SHOPFRONTPRO SAYS GOODBYE
Call our office if you need help setting up a new site and transferring all the data and setup a nedw store using wordpress or other shopoing cart
What do to before May 7, 2016.
Choose a new shopping cart provider. We recommend Shopify.
- Export all of your data from ShopFrontPro.
- Import your data into your account with your new provider.
- Complete your store setup with your new provider by getting the design and products ready.
- Set up your payment methods in your new store.
- Remove your domain from your ShopFrontPro store, and set your DNS settings to point to your new website.
- Close your ShopFrontPro store.
If you need help setting up a new store we can help, we will build a custom store for you and you will never have to move again
How can I get my data out of ShopFrontPro?
The Export-all function is available to this version of SFP as an add-on.
From the administrator menu, hover over ‘Add-ons’ and click ‘Migration Tool’
TO EXPORT YOUR DATA
- Click “download export data”
- Enter your email address.
- Wait for an email to arrive. It will contain your data in at least two files: Images and Data export. You may use these files to import and create a new shop.
When should I start exporting my data out of ShopFrontPro?
The sooner the better. While we’re keeping the service alive until May 6th 2016, depending on the complexity of your store – it may take you a bit of time to fully migrate all your data from ShopFrontPro to your new provider. In other words, don’t leave it until the last minute. The quicker you can start the migration process – the better.
What data will be transferred to Shopify?
Here are the items that will be transferred in the Shopify export:
- Order Items*
- Product Combos*
- Product Meta data
- Product Images
- Users list*
While we have programmed the export to make the transfer as accurate as possible, ShopFrontPro and Shopify are different platforms altogether. We have a list of things that you may need to look out for. Please make sure to read through everything completely to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Data that will not be transferred over:
- Product Qty Discounts
- Users without any history of orders
- Users’/Customers’ account passwords – Shopify should be able to create users, however, passwords will not be transferred because of the way they are encrypted. Your users will need to use the ‘forgot password’ function when they log in.
- Options – Any options that are not in Select Box format such as text areas, radio boxes, etc.
- Features – Unfortunately, any features that was set up will not be migrated. You may recreate this system on Shopify as “tags.” Before proceeding with it, see the notes below for “Categories”
- Integration configuration data – Integration data such as Google Analytics, MailChimp, payment gateways, etc will need to be redirected to your new store. This doesn’t mean that you can’t for example keep using Google Analytics on your website, it simply means you’ll have to configure it again on whichever platform you pick.
- Categories – Shopify’s category system, called Collections, is restricted to only one level. As such, only top-level ShopFrontPro categories are transferred over as Collections. Any subcategories are changed into tags instead (Read more about this) For example, a product under the collection “Boy’s Apparel” > Tops > “T-shirts” will be in the Boy’s Apparel Collection, with the tags “Tops” and “T-shirts.”
- Categories in the Home Page – On your default home page, your menu bar will have all your products under “Catalog”, further divided into Collections. To customize your menu bar to include a dropdown of collections and/or tags, you must manually set it up. (Read more about this)
- How to add products to more than one collection – While your subcategories are transferred over as tags, you may remove tags and instead add them to other collections. To do so, simply go to Products > Collections. To remove tags from your products, go to the product and remove the applied tags.
- Shopify 3 Options per Item Limit – Shopify has a 3 option limit per product. For example, if you have a product with the options “Color”, “Size”, “Packaging” and “Extra Add-on”, only three will be included. Please refer to https://docs.shopify.com/manual/products/variants
- Variant Limit – Shopify has a 100-variant limit per product. If you have a product with variants that exceed the number of allowable variants, such as an option called Color, with the variant selection of 101 colors, only 100 are transferred. (Read more about this)
- Order duplicates – Executing the export repeatedly will duplicate your orders according to the number of items you executed the export.
- Orders – Once you open your orders in Shopify, you will note that the itemized list of products ordered will be missing product photos. This is normal, as ShopFrontPro does not include photos in their order list.
- Currency – Always double-check the product SKU, prices, etc. Shopify will immediately change your store currency to your registered country’s currency.
How will I point my domain to my new website?
Remember to remove the A and CNAME records from your domain provider and to remove your custom domain from your ShopFrontPro account.
If you decide to go to Shopify, you can find the steps for pointing your domain within their help documents.
Should you choose a different provider, you may want to seek help from their support team or go through their knowledge base.