Move to Shopify

If you already sell online, then you can use the Import Store app to move your data to Shopify. Moving your existing product, order, and customer information can speed up your transition to Shopify and help you start your new website faster.

When you move your business to Shopify there are some steps you can take to make sure moving your business goes smoothly.

Start your online store

Visit shopify.com to start your online store with a 90-day free trial. Enter your email, password, and business name. Your business name will be used in your store’s default URL that your customers will use to shop from your store. After you start your trial, you can purchase or connect an existing URL for your default URL.

Move your business to Shopify

You can import your product, order, and customer information to Shopify using the Import Store app.

Refer to the store migration considerations to make sure that your store migration goes as smoothly as possible. The steps to migrate your store to Shopify depend on how your store is set up. In general, the more data you want to migrate, the more considerations there will be when you migrate.

To learn more about migrating to Shopify, refer to the Import Store app.

Products

If you have already successfully imported your products to Shopify, then you don't need to add your products manually.

You can manually edit and manage your products. You can organize your products into collections and manage your inventory and variants.

If you need to add or create new products for your store, then there are different ways to get your products into your Shopify account, depending on how many products you need to add and whether you already have any information about them online:

After you add your products, you can organize them into collections. Collections let you work with products as a group, such as by highlighting a collection on your homepage, setting your menu to link out to different collections, applying a discount that applies only to the products in that collection For more information, refer to Collections.

Gift cards

Along with your products, you can also sell gift cards. Gift cards are a fast way for your business to sell online. Your customers can purchase gift cards, which are delivered by email. By default, the gift cards that you create never expire.

Customers can redeem gift cards at checkout when they place orders for the other products that you add to your store. For more information, refer to Selling gift cards.

Prepare your website’s pages

Each product and collection that you create is automatically given a page on your online store, but your homepage and any other additional pages need to be manually set up.

Homepage

Your homepage is usually the first page people access when they find your business online. This page should include your branding, highlighted products, special offers, and any important information that your customers need to know.

Custom pages

You can create custom pages for other information that might interest your customers. Many business have the following custom pages:

  • About Us
  • Contact Us
  • FAQ
  • Shipping information

For information on how to create custom pages, refer to Pages.

Blog pages

You can create and manage blogs and blog posts in your online store. Blogs are a common way to create additional content around your products, or highlight changes in your industry or niche. Blogs can help increase your website’s traffic, and offer content that your customers can share on their social media.

For more information, refer to Blogs.

Policy pages

Policy pages help customers understand how your business operates, and explain how you handle shipping, refunds, and privacy. Links to these policies are shown by default in your checkout, but you can create direct links to them in your website’s menus.

Shopify provides templates for many policies, which you can adjust to fit your business. For more information on creating and editing policies, refer to Adding store policies.

Payment providers

If you sign up for a Shopify account in a country eligible for the Shopify Payments payment gateway, then your business is automatically set up with Shopify Payments and you can accept payments right away. Before you accept your first order, make sure that your products are allowed within the Shopify Payments Terms of Service.

If you want to accept credit card payments but aren’t eligible for Shopify Payments, then you need to sign up for a third-party payment gateway to accept credit card payments online. When deciding on a payment gateway, research the cost of credit card and transaction fees, terms of service, payout schedules, and available currencies. Check which gateways are available for your country, sign up for an account with the gateway that you want, and then connect it to your Shopify account.

If you don’t accept credit card payments, then enable some alternative payment methods or manual payment methods for customers to choose at checkout.

Shipping

When you sell online, you need to have a way to send your products to your customers. You can provide as many shipping options as you want to your customers to make sure they get their orders in the way that works best for them.

You can create general shipping rates which apply to all your products, and create specific rates only for certain products by creating shipping profiles. Within each shipping profile, you create shipping zones to specify which countries you want to ship to, and then create shipping rates for each shipping zone. For example, if you ship to both Canada and the United States, then you can create a shipping zone for each country, and charge different shipping amounts for each shipping zone.

For more information about creating shipping profiles, refer to Shipping profiles.

You can offer flat shipping rates, conditional flat shipping rates based on the weight or price of a customer’s cart, and live carrier-calculated rates from USPS, UPS, Canada Post, and DHL Express. For more information on shipping rates, refer to Setting up shipping rates. You can also specify local shipping rates for customers who live near your business.

Prepare your Shopify store for launch

Before you launch your store, place some test orders to see how the checkout process works. When you're ready, remove the password on your store so that it's open to the public.

You can test your checkout process to make sure you can successfully place an order before you launch.

When you're ready to launch, remove your online store password to start selling.

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