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Five steps to consider when migrate your website to Shopify

It is essential for any startup, business or global brand to consider choosing the right platform for their website and online store. It is important to eat a user- and organization-friendly platform with built-in features. That’s why Shopify has become a leading e-commerce platform with over 1.7 million businesses in 175 countries around the world using Shopify as their website’s CMS platform. Many other startups, businesses and global brands are considering migrating their websites to Shopify and Shopify Plus. But the question is, how can you ensure a proper website migration to Shopify? In this article, we’ll go over the five steps you need to keep in mind for a seamless migration of your website to Shopify.

Step 1: Discover and plan

When migrating from Magento, Volusion, Squarespace, or any other platform, the first step is to determine which elements of your website you’re considering migrating to Shopify. This could be products, customer information, orders, store credits, blogs, pages, or even product reviews. The order in which you import your data is extremely important to ensure proper data migration to Shopify.

Step 2: Design elements and functions

Once you have a proper plan of what data needs to be migrated, it is important to determine the design and structure of your website. This includes a thorough understanding of your business, its goals, customer behaviour and expectations, and how your online store reflects all of this. It is also recommended that you look at the competition to establish benchmarks of how your website should perform and how to improve it. This stage will give you the foundation to move forward, whether you’re considering a premium Shopify theme or a custom design, and choosing the right features and apps for your website. ‍

Step 3: Setup

Your data has been migrated and you have finalized building your website structure with all the necessary features and applications. You should start by adding/updating content for all pages, payments, profiles, shipping and taxes. 

One of the most important steps in a migration is redirects. This step is to ensure that any customer who clicked on your website domain can access it after migrating to the new Shopify platform.

Step 4: Testing

Test your new Shopify store before you publish it online/before it’s available to your customers online.

First, you will need to request a password reset for all clients, this is because passwords are encrypted and cannot be migrated during the process. There are existing apps from the Shopify App Store to send these invitations. 

The process starts with testing all pages of your website, including adding different products and variants to your basket, testing orders, cancelling them, etc. While doing all the testing processes, also test the automated emails – on order, order cancellation, order shipped, etc.

Step 5: Smile – your store has been successfully migrated to Shopify and tested by you

It’s time for a change. You have successfully migrated all data and pages and designed all the elements and functions of your Shopify online store.

Our Shopify experts will prepare a proper plan to ensure the proper migration of your website without affecting the speed or traffic of the site during the migration process. Understanding your business, goals and familiarity with your competitive environment is one of the main factors in building a perfect Shopify online store user experience. 

If you are considering migrating your website to Shopify, contact the experts at webness and book a free 30 min consultation to understand in more detail the processes required to migrate your website.

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