Are you looking for an alternative eCommerce platform to replace your Etsy store? Do you want to scale up your business in a more automated and professional way?
If the answer is yes, this article is for you. For beginners with little know-how, we recommend you switch to Shopify for a more customizable experience. However, the migration process from Etsy to Shopify is quite complicated and sensitive as Etsy and Shopify have completely different database structures. Thus, make sure to put all elements of the migration process into consideration before making the decision.
In this article, we will be presenting to you a step-by-step guideline to transfer your data successfully from Etsy to Shopify.
- Etsy to Shopify migration trends
- Etsy to Shopify migration: A step-by-step instruction
Etsy to Shopify migration trends
Both Shopify and Etsy are the two popular names in the eCommerce industry. While Etsy operates as a marketplace where e-merchants register for online kiosks, sharing space for selling with others, Shopify is a commerce platform that allows merchants to build their own store to sell in different marketplaces. You can check out this article for a more detailed comparison between Etsy and Shopify.
Instead of browsing different shopping websites, Etsy allows customers to shop live within its set template and items are searchable within the marketplace. This model works well for small enterprises. Though it allows Etsy sellers to connect and organize locally, it might prevent them from growing individually.
On the other hand, Shopify is a better option for those who want to build a brand trademark as it offers full control over marketing with Shopify’s tools. As a result, many current Shopify merchants made their break on Etsy. According to Google Trends, people’s attention to the keyword “Etsy to Shopify” has increased in the past year.
“Etsy to Shopify” search on Google (Source: Google Trends)
Now, let’s dive into each step of the migration process to see what you need to do!
Etsy to Shopify migration: A step-by-step instruction
Step 1: Backup database of Etsy store
Data backup is a crucial step before migrating to another platform as it ensures that you won’t face the risk of losing your data during the migration process. With Etsy, you can back up your data by downloading a record of your listings, including title, description, price, currency code, quantity, tags, materials, image URLs, and SKU numbers (if you’ve added any to your listings), in a CSV form. The CSV format can be imported into most spreadsheet applications, including Excel, Numbers, and Google Spreadsheets.
You can follow these 6 simple steps to download your listing data:
- Sign in to Etsy.com.
- Click the Your Account icon, then click Shop Manager
- Click Settings
- Click Options
- Click Download Data
- Click Download CSV to save the file to your computer
Step 2: Set up a new Shopify store
In order to migrate your store from Etsy to Shopify, you need to have a Shopify store available for importing data. If you are uncertain about your Shopify choice, the 14-day free trial is a great way for you to explore and learn more about Shopify’s function. Otherwise, you can go straight to the paid plans.
Now, let me walk you through all the primary steps to set up a Shopify store from scratch:
- Create a Shopify account
- Add your products to the store
- Select and customize your Shopify theme
- Configure settings
- Buy a domain name (optional)
If you are a visual learner, you can choose to watch this 10-minute tutorial video, which provides a detailed instruction to help set up a new Shopify store:
Step 3: Migrate data with LitExtension
Performing data migration has never been an easy task and usually takes a great amount of time and effort. You can either choose to migrate your data manually or hand over this highly complicated and time-consuming task to our experts using LitExtension’s All-in-one migration service. We will take care of all the work for you at a very reasonable price.
Now, let me walk you through a step-by-step guide to migrate from Etsy to Shopify using LitExtension automated migration tool!
1. Create a LitExtension account:
To start your migration, you need to create a new account on LitExtension website if you haven’t had one yet. You can either use your email address to sign up or log in directly by using your Facebook or Google account.
2. Set up Source Cart and Target Cart
Once you have logged in, click the “Create New Migration” button at the top right corner on the screen.
In the cart set up step, choose Etsy as your Source Cart from the drop-down menu then provide the store URL together with your Admin email and password.
Follow the same steps to set up your Shopify store as the target cart. You then need to enter your store URL and the API password to the blank spaces. In case you don’t know how to get an API password from your Shopify store, you can follow the instructions of this video.
After filling out all information, click “Next: Configure your migration” to select entities to migrate and additional options.
