How to Migrate Your Store from Shopify to WooCommerce
Thinking about moving your store from Shopify to WooCommerce?
While migration to WooCommerce may seem difficult, it isn’t as hard as it looks. With the right knowledge and help, you can migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce easily.
First, let’s look at why you should migrate to WooCommerce.
Why Migrate to WooCommerce
Here are some reasons why you should consider a WooCommerce migration:
Control Over Your Store
WooCommerce is open-source, meaning you’ll have full control over your store. You can create the website you want without worrying about the platform’s limitations.
You will have full control over every aspect of your SEO, allowing you to market your store.
WooCommerce also seamlessly integrates with WordPress. This makes running and managing your store incredibly easy and intuitive.
Flexibility and Customization
Since WooCommerce integrates with WordPress (which is also open-source), you are free to edit and customize your site as you wish.
With WordPress also comes a massive library of plugins that can help you customize your site to suit your needs.
Control Over Pricing
Unlike WordPress and WooCommerce, Shopify is not a free platform and is filled with paid add-ons. Shopify charges fees for using an external payment gateway.
Many other basic features, such as showing live shipping rates from carriers, are only accessible behind the most expensive plans. This means you may end up paying a lot of money for features you don’t need.
Since WordPress and WooCommerce allow you to pick and choose extensions, plugins, etc, you pay for only what you need, saving you money that could instead be used to invest in your business.
Being able to list all your products is a basic feature needed for any online store. However, this is frequently not possible with Shopify. They limit variations to 100, which is a dealbreaker for many.
While 100 may seem like a lot of variations, it is not uncommon to have even more than that. For example, someone selling a shoe in three widths in sizes 6-15 (with half sizes) would have 153 variations. They would not be able to properly sell all their products on Shopify.
WooCommerce on the other hand offers unlimited variations, allowing you to give your customers as many options as necessary.
The WooCommerce Community
Since so many people use WooCommerce, there is a large and helpful community surrounding it. Convinced yet? Ready to migrate your store from Shopify to WooCommerce?
There are WooCommerce meetups where developers and site owners meet to discuss issues, solutions, give advice, and much more. These meetups can be a valuable resource when it comes to improving your site.
The support forums surrounding WordPress and WooCommerce have tons of useful information provided by experts in the field. Using these forums can help you troubleshoot issues and better your site.
Because of their popularity, there is also a lot of content online about WordPress and WooCommerce. From blogs to YouTube videos, there are tons of community members trying to help others by providing insightful information and advice.
How to Migrate to WooCommerce
Now that the reasons why you should migrate to WooCommerce are apparent, let’s discuss how it’s done. There are three main ways to go about migration to WooCommerce.
This is the most difficult way to do the migration, but it is free. The process is as follows:
- Export/download product data from Shopify.
- Go to WooCommerce → Products in the WordPress dashboard.
- Select “Import.” Use the product CSV importer.
- Choose the file you want to import and click continue.
- Use the dropdown menus to map any columns the CSV importer missed.
- Run the importer.
2. Plugins and Extensions
Using a plugin or extension can make this process a lot easier. An extension like Cart2Cart can automatically transfer all of your important product data, customer data, order information, blog posts, page titles, and more, simplifying the migration. However, plugins and extensions like Cart2Cart typically aren’t free.
3. Hire an Expert
Ready to migrate your store from Shopify to WooCommerce? Hiring an expert is the most expensive and most effective way to migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce. While you will pay more, you will be guaranteed to have an easy and stress-free migration.
HJI Technologies for example can handle all aspects of the WooCommerce migration for you, allowing you to spend more time on your business. They focus on everything from appearance and functionality to security and performance to ensure that your site perfectly fits your exact needs. And it will all be done in a short time frame, ensuring your site is ready when you need it. HJI is ready to migrate your store from Shopify to WooCommerce.
Though hiring an expert like HJI Technologies may cost more than the other two options, it is worth it in the long run.
There are a multitude of advantages in migrating your eCommerce site from Shopify to WooCommerce. While this process can be intimidating, with the help of qualified experts like HJI, you can have your dream site up and running in no time, all with zero stress involved. HJI is ready to migrate your store from Shopify to WooCommerce.