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A to Z Guide On How To Migrate From WooCommerce To Shopify

A to Z Guide On How To Migrate From WooCommerce To Shopify

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Shopify and WooCommerce are the two leading solutions for building e-commerce websites. They both come with a variety of powerful and handy features but each is more suitable for different needs of merchants. As a result, you need to research and test carefully to choose the best platforms for you. For an in-depth comparison between these two giants, take a look at this WooCommerce vs Shopify analysis. 

If you’re reading this article, you must be considering making a switch from WooCommerce to Shopify. And yes, I’m going to walk you through an A to Z guide on how to do it. 

Don’t wait any longer, let’s get started!

Step 1: Decide the most optimal way to migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify

Currently, there are 3 ways to migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify. Before jumping into a step-by-step instruction, let’s analyze a bit and decide which way is the most optimal. 

The 3 ways are:

  • Manual migration: Export and import manually
  • Hire a web development agency or freelancer
  • Use an automated shopping cart migration tool (In this case, we will take LitExtension as an example because it is the most popular at the moment) 

Now, let’s examine the pros and cons of each option:

PROs CONs
Manual migration
  • Security: As you will export and import data files yourself, there is no way your data can be leaked outside.
  • DIY solution will not cost you any money.
  • It takes a lot of time and effort
  • High chance of unexpected errors and more time on fixing if you do not have a deep understanding of the two platform’s database structure
  • No support from experts
Hire a web development agency or freelancer
  • Since you hire someone to take care of the migration for you, you will save a lot of time and effort
  • You will have support whenever a problem arises
  • Cost you a lot of money. Normally, the cost of hiring a web agency or freelance fluctuates from $50-$80/hour
  • You can’t control the migration progress
  • Rarely can a web agency or freelancer understand 100% data structure of both platforms, which results in a number of errors relating to data and table structure. As a result, the migration will take more time, which means you have to pay more money.
Use an automated shopping cart migration tool
  • Only takes 3 simple steps and a few hours to complete the migration.
  • The tool is created by data migration experts who understand the structure of most popular shopping carts in the market today
  • Save time and money: The tool is automated so you can operate the migration quickly with an affordable price, which starts from $59 only.
  • The tool can migrate almost every data (orders, customers, products and other related entities) from WooCommerce to Shopify.
  • You can control the progress in both your migration interface or via email.
  • Professional support from experts: 24/5 support by ticket, phone, live chat, or email.
  • High security: The tool is automatic and needs your permission to access your database. It will immediately disconnect from the source site after getting the only data you requested to migrate.
Unexpected errors may still happen at times, however, the chance is slim and LitExtension has an enthusiastic and professional support team who are 24/5 active to help you deal with them.

After this analysis, I can conclude that using an automated shopping cart migration tool is the easiest, fastest and the most affordable solution. Therefore, I will now show you the whole process of moving your store from WooCommerce to Shopify with the help of LitExtension automated tool.

Step 2: Set up your Shopify store

To perform a migration, of course, you need a target store set up in advance. In order to start using Shopify, all you need to do is sign up for an account.

Go to the Shopify website, and click “Start Free Trial”. After that, fill in your desired email address password and store name.

shopify registration

Please note that you will need to choose a unique store name, otherwise Shopify will not allow you to purchase the domain.

Then click “Create your store”, you will then be asked to tell a little about yourself and your business.

shopify registration survey

Click “Next” when you finish, the following page will ask you to fill in personal information such as your name, address and phone number, all of which is used to configure currencies and tax rates.

shopify account profile registration

Click on the “Enter My Store” button, you will be navigated to the admin screen for your new website.

Step 3: Back up your WooCommerce store

Data on your source store will stay unchanged before, during and after the migration with LitExtension. However, I strongly suggest you backup everything before you perform any major changes. 

There are 3 ways to backup data on WooCommerce store: Manual backup, backups via your Web Host and backups using WordPress plugin. You can see detailed instructions here.

Step 4: Migrate data from WooCommerce to Shopify with LitExtension

It only takes you 4 simple steps and a few hours to perform a migration with LitExtension.

Side Note: Watch the video tutorial how to migrate WooCommerce to Shopify. Click here.

1. Create a LitExtension account

Register an account or Sign In on LitExtension site. You can also login easily by your existing Google or Facebook account.

Litextension signup

2. Enter WooCommerce store information

On the Migration Page, click Create New Migration at the top right button on the screen. Select WooCommerce as your Source Cart Type and fill your store’s URL into the blank.

Then click LitExtension Connector to download the connector, extract the zip file and upload connector to WooCommerce’s root folder.

WooCommerce store information

Right here, the Connector Installation will be automatically checked and informed on the screen without manual checking.

3. Enter Shopify store information

Select Shopify as Target Cart Type and provide source store’s URL into the blank bar. Follow the brief instruction to get your API info and fill them in the form.

fill Shopify information details

4. Select entities you want to migrate

Choose entities you want to migrate. You can select either all of them together or certain data. For example, only Products, Customers and Orders.

configuration settings of Litextension

Besides, LitExtension provides some additional options to extend your migration possibilities such as create 301 redirects or preserve order IDs… In the next sections, languages, order status and customer group will be matched together to be displayed correspondingly in the new Shopify store.

5. Perform Migration from WooCommerce to Shopify

After you finish configuring your migration, you can try LitExtension free demo first to check whether the tool will work as you expected. Or else, you can skip it and run full migration from WooCommerce to Shopify immediately.

  • Try Free Demo: Start your demo migration with a limited number of entities
  • Perform Full Migration: Click on “Skip Demo Migration” button to perform full migration immediately. 

When running migration with LitExtension, you don’t need to leave your browser or internet working. Just turn off everything or do other tasks, when the migration is complete, you will receive an email from LitExtension system. 

Tutorial Video

LitExtension also made a tutorial video which helps you understand and visualize the migration process from WooCommerce to Shopify, check it out here:

After the migration, you can follow this checklist to finish setting up Shopify store. Basically, there are 6 tasks you need to do:

  1. Check if your data has been migrated correctly
  2. Design and set up Shopify store
  3. Change DNS and switch domain
  4. Set up your shipping
  5. Establish payment methods
  6. Try placing some orders

 Read the checklist for detailed instruction!

Conclusion

Re-platforming is a complicated and very important process that needs to be taken care of carefully. This process can be tedious or pleasant depending on which way you do it. Therefore, I highly recommend you to go with LitExtension to save your time, money and effort.

Currently, PageFly and LitExtension are cooperating so that we can bring you, our customers, the best experience when building your business with Shopify. Therefore, if you are PageFly users, you can enjoy 20% OFF for LitExtension services. Contact us for the discount code if you are planning to make a switch to Shopify!

In summary, this article has provided you with step-by-step guide and resources that you need before, during and after the switch. I hope that it can help you plan and execute the migration from WooCommerce to Shopify more easily and accurately.

This is the guest post contributed by Katie Nguyen from Liextension Team.

Katie is dynamic, hard-working and ambitious are those best words to describe myself. I love traveling to learn and share my experience and knowledge.

Katie Nguyen from Litextension

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