There are tons of options for merchants to build their online stores for different purposes. Apparently, it is shown that choosing the right platform is essential for the success of an online business. However, if the platform no longer suits your business the way it should, maybe it is time for you to take re-platforming into consideration.
At this moment, if you are looking for a simple way to migrate your own store from Wix to Shopify, don’t look further because you are already in the right place. Within only a few simple steps, everything is ready for your new online store:
- Step 1: Backup your Wix store’s data and create a Shopify store.
- Step 2: Enter your store’s information and configure the migration by selecting what you want to migrate from Wix to Shopify.
- Step 3: Wait until it finishes, and test results after migration.
- Step 4: Perform post-migration activities, and you’re done!
In this article, we will be presenting to you a step-by-step guideline to transfer your data successfully from Wix to Shopify.
- Wix to Shopify Migration – Overview
- Step 1: Preparation before migration
- Step 2: Data migration with LitExtension
- Step 3: Check results after migration
- Step 4: Post-migration activities
- Final words
Wix to Shopify Migration – Overview
Both Wix and Shopify are two of the most powerful giants in the eCommerce industry, both are hosted platforms and friendly start-to-be. Currently, according to BuiltWith, the usage distribution of Wix and Shopify account for 13% and 18% on the Entire Internet respectively, which proves their popularity.
To clearly understand the differences between Wix and Shopify, you should take a look at our comprehensive comparison here.
Generally, regarding small enterprises, Wix is great; whereas Shopify has much bigger sales to deal with. The reason is that Shopify is designed specifically for establishing online shops, thus it is a definite leader among store owners with over 3 million websites worldwide. As a result, more and more Wix users are leaning towards moving to Shopify. Specifically, the figure on Google Trends indicates that merchants are paying more attention to the keyword “Wix to Shopify” in the last 12 months.
So, now you know it’s worth it to migrate from Wix to Shopify to develop your business. Let’s delve into the detailed steps!
Step 1: Preparation before migration
1. Backup database of your Wix’s store
Before making any significant changes, backing up a website is a crucial step, which helps you save important data and restore easily.
However, when re-platforming from Wix to Shopify with LitExtension, you don’t have to worry about any distortions of your data. This is because we will absolutely not edit anything on your source store, hence it’s not compulsory for you to backup all of them before migrating with us.
In case you still want to backup your data, here is how to do it:
Currently, Wix’s backup service is pretty cool within a few clicks. Whenever you modify your website, Wix automatically creates a backup, called Site History feature. In simpler terms, if you make a mistake, you can select the previous version of your site, and restore it easily.
Plus, you can duplicate your site at any time to create a manual backup in your Wix account. Be aware that this copy is not automatically updated when you change your original site.
- Step 1: Log in to your Wix dashboard and choose the desired site
- Step 2: Once selecting, click Site Actions then Duplicate Site
- Step 3: Rename the copy to distinguish between two versions, and you’ll see this file in your dashboard
Note: Not all the data is backed up after the duplicating process. Thus, you need to do an additional step to preserve your information.
- Step 4: Exporting orders on Wix Store
First, go to Store Orders tab in Wix’s dashboard.
After that, tick Order checkbox to select all orders and Export this into a CSV file on your browser.
If you also want to backup your store’s contacts, refer to the instructions right here.
2. Set up a new Shopify store
After backing up your files successfully, now you have to set up a new Shopify store. and further perform your migration! You can either go for the 14-day free trial or go straight to the paid plans.
If you are looking for a quick Shopify tutorial video that guides you through all primary steps to create a Shopify store from scratch, check out this video:
Step 2: Data migration with LitExtension
Regarding the transfer of data between two eCommerce platforms, you can do it manually, but it will take a lot of time and effort. Understanding the needs of switching from Wix to Shopify, LitExtension has provided a fully automated migration tool with high accuracy while you only need to do a few simple steps.
Now, let’s start with the migration work!
1. Create a LitExtension account
2. Fill in information
Once registering, click “Create New Migration” button at the top right on the screen.
At this stage, select Wix as your source cart. You will need to fill in your Wix store URL, Admin email, and Admin password in the corresponding field.
Repeat the same procedure, after choosing Shopify as your Target Cart from the menu, you 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 finishing, click “Next” to move to the following phase.
3. Choose entities you want to migrate
Now, you can either tick all types of data or only tick the necessary categories you want (products, customers, orders, etc.) during the migration from Wix to Shopify. This depends on your purpose so make sure to read and select it accordingly.
Plus, LitExtension provides various Additional Options to extend your data import functionality. In other words, these features help you solve serious problems normally occurring after a migration.
For example, you can choose Create the 301 redirects after migration to avoid 404 error when customers access the old URLs. This helps you maintain customer experience and also SEO ranking.
Also, you can map your order status or language right on this step so that they will be displayed correspondingly on the Shopify site. You can select Order status on Shopify to fit your needs – either exactly the same or in a different way as in Wix’s store. Whatever variant you choose, you can control how your orders will be migrated to avoid any confusion after the migration.
4. Perform migration
Finally, you can try a demo first or run a full Wix to Shopify migration instantly. However, we highly recommend you should run the FREE DEMO migration first to see how the migration process will be carried out by LitExtension.
It will take a while for your demo process. Keep in mind that this demo only performs with a limited number of entities, however, you will see the same procedure as the full migration.
If you satisfy with our demo, you can proceed to the full Wix to Shopify migration. The dashboard should look like this:
This process is cloud-based, so it is completely safe to turn your browser or PC off! Just take a break and you will be notified via email when the process finishes.
Step 3: Check results after migration
When the transfer is successful, you need to check if all of your data has been migrated accurately to your Shopify store. 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 from Wix to Shopify.
Step 4: Post-migration activities
Once completing the migration procedure from Wix to Shopify with LitExtension, you should pay more attention to customize your store before going live. Here is the checklist of all the tasks need taking:
- Choose a theme for your new Shopify store. Shopify offers both free themes (developed by Shopify) and paid ones (developed by third-party designers). Thus, pick the most suitable theme for your business, which helps you boost your online performance.
- Set up your shipping and payment methods. You have to establish them before your new store goes into operation.
- Run recent data migration. There may be some new data added to your Wix’s store while the migration is running. Therefore, Recent Data Migration Service will help you transfer the newly arising entities to your Shopify store.
- Change DNS and switch domain. After migration, you’ll take down your old store and the existing domain may be invalid and any links to your website under the previous domain will no longer work. Thus, this action isa must for the merchants.
For further information on how each activity should be performed, check out the detailed instructions in this article. Make sure you don’t miss anything so that you can confidently launch your new store.
In summary, re-platforming from Wix to Shopify has witnessed an upward trend to meet the merchants’ demands. If you want to move away from Wix, Shopify is absolutely an alternative option.
This article is a detailed guide on switching from Wix to Shopify using the LitExtension tool. I hope you find it helpful to you in some way.
With over 140,000 stores successfully transferred and 90+ most popular platforms supported, LitExtension is now step-by-step asserting itself as a leader in shopping cart migration globally. If you still have any doubts about this tool, just simply preview the process by trying a free demo migration with your own store.
Plus, All-In-One Migration is the perfect option for online store merchants who don’t have technical skills and enough time to run the migration process on their own. It is an A-Z service where our experts will take care of the whole job from the pre-migration, during migration to post-migration activities for you.
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