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 Get rid of all the outdated and unnecessary records, and determine what store entities need to be transferred to a new location.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
  • Register a trial account at Shopify.com.

  • Choose a default theme
  • 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.

Set up Wix to Shopify data transfer

  • 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
  • Transfer up to 10 entities to Shopify for free within 30 minutes (more info here).

  • 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.

Post-Migration Suggestions

  • Install the required apps/features
  • 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 customers to reactivate their accounts
  • 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.

  • Check the performance of the Shopify store
  • 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.

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.