What Is a Migration?No, not birds. A migration is the process of moving your eCommerce store from one platform to another.
Why should merchants migrate to Shopify?
Out-of-the-box ease of use and an intuitive interface.
Backend is user-friendly. (Think: more hand-holding and speaking in terms regular people can actually understand.)
Backend is heavily code-dependent. Expect to lean on developers...a lot.
Time not spent fighting with code can be allocated to other business tasks and making your customers happy.
Waiting for developers to make code magic happen = less time to run your business. (Read: make money.)
No worries about hosting, conducting frequent backups, losing customer data, or spending thousands of dollars on server space and hosting.
Requires external server space and hosting (cha-ching), and carries the risk of customer data loss during necessary (frequent) backups.
Hundreds of native integrations available--no development needed.
Since these systems are code-dependent, installing integrations will require code knowledge and extra elbow grease.
Equally suited to small businesses, behemoth entities (lookin’ at you, Kylie), and any businesses looking to scale.
“Legacy systems” built with the Big Guys in mind--those with the resources to hire developers, purchase server space, and more. Scalability is severely limited for smaller operations.
A lot of merchants accidentally think that migration means “I’m just gonna copy and paste all my shit into Shopify,” but that’s not how it works.
What’s actually involved with a migration?
How long does it take?
That’s like asking how long it took to form the universe.
The Tako team has been fantastic!
“Their designs are super creative, and they are true Shopify experts, always advising the best possible solution to achieve our goals. They have also been super available even for any last-minute requests or issues. They are a pleasure to work with and amazing partners!”
Pain Points of Other Popular Platforms
(Kiss These Goodbye)
Migrating from WooCommerce to Shopify
- Magento’s massive size and confusing raw data structure mean that manual exports are ill advised. It splits up key data components into multiple tables, which are nearly impossible to wade through and can be particularly nefarious if memory comes up short and prohibits you from collecting all the required pieces.
- Magento uses an old version of PHP, which presents limitations on how data can be exported, as well as maximum execution time. In other words, the amount of raw data you can export in one chunk right from the admin panel is often limited. PHP will time out after a period of time. Installs and setups vary in this time out period; it can be changed--but not by the average human--and is never unlimited.
- Complicated user experience for merchants
Migrating from Magento to Shopify
- Requires prior knowledge of Wordpress before you can even learn how to use the WooCommerce plug-in.
- Customization requires code familiarity.
- Wordpress is self-hosted, and its full architecture is exposed to anyone who installs it on a web server. This means it’s easy for potential hackers to exploit it, because the structure for the databases, files, and general setup is consistent across installs. Most people don't bother to implement advanced security protocols or good passwords, either.
In plain language, WooCommerce is hackable AF.
Extra Brownie Points for Shopify
- No hosting fees
- No server maintenance
- App + extension upgrades won’t break your entire store
- More uptime than private web servers or other hosting platforms
- Ability to scale is apparent + can be quickly leveraged