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How to Migrate from Magento to Shopify

With a large number of ecommerce platforms available such as Shopify, Woocommerce and Magento, it can be a lot for merchants to take in and choose which platform to start or migrate an online store to. Shopify tends to be the go-to option as it is one of the most scalable, feature-rich and fastest growing ecommerce platforms that exists today. Shopify and Shopify Plus are constantly updated to stay on top of trends and to provide a competitive edge over its competitors such as Magneto.

What’s more is that the migration process from Magento to Shopify is quick and simple, and once a store is up and running, little investment is required for support and maintenance. As a result, using Shopify to run your online store is comparatively cheaper than using competitors such as Magento, making the long-term strategy of your business more cost-effective.



Why Migrate your store to Shopify from Magento

With how fast the platform has evolved over the past few years, it might be just the perfect time to migrate from Magento to Shopify. The Shopify platform continues to add to its multitude of available apps, addons and features which can vastly improve the capabilities of online stores of any shape and size, offering far more than competitors such as Magento and allowing merchants to deliver a powerful user experience. The platform provides better control over design aesthetics and offers great opportunities for international expansion. In addition to this, Shopify has a fast and highly secure hosting infrastructure, meaning that data is strongly protected and that information can be downloaded and viewed quickly. This makes migrating from Magento to Shopify and Shopify Plus a very productive investment in development and growth of your online business.

How to Migrate to Shopify from Magento

To begin the first step to migrate Magento to Shopify, merchants will have to setup a Shopify account and choose from one of the pricing plans available. The plan/subscription you choose will generally be based on the size and nature of your business, with the more advanced plans. The main pricing plans are:

• Basic Shopify ($29 per month)- best for new ecommerce businesses with occasional in person sales.
• Shopify ($79 per month)- best for growing businesses already selling online such as Magento or in-store.
• Advanced Shopify ($299 per month)- best for scaling businesses with advanced reporting.

For more details on Shopify plans and pricing, see here. If you have a large business that sells in high volumes and are considering migrating from Magento to Shopify, Shopify Plus is enterprise-grade solution which offers the most extensive Shopify features. Read our aticle to on Shopify vs Shopify Plus to get a more in-depth undestanding between the two subscriptions to see which is best to migrate to.

Backup your Magento store

Before moving any data to migrate from Magento to Shopify, it is important to make a backup copy of your store. This can be done within the Magento platform, using the Admin sidebar. It can be found by clicking through the navigation ‘System’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Backups’. Backing up is crucial to have a restore point in case anything goes wrong when migrating from Magento to Shopify.

Download Store Importer Import app on Shopify

Once you’ve backed up your store, the next step to migrate from Magento to Shopify is to download and install an data importing application. Shopify's app store is filled with an impressive range of apps for almost any function and feature you can think of. For migration, we recommend using the official store importer app. To use this application, login to Shopify using your newly created account with an active subscription and add the store importer app to your account using the 'Add app' button on the webpage. You will be presented with an admin panel where you can then navigate to ‘Apps’ and click ‘Import Store’. Simply follow the instructions provided on these screens until your data is imported from Magento to Shopify.

Add your content from Magento to Shopify

Now that your admin panel is all set up, click on ‘System’ within the navigation on the Admin sidebar, from here, click ‘Data Transfer’ and then ‘Export’. From here, follow the instructions and you’ll have your Magento content ready to import into Shopify. To import the Magento store data, visit the ‘Apps’ section in the Shopify admin page and click ‘Import Store’ After this, select Magento from the drop-down menu and click ‘Add file’. Now, simply select the Magento files you have downloaded and click ‘Continue import’ to migrate your Magento data into Shopify.

Designing your Shopify store

Now that your store has been migrated from Magento to Shopify and all your data fields have been checked it is time for the final step- designing your new Shopify store. An advantage of using Shopify over Magento is the better control over aesthetics, with plenty of themes to choose from which can be customised to to match the website’s look and feel to your brand. It’s highly suggested to design your store in a way that delivers a unique customer experience to make it stand out from the rest of the crowd and to ultimately get customers purchasing and returning. Need a powerful design for your online store to maximise engagement when migrating from Magento to Shopify? Read our Shopify developer article to learn more about how our expert team at Charle can craft a bespoke design for your brand to make it stand out from the competition.

And there you have it! You've been successful in migrating your Magento store to Shopify. Now all that’s left to do is set it to live and watch the sales come in. Shopify release new features every now and then so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for anything new you can add to your website as time goes on to keep it up-to-date with the latest functionality and trends.

Need help in the Magento to Shopify migration process?

While Shopify has made it somewhat simple and user friendly to migrate from Magento to Shopify, it can sometimes be challenging especially if your current ecommerce store is large or has complex requirements. For exampe, merchants might run into difficulties when extacting specific pieces of store data such as metadata, or have trouble setting up advanced apps and integrations to their store.

Charle are here to assist you throughout any part or all of the Magento to Shopify migration process. From the technical data importing and exporting stages, to optimisation of your Shopify store's content, or with creating hard coded pages and bespoke web design of your store to truly create a unique experience, we are Shopify experts who are here to help. Contact us to talk about your project today.



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