Migrate from Magento to Shopify: comprehensive 2022 guide
While Magento has its benefits as a free, open-source e-commerce platform, Shopify’s all-in-one approach is easier to use and is the preferred option for millions of merchants.
Posted 2 months ago by Jonathan Kennedy
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Lucky for you, migrating from Magento to Shopify doesn’t have to be an overwhelming ordeal. Below, we’ll cover all the benefits you will get from moving to Shopify and cover 3 ways to migrate to Shopify.
Shopify vs Magento: which platform is the best for you?
Magento is a free, self-hosted, open-source e-commerce platform. While it is completely personalizable, you can only make customizations through coding.
In contrast, Shopify is beginner-friendly and offers you an intuitive interface that still allows you to customize many aspects of your store. Shopify’s user-friendliness doesn’t limit its e-commerce capabilities.
Although Shopify requires a monthly subscription, it offers affordable options that start at $9 a month. Considering the benefits you get with Shopify, it’s a very affordable option.
Benefits of using Shopify over Magento
Shopify 24/7 direct support
Shopify offers 24/7 support to all its customers. Users can get a hold of them by calling, emailing, or using their live chat. For anyone experiencing struggles with their store, this could be a lifesaver.
With dedicated support, you know your store will always be up and running as soon as the issue has been resolved. This offers you peace of mind and will prevent any sales losses. Their dedicated team knows how to troubleshoot any issues and provide effective solutions as soon as possible.
Dedicated support is a must and it is one of the main reasons people move from platforms like Weebly, Magento, and Prestashop to Shopify, which don’t offer any technical help or offer lackluster communication options.
This is a huge downside for Magento considering how technical their platform is.
More theme options
Shopify offers a massive selection of themes that can range anywhere from free to $350 depending on your needs. You can also hire a Shopify developer by submitting a task for specific theme tweaks or builds.
Shopify themes come in a range of styles and make for a stark contrast when compared to Magento.
Magento only offers users 6 theme options. If you want a better theme, you will have to undertake the build yourself or hire a web developer to create one for you.
A small theme selection isn’t unique to Magento but it’s one of the reasons users are migrating from platforms like it, as well as Big Cartel to Shopify. A limited theme selection restricts your ability to brand your store and can cost you a lot of money down the road.
Small to large store support
Shopify was built to work with any store size and is infinitely scalable. You can start small with only a few products and comfortably grow in time.
Magento, on the other hand, is built for large-scale stores. While there is nothing wrong with this, it does exclude entrepreneurs who are just starting on their e-commerce journey.
Extensive payment gateway options
Shopify offers users over 100 payment options from all around the world as well as their own payment gateway. New payment gateways are regularly added to the stack and updated.
With so many payment gateways, users from all over the world will be able to buy from your store. Because it’s easier to make purchases, you’re likely to see an increase in sales.
Shopify also automatically adds tax and calculates shipping according to region. It makes shopping better for consumers and account management easier for merchants.
In comparison, the Magento payment gateway selection is a little lackluster. They offer far fewer than Shopify and if there is a payment gateway you need, you would have to add it through third-party apps.
Easy add-on features
Shopify offers users near-infinite scalability. If your store lacks a function or a specific feature, you can submit a task with a Shopify developer or add it to your store from the app store. Their app store is extensive with over 4000 apps and add-ons. While some add-ons come at a cost, there are many free ones available.
Charging for add-ons is one of the reasons sellers choose to switch from WooCommerce to Shopify. But Magento makes it even harder for the layman because feature installation and management can be extremely confusing. It might require you to outsource their store-build, which can be very expensive.
What data can be moved from Magento to Shopify?
When moving from Magento to Shopify, you will want as little data loss as possible or no data loss at all.
The data that can be moved from Magento to Shopify is:
- Product data: all product-related data can be moved from Magento to Shopify. This includes product names, descriptions, images, prices, manufacturer info, URLs, meta titles, meta descriptions, specifications, inventories, and variants.
- Static page content: this covers the about us page, blog posts, and contact pages.
- Customer information: all customer information including names, addresses, and contact details.
- Store images: main content images and the images used between content.
- Order information: this includes payment details, order details and lists, customer orders, shipping and tax rates, product comments, shipping addresses, billing addresses, and discount purchases and prices.
- Discounts: coupons, discounts, and promo prices.
Below, we’ll cover which methods will be able to move what data and what option will work the best for your store and your migration needs.
How to migrate from Magento to Shopify: 3 methods
Automated migration is probably the easiest and most comprehensive of all three migration methods. This method uses migration software to pick up, move, and install your store. It’s often used to move from OpenCart and BigCommerce to Shopify because of its ease of use.
The next steps might differ from software to software but the general idea will be similar.
- Enter your source cart. This will be your Magento information.
- Enter your target cart. These will be your Shopify store details.
