceding or trailing spaces in the email box, they are common when copy/pasting email addresses
  • your keyword submission boxis equally stupid. you only allow single keywords and no phrases? what is this the 90s? “Commercial restaurant equipment” is a high value search/keyword phrase but according to your form’s “no commas, use spaces” only rule I can only submit single keywords, which reduced me to only submitting 6 instead of 18 so that ‘and’ and other connecter words and the first or last part of multi-word phrases didn’t get my client’s site mis-categorized.

so after 10 min of fooling around trying to read the tea leaves i was able to get this client in, but it could have been a couple min process.

Also, the site needs major work if you want it to look professional, you ought to check out some templates if its not in your budget to have a custom design done, they’ve come a long way since the 90s. I even have some of one of my sites, www.bltemplates.com

Custom ProStores Wishlist Button Tutorial

How to replace the wishlist button with a Custom ProStores Wishlist Button.

Far too often merchants have a really hard time figuring out how to add a custom prostores wishlist button to their store, the fix is not very obvious and requires a few edits and you can do it too!

1. Go to the Stylesheet Base Template, save a baseline,

2. Replace ‘.btn_wish_list’ section with the following code

.btn_wish_list {
        background: url(<ss:value source="$storeVersion.images['addtowishlist.gif']"/>) no-repeat 0px 0px;
    padding:2px 2px 2px 20px;
    width:115px;
    height:26px;
    font-size:10px;
}

3. Go to the Add to Cart template, save a baseline
4. replace <ss:if test="$store.wishListEnabled"> section with:

<ss:if test="$store.wishListEnabled">
      <tr>
        <td>
          
        </td>
        <td width="100%">
          
            <input type="submit" name="addtowishlistbtn" value="" class="btn_wish_list" style="border-style:none;"> 
          
        </td>
      </tr>      
</ss:if>

Hopefully you all found this useful, if you still need help and would like us to install your custom prostores wishlist button, just let us know and we will create a project just for you. The cost to add your button to replace the default prostores wishlist button is $50. We can even make a custom wishlist button for you that will match your store’s look and feel, we can give you a quote for that, just contact us.