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Migrating to Shopify in 2020? All you need to know

Migrating to Shopify in 2020? All you need to know

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You being here is a clear sign that you are planning to migrate to Shopify in 2020. So, let’s gear up for this journey. Wear your seat belts and bon voyage! Here is everything you would want to know about how to transfer your website to Shopify.

Real-Time Shopify Statistics :

The figures that I am serving you in your journey on a spacious platter will make you realize that your decision is an apt one-

  1. Last year, Shopify made over $1.5 billion in sales during Black Friday. It meant 10,978 orders per minute and peak sales volume per minute of $870,000.
  2. 87% of merchants use the Shopify App Store, and they have six apps installed on average.
  3. Expectedly, the App Store has generated over $100 million in revenue.
  4. Shopify Inc. raised $131 million in its IPO (initial public offering). Less than three years later, it had a market cap of $10 billion and was similar in size to Twitter Inc.
  5. Shopify has paid over $850,000 to more than 300 ethical hackers for help in resolving security issues.
  6. There is a 126% average year-over-year growth for Shopify Plus merchants.

[Source: https://hostingtribunal.com/]

Some amazing Shopify features:

As a seller, your focus must be on reducing the time and the efforts that you invest in your selling process so that you can focus more on the marketing activities and also chill a bit in your life, for that’s the sole reason why you work.

Shopify comes with specific features that understand your urge to curtail down your time invested in selling and the efforts you put in to do the same.

1) Easy Set-Up: Shopify has a very user-friendly storefront, and setting it up is quite easy. You can either do it yourself or hire a developer to do that for you professionally. But even if you choose to do it yourself, you won’t face any issue. This is because of the straightforward content and processes that Shopify offers to its merchants. Therefore, it is a good move if you are planning to migrate to Shopify in 2020.

Click to get a complete guide for Shopify Store Set-Up.

Moreover, Shopify ensures a simple cart with the complete details of the products and a secured checkout button. Thereby wipes off the worries of both you and your customers.

2) Exceptional Support: This is something I could just not skip writing about. Shopify has some very reliable support initiatives. Let’s talk about the major ones:

i) Live chat support: Shopify provides conversational support, available for each merchant on his store. They mostly reply within 10 mins. It allows merchants to have one to one interaction with Shopify.

ii) Documentation: Shopify has elaborated articles written for the most common issues that the clients face.

Let’s have a look:

Shopify app store

[Source: www.Shopify.com]

iii) Community: With 641605 members (As on 9-1-2019), Shopify has a hub where people can come and post their queries, and the contributors reply to them — thereby helping them almost regularly. Also, Shopify motivates the contributors by providing them different badges and recognition.

3) Custom Collections: While a merchant sets up a Shopify store, he has the liberty to create groups and name them as desired. Such groups help the merchant to place similar products together so that it becomes easy for a customer to navigate through his website.

4) Multiple App Compatibility: The Shopify app store has over 2400 apps that help the merchants in various selling or marketing aspects. For example- Various Integration Apps available on the Shopify app store help the merchants to sell on the leading Marketplaces such as eBay and 

5) Affordable Plans: Shopify ensures that it extends feasible pricing plans which suit the need of the merchants. It also provides a 14 days’ free trial so that a seller can try and test the platform and make sure that it is the best fit for him.

How to transfer your website to Shopify?

Let’s get pictorial:

planning to migrate to Shopify in 2020

In the manual method of migration, you either have to transfer product data, order data (if you wish), and customer data by yourself or with the help of a developer.

Whereas, in the automated method, you can employ cart migrator tools to get the transfer process done for you.

For you to save your time and efforts, I suggest that you go for the automated method of migrating to Shopify.

General Steps for migrating to Shopify:

  1. Build your new Shopify store-
  2. To get your data transferred to Shopify, you must first build a new Shopify store. Till the time you are not ready to launch your store, the store will remain password locked. Once your store is available, you can unlock the store and make it public. The store is built on a Shopify subdomain (mystore.myshopify.com).

    Transferring your data to Shopify-

    Cart Migrator tools make the process of data transfer from your source store to the target store much more comfortable. All you need to do is :

    1. Set-up source and carts
    2. Select data for migration
    3. Execute migration
  3. Have your redirects with you:
  4. When you are about to launch your Shopify store, do not forget to create the redirects for each store page. Add those redirects in the ads, blogs, or wherever the old links are present. E.g., If your source store is Magento and the target store is Shopify, and If in a google ad, you have mentioned the URL of your Magento store, then you must replace those links with the Shopify store redirects. Redirection is essential so that you do not get robbed of your page authority (for the source pages) that you must have created over a while. Shopify launches all the redirects once you start your store.

    How to add redirects to your Shopify store?

    You can do this simply by going on Online Store> Navigation> URL Redirects

    With the redirections, you have to be very careful as you cannot have too many redirects on your site. Also, create redirects for the pages that have a corresponding page on Shopify. For everything else, just breathe and enjoy your journey.

  5. Launch your store and point your domain name to Shopify:
  6. Since you are migrating to Shopify, I assume that you must already be having a domain name with a domain registrar. But, as you are going live on Shopify, your domain name must point towards Shopify. The domain transfer process will depend on the domain registrar. Each domain registrar has its separate policies. Majorly, what you need to do is edit your DNS settings.

    Click to know more.

    It will take some time for the servers to reflect the changes. We recommend picking a time when the traffic is least on your site.

    We suggest keeping your old site live for a month, so in case something went wrong with the new site you can switch back to the old one. Thus, it reduces loss in sales.

  7. Close your old eCommerce site:

Once your new eCommerce site (Shopify) is stable, it’s time to shut down your old eCommerce site by wiping off the entire data. You must do this for the following two reasons:

  1. Having data on the older site may cause unnecessary triggers from, say, a checkout page that should have been closed way back.
  2. Paying for a framework that you no longer use makes no sense.

Shutting down the old eCommerce site is as easy as falling asleep on your plane journey, given that you do not fall for the clouds outside.

Just delete your data and cancel your subscription. Rest, the software company will manage everything else.

This is how to transfer your data to Shopify.

Final thoughts:

If you are planning to migrate to Shopify in 2020, then you must be well versed in the steps above. We hope that this journey of yours with us helps you to start on Shopify in a way that’s easier than you had ever imagined. Hope this blog helps you with your query-how to transfer your website to Shopify.

Unfasten your seat belts when you have reached your Shopify store, till then stay connected with us for more eCommerce articles.

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