Magento has long ago become a synonym of power, extreme customizability and is often referred to as one of the best platforms for the enterprise. It has been around for quite a while and has grown one of the biggest communities of fans and developers around the world.
All of this is true today, yet the era of Magento being the only option for ecommerce giants is over. Most surprisingly, its closest counterparts in this sphere aren’t even open-source platforms - yes, we’re talking about BigCommerce Enterprise and Shopify Plus, which are both hosted solutions that have less experience on the market, but definitely great perspectives.
In this post, we’ll be focusing on the matter of transitioning from Magento to BigCommerce and in particular - handling one of the biggest bottlenecks of all ecommerce replatforming processes - data migration.
Magento vs. BigCommerce - Stats
According to Google Trends, the interest for Magento has been steadily declining since 2016, while BigCommerce remains within the same interest range, so they are getting closer in terms of popularity. Similartech stats show that Magento significantly outranks BigCommerce in terms of the number of websites, but recently, BigCommerce has grown and obviously the tendency remains in place. It is proven by Datanyze data, showing that Magento has lost more websites in December 2019 than gained, while the net gain for BigCommerce is 14 websites in the same month.
Reasons to trade Magento for BigCommerce?
No hosting/maintenance fees
Surely, no one switches to a new platform just because it’s popular. Hosting fee, or rather, the absence of it is a far more obvious reason why many merchants choose BigCommerce - it’s a hosted platform, which means, no more hosting and maintenance expenses or troubles.
The hosted nature of BigCommerce shortens the go-to-market time for BigCommerce compared to Magento. With lots of ready themes, apps and more out of the box functionality, BigCommerce merchants can get their new stores ready much faster.
On the one hand, Magento is open-source and its community version is free to download and use. On the other hand, it is often called one of the most budget-consuming platforms due to its complexity and high development costs, plus often bug fixes and maintenance costs tend to be quite high as well.
BigCommerce pricing plans start at $29,95/month and are quite affordable even for small businesses just starting out.
Paired with a smaller learning curve, BigCommerce looks like a more cost-efficient option for merchants with the need for quick launch and more out of the box functionality on a smaller budget and with a limited in-house IT help possible. So, if that’s the case and you are looking to replatform from Magento to BigCommerce, read on.
Why Does Database Migration Matter So Much in the Process of Store Migration?
Needless to say that ecommerce replatforming is a big project, especially if it concerns huge stores with millions of products, customers, orders, etc. Moving an extensive store from Magento to BigCommerce isn’t likely to happen overnight or be handled by one (even if it’s a very skillful one) individual. You need a strong team and effective tools.
Cart2Cart is the tool that can facilitate the process of ecommerce migration and save tons of time (and costs) for bringing the Magento database over to BigCommerce.
Let us walk you through the process which can be handled even by a non-technical team member (we’re talking only about data migration here).
How to Move the Magento Database to BigCommerce Completely Automatedly?
Get your BigCommerce store ready
It’s clear that your Magento data needs a destination to end up in the BigCommerce database, so you need a fresh BigCommerce store, so you can sign up for a trial account.
Enable data exchange between your Magento and BigCommerce stores
Once both stores are available online, you can start your migration setup:
- Provide the URLs of both stores
- Set up a connection bridge for Magento
- Download the bridge file
- Unzip it
- Upload to your Magento root directory
For BigCommerce, you will only need to provide the API credentials (API token and path). If you’re using Migration Preview, your test BigCommerce store is already connected.
Watch the video tutorial for details on Magento to BigCommerce migration.
Select the data you need to move
You simply tick the data types to transfer:
- product categories,
- reviews, etc
And can also make use of the available migration options (like 301 redirects) - the complete list is available here.
Run your migration
We recommend that you try the free Demo first, which moves a limited number of your products and related data to a new store. Take your time to check both store front-and backend for the migrated data, and if everything’s fine, you can launch the Full migration to have all of the data transitioned.
It’s not the end...
Of course, this is far from being the final stage of your replatforming, and there’s a lot to take care of before your BigCommerce store will be ready to welcome visitors. Nevertheless, imagine how much time and team efforts you save by employing a helpful tool like Cart2Cart.
But it’s better to try and see for yourself, so go ahead and start your zero risk-free Demo migration now (we don’t even ask for your credit card number)!‘