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Refreshing an ecommerce platform

Refreshing an ecommerce platform


Stronghold Direct is the online division of a family-run business that specialises in security hardware and architectural ironmongery with branches in the South of England and the Midlands.

Stronghold Direct was an existing client which EPM had previously built a site for on a platform called Magento. Since the site has been online, Stronghold's needs have changed, and a different content manager would be more appropriate. Shopify was a more appropriate ecommerce solution, so EPM completed a rebuild of the site and carried out the entire data migration from the pre-existing site, including order history, contact information and products, converting all of this information from Magento's format into Shopify's format. We gave the site a complete overhaul with a brand new look and feel, and the site now performs faster and more efficiently.


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In addition to more sales channels, payment providers and features than other platforms, Shopify is one of the most popular platforms for business sales online. A self-hosted platform, such as Magento, can be costly and complex to manage, so Shopify allows users to launch an online store quickly and easily. As a result of the logical organisation of features, the admin interface is now intuitive and clean.

"EPM (particularly Francesca and Aidan) were very good at offering a personalised, approachable and knowledgeable service for quite a complex site, able to help, advise, troubleshoot and explain strategies in a readily understandable way, even to those of us whose tech skills are extremely rudimentary!"

Chris Chantler, Sales Manager for Stronghold Direct

"The client was delightful to work for as a family-owned business, local to the south coast and all of the staff are friendly and pleasant to deal with.."

Francesca Griffiths, Head of Digital Experience

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