Compare 3 Methods To Perform Magento to Shopify Migration


In this age of eCommerce booming, one must make sure they get what it takes to outshine other competitors in the same field. Choosing the right eCommerce platform is, without a doubt, one of the most important solutions.

In this race, eCommerce platforms are constantly evolving, offering their users new and better products on a consistent basis. Hence, we can see the re-platforming trends changing everyday.

LitExtension has been lucky enough to have served over 40,000 customers around the globe migrating from various platforms to others. Lately, we have seen a rise in the number of users moving away from Magento 1. Since Magento 1 end-of-life is right around the corner, it looks like many store owners are leaning towards other solutions.

Of all the target stores that merchants chose, Shopify stands out with nearly 20%, only second after Magento 2 (50%). You can see in the chart below for more information. This is the statistic that LitExtension retrieved from over 1500 migration projects performed.

magento 1 alternatives

In this article, we would help you choose the best method to perform the Magento to Shopify migration. In order to do that, we will discuss in details the steps of each method along with its comparison at the end.

Let’s delve into it.

How many ways are there to perform Magento to Shopify migration?

Manual migration

First and foremost, of course, you can perform Magento to Shopify migration yourself, for free, with only 2 things needed which are patience and diligence. Basically, the manual migration process includes exporting CSV files from Magento and importing those to Shopify store!

However, while Shopify allows import products, customers and orders, Magento only allows to export products and customers, which means other data like categories, variants, attributes, additional images, etc. are left behind. Therefore, migrating manually is only eligible for small businesses with limited products and customers. This is because small amount of entities requires less time to migrate and possible errors are limited.

Also, if you are set to migrate manually, technical experience is requires to successfully complete the process. When exporting database to CSV files, the connection between data is lost and entities may appear in the wrong place after importing. Therefore, to ensure the data compatibility after importing to Shopify as well as its exact locations, store owners have to compare the difference between CSV files and make necessary changes before they can import those into Shopify.

If your business switch involves a huge number of data and you want to smoothly transfer without any technical intervention, you can go straight to our third method which is to use an automated migration tool!

Setting that aside, these are the steps you need to take in order to export CSV files from Magento store and Import those into Shopify:

Let’s export!

  1. Log into your Magento administrator area.
  2. Go to System > Import/Export > Export.
  3. In the Export Settings section, set Entity Type to one of the following:
  • Products
  • Customers Main File
  • Customer Addresses
Magento 1 Admin Panel
Magento 1 Admin Panel
Magento 2 Admin Panel
Magento 2 Admin Panel

As shown in the image, with Magento 2 only, if you want to enclose any special characters that might be found in the data as an escape sequence, select the Fields Enclosure checkbox.

If needed, change the display of the entity attributes. You can include or exclude data of your choice according to the entity attribute values. To include records with specific attribute values, set the required values of the attributes in the Filter column.

Magento 2 Admin Panel
Magento 2 Admin Panel

5. Scroll down and click Continue in the lower-right corner of the page

Let’s import!

First, before diving in the detail steps, one should know the Shopify CSV file basics and how to prepare those before importing.

  • You need to make sure it matches the CSV file format. If the format doesn’t match, or if there are any missing headers, then the following import process to Shopify will fail. Therefore, you need to download the Sample CSV template, compare and change your file’s format accordingly.
  • Your product CSV can’t exceed 15MB. If you get an error when trying to upload a new CSV file, then check to make sure it doesn’t exceed the size limit.

The detailed steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Products > All products.
  2. Click Import > Download CSV template
Download CSV files sample
Download CSV files sample

3. Locate your CSV file, then click Open.

CSV files Shopify import
Shopify import CSV template

4. Once you finish modifying the CSV files, go back to your Shopify admin and click Choose File > Upload file.

When your CSV file is successfully uploaded, you receive a confirmation email from Shopify at the email account that you used to set up your Shopify store.

Professional Help

Now, reading to this part, you are probably thinking that migrating manually is so time-consuming and unprofessional! There are actually ways for this issue to be addressed, which is to hire a developer/programmer. The bad news is that hiring a freelance developer could cost you about $50-$80 an hour, and you would still need to keep an eye on that.

Also, even if you’re hiring developers to complete the task for you, the migration process is, in fact, the same manual method, but in experienced hands. In other words, you are paying money to migrate more quickly.

That said, keep in mind that seldom does a developer understand 100% data structure of both platforms. You will stumble into unexpected errors at any time. As a result, you may need more than one developer to get the job done. The more time a developer has to spend, the more money you have to pay.

Automated Migration Tool — LitExtension

Finally, you can choose to migrate with LitExtension — Automated migration tool. Currently, we are supporting migration from over 90 shopping carts to one another. LitExtension is by far the best migration service for online merchants with the customer satisfaction of 98% on Trustpilot.

LitExtension Trustpilot review
Source: Trustpilot

Our tool is completely automated, and you can either do it on your own or hand it over to LitExtension team. In the next paragraphs, I would be guiding you through the data transfer process using on LitExtension site.

Now, let’s go further into what LitExtension can do!

What gets to be migrated?

Almost everything can be migrated with LitExtension. Here is the basic list:

  • Product data — names, prices, descriptions, SKUs, weights, and variants
  • Tax classes, names, and rates
  • Customer data — names, emails, addresses, and passwords
  • Product categories
  • Order information — date, status, price, quantities, discounts, and shipping
  • Coupon codes and discounts
  • Page titles, dates, URLs, and descriptions.

For the full list, please see more in their list of data that can be migrated from Magento to Shopify.

Is LitExtension secure?

