Will my old store SEO URLs remain working after Shopify migration?

While performing data import to Shopify, we strongly recommend selecting the additional option “Create the 301 redirects on your target store after migration” to ensure 301 redirects for the links to your old store. Due to Shopify’s specific system of categories and subcategories, it is impossible to transfer the URLs unchanged, and it is vital to arrange redirects for the links of your products and categories that will appear in search engines results. Keep reading to find out the details.

Shopify has a specific system of organizing products into categories and subcategories. Products are arranged into collections instead of usual categories and receive tags that enable creating subcategories. This aspect also influences the way products, and categories URLs are formed within this eCommerce solution. For instance, the product URL looks the following way - www.dresses-store.myshopify.com/products/dress-red instead of usual www.dresses-store.com/dress-red.html and the URL for the category - www.dresses-store.myshopify.com/collections/women-clothes.

What if you want to preserve your current stores URLs after the migration? You should understand that it is impossible due to Shopify’s rules. While migrating to Shopify your products and categories URLs will receive the sections /products/ and /collections/ by default. If you still want to preserve products and categories URLs you can choose the additional option “Migrate categories and products SEO URLs” during Shopify migration via Cart2Cart, and we’ll transfer the part after the domain name and add it to your Shopify products and collections URLs.

Let’s clarify how it actually will work during Shopify data import. Assume the link looks like this in the source cart: https://www.my-source-store.com/my-product. If you choose the option, the link on Shopify will look like http://www.my-shopify-store.com/products/my-product. As for categories, they will be transformed into collections on Shopify, and the old link of a category https://www.my-source-store.com/my-category-name will be transferred as http://www.my-shopify-store.com/collections/my-category-name.

Please, contact Cart2Cart Support Team to check the peculiarities of your migration and to get immediate assistance.

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