PrestaShop is a free open-source platform written in PHP. It was launched in 2005 in France. Currently, it is being used by 219,944 live websites. This solution is popular among small to medium-size business owners due to its intuitive dashboard and rich default functionality. PrestaShop is considered to be rather user-friendly and easy-navigable software that is suitable for tech-savvy people and for those who want to customize their store according to individual needs and requirements.
WooCommerce, on the other hand, is a free plugin for WordPress. It was released in 2011 and is now being used by 3,876,748 live websites. WooCommerce provides merchants with all the necessary tools for creating beautifully-looking and multi-functional online stores within just a few hours. It is most suitable for small business owners who already operate a WordPress website and want to get into selling online.
According to Google Trends, the popularity of both platforms has decreased over the last five years. But despite that, WooCommerce still holds the leading position.
PrestaShop, as well as WooCommerce, have their strengths and weaknesses. But if you are a non-techie, seek simplicity, have a tight budget, and wish to explore your store's full functionality, go for Woo. It's a 100% customizable and flexible software, thus you will get access to a ton of both free and paid themes and extensions. WooCommerce can be customized to sell physical, virtual, or downloadable products. The SEO features offered by WordPress and its plugins (like Yoast) are unique and help users to rank high in Google search. Additionally, the following shopping cart has an active community of developers and experts and offers merchants access to a vast number of documentation, articles, and guides.
Migration from PrestaShop to WooCommerce
If you've decided to migrate from PrestaShop to WooCommerce, Cart2Cart will help you do it quickly and trouble-free. Besides, if you want to calculate the exact price of replatforming, use our Online Estimator. Also, for a better understanding of how our service works, we advise you to watch this video tutorial:
So, to perform the migration from PrestaShop to WooCommerce, follow these few simple steps:
Prepare WooCommerce Store
- First of all, register a WooCommerce account. Alternatively, if you're still hesitant, whether WooCommerce will suit your needs, use our free Migration Preview Service. This option allows business owners to perform Demo migration of a limited number of entities from their current store to Cart2Cart's test store (please note, that it will be live for 3 days). All you have to do is check the result of data transfer, and then proceed with the Full Migration.
- Make sure to install all the necessary plugins that will ease the process of replatforming:
- If you want to import all the customers' passwords, download free Cart2Cart WooCommerce Passwords Migration Plugin and choose the additional option "Migrate customers' passwords" in the Migration Wizard. In case you have any questions, please, follow this guide.
- Set up WordPress Multilingual Plugin to migrate multiple languages to your future WooCommerce store. Check the step-by-step instructions on how to install the extension.
- To preserve your SEO positions, we suggest you choose the additional options "Create the 301 redirects on your target store after migration" and "Migrate categories and products SEO URLs." Also, it is necessary to install Woo's Redirection plugin and a free WordPress SEO Plugin.
- To migrate information on manufacturers and images, you can download the following extensions - WordPress.org (free) or WooThemes.com (paid).
- Product Add-Ons plugin will help you transfer the existing product variants to your WooCommerce store.
- If you want to save order IDs, select the "Preserve order IDs on the Target Store" option and download the free WooCommerce Sequential Order Number module.
- To transfer custom order statuses, you have to use free YITH WooCommerce Custom Order Status plugin.
Set up PrestaShop and WooCommerce carts
- Since both platforms are self-hosted, the action algorithm is the same - you will have to copy the stores' URLs, download Connection Bridges, and upload them to corresponding root folders.
- Choose the data types you want to transfer from PrestaShop to WooCommerce, as well as the additional migration options (in needed). Please note, that if you've installed some of the abovementioned plugins, remember to tick the necessary box:
- Preserve order IDs on Target Store - choose this if you've installed the WooCommerce Sequential Order Number module.
- Create 301 redirects on your target store after migration - it requires a Redirection plugin.
- Migrate customers' passwords - only works together with Cart2Cart WooCommerce Passwords Migration Plugin.
- Migrate categories and products SEO URLs - WordPress SEO Plugin is needed.
- If you've completed all of the abovementioned steps, proceed to Free Demo Migration. It allows users to transfer up to 10 products with related data within just 30 minutes.
- After the test migration is complete, check its results, if everything works correctly and you are satisfied with our service, launch Full Migration by clicking the "Start Migration" button.
Post-Migration "To Do" List
Once Full migration from PrestaShop to WooCommerce is complete, we advise you to do the following:
- Check your new store for random errors (e.g., inspect the visibility and correct categorization of products, perform a few searches, go through all the links, etc.).
- Make some test purchases to ensure that everything works correctly, and your customers won't face any problems in the future.
- Go to WooCommerce Store and install all the necessary extensions and plugins that will add functionality and extra features that are not included in the custom version of WooCommerce.
- Turn to the Recent Data Migration Service in case new products, orders or customers have appeared on the PrestaShop store during or after the Full Migration, and we will ensure they are transferred to the new WooCommerce store correctly.
In fact, this is all you need to know to perform the migration from PrestaShop to WooCommerce correctly. If any additional questions arise, please contact us via live chat, and we will eagerly help you find a correct solution.
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