Even if you choose one of them, it may happen that you will decide the other one meets your requirements better. No worries, nothing is set in stone, and you can migrate from one platform to another. First, let’s consider why it may be a smart move to give up on a hosted open-source software:

  • Open-source platforms are generally free but when you add the cost of hosting, development, customization, integration, etc., it may turn out to be more expensive than SaaS.
  • Technical work is time-consuming. In SaaS, you get it automatically at no cost.
  • You are the one who handles security issues.
  • You have to take care of administration and maintenance.

This is why our clients choose WooCommerce to Shopify migration. If this is your case also, let’s walk through an A-to-Z guide on how to migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify.

How to migrate WooCommerce to Shopify without losses?

Migration from the WooCommerce store data to the Shopify platform doesn’t have to result in data loss and business interruption, assuming that you have a reliable, experienced partner who will help you migrate your online store.

Shopify offers an outstanding selection of amazing themes. It’s extremely easy to manage which is another plus. Therefore, it makes sense for the migration to be easy, too. When you want to change your e-commerce platform, you don’t have to lose data, content, as well as design and layout. Your online store can be equally functional and attractive when you migrate to Shopify. When it comes to Shopify store migration, at WeCanFly we offer seamless site migration services (conducted by experts manually), preserving the product, inventory, order, and customer data, maintenance of SEO data and rankings, as well as adding redirects for changed page URLs.

Which data can be migrated from WooCommerce to Shopify?

You don’t have to worry; your data will be easily and quickly migrated from WooCommerce to Shopify. At WeCanFly, we’ll be happy to migrate your:

  • Products – migration includes product name, SKU, description, price (and promotional price), SEO data (meta title and meta description), product variants if any, images (base and additional), weight, product tags, and managed stock.
  • Product categories – name, description, images, metadata.
  • Manufacturers and customers (name, email address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, etc.).
  • Orders – date, status, products (SKU, name), price (including discount price), quantity, customer information (name, email address, company address, shipping address).
  • Coupons.
  • Reviews and comments.
  • CMS pages and blog posts with titles and full descriptions.

There are also additional options if you want to fully switch from WooCommerce to Shopify. At WeCanFly, we can e.g., clear data on the target store before migration. On top of that, we’ll be happy to help you with creating product variants based on a combination of options or stripping HTML from category and product names. We can also change product quantity on the target store or migrate additional images if needed.

Check our WooCommerce to Shopify migration service

Interested in migrating your e-commerce data from WooCommerce to Shopify? This is how the migration process at WeCanFly looks:

  1. We start from a discovery workshop to get to know your needs. Our main goal is to make sure that Shopify is the right fit for your business and find a solution that will suit your needs best. We need to make sure that all your business processes can be mapped onto your new e-commerce environment. 
  2. We export your e-commerce data from WooCommerce – once the export is ready, we download an XML file that contains your WooCommerce data. Then, time to import the data to Shopify.
  3. We import the data to Shopify.
  4. We review and update the important data. When the import is complete, products and customers are available in your Shopify admin. In case anything is missing, you can add it manually in the customer panel.
  5. We provide comprehensive advisory at any stage of the migration process.

WooCommerce vs Shopify – what is better to choose?

WooCommerce and Shopify are the most popular e-commerce platforms out there. Both have pros and cons; however, most clients migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify, not the opposite. Let’s dive deeper into the most important pros and cons of both solutions.

WooCommerce pros:

  • It’s open-source so you can customize the platform according to your needs.
  • It’s fully scalable.

WooCommerce cons:

  • You have to invest in your own infrastructure and systems (and maintain them!).
  • You have to take care of security procedures and necessary system updates.
  • It’s not easy to scale up.
  • It takes much time (and money) to add new functionalities and features.

Shopify pros:

  • It includes hosting and security.
  • 24/7 support is available.
  • You can sell via a variety of channels like Amazon, eBay, Facebook, and Pinterest.
  • The platform is being developed all the time, so you automatically get new features for free. Shopify is an e-commerce pioneer – setting new trends, standards and enabling sales in new channels (e.g. YouTube live shopping, TikTok etc.).
  • You have instant access to industry news, the latest updates, etc.
  • Your time-to-market is reduced.
  • The total cost of ownership is relatively low because you don’t have to maintain the IT department and invest in the infrastructure.
  • It’s headless-ready.
  • It’s flexible – it can easily deal with high traffic peaks (no need to worry about BFCM anymore).
  • The platform is built with performance in mind – it’s fast and safe.

Shopify cons:

  • There is a transaction fee.
  • You can’t modify checkout when using regular plans (Shopify Plus enables that).
  • Shopify has its way of doing things and missing some features you might think are obvious for e-commerce.

When it comes to ease of use, Shopify is much easier than WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a far more technical platform. Shopify is easier to get to grips with. On top of that, Shopify takes care of lots of the technical side of operating a store. Another thing is that Shopify has a faster build time. Building a WooCommerce shop takes much more time than creating one via Shopify. If you’re starting your store from scratch with limited technical skills, Shopify development is your way to go. Finally, Shopify has a much better selection of designs and themes if you decide that your brand can live with a highly esthetic and functional though generic design. When including variations, it has over 100 themes to use (some of them free if you’re on a tight budget). 

Now, you can see why migrate WooCommerce to Shopify, can’t you? 

Find your best way for WooCommerce to Shopify migration with WeCanFly

Besides Shopify development services, we also offer migration from WooCommerce to Shopify. And the entire process is easier than you may think! You don’t have to be concerned about losing data, missing orders, or negative impact on the customer experience if you trust a reliable partner with years of experience in the field of WooCommerce to Shopify migration.

Interested? Contact us to see how we can help you with WooCommerce to Shopify migration!