- Next, you will be presented with a display of data and the option to choose which data you would like to migrate. Choose what you want to be moved from Magento to Shopify and confirm.
One great thing about most migration software is the option to try again. If the migration was faulty or didn’t move all the data, you will most often be allowed to delete the data and retry.
This method will work best from medium to big stores that have smaller, more specific data sets that need to be moved over like reviews or meta titles and descriptions. Trying to do all of those one-by-one will be time-consuming and will present errors.
CSV file migration
With manual migration, you will be using CSV (comma-separated value) files, which are condensed text files. CSV and the import/export function will allow you to do manual migration at home without the help of a professional.
Shopify CSV migration only supports the migration of product and customer information so make sure to only choose this method if that is all you need to migrate.
Step 1: Make a backup of your Magento store to ensure no data is lost
- In the Magento admin panel, navigate and click on System.
- Under the Tools section, click on the Backups option.
- In the top right-hand corner of your screen, choose the backup option you would like to make:
- System backup: full database and file backup.
- Database and media backup: specific database and media folder backup.
- Database backup: makes a backup of the database only.
Step 2: Ensure your Shopify store is set up and ready to receive information
- Open an account on the Shopify site and choose your payment plan. Follow the prompts that follow to set up your store. Shopify’s easy-to-use installation and setup process makes this process super easy.
- Next, you can customize your store as you please by choosing a Shopify theme.
Step 3: Export your data from Magento
- On the Magento admin panel, on the sidebar, there will be a System option. Click on this option.
- Under System navigate to Data transfer and then Export.
- Here you will be presented with Entity types. This means the type of data you want to export. Let’s start with products. Click on the Products entity type.
- You will be offered two file types to export the product data. Choose the CSV file type.
- Scroll down and click on Continue to move to the next stage.
Step 4: Import the data to Shopify
- Log in to your Merchant Dashboard on Shopify and navigate to the Products section.
- Under Products, select All Products.
- Navigate to and click on the Import option.
- Click on Add File and choose the file you exported from Magento.
- Next, click on Upload File and follow the prompts.
Step 5: Repeat with customer information
Repeat the above steps with the customer information. The only difference will be the data you choose to export, which will now be Customer Mail File instead of products.
And instead of importing the data under the Products section, you will import the customer information under the Customer section on your Shopify Merchant Dashboard.
Step 6: Review the imported data
Errors are sometimes unavoidable, especially when handling a big amount of data. Before launching your store, review the data that was imported.
- Check for duplicates and delete them if there are any.
- Edits product errors manually before your store goes live.
- Change the product availability for products that might have been hidden in Magento.
Once these tweaks have been finished, finish customizing your store and launch it.
Copy and paste migration
As the name suggests, with this method you will manually copy and paste the data you would like to migrate from Magento to Shopify. It’s often used to move from platforms like Wix to Shopify because it works great for migrating text portions of a website – like privacy policies – that can’t be moved over with software or CSV files.
Just highlight the bit of text you would like to move, copy it, and paste it into the text field on your Shopify dashboard. Repeat until you are satisfied.
This method is very time-consuming but is worth it for store owners that are working on a tight budget. It works best for smaller stores that don’t have a lot of data to migrate to Shopify.
You can combine this method with the CSV export/import method. Use CSV migration for the product and customer data and use copy and paste to move over product descriptions and blog posts.
Sometimes a store migration might just be too big for one person to handle. If that is the case with your store, you can outsource the work to somebody who is well versed in this field.
You will also be able to tell your migration assistant exactly what you would like to migrate and how you would like it imported, placed, and maybe even changed. They will tell you what you can achieve, will fix errors that arise, and return your store to you exactly as you wanted it.
This will, of course, cost money. But if you have a bigger store, with a more forgiving budget and more data that needs to be moved to Shopify, letting a professional take care of it might just be the smartest and easiest option.
Magento to Shopify FAQs
Is there a Magento to Shopify migration app?
There is no official Magento to Shopify migration app. But Shopify does have 3rd party migration software on their apps store that will get the job done for a fee. All you will need is your Magento account and your Shopify account. The most commonly used migration software is LitExtension and Cart2Cart.
How much does it cost to migrate from Magento to Shopify?
The price you pay will depend on the software you use and on how big your inventory list, customer list, and order list is. It will also depend on what entities you want to be moved to during the migration.
Get free estimates before you commit to any software. Compare the migration prices and how long the migration will take before choosing the one that suits your budget.
To fully realize the potential of their store and achieve their e-commerce goals, many Magento users have chosen to make the move to Shopify. While Magento is free and has its strengths, Shopify offers users an all-in-one e-commerce solution that is easy to use but still powerful.
With this guide, you don’t have to go into the process blind. Instead, you can choose from our 3 ways to migrate from Magento to Shopify and choose the option that best suits your budget and your capabilities.
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