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Wix to Shopify Migration - A Quick Step-by-Step Guide [Update]
As DIY entrepreneurs we always tend to do most of the things ourselves and that’s the reason why we basically started our store with Wix forgetting all its flaws as an eCommerce platform just because it's free and DIY but what if you get the benefits of both DIY and e-commerce at a negligible price?
Shopify is the name of your genius which guarantees full DIY and gives you the tremendous power of eCommerce!
So if you have already built in and thinking a way out to move from the not so happening Wix here’s is your step by step guide to go ahead and make wonders to your dream store with the best! Shopify is an all in one lucky ticket. It can be intentionally scaled to suit your needs. It is a definite leader, regarding popularity among store owners.
Now, let’s go ahead and guide you through.
Shopify being a pure eCommerce solution allows you a free trial before you take a decision so you can register to migrate and test your store in these 14 days and start paying after it!
Wix being a DDD(Drag Drop Done) platform is easy to create and manage themes so you can get started with the themes (Shopify has 100s of free and paid themes to choose from)
Once you are done with the theme choice and customization time is to add products and customers. In order to transfer the product data we can go ahead with 2 methods, first being the manual method which obviously is time-consuming, the second method is using csv you can easily export the product from Wix as a csv and format it into Shopify’s csv template and import it on to Shopify.
Once you have imported the products you will have to now make checks whether they have been done perfectly or not, Shopify allows for more detailed product descriptions. Take your time to fill out all the fields (product names, titles, characteristics, images, descriptions, meta descriptions) and update those that are missing.
Next, create collections which represent categories in Shopify which will have each of your set of products!
Add payment details with more precision to key and id, Shopify gives you options of more than 500 payment gateway to choose from, far more when compared to WIX
Add your shipping setting as well as packaging details in Shopify from your Wix settings
Now add your customers from WIX to Shopify using the CSV template for Shopify
You are done with most of the migration now its time to transfer the domain if you already own a Wix-based website, this means that you have the domain name already. Not to worsen your website search engine ranking, you should properly transfer it to your new Shopify account. To transfer the domain name from Wix, login with the system, reach the “My Domains” page, select the relevant domain (if you have several of them), click the “Advanced” and then the “Transfer away from Wix” tabs and select the EPP code to send it to your email.
Mind that according to ICANN rules, you won’t be able to transfer your domain from Wix, if it’s been less than 60 days since you’ve purchased it. The same is true for situations when you change the domain registration info. If everything is ok, specify the Shopify domain transfer route. The migration process will be completed automatically within 7 days after you send the inquiry.
If you are done with these steps now is the time to go ahead and complete the alpha testing! As you obviously first want to first test yourself and then give a shout out to your customers that you are new now!
Make a test order check the flow of the process for you to have a greater view as a customer as well as a seller. After this, you may ask a few of your friends to check your store out and send meaningful feedback such that you can complete the beta testing and after that, you may go live.
Let's know something more about your newly migrated platform:
Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce store builder platforms which not only gives you the benefits of easy customization as well as handle the complexity of high-end eCommerce solutions. From basic to the most complex stores Shopify is famous for its ease of use! It offers a wide range of features and also maintaining its comfort with non-tech and naïve users
When migrating from Wix to Shopify you could see the high-end level of customization level offered by Shopify. If you need to change something on your site, there is little you can edit in WIX but Shopify provides you with full control over the coding of your site (HTML and CSS) and allows you to change it whatever you want. This makes Shopify much more flexible than Wix.
Shopify offers not only great flexibility in customisation but also in its various sales channels unlike WIX, Shopify gives you Amazon, Etsy,eBay, Facebook store, Instagram store, POS system all under one dashboard which makes your work a lot easier than it used to be,the wonderful implementation allows to manage entire offline store together with online one. Moreover, the POS system can take payments if connected to PayPal. This top-notch service is unique, not offered by most other market solutions.
Using Shopify, your chances of making sales nearly quadruple as you get the broader opportunity of selling directly from social media accounts, that enables customers to buy products without leaving social media. Shopify integration with Amazon allows its merchants to sell directly to Amazon from single Admin Panel, What more could be asked for to increase your chances to climb the growth scale faster?
So now that your migration is a success and you are riding high with your sales
Let's get some last checkpoints done and you can then go do a new thing with your store:
1. Check all your URL redirects whether they are working perfectly or not as they define your previous traffic to come here.
2. Check the homepage usability as a buyer add more of user intuitive apps from the Shopify app store, you may add the live chat apps, pop up sales app which helps the buyers know more about what they are offered!
3. Go ahead with the checking on the product page layout with social sharing options also so that there is more traffic on to the store.
4. Finally, if you still have any issues you may go ahead and ping Shopify 24*7 live support which no other eCommerce platform provides!
If you still are struggling or are unable to complete the store yourself you may always ping us! We are always ready to support!
Meanwhile, get gearing with your new store and let us know in comments how well do you like this guide and also share feedback on what other guides can we write for you!
Until next time!
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