Migrating from Magento to Shopify: what does it look like?

Magento 2 has been live since December 2015. The widely known Magento 1 is now officially end-of-life and was completely revamped and released as Magento 2. The widely known Magento 1 is now officially end-of-life and was completely revamped and released as Magento 2. Although a number of web shops have made the switch to Magento 2, consider today, many e-commerce managers still contemplate whether they should have made this switch, because of issues in the early versions of Magento 2 and high development and support costs. We’ve helped many Magento 1 and 2 web shops migrate to Shopify, providing instant performance
have been able to make improvements. Perhaps it is also time for your shop
To make the switch to Shopify. Today we highlight that migration process.

So what exactly is migrating from Magento to Shopify? It involves moving all functionalities. Some modules and extensions have to be completely rebuilt and data such as customer data, products and orders have to be transferred. That takes a lot of doing.

Should I switch to Shopify?

Compared to Magento 1, Magento 2 is significantly faster