Checklist for Migrating your Shopify Website to Magento
Choosing the right ecommerce platform is critical for your business. This one decision can in fact make or break your company’s success. But very often, having chosen a provider to go with, you may want to switch platforms. It may be that your current SaaS or PaaS storeware is unsuitable for your level of trade. It may be that the platform is more suited to B2C rather than B2B. In either case, you’ll be on the lookout for a fully functional platform which, unlike your previous one, can be relied on to do the job.
Reasons for Replatforming
Since it is one of the most popular platforms currently on the market, in this article we’ll look at reasons why you might want to leave Shopify, and why store managers and owners, more often than not, find Magento a far better solution. This is based on over 10 years of working with clients from all corners of ecommerce, from vendors and partners to competitors and clients. Before we start though, let’s take a look at some common reasons people start looking for a new platform in the first place.
Internet users now expect to an ecommerce site to be just as usable on mobile as on desktop. Where there are discrepancies between the two, sales are likely to be lost. Similarly, if pages or images take too long to load, customers will be put off from remaining on the site, not to mention buying. Magento rarely suffers in this regard: one of its core strengths, covered by its Mobile Optimisation Initiative.
Pricing is one of the main concerns for ecommerce managers and directors. Not just unnecessarily high costs, but costs which are linked directly to use, and therefore can soon spiral as your volume of trade increases. In Shopify for instance, fees are paid on each transaction made. While looking small on paper, these can really start to stack up.
Difficulty Managing Multiple Stores
Running multiple stores is a great way to expand a product range to different audiences. In Magento, multiple stores can be operated within a single centralised account. However, in other platforms like Shopify this is not the case. Multiple stores must be run under separate accounts. Making it almost impossible to streamline your operations, this is another area where merchant often look to replatform.
When selling to an international audience certain features are essential: though almost all platforms give you the option to sell in different currencies and languages, in platforms like Shopify, these have to be purchased as extensions. In addition, on the rare occasion a platform offers a full suite of options as standard, these will often have to be run via separate admin accounts.
Why Migrate to Magento?
The latest version of Magento is a complete overhaul of the old version. Magento 2 is a huge leap forward in features and performance. If you are thinking of replatforming your ecommerce store, we believe, as an open source platform, customisable from top to bottom, and with self-host functionality, there is no other platform as powerful. Here are the key features that set Magento apart from its competitors.
Reasons to Migrate your Database from Shopify to Magento
Trusted: Magento powers 70 companies in the Top 500 Internet Retailer List, as opposed to 70 in Shopify.
Extendable: Magento has more extensions and they are cheaper - starting at £50 compared to $180 in Shopify.
Secure: Magento offers dedicated security patches on a far more regular basis than Shopify.
Multi-lingual: Magento has multi-lingual support as standard. In Shopify multi-lingual support comes paid add-ons.
Transparent charges: Magento charges no transaction fees on payments, unlike in Shopify where 2.4% is taken per transaction.
Community-minded: Magento's online community features over 300,000 developers so help is always at hand.
Steps to Take Before Migrating from Shopify to Magento
If you do decide to make the switch to Magento 2, one of the first thing's you should do is review all the extensions on your site. Whether these are integral to your store or supplementary, they will need to be replaced with equivalent Magento extensions. With a far greater range of extensions available than on Shopify's marketplace, you shouldn't have any issues finding replacements.
For a quick site review, run through this simple checklist: –
- Remove outdated and useless data from the database, e.g. old products no longer active.
- Make a full backup of your Shopify store including all files, folders, and the database.
- Create a clone of your Shopify store. You should not use a live store for the migration process.
Backup your Database
Before migrating to Magento it is important to backup your database and files first. If you do not do this, and something goes wrong, this may create issues difficult to rectify once the data has been transferred. Similarly, it is important that your migration is run on a test site. This is to ensure any problems can be fixed without affecting your Magento store. Your developer will be able to set this up for you in a staging environment. From your end, simply focus on downloading and saving your site data.
Make sure to run through these steps:
- Login to Magento Administration Panel
- Step 2: Go to System menu -> Tools -> Backups
- Step 3: Create Database Backup
- Step 4: Download the Backup to your computer
If this is outside the remit of your onsite IT manager or site admin, you can ask your developer to do this for you, otherwise you can find more detailed steps in this official Magento document. If and when you carry out this step, you should also enable maintenance mode on your site while you are exporting over your installation files and site data. This means your visitors will see a ‘service temporarily unavailable’ message when they visit your store rather than a blank page/404 error.
Review Hosting Options
Unlike Shopify, you don't have rely on your platform provider to supply your hosting too. Although Magento can host your site if you won't (via its Magento Cloud service), you may want to look into self-hosting options as well. Magento 2 is compatible with a vast range of hosting options. If in doubt however, we recommend looking closely at Magento’s own Magento 2 hardware requirements. This should give you a comprehensive idea of the kind of resources you will need to run Magento.
Other Ecommerce Platforms we can Migrate to Magento
No matter what platform you are currently using, our Magento specialists can assist you in migrating all your data and files to Magento with a minimum of downtime.
Here are the Magento migration services we can assist you with:
|Shopify to Magento||BigCommerce to Magento||PrestaShop to Magento||Big Cartel to Magento|
|Volusion to Magento||Squarespace to Magento||Weebly to Magento||Yo-Kart to Magento|
|VTEX to Magento||X-Cart to Magento||VirtueMart to Magento||Ubercart to Magento|
|OpenCart to Magento||WooCommerce to Magento||osCommerce to Magento||Zen Cart to Magento|
& many other platforms as well...
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