When migrating data from Shopify to WooCommerce, it is important to be aware of the following points related to
A. Product data
- Product Descriptions:
- Shopify: Only has a single description field.
- WooCommerce: Has both a short description and a full description field.
- Price: Pay attention to the price field during migration. Shopify has the cost per item, but it will not be migrated to WooCommerce, because it does not support this price field.
- Shopify: Allows for multiple warehouses to choose from for inventory management.
- WooCommerce: Does not have a built-in multi-warehouse feature and consolidates inventory from all locations.
- Additional Information:
- Fields like barcode, brand, title, meta descriptions, and product types are quite specific situations
- Syncing these fields between the platforms can be achieved through mapping meta keys or taxonomies.
- Map product types and vendors from Shopify to corresponding fields in WooCommerce using taxonomies.
- Consider importing Shopify product barcodes as post meta by specifying the post meta key.
- Product Author:
- Determine the author for imported products in WooCommerce.
- If left empty, the user who performs the import will be assigned as the product author.
- SKU and Parent Product:
- Shopify does not have a parent product concept; it only has variants.
- WooCommerce requires each product to have a unique SKU.
- When migrating variable products, decide whether to use the Shopify product ID or the Shopify product slug as the SKU in WooCommerce.
- Product Status:
- Shopify: Offers three product statuses – active, archive, and draft.
- WooCommerce: Uses statuses like public, pending, and draft.
- Map the appropriate statuses between the two platforms during migration.
- Variation Names:
- Shopify automatically adjusts variation names based on attribute values (e.g., S-Small, L-Large).
- When migrating to WooCommerce, ensure that the variation names remain the same.
- Collections and Categories:
- Shopify: There are two primary methods for organizing your Shopify products: using collections or categories. Product categories are labels that are assigned to products or to collections of products. They indicate the tax obligations and exemptions that customers have when they purchase those particular products. Product categories are selected from the Shopify Product Taxonomy, which is a predefined and standardized list. While with collections, you can group your products into collections to make it easier for customers to find them by category
- WooCommerce relies on categories for product categorization.
- Map Shopify collections to appropriate categories in WooCommerce.
B. Order data
- Order Status:
- Shopify: Provides various order statuses like pending, authorized, paid, refunded, etc.
- WooCommerce: Has different order statuses such as pending, processing, completed, etc.
- Mapping is necessary to match the order statuses correctly during migration.
C. Customer/user data
- Customer Data:
- Shopify distinguishes between subscribed and non-subscribed customers.
- WooCommerce handles both customers and users.
- Consider how customer data will be migrated and ensure proper mapping between the platforms.
By paying attention to these points, you can effectively manage the differences in data between Shopify and WooCommerce during the migration process, ensuring a successful transition from one platform to another.