How to import content into your new Shopify website

Migration to Shopify requires you to migrate original content, such as your blog pages and products, as well as old data, such as transactions with your customers. The term content and data are used here interchangeably.

As soon as possible, begin planning how you will migrate your data. Identify which data has to be migrated and start the process. Write down the types of data that you track in the old platform. Make sure to include the amount of data that you have for each type. These types of data might be necessary to migrate: products, customers, historical orders (orders that have been fulfilled), gift cards, certificates, store credit, discount codes, blogs, pages (shipping policy, contact, etc. ), and product reviews.

The first thing you need to do is decide what data you want to migrate, and then what order you want to migrate it. There are several options for transferring your data:

  • Take content from your previous site and paste it on your new one.
  • Use existing Shopify’s migration apps.
  • Make an app that uses the Administration API (or hire a partner to do so).
  • The manual data migration option involves the use of CSV files (only customers and products can be migrated; customer passwords are not migrated).

There are a number of options that you can consider depending on the amount of data that you need to move and the developer resources you have. The use of an app is likely necessary if you have a lot of content to migrate. However, if you only need to move small parts of your content, such as shipping pages and policies, copying and pasting may be the best option for you.

You need to take into account the order in which you import your product, customer, and historical order data. This type of data needs to be imported in the order listed below:

  1. Products.
  2. Customers.
  3. Historical orders.

You will be able to view your customers’ full transaction history if you follow this order in Shopify.  As well as the migrated orders, all the associated products and customers will be included.

Find an app to migrate your store

By using a migration app, you reduce the amount of time you spend on the management of your content and products across multiple online stores. Within the Shopify App Store, you can find several apps that can help you with migration and importing.

In the Shopify App Store, you can find third-party migration apps if you want to migrate an online store to Shopify.

CSV files can be used to import your store’s data manually

Shopify allows users to import their products and customers via CSV files if they choose to import their data manually.