Your store and customer’s data is safe: Migrations are performed on a dedicated server using SSL encryption to protect your data. Only LitExtension experts can view your login details, none of which are stored after your migration is finished. Besides, they guarantee that your information isn’t disclosed to third parties or used for any other purposes.

If you don’t want other parties to directly intervene in your site, they can help you transfer your data without requesting your source cart’s access permission by using Database File. Learn more on how to migrate from your Database Files.

How much does LitExtension cost?

The exact pricing depends on the size of your online store and the data you want to be migrated. LitExtension offers a very reasonable price starting from $59, which is for moving up to 500 products, 500 customers, and 500 orders. They provide a price estimation tool here. You can refer to it to get your pricing.

Let’s see how easy it is!

First, log in or sign in your Google account on LitExtension site. Once registered, click “Create new migration” button. You’ll see the main Dashboard with 4 stages of migration process including Setup, Demo Migration, Full Integration, and Completed.

#1. Setup

First, insert your Magento URL and then download the “le_connector” to your computer. This “connector” has only one feature, which is creating a bridge between your Magento database with the LitExtension App. Extract the zip file and upload the Connector folder to Magento’s root folder on your server.

Setup Source Cart

Next, fill in your Shopify store URL and you need to go back to your store admin to get the API Key and Password. For every step of the way, you will find the wizard instruction guiding you along as well as tutorial videos.

Setup Target Cart

Once you have finished, click “Next”.

#2. Tick the data you want to transfer

LitExtension supports almost all types of data you want, make sure to read and tick on the entities (products and product categories, customers, orders, etc.) you wish to migrate carefully.

Also, remember choosing additional migration options that you can choose in accordance with your business needs and requirements. Languages, Order Status and Customer Group will be matched together to be displayed correspondingly in the new store.

Choose entities you want to migrate
Additional Options

Let’s not forget that you can contact our support team at any stage of the process. We are eager to be speaking with you!

#3. Run Free Demo and Full Migration

LitExtension encourages you to run demo migration first to actually visualise the result on your new store. Plus, you can get $5 in your balance after your demo migration is done!

You can skip Free Demo and jump right into Full Migration, the dashboard should look like this:

Full migration is running

Once the migration is started, it will run seamlessly on the server. Therefore, there’s no need to keep your PC on while the data is being transferred. It is completely safe to turn it off! Take a break, have a cup of coffee and you will be notified via email when the process is completed.

Also, your current Magento store can still be up and running during the full migration. No loss in revenue! It is completely automatic! As you can see, the tool limits the least of human intervention so that users can save precious time.

Final Verdict

Let’s go over the key differences between three above-mentioned methods:

Ease of Use

Manual Migration: Must have technical knowledge to check the compatibility between platforms and fix errors during the migration process

Website Agency: The agencies or developers will perform migration for you

LitExtension: The tool is user-friendly with step-by-step instructions. There is also All-in-one service in which you can hire our experts to take care of everything.


Manual Migration: It takes no cost but a lot of time and effort.

Website Agency: The cost fluctuates at $50-$80 per hour. The total price for the whole process usually ranges from $500-$2500.

LitExtension: Depends solely on the number of entities you are planning to transfer. Price starts from $19. Migration with LitExtension can save your budget up to 88% in comparison with migration with freelancer/dev agency

Transfer-related Risk

Manual Migration: High chance of unexpected errors as you are not an expert in shopping cart migration.

Website Agency: Rarely can a web agency or developer understand 100% data structure of both platforms, which can cause errors related to data structure.

LitExtension: LitExtension can guarantee 0% data loss during your migration with our advanced technology and excellent customer support team.

Support Over The Process

Manual Migration: You have to figure everything out yourself.

Website Agency: You might receive support during the migration. However, the more time they have to spend, the more money you have to pay.

LitExtension: In case of any questions or special requests, there is a highly qualified and accessible support team that is always ready for you 24/7 via ticket, phone, live chat, or email.

Migration Tracking

Manual Migration: You can totally control the migration process. This process also guarantees a high level of security.

Website Agency: You can’t keep track of what’s happening with your data, as well as can’t have control over the process.

LitExtension: The migration process is performed by the LitExtension tool; however, you can monitor every step through the migration interface. There are buttons to stop and continue the migration at any time.

Demo Migration

Manual Migration and Website Agency: You can’t preview the process, which leads to a sense of uncertainty about the result.

LitExtension: LitExtension gives you the opportunity to preview the service before kicking off the full migration. You can transfer limited entities with our free demo and see the effectiveness and accuracy of the process yourself.

As can be seen, using automated shopping cart migration services like LitExtension can easily outperform these other methods due to its superior features. In short, some notable advantages worth being mentioned here are:

  • No programming or software skills needed
  • Top-notch data migration quality
  • Widest array of transferable entities
  • 100% current store uptime
  • FREE Demo migration
  • 24/7 tech support and assistance
  • Flexible pricing strategy
  • Absolute data security with GDPR compliance


To conclude, there is an upward trend lately seen in the rise of stores moving from Magento to Shopify.

Finally, to ensure your data transfer process from Magento to Shopify is error-free, LitExtension would make a credible partner. With a list of 90+ supported carts, LitExtension has happily served over 40,000 customers and performed over 140,000+ successful transfers. You can easily walk through the migration process, as we have set the detailed instructions on every step you make.

Ready to roll or still hesitant? Don’t worry, you can contact our support agent at any time to have further detailed instructions. Also, you can check how the process is implemented by trying a free demo migration!

Thank you for visiting our blog and hope you find it helpful. Good luck with your future migration!



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