3. Configure migration
In this particular case, LitExtension supports migrating product categories, customers and orders. Depending on your purpose, you can “Select all” or choose only entities that you want to migrate.
Besides, LitExtension offers some additional options such as Clear current data on Target Store before Migration or Preserve Order IDs on Target Store to help extend your migration possibilities. Since each platform has a particular way to generate IDs for products, customers and orders, these IDs will be changed when you migrate to a new store.
These changes may cause inconvenience to manage stock and make you lose the relation among data. By choosing Preserve IDs on Target Store option, LitExtension will help you automatically preserve product IDs in your target store. If you are still considering why and how to use this function, check out this video for more detailed instruction:
Also, make sure to map your language and order status on this step so that they will be displayed correspondingly on the Shopify site. You can select the default Order Status on Shopify or customize it to look exactly the same as your Etsy store to avoid confusion after the migration.
4. Perform migration
As you are ready, you can run full migration. However, we recommend you start with the Free Demo Migration first to see how the migration process will be carried out by LitExtension. By doing free demos, you will receive a $5 discount when running Full Migration.
However, please keep in mind that the demo migration will only perform with a limited number of entities. Yet, you can still see the same procedures and easily visualize your new store.
The migration process is completely cloud-based. Thus, there’s no need to keep your PC on while the data is being transferred. In other words, it is completely safe to turn it off. Once the migration is completed, you will receive a notification from LitExtension via email.
Step 4: Migrate themes
Currently, there is no tool that supports migrating themes directly from Etsy to Shopify. You can either choose a theme from Shopify Themes Store or buy a new one from a third party then customize it to best match your Etsy shop’s theme. It’s always a good idea to choose a different theme for your Shopify store to bring on new customer experience.
Step 5: Migrate extensions
You may have a variety of extensions that you installed on your Etsy site to support your business and you don’t want to lose these extended functionalities. While there is no solution to migrate extensions from Etsy to Shopify, LitExtension supports transfer extensions’ data to your new store.
To achieve that, you need to install the Shopify apps which have similar purposes as those in your Etsy store. LitExtension will then help you migrate data from the Etsy extensions into the corresponding ones on Shopify. To successfully perform the migration, extensions in your Etsy store have to support the export data function.
Step 6: Check migration results
Now that you have completed migrating data from Etsy to Shopify, click on the “Check Result” button to check the migration result. Remember that you have to check your data in both back-end and front-end after this process.
You can refer to this article to be guided on how to check the result of Shopify stores after the migration.
Step 7: Migrate recent data
LitExtension guarantees no downtime during and after the migration. In other words, you can still keep your source store active as normal to ensure service quality. As a result, your store will still receive new orders, customers, and new products throughout the data transfer or when you’re configuring your new store after the migration. Apparently, you would need to migrate those recent data to your new Shopify Store.
You can perform recent data migration with LitExtension for free in 3 months after the initial migration, following these 3 simple steps:
- Go to your account on LitExtension site.
- Select from your migration lists the transfer you need to migrate new entities additionally
- Choose “Recent Migration” and follow the simple steps that you did when setting up the full process.
Check out this article for further instruction!
Step 8: Set up new Shopify store
Now that you have finished migrating your data from Etsy to Shopify, you might want to put more time and effort on setting up and customizing your new store before going live. Below is a list of some post-migration activities that we recommend.
- Check migration result
- Set up theme and page builder
- Change DNS and switch domain
- Set up your shipping
- Establish payment methods
- Try placing some orders
For further details on how each activity should be performed, check out this article! We highly recommend you go through this step carefully so that you can launch your new store without any errors.
To sum up, the flexibility and freedom of running a business on Shopify are the two main factors that help handmade business scale strongly. Thus, by migrating to Shopify, Etsy business owners will gain more ability to customize their website and grow the brand in a more automated and professional way.
We understand that the migration process can be time-consuming and challenging but LitExtension is here to provide you with the most optimal solution. We hope the instruction on how to migrate data from Etsy to Shopify above is thorough and helpful. Should you have any further questions regarding the migration process, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Thank you for hanging out with us until the end of this article. We look forward to seeing you next time!