If you’re planning for Wix to Shopify migration, but don’t know where to start - you’re in the right place. The checklist presented below has been intentionally compiled to help e-merchants go through the replatforming process smoothly and trouble-free. Though it doesn’t answer all the migration-associated questions, it is still a good starting point for those Wix store owners willing to migrate to Shopify, but are at the very beginning of the path. For more detailed and in-depth info regarding each step of the process, check out this post.
Before you begin
Prepare your Wix store
- Carry out the Wix store audit
Create an accurate inventory of the store data you have. Get rid of all the outdated and unnecessary records, and determine what store entities need to be transferred to a new location.
Get your Shopify store ready
- Get your Shopify store ready
- Choose a default theme
Register a trial account at Shopify.com.
Choose the default Shopify theme. It is not recommended to alter an existing Shopify theme, since it may negatively impact the switching process. Once the transfer is over, you may freely modify it the way you like.
Wix to Shopify migration checklist
Enter the Source cart details
Select Wix as a Source cart from the drop-down menu and specify the required access details in the corresponding fields.
Configure the Target cart
Choose Shopify as your Target cart and install the "Migration for Shopify" app (more detailed info here).
Select data you want to transfer
Choose the specific data entities you’d like to migrate to your newly-established Shopify store.
Customize your data transfer with additional options
Pick the necessary additional migration options to make your replatforming even more seamless.
Map customer groups & order statuses
Match your Wix stores, order statuses and fulfillment statuses to corresponding ones on Shopify.
Run free Demo migration
Start Full migration
Press the Start Full Migration button to initiate the Full store database transfer to the new Shopify store. Once done, check the migration results and enjoy the possibilities of the new platform.
Please, read this post for more info about Shopify migration.
- Install the required apps/features
- Invite customers to reactivate their accounts
- Check the performance of the Shopify store
Find the Shopify alternatives of Wix extensions that you’ve previously used. Find the required extensions at the Shopify App Store but don’t get too carried away.
Invite your customers to reactivate their accounts. We recommend using the paid app "Bulk Account Invite Sender." to automatically send the invitation to all your clients.
Test the store functionality, look through the frontend, links, categories, etc. Also, try to make a test purchase to check if everything works as it should.
When you have gone through all the above-mentioned steps, there are some post-migration recommendations that need to be performed before you go live.
Wix to Shopify Migration - FAQs:
Should I change from Wix to Shopify?
There is no exact answer to your question. It all depends on your business needs & objectives. If you need a simple online store with not big assortment, stay with Wix. Contrastingly, if you need to expand your product catalog - move to Shopify.
Is it possible to migrate customers' accounts from Wix to Shopify?
Despite the fact that Cart2Cart supports customers' migration from Wix to Shopify, their accounts cannot be transferred due to the platform's technical limitations. You will need to send your existing clients an invitation to restore their accounts after the data import to Shopify is complete. You can find instructions on how to do this in this detailed guide.
Will Cart2Cart create redirects to my new products and categories after migration?
Cart2Cart does offer this service if the "Create the 301 redirects on your target store after migration" option is selected on the corresponding step of the Migration Wizard.
There is no doubt that eCommerce migration is a risky and challenging task that many store owners often tend to avoid. However, if thoroughly planned and equipped with the right tools (Cart2Cart, for example), you’ll go through the migration process successfully.