Upgrading Shopify Theme to 2.0

HOJ83
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I've received two offers for upgrading our current Shopify theme to Shopify 2.0. Our current developers quoted $15,000, while another agency offered $650 with an estimated time of 9 hours. I'm curious about the community's experience with Shopify 2.0 upgrades. Can anyone share insights on the typical time it takes to perform such an upgrade and whether the $650 offer seems realistic or too good to be true? Any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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MarinaPetrovic
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Hi @HOJ83 , is your current theme custom? I mean, did you have some developers work on it or did you just use some of the themes Shopify offers? 
Basically it depends on that. 🙂

If there are too many customizations it will require more time and vice versa.

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HOJ83
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Hi Marina
Our current theme is custom. I am confused because of the huge difference between offers. The agency that gave me the $650 offer got access to our backend but I'm just wondering if the offer is too good to be true. 

MarinaPetrovic
Shopify Partner
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Well, it seems unrealistic to me since the theme is custom. I can only imagine that it will take 9h in total if it's extremely simple (almost impossible). 

On the other hand 15k sounds too much. 

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PaulNewton
Shopify Partner
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OS2.0 migrations for customized themes have too many variables so cannot be fully automated:  heavy customization, no version control, app or service integrations etc etc etc.

 

$15k is reasonable as you've omitted a TON of information that would be relevant to any type of estimate, more than likely they have a process and a larger contract with support.

Your paying for process and certainty and presumably people that already understand your theme and business.

If theme generates profits, pay and move forward.

 

$650 is an amazing deal that's probably grossly underestimating the work so expect bugs.

Most the savings will be in the complete and utter lack of revisions or bug testing.

Just get a contract for delivery in reasonable working condition, but 100% expect ongoing costs in polishing things and that you yourself will be doing a lot of theme review and testing and emailing.

If your struggling why even migrate.

 

But of course probably both estimators are middlemen and outsource some the bulk work.

 

 

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gr_trading
Shopify Partner
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650$ cost is the best deal for you to choose what I’m worried about is timeline.

 

timeline is totally unrealistic.

 

normal charges for theme upgrades and design on a base theme is 450$.

since your is custom and assuming they would have gain access from you to analyse the scope of work.

 

best of luck…

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