Well, if it’s autumn, we decided to dedicate the whole season to the very interesting topic of website migration. We know that retailers are now busy getting their goods polished for the shopping spree that is to come, but why not thinking a bit further ahead, when things do quiet down? And, as a famous saying goes, “the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”, there couldn’t be a better time for planning to get your online shop ready for the future.
The eCommerce site you run your store on has a big impact on the functionality and performance of your business. But if your E-commerce business has outgrown your current platform, functional limitations cause slowdowns, breakdowns, and lost revenue. If your business is to compete and grow, the only option is not only to migrate your old website to the latest versions but also to consider switching to the best products on the market.
We have always praised the benefits that Magento 2 offers, and are strong advocates to the fact that it is probably one of the best, if not THE best e-commerce platform out there. That is why we think that if your business needs it, you should definitely migrate to this amazing platform.
So, to help you avoid unnecessary hitches throughout the migration process, we’ve put together a handy checklist of important steps for a successful eCommerce website migration to Magento 2.
And remember… you should always back up your store data before migration, just in case an error occurs during the process. Being able to roll back to your last working version is extremely helpful, saving you future time, not to mention the proverbial headaches!
WooCommerce to Magento 2 migration
Merchants running their online stores on WooCommerce know about its drawbacks. The most common issue is connected to website security and slow loading speed. Unlike WooCommerce, Magento offers advanced security features and has a large community keeping an eye out for vulnerabilities. Speaking about loading speed and the ability to handle large amounts of traffic, Magento is one of the best in its class. The inconvenient five-step checkout present in WooCommerce is counteracted by a smooth process in Magento. Payments are also of paramount importance. WooCommerce users need to integrate additional plug-ins, such as Stripe, whereas Magento 2 is integrated with PayPal, Authorize.Net, and Braintree out of the box.
The migration can be done either by manually exporting store data, by using a migration app, or by hiring a professional agency.
If you decide to manually migrate the data, you need to know that WooCommerce and WordPress come with built-in exporting tools. However, WooCommerce’s tool only allows you to export product data while the WordPress tool will only let you export XML files, which cannot be easily imported into Magento. You can also technically run a SQL query in the database to export data, but this will require SQL access (which may not be available depending on your host plan). Therefore, you will need to migrate different entity types separately.
Alternatively, you can use plugins to export data for you. There are a few different free plugins that focus on exporting different types of data, like Advanced Order Export For WooCommerce, Product Import Export for WooCommerce, Import Export WordPress Users.
Shopify to Magento 2 migration
Shopify users are faced with online store catalog expanding issues, as they can only add a limited number of items to the catalog and choose from 11 free themes only, with 3 different choices of style. Shopify also falls short when your growing business requires expansive catalogs, detailed customization, deeper capabilities for selling internationally, and other functionalities that larger digital commerce brands require. Magento on the other hand provides online retailers with high online shop customization. Users can add product sizes and colors, and in addition, the platform supports many third-party services for integrating a broader distribution network.
As with other platforms, the migration can be done either by manually exporting store data, by using a migration app, or by hiring a professional agency.
Customer, product, and order data from Shopify can be manually migrated to Magento. The first step is to export the CSV files for each type of data you need (products, customers, and orders). After you have these files, you will import them into your Magento store.
BigCommerce to Magento 2 migration
BigCommerce could work great for a small business. But for merchants who decide to expand their online store, this platform will limit their possibilities. It has a small number of extensions, limited space on the shared hosting, and lacks advanced inventory management features. On the opposite, Magento 2 provides more than 15,000 add-ons and extensions to enrich your online shop feature list, has tons of free and paid themes with responsive design to choose from, and offers the chance to choose any hosting provider you like. If you are looking for expanded features and APIs for top-of-the-class Inventory Management, you may find all the necessary functions with Magento 2.
Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration
We already covered this topic in a very comprehensive post. Please have a look at it here…
If manually migrating your eCommerce store to Magento seems beyond your experience level, or you simply don’t have the time to dedicate to it, you could use a migration app instead. Migration apps can be used to facilitate the migration process, often automating much of it for you. There are a number of tools available, but commonly recommended tools are Cart2Cart, Next Cart, LitExtension, or Magenest.
Migrating an e-commerce website is a lot different from a regular site. It is not something that you can do impulsively. It needs some serious planning and preparation, usually months in advance. There is a lot at stake because a dysfunctional e-commerce website will paralyze your business. If you feel that migrating your website is too complicated for your skill level, you can always hire a professional team to migrate store data for you.
Professionals will be able to migrate store data with minimal issues. In many cases, a professional is your fastest method to ensure your store migration is done accurately, completely, and without complications. Oak3 is a Solution Partner for Magento, so if you have any questions about your website migration, please contact us or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help!