Every good business is continuously growing that’s true more than ever when it comes to e-commerce. Undoubtedly Magento has been the final choice for a maximum of online store owners a few months ago. but now around 65% of online shop owners prefer Shopify for their online store. Surprisingly they started migrating their Magento site to Shopify.
Note: I'm not promoting Magento nor Shopify, I just want to help the business owners to choose the right technology.
Do you have a Magento store? If Yes is your answer then there are lots of reasons why you might be thinking of moving to Shopify.
One of the important reasons is it’s hosted for you. That means less concerned about traffic spikes and slow-down on critical shopping days like Big Billion day, Stock clearance sale, etc. It also means knowing your site is secure, updating your store and inventory more easily, and profiting from top-notch customer support.
As everyone knows Magento is one of the costliest E-commerce platforms. Honestly speaking, it can be time-consuming and expensive to pay someone to keep your store updated, protected, well-organized, and looking good in 2019.
Adapting the latest trends is the most essential thing for business. We have to use the latest technologies for our website or online store. Compare to Shopify, Magento has fewer updates and additional features.
When it comes to choosing a new platform, we cannot recommend Shopify enough. It’s the comfort of use, friendly interface, and marketplace of amazing themes and apps have made it a great fit for more than 600,000 businesses worldwide. There are other choices to consider (BigCommerce, Weebly, Big Cartel, Mozu (by Volusion), and TicTail), but these platforms aren’t experiencing the growth of Shopify.
I hope you have changed your mindset now. Once you’ve decided to leave Magento, there are some important steps to ensure a simple migration. A logical approach is necessary to make sure you’re taking what’s important with you and leaving behind what’s not. This is not a complete technical guide, but it will give you a solid frame of reference for the steps required to migrate your store successfully.
Keep your business running
Your migration will take time! That means until your new store is fully set-up and optimized, it’s important to keep your business running on your Magento store. Just keep in mind "once you started your online business you should not stop that for any reason, you have to run the business".
Determine what you want to migrate
plan your migration thoroughly. Do you want to migrate your products and customer information to your new Shopify store, and you’ll probably also want to bring order history and status data. If you’ve been operating your web store on Magento for a long time, there may be outdated information that you would rather leave behind. We always advocate gathering as much data as possible, but if you find yourself constantly weeding through stacks of old, obsolete data, it might be time to trim the fat. Luckily, some great applications help with this part of the migration.
Thus, you may have marketing content and other materials you want to migrate such as blog posts and static HTML pages, as well as other content you’d rather leave behind. Whatever you plan to bring over to your new site will need to be redesigned to fit your store’s new look. You can do that yourself or you can simply hire any software development teams which specialize in migrations.
Create your account on Shopify
As all business offers a free trial, Shopify also offers the same, so you can get to know about the Shopify completely before committing. Before you start doing business in your new store, you need to learn & familiarize yourself with Shopify’s features, menus, collections, and page designs. Don’t hesitate to reach on to their excellent customer support team who will be your best friends throughout this process.
Back up your current data
This is the most important! If your migration doesn’t go as planned the first time, you’re going to want to keep a full backup of your Magento store. Try to backup the data completely without losing any details. Take your own time to do this process as we need old data for each decision making. You may get help from your IT support or you can simply hire a team to back-up the data but you should not rely on the team for every action. try to learn some basics using online tutorials.
Start Migrate your data
Now comes the heavy lifting. being a non-technical person you can't complete the migration fully without having prior knowledge. But do not worry, we have some applications like Cart2Cart and Shopify’s Magento Importer are designed to help your migration, or you can export and import the data manually. If you choose the "later option", you’ll likely export your Magento data as a CSV file. There are plenty of online tutorials available for importing this data into hosted platforms, but my advice to you, "if you’re not techie-person and even if you have some basic knowledge, you better partner with any software development company who specializes in Magento migrations to assist you. Our Services team is experienced in migrating businesses of all sizes, so if you’d rather save yourself the trouble and ensure a smooth migration, feel free to reach us.
Test until you satisfied
Make sure everything is working in your new store. Run some test orders through the checkout. I can say run more than 10 purchases on your new store, check each button and function. Make sure that customer data is organized and displaying properly, and that you’re able to manage every aspect of your business as if it were a live store.
Redesign your new website
Your new store should be better in design-wise and function wise, So try to redesign your site. You can simply use a theme or designing something from scratch, the nature of moving platforms means making front-end adjustments along with back-end ones. Now is a great time to upgrade your brand by providing the best theme it deserves. There are plenty of amazing Shopify themes to choose from, or you can hire E-commerce designers and developers to build your custom e-commerce store.
Once you setup your new theme, make sure your content fits well and looks compatible with product to product, and from page to page. First Impression is the best impression, so double-checking everything on your site is well deserving the time. Once you completed, you will receive a few orders that came in after the last backup was taken. you need to match these up. I would advise you to have a clear schedule and have some quality check to make sure everything is working as expected on both the front and back ends. I repeat “test until you are satisfied”.
According to you migrating your current store can feel like an almost impossible task, but definitely, it can be migrated. For that, we need to start step-by-step, which is the key to a successful move. Once the project is completed, and you’ve had a moment to take your breath, I'm sure you will be more than happy with your decision to migrate.
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