Migrating an eCommerce site to another platform seems like something that would be far too complicated to try. This is often why companies stay put on platforms that simply don’t work for them.
You might be surprised to learn that it’s easier than ever before to move your site from Shopify to WooCommerce. You can easily move your products, orders and customers over without breaking a sweat. You don’t even need any coding knowledge.
Before we get down to the nitty gritty of how to migrate your website from Shopify to WooCommerce, let’s first explore why you would want to do this.
Why move to WooCommerce?
Many startup eCommerce websites flock to Shopify because of the hands off approach to setting up an online store. This can be a great way to save time in the beginning, but over time, you might want more control over your eCommerce shop. WooCommerce is three times bigger than Shopify and is trusted by companies big and small. From Mike’s Organic to Shark, these are just some of the companies trusting WooCommerce.
WooCommerce is flexible
One of the biggest selling points for WooCommerce is that it is completely flexible. WordPress and WooCommerce are both open source, which means there are plugins and customisations available. With the help of a developer, or a few plugins, you could make your eCommerce store function exactly as you want it to. WooCommerce also offers an extension library to help you create the perfect customer experience.
WooCommerce also excels for non-conventional online stores. If your products are unique, or if the way you sell them is slightly different, WooCommerce can help you. It allows you to take a customer deposit, set up a payment plan, or add on extras such as customisation and gift wrapping.
WooCommerce also allows you to take control of the payment processing. Shopify takes a cut when you use a third party payment portal, which can eat into your profit. Big or small, no company wants to pay for something they can get for free elsewhere.
How to migrate a site from Shopify to WooCommerce
There are three main ways to complete this task:
- Manual migration
- Hire and expert
- Use a plugin like Cart2Cart
Moving from Shopify to WooCommerce: Manual Migration
If you are confident using the backend of your website, you should be able to complete these steps with ease.
- Export your data from Shopify. You will need to get the CSV files for your products, customers and orders
- To import your products you will then go to your WordPress dashboard and click on WooCommerce >> Products
- Click “Choose File” and then select the correct CSV file
- WooCommerce will then try to match the column names in your CSV file to the right WooCommerce product field. Check that these are matched correctly
- Click on “Run the Importer”
- Repeat these steps for your customer and order CSV files
If you don’t feel confident, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could hire the experts to do it for you. Our team is experienced in helping shop owners take control of their eCommerce stores. We can help you move your products, customers and orders from Shopify to WooCommerce. We can also help you make the most out of your WooCommerce site.
The final option is to use an automated importer like Cart2Cart. This is an extension that will move your site in three easy steps. The data is migrated using a secure connection, so you can be confident your product and customer data will never be compromised. It also allows you to run a test migration so you can see exactly how it will work. Pricing starts at $69 to migrate up to 1000 products, 500 customers and 500 orders.
Ready to make the move to WooCommerce? Get in touch with our team today to discover how easy it can be!