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How to switch from Weebly to Shopify

How to switch from Weebly to Shopify

While Weebly is a great platform to help you grow and develop a website, it, unfortunately, lacks in the e-commerce department. So, if you are looking to expand your e-commerce store, switching from Weebly to Shopify is a great option.

Shopify definitely takes the first prize when it comes to building and running your e-commerce website, meaning that online store owners everywhere are looking to make the switch. 

Luckily, it is a very easy process to do so. And, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on exactly how to switch from Weebly to Shopify.

Why make the switch from Weebly to Shopify?

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Shopify is an e-commerce powerhouse, which is why we have seen an increase in businesses transferring from websites like Squarespace to Shopify, as well as migrating from WooCommerce to Shopify. The same is true for Weebly.

But, what are the benefits of switching your e-commerce platform from Weebly to Shopify? We will discuss these below.

SEO

SEO is used to increase traffic to and grow your business. If this is something you rely on quite a bit, then Shopify is the better option, so the switch will definitely help you in this regard. 

Weebly doesn’t have awful SEO. You are still able to add meta descriptions and keywords, and there are also built-in SEO features. 

But, Shopify’s SEO is just better overall. With Shopify, you can add and edit meta descriptions, tags, titles, and image text. Additionally, Shopify auto-generates canonical tags, and also creates sharing and linking options for social media. 

On top of all this, Shopify also makes use of advanced SEO tools and has 127 SEO apps in the app store. 

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Payment processing

Shopify’s payment processing is far superior to Weebly’s. And, as an e-commerce business, you rely heavily on online purchases, so having adequate payment gateways is a must.

Weebly only offers Square payments, Stripe, or Paypal. Shopify, on the other hand, has over 100 different payment portals available. 

This makes the payment process a lot easier for customers and will increase their likelihood of making a purchase. 

Customization and themes

Shopify offers much better options in terms of customization and themes. Shopify has approximately 86 themes available, compared to Weebly’s 60.

Shopify’s theme editor allows you to customize your themes as you wish and can be changed at any time. Shopify also has very advanced customization features that let you do a lot of different things.

how to migrate from weebly to shopify 

Weebly’s customization is very basic. When you customize themes or templates on Weebly, these changes are definite. You have to use coding to make any adjustments, which is difficult if you don’t know how to code. 

Overall, customization is much easier and more advanced, and user-friendly with Shopify. It’s far easier to get a unique-looking store, which is essential for branding.

How to migrate from Weebly to Shopify 

Step 1: Create a Shopify account and choose your theme

This step is only necessary if you haven’t already done it. If you already have a Shopify store, skip this step. 

  1. Go to the Shopify home page.
  2. Click on Start free trial.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your store. 

Make sure you spend a bit of time to set this up as you would like, it will be beneficial in the long run. 

This setup process includes choosing a Shopify theme. Choosing a good theme is very important, as it becomes the identity of your e-commerce store, so you need to choose one that suits your business model. 

Luckily, Shopify has plenty of beautiful themes to choose from, and selecting one is very simple.

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You can either choose one of the ones we have on display, or you can:

  1. Go to your Shopify store’s Admin page.
  2. Select Online Store, and then Themes.
  3. Click on the option to Explore Themes.
  4. This will bring up a window with different themes. 
  5. Click on any theme that interests you to preview it and read about its features. 
  6. Once you have found the one that you like, click on the Add button to load it to your Shopify store. 

Step 2: Export your store products from Weebly to Shopify 

There are two ways that you can export data from Weebly to Shopify. The first way is by using a migration app, and the second way is doing it manually. 

The manual method takes a bit longer but is much more secure. And for that reason, we will be explaining how to do your exports manually, as it is safer. 

Exporting your products from Weebly is a very simple process. 

  1. On your Weebly website, go to where it says Items.
  2. Click on Site Items followed by the “ icon.
  3. Select the Export button. 
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Once you have done this, a link containing a CSV file will be emailed to the address that is linked to your Weebly account. 

This CSV file is what you will use to import your products to Shopify.

Step 3: Import your product CSV file to Shopify 

The next step is to import your products to your Shopify store. 

  1. Start by going to your Shopify Admin page.
  2. Go to where it says Apps and click on this button.
  3. Go to the button that is labeled Store Importer and select this. 
  4. Once you are in the Store Importer, choose the Weebly option from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click on the button that says Add Files.
  6. Choose the CSV file that you got from the previous step. 
  7. Select the button that says Continue Import.
  8. Click on the Import button to start with the import process. 

Step 4: Review your imported products in your Shopify store

Once all of your products have finished loading to your Shopify store, it is important that you review the products. 

This includes making sure that all the products are organized as you would like them to be, and adding any missing parameters, such as descriptions, images, or names. 

  1. Go to the page that is titled Import Summary.
  2. Review any errors that may have occurred, and make any changes where necessary.  
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Step 5: Customize your Shopify store

Once you are happy with the products that you have imported, it is time to properly customize your Shopify store. 

If your customization is done well, it has the potential to boost your sales quite substantially, as people are much more likely to buy from a well-designed, and well-run shop.

If this is an area you feel that you lack in, or would just like a bit of professional help with, submit a task with us, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you. 

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Step 6: Transfer your domain from Weebly to Shopify 

Luckily, it is possible to transfer your Weebly website domain to Shopify, and it isn’t too difficult either. 

The first thing you need to do is unlock your domain and get the transfer key.

  1. Start by going to Settings on your Weebly website. 
  2. Select the Domains tab.
  3. Go to the domain that you would like to transfer, and uncheck the Lock Domain box.
  4. This will give you a transfer key, which you can find in the control panel. 
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The transfer key that you have just acquired needs to be given to your new domain provider so that they can authorize your domain transfer. 

The provider may refer to the transfer key as an “Authorization Code” or an “EPP Code”.

The last step is to transfer the domain to Shopify. 

  1. Go to your Shopify store and click on the Admin page.
  2. Select the button labeled Online Store.
  3. Click on the Domains tab.
  4. If you have not yet connected any domain to your Shopify store, click on where it says Connect existing domain.
  5. Click on Transfer in your domain.
  6. If you do already have a domain that is linked to your Shopify store, select Transfer Domain
  7. Enter in the domain that you would like to transfer to Shopify, but don’t include the “www.” part.
  8. Click on Next.
  9. Select the button that says Verify Domain.
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When the domain is ready to be transferred, a message will pop up that says “Domain Unlocked”.

  1. Click on the Next button.
  2. A verification box will then appear on your screen. 
  3. Type in the transfer key that you were given in the previous steps.  
  4. Click on Next, and then Buy and Transfer

You will receive an email from the domain provider. This is for you to approve the domain transfer.

  1. Click on the Approve/Confirm Transfer link that you were sent via email.

The domain transfer can take up to 20 days to go through once it has been approved. For this reason, we recommend keeping your Weebly store open until this has fully gone through. 

Once the transfer has been officially completed, you can shut down your Weebly store. 

Conclusion

Making the switch from Weebly to Shopify just makes sense if you want to better your online business. This is the same reason why we have seen a rise in businesses migrating from Prestashop to Shopify, BigCommerce to Shopify, and transferring their domain from Big Cartel to Shopify.

Shopify is phenomenal when it comes to running e-commerce businesses, and is really becoming quite a giant in the market. 

Luckily, the migration from Weebly to Shopify is quite straightforward and easy. So, nothing is holding you back from making the switch.

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