A Complete Guide on How to Migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce with LitExtension

Shopify to WooCommerce
Source: Builtwith (April 2020)

Step 1: Install WooCommerce store

To begin with, it is crucial that you successfully install WordPress before attempting to get your WooCommerce store ready.

  • Go to Plugins. Click “Add New”
  • Search for “WooCommerce”
  • Click “Install Now”
  • Click “Activate Now” and you’re ready for the WooCommerce Wizard!
WooCommerce Setup Wizard
  • Store setup
  • Payment
  • Shipping
  • Recommended
  • Activate

Step 2: Backup data from Shopify

Before making any changes to your store, you should ensure your data is backed up carefully.

  • Firstly, from your Shopify admin, go to “Products” > “All products”.
  • Then click “Export”.
Shopify Admin Panel
  • From the dialog box, choose the products you want to export and which type of CSV file you want to export.
Dialog Box
  • Lastly, click “Export products”.
Sample CSV file

Step 3: How to migrate data from Shopify to WooCommerce

Now you are ready to start your migration process. There are 3 ways to perform the migration from Shopify to WooCommerce:

  • Manual migration: In order to do this, it is imperative that you are well-equipped with technical skills to handle the migration yourself. Otherwise, the desired result can not be guaranteed.
  • Hiring an expert : This is a much safer option. All you need to do is hand over the job to them and wait for the result. However, the cons of this method is the high price tag.
  • If you can’t afford to hire an expert, the ultimate solution is to use the automated migration service like LitExtension. We will provide you with a tool which you can use to migrate your data automatically and effortlessly or even an all-in-one service in which you can hire our experts to take care of all the work for you at reasonable cost. You can check out our tutorial video, for instance, to have a better idea of how the migration process from Shopify to WooCommerce goes.
Source: Trustpilot
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1. Set up your Source and Target store

Most importantly, you need to provide your stores’ information so that the tool can identify where to get data from and where to migrate data to. LitExtension has detailed instructions right on the screen to guide you how to get each information.

  • Choose Shopify as Source Cart from the drop-down list, then provide the store URL, API key and password.
  • Choosing WooCommerce as your Target cart type and providing your store URL. If you haven’t had a target store installed or just want a quick preview of how your data should look like in WooCommerce, click “Try migration use LitExtension test store”. This feature will allow migrating your data from Source Store to a Demo WooCommerce store hosted by LitExtension. You can preview to check whether everything works fine. After that, click back to the setup step, change your Target Cart details to your own store and proceed to a Full Migration.
Source Cart Setup
Target Cart Setup
  • Download LitExtension connector which is a small file helping LitExtension to connect your Target Cart and enable the data transfer. The connector contains a unique 32-digit Security Token and cannot be accessed from anywhere else except for your LitExtension account only. You can read more about our connector here.

2. Select the entities you want to migrate

Here, you will need to tick the data you want to transfer from the old Shopify store to the new one on WooCommerce. You can choose to migrate a certain of entities or all of them together.

Choose the entities you want to migrate
Select additional options

3. Perform migration from Shopify to WooCommerce

If you decide to proceed a full migration right away, you will be taken to a payment gateway. After completing your payment, your migration will be ready to start.

4. Check results after migration

Once the full migration process is finished, click on the “Check result” button to check the result. Remember to check both the frontend and backend of your WooCommerce store. If there are any errors, contact LitExtension technical support team to get them resolved as soon as possible.

Step 4: Set up your WooCommerce store after migration

After you’ve completed the migration, it’s time you spent an extensive amount of time to set up your new store.

1. Choose a theme for your new WooCommerce store

Unfortunately, our tool cannot help you migrate your old theme to WooCommerce. However, you can either choose a free theme or buy a new one from a third party. You can go to Themeforest — to check out a variety of WordPress themes and website templates and get yourself one.

2. Add necessary extensions

After that, to further advance your performance you can add some extensions to your store. WordPress gives you access to more than 55,000 plugins which are well matched with WooCommerce. In addition, you can even hire a developer to design one for you.

3. Run recent data migration

During the migration process LitExtension keeps your source store running normally.

Run Recent Data Migration

4. Change DNS and switch domain

In addition, you need to change DNS and switch domain. Domain name System (DNS) translates domain names to IP addresses so that browsers can load Internet resources.

Conclusion

In short, I have walked you through all the steps that you need to make a switch from Shopify to WooCommerce using LitExtension — an automated migration tool. I hope you find this article helpful for you in some way.

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