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Over the course of the company we've gone through and developed multiple sites with the goal of making improvements and adding features we didn't have before.
We started the business in 2013 by using bigcommerce. At the time bigcommerce kinda did what we wanted but not really. It didn't support all the long term features but it was cheap and got us moving in the right direction. We did a theme refresh on the same platform in 2014. During 2014 we got into a partnership via VEX Robotics and realized we had to switch to something better and that would scale. We went from 30 products to over 200+ in a year.
In 2015 we migrated to magento 1 and have been using it till this date. We've done a few refreshes and new features. But due to the nature of magento it was very resource intensive to keep running for us. Sometimes I felt as if we spent more time on web related tasks vs creating content. Last year Adobe announced that magento 1 was EOL (End of Life), so in that regard we needed to make a decision to switch to magento 2 or something else. With the cancellation of the FRC 2020 season and Covid-19, we decided to spend extra time and started to develop a new site starting April 2020. The main focus for me personally was:
So...... a new site is born. We've migrated to Shopify (slowly moving to Plus) and have overall been happy. I'd love to hear feedback, both good and bad. Its always important for me to do the best job I possibly can. Its probably the reason why we've gone through so many iterations of the site.
New site is cookin! TSIMFD