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Shopping Cart Migration Made Easy With Cart2Cart

Any small business eCommerce retailer that has tried migrating from one platform to another, knows how complicated it can get to successfully migrate all your information to a new platform.

Recently I tried moving a shopping cart from Zen Cart to Magento… with simple products it’s no big deal. You export. You modify in excel. You import. The problem is that it is not always so simple. If your store has product options on most products, it is usually extremely complicated to migrate platforms. It doesn’t have to be, it can be simple with Cart2Cart (aff link) made by MagneticOne.

Migrate Shopping Carts Easily

Since I used Cart2Cart for a Zen Cart to Magento migration, I figured I’d share the process with you.


Before you start, keep in mind that this is a paid service although it seems to be reasonably priced. I tried a cart with less than 500 products and the cost was $49.00 for the products only. The estimate including the customers and orders was $129.00. You can get a price estimate here.

Migration Process – Step 1

The first step after you buy credits is to enter the source shopping cart information. As of this time, Cart2Cart supports 22 standard carts including Magento, osCommerce, ZenCart, PrestaShop, CRE Loaded and more… After you fill in the required information, you will need to download the Cart2Cart “bridge” files and upload via FTP to the root directory of the source cart.

Zen Cart - Source Cart

Step 1: Enter Source Cart Information

Migration Process – Step 2

The next step is to fill out the information of the destination shopping cart and to upload the “bridge” files via FTP to the destination cart as well.

Destination Cart

Step 2: Enter Destination Cart Information

Migration Process – Step 3

In the third step you need to select the data that you want to transfer as well as any upgrade options available for your cart.

Step 3: Select Migration Options

Migration Process – Steps 4, 5 and 6…?

Step four will help you match up the currency options from the source cart. Step five will let you do a demo with 10 items… Click “Skip Demo” if you want to do a real migration..

It should be harder, but it’s real easy. Try it and let us know how it worked for you…

NOTE: I have not tested this with a lot of products (394 to be exact). I have no idea if it can handle a few thousand products. It sounds like it can…

One Comment to "Shopping Cart Migration Made Easy With Cart2Cart"

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    October 10, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Please avoid these folks, and save yourself the headache! We paid for a full migration, but shortly after the migration was started, it was suspended without any explanation. I contacted customer support (multiple times by chat and phone call) but they informed me it couldn’t be looked into until the following day since all their technicians had left even though it was around 1-2 pm EST.

    The following day I called them again and was told the same thing–it would be checked into the following day. At this point, I had become suspicious they may be a fraudulent company since we had paid, but our migration was “suspended” and we hadn’t received any details as to why. I told the support agent we would dispute the charge on our credit card if they didn’t get it fixed.

    After calling them multiple times, I was able to reach a customer service agent who discovered one of their technicians mistakenly marked our migration as a duplication. This was only after repeatedly contacting them via phone, email and chat.

    The next day, migration data magically appeared in our new store (try mentioning you’ll dispute the credit card charge if you’re having trouble with them). But the results were full of errors. When I contacted customer service asking them to fix the mistakes, they replied that since it was past 72 hours since our order was begun, they were not responsible for the errors. Of course they had flagged our order as a duplication, which stopped the migration process and took us past 72 hours.

    What Cart2Cart gave us was a migration full of errors. Their customer service people were nice to speak with but full of promises that problems would be “looked into tomorrow”. If this is a legitimate business, they need to clean up their act and be upfront with their customers. They promise a migration in a few minutes. Ours was a multi-day disaster.

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