Migrating my Shopify store to Woocommerce. Pros and cons?

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Hey,

I plan to migrate my entire store from Shopify to WooCommerce. Anyone here done it? What is the pros and cons?

Is it possible to migrate 100% of my Shopify store, for example, my website template as well? What about the check out?

What is the cost of migrating to Wocommerce?
#cons #migrating #pros #shopify #store #woocommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I guess I have to ask, why? Is it to save money? You're not going to save much when you factor in the cost of paying for your own GOOD hosting and your own SSL. I guess you could save $15-20 per month, but if that's a lot of money, you have very little chance at succeeding no matter which platform you put the site on.

    The biggest cons are the non-stop security updates which not only often break many of the crucial plugins, but they make PCI compliance next to impossible. Of course, if all you take is PayPal, that may not be an issue (although in the long run, only taking PayPal definitely will hurt your sales). You never had to worry about installing security updates with Shopify. They did that in the background for you.

    If you really know your way around HTML and CSS, you can definitely come close to duplicating the theme you had on Shopify. I'm sure there are some plugins that might help with migrating things like products, but you're usually on your own with collections, articles, the home page. Images usually have to be done by hand, too. There definitely is no migration service out there that will duplicate your website template, though.

    Again, I just have to ask why? I guarantee you that whatever the reason, it's not worth it. You'll see!
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin Simon
    There is no cost to migrate from shopify to woocommerce. You have to just transfer your domain from shopify then export your product and import it to woocommerce.
    I think it would be a great decision to migrate shopify to woocommerce because woocommerce is much costless than shopify. You will get all the functionality whatever you need to maintain a online store.
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  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    Pros: less cost
    Cons: you should setup many things to optimize/manage the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author marlow77
    Don't do it...................Woocommerce is a nightmare if you're going to integrate Oberlo............or any other Shopify plugins. I tried this and it was a complete disaster.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dony Kumar
    Hi there,

    I think you should use "Cart2Cart automated shopping cart migration" if your store running. Because it will migrate your store all information like product name, details, orders, customers, status etc everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author ncodetech
    I personally think that WooCommerce is a full suite of every function that you would need to run a successful eCommerce store that "plugs in" to WordPress.

    In fact, WooCommerce itself allows plugins that extend its functionality for things like group memberships, international payment systems, and really anything that you can dream up.

    Shopify is sort of like a store in a shopping development or a condominium.

    Customer support is the big concern in both Shopify and WooCommerce. With Shopify, you can talk to Shopify representatives who know Shopify backward and forwards. They can even log in and look at your entire site set up.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I forgot to mention that the URL structure on Shopify is VERY different from the URL structures of most other platforms. Because of that, you are going to have to create 301s for every single URL on your site to the new URLs on Word/Woo. If you rank well for anything right now, expect to take a rankings hit (not a permanent one, but one that could last for up to a couple of months).
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  • Profile picture of the author Expresso77
    What makes the Oberlo plugin so good? Aren't there good alternatives for it on Woocommerce?
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Expresso77 View Post

      What makes the Oberlo plugin so good? Aren't there good alternatives for it on Woocommerce?
      Sure, there are alternatives, but they aren't free (which is why Oberlo is so popular on the Shopify platform). You could use the AliDropship Woo Plugin, for instance.
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  • Profile picture of the author ailerons IT
    Migrating my Shopify store to Woocommerce will surely fluctuate your existing traffic and rankings. so make sure to take backup of meta tags and content before migration.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by ailerons IT View Post

      Migrating my Shopify store to Woocommerce will surely fluctuate your existing traffic and rankings. so make sure to take backup of meta tags and content before migration.
      Just as important, be sure to note all of the Shopify URLs so that you can 301 them to the new URLs on Woo. No other shopping cart has the screwy ones that Shopify does and you certainly don't want to have to create the same lengthy URL structure on other platforms where it is unnecessary (and in many cases, would lead to many duplicate page problems).
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  • Profile picture of the author alexpaull
    WooCommerce is amazing as I have also migrated my online store to WooCommerce. You can easily import products to WooCommerce. The benefit is that you get lots of WooCommerce plugins that make your work easy.

    That's not really true also we have several plugins to do this we just have to install them once.
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  • Profile picture of the author cris Aborn
    Pros: less Expensiveness
    Cons:you should mang many things
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  • Profile picture of the author smartadset
    I prefer Woocommerce over Shopify at any time, BUT NOT FOR DROPSHIPPING SITES.

    When you migrate from Shopify to Woocmmerce you'll need:

    -Rimport your products (all of them) since they have been imported using Oberlo. Now you'll have to use ezusy.

    - The theme is another story. If the author doesn't have a version for both Shopify & Woo then you'll need to add another one or hire a dev to duplicate it (which can be a nightmare)

    - With Woocommerce you won't be able to automate the entire business (marketing, retargeting...) Shopify is king in this field.

    Other than that everything else can be done and pretty much the same.

    People who argue Woocommerce is better than Shopify or the opposite usually speaks as 'drop shippers'.

    For real e-commerce brands, I would highly recommend bigcommerce or Prestashop.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Helen Davis View Post

      Quite recently I've been actually reading an article on Jazva Blog (they are an Inventory management software for multi-channel sellers with integrations for both Woo and Shopify), and basic breakdown of platforms is as follows:

      Why you should go with WooCommerce:
      • If your aim is to be able to micro-manage every single aspect of your website, within a reasonable budget.
      • If you don't mind spending time setting up and customizing your store - both design and functionality - till it looks and works exactly the way you want it to.
      • Your primary marketing aim is driving qualified search engine traffic to your website.
      I think they missed a couple ...
      • If you don't mind having to continually update your site to patch security holes and many of the plugins that will inevitably break with each new version of WordPress.
      • You only accept PayPal and won't have to deal with the non-stop nightmare of dealing with PCI compliance and the issues that every new upgrade to WordPress brings to that problem.

      Bottom Line: You'll end up spending far more time and maybe even more money than the few bucks you save per month with Woo.
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  • Profile picture of the author symbianzone
    Migrating from Shopify to WooCommerce

    Pros:
    1. Less Cost (You don't have to pay monthly fee for addons, buy once & use them)
    2. More Customization
    3. Complete Control
    4. Ease of Use

    Cons:
    1. A Bit of Learning Curve for WooCommerce
    2. You need to have a upper hand on technical side
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