How To Migrate Your Store From Magento To WooCommerce
Magento is one of the leading ecommerce site builders, best known for its next-generation technology and creative solutions for online stores of all sizes. This builder’s position in the industry is very clear; over a third of the top 100,000 stores are based on this platform.
WooCommerce is the leading ecommerce plugin for WordPress. Known for its simplicity and comprehensive offering, this plugin is absolutely free and transforms any website into a fully-functional online store. It has many features of a premium paid plugin, and this high-value option is not to be missed by merchants. There are currently 5 million installations of this plugin, and over a quarter of all online stores are based on it.
Besides Magento and WooCommerce, there is a wide variety of ecommerce website builders out there, and many reasons why a merchant would choose one over the other. In the case of these two leading platforms, there are several reasons why a merchant starting with Magento might decide to migrate their site to WooCommerce.
The main reason that it may be considered now more than ever, is the announcement that support is being discontinued for Magento 1, and that all sites now need to move to Magento 2. This migration is challenging, and if not carried out properly, can create security breaches and loss of data.
WooCommerce And Magento Compared
Besides the required migration to Magento 2 being a major trigger that has caused merchants to stop and review their options, there are in fact many other reasons why they may choose WooCommerce over their current platform.
Here is a detailed comparison:
Magento Open Source - free
Magento Commerce - $22,000 per year for annual revenue of up to $1 million
Paid Extras Needed
Requires basic hosting and a domain name
Requires a premium VPS package or cloud hosting plan
Full functionality on all plans
Open Source - limited functionality
Commerce - full functionality
Access To Extension Libraries
Target Builder Audience
Small Business Owners
Free support forums
Support ticket system
Open Source - no support
Commerce - phone, chat, tickets
How To Migrate
If you choose to migrate due to the update, or simply because you are looking for a more affordable and user-friendly solution, read on to find out the steps.
You may be surprised to learn that migrating to WooCommerce is actually easier than migrating to the new Magento 2 version.
The set-up stage:
- Choose a hosting provider and package
- Install WordPress
- Add the WooCommerce plugin
- Install a theme of your choice
- Customize your settings and preferences
Transferring your content: