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.
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.
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.
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…