Do you have an existing online shop at Wix which is growing rapidly more than the platform can accommodate or you simply thinking of making a switch to a more solid eCommerce platform?
Whatever your reason for wanting to make the migration from Wix to Shopify, you are probably right about it—Shopify is increasingly becoming the perfect platform for selling online, thanks to its robust features and easy customization.
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What is Wix and Shopify and why migrate?
Remember the time when all the beginning ads on Youtube videos are Wix ads?
Wix is a pretty good all-around content management system or CMS that is marketing itself as a very simple and easy platform for anyone to use to launch their business or personal website. They've incorporated ecommerce functionality and even email marketing functionality to some extent, but as with any other swiss-army knife solutions like Wordpress or Squarespace, it tries to do a lot of things but not being able to do so great with the ecommerce function.
Shopify, on the other hand, is exclusively built for ecommerce. It does have some of the functionalities of a CMS, and more functions can be added when you factor in the vast options for Shopify Apps, but at its core you can easily launch and scale your business with the basic Shopify setup. That's why entrepreneurs are now looking for ways on how to migrate from Wix to Shopify so that they can continue to grow and not worry about the technical aspects of their business.
However, there is one major hurdle to the migration process—moving all your data from Wix to Shopify is no simple feat and is significantly time-consuming. This is not to mention that the procedure is also prone to mistakes which could only add to the overall problem.
Although there are plenty of tools out there which claims to automate the steps needed to make the transfer, any of these tools is not cheap and, worse, does not necessarily produce a seamless output. Meaning, you will be spending lots of cash on an instrument which promises to do the job on your behalf, based on an algorithm, but with the caveat that the end-result will come with its own problems.
The guys at Cart2Cart saw this gap in the industry and took action and made a system to import all the data from Wix to Shopify as smooth as possible.
If you haven't signed up with Shopify yet, make sure to sign up using this link so that I can see your progress. Once you signed up from my link I will personally contact you to see how you're doing with your Wix to Shopify migration.
How to Migrate from Wix to Shopify Using Cart2Cart
1. Register for a Cart2Cart account
First up, you will need to create your personal Cart2Cart account. This can be done by heading to Cart2Cart’s website and register using either your pre-existing Facebook or Google+ profile.
2. Choose Wix from the source cart selection
At the “source cart” option, choose Wix from the drop-down list. From there, provide your Wix store’s URL as well as admin email and password attributed with your store.
3. Choose Shopify as target market
Next, you will be asked to provide the information of which market the migration is targeted for. With the obvious intention of migrating from Wix to Shopify, choose “Shopify” among the options.
From here, give your existing Shopify store URL. If you have not a legit Shopify store yet, better make one first in order to proceed from this step. If so, you can go to the next step which will have you giving your Shopify store’s URL and API password (check out Cart2Cart’s website on how to get your API password).
4. Select all the elements you would like to migrate
Subsequently, Cart2Cart will prompt you to choose which elements found in Wix you would like to migrate with to Shopify. You can simply opt to transfer everything by choosing “Select All”.
For added flexibility, Cart2Cart is also letting users to opt for more options prior to the actual import.
5. 6. Kickstart the migration process through the Free Demo
Choose to begin the migration process by launching the free demo which will roughly last not more than 30 minutes. You will be informed about the status of the procedure with an ongoing progress bar.
7. Continue with the Full Data migration
After the Free Demo has made its validation, you can then proceed to make a full-scale data migration by clicking on “Start Migration”.
So, there you have it. An effective and efficient method to make a data migration from Wix to Shopify as facilitated through Cart2Cart.
But that take's care of the data only. You will still need to configure your site's internal settings and also the themes. You can do this on your own or ask the help of Shopify Experts.
How to Migrate Wix Template into Shopify?
There is no direct way of migrating your Wix template design into a Shopify theme so that will need further customization or just select from any of the available free and paid themes in the Shopify Theme Store
If you'd like to get your hands dirty and actually learn while you experience working with Wix and Shopify, you can do the Wix to Shopify migration yourself with the instructions provided below.
The DIY Method of migrating from Wix to Shopify
Does the idea of getting the process done without using Cart2Cart bother you that you personally would want to know how the process is done, the DIY way?
Although this method is less favorable than letting Cart2Cart do the technical method of making the transition for you, there is indeed a manual procedure you can follow.
1. Make a Shopify account (if you have not already)
In order to migrate your Wix store to Shopify, you must first have to make a Shopify account. Simply register for an account at Shopify.
2. Export your Wix store data
Log into your Wix account. From the dashboard, choose to export all your web store products into CSV format. You can also employ the same method with regards to your existing customer base.
3. Import the exported data in your Shopify store
Log into your Shopify account. Choose to import the CSV files you have exported which includes the data for all of your pre-existing Wix store products and the list of all your available customers.
4. Double-check the result of the importation process
There is a discrepancy to the amount of details shown on products between Wix and Shopify. Merely making an import of the data from Wix does not automatically fill the missing details on the other. Other times, some information will simply not reflect properly after the import which includes data on product names, titles, meta descriptions, descriptions, images, etc.
Double-checking the details of the imported information for products is therefore imperative. In addition, you would also want to categorize your products into collections or groups to give the system a better view of your existing inventory, which is significantly a major benefit to large stores.
5. Modify your Shopify website
As much as possible, you would want your Shopify store to be presentable to build on your pre-existing customer base. Fortunately, there are plenty of templates you could use for this purpose. For optimum effect, make sure that the template you’re going to use applies directly to the industry you belong in.
6. Migrate your website’s domain name
As an established Wix seller, you have probably already built a good reputation with certain search engines to earn top ranking. You would want to preserve that credential as much as possible. Therefore, you would want to transfer your Wix domain name.
To do so, log into your Wix account, and navigate your way to “My Domains” section. From there, choose your domain name. In the “Advanced” section, choose “Transfer away from Wix”. Select the EPP code and have it sent to your email.
If you pass all the requirements in the ICANN rules, you are already good to go, which can be finalized by specifying on the Shopify domain transfer route. The migration process will be completed within 7 days.
7. Make a final tweak to your Shopify store
Make final touches to your Shopify store by adjusting pertinent settings, including payment, shipping, and tax.
Entrepreneurs, like you, who started their online businesses with minimal knowledge about the different ecommerce platforms might have chosen Wix because of their heavy marketing through influencers and across social media. While it has worked out well at the start, when it comes to scaling up the Wix platform becomes the bottleneck.
Then you discover Shopify and through its current popularity especially on Youtube, and now they've decided to move their business on Shopify but are now faced with the issue of migration.
Hopefully through this guide, you're able to successfully migrate from Wix to Shopify, and know where to find help when your stuck. Ultimately, your choice of migration might be the best decision you will make for your business if you are in the ecommerce industry.
Are you in the process of migrating to Shopify? Let me know how its going in the comments below!