Migrating across various shopping carts is delayed time and again for fear of making a mistake and damaging the store. To get around the problem, store owners usually turn to an expert and pay a large fee to get the job done, or even try to transfer data manually. However, there is the third option - migrating data using automated tools. If you’re ready to transfer your BigCommerce store data to Shopify on your own - our migration checklist presented below will help you go through the replatforming as stress-free as possible.

Before you start

Prepare your BigCommerce store

  • Back up the data
  • Make a copy of your BigCommerce store data following the instructions provided at the official website or using the backup plugins that can be found on the web.

  • Undergo BigCommerce store data analysis
  • Audit all the current records of your BigCommerce store, and decide what data needs to be edited or deleted.

Prepare the Shopify store

  • Get your Shopify store ready
  • Get your Shopify store ready by creating an account at Shopify.com.

  • Choose a theme
  • Do not change the default Shopify theme at the very beginning of the setup process, and make no customizations to it, since it may interfere with the migration process.

Set up BigCommerce to Shopify data transfer

  • Configure the Source cart
  • Choose BigCommerce from the drop-down menu and paste your current store’s URL. Provide the Client ID, API Path and API Token from the admin account (find a detailed guide on how to do that in our FAQ).

  • Specify the Target cart
  • Choose Shopify from the drop-down list and click the “Install Plugin” button. To complete the login process, please, provide your store’s URL and proceed with the app installation (more detailed info here).

  • Select data for migration
  • Pick entities you wish to transfer to the new Shopify store. You can either choose to migrate separate items like Products, Customers, Orders, Blogs, Coupons, or click on the “Select All” box.

  • Specify migration extras
  • Choose the additional migration options if you want to improve the migration result with 301 redirects or by migrating Source Store categories into Shopify Automated Collections, etc.

  • Map customer groups & order statuses
  • Match your BigCommerce order statuses and fulfillment statuses to the corresponding ones on Shopify.

  • Launch a free Demo migration
  • Transfer 10 products in 15 minutes and check the efficiency of the service and its compliance with your requirements (more info here).

  • Start Full migration
  • Click the Start Full Migration button to initiate the Full BigCommerce database transfer to your new Shopify store. When finished, check the migration results and enjoy the possibilities of the new platform.

Find more info about Shopify migration in this post.

Post-Migration Recommendations

  • Add the new functionality to the Shopify store
  • Go to the Shopify App store and find those Shopify apps that will help you expand the initial functionality of your new store far beyond its initial limits.

  • Make the new store look great
  • If you’re happy with the migration result, it’s time to make the look and feel of the store as you want. You can either customize the default theme or change it for a different one.

  • Invite customers to renew their accounts
  • Notify your customers that you’ve replatformed and ask them to activate their accounts. You can send them the direct invitations with the help of the “Bulk Account Invite Sender” app.

  • Test your Shopify store
  • To make sure that your new store works correctly, create a test product and make a test purchase. Go through the typical shopping procedure, select shipping and payment options to ensure that everything works properly.

Сheck out this post for more detailed and in-depth info about BigCommerce to Shopify migration.

As you can see, when broken down into the above simple steps, the whole migration process isn’t as complex as it may seem. All it really requires is to follow thoroughly each step of the migration checklist and in case something goes wrong - the Cart2Cart Support Team is always ready to lead you through the migration wizard trouble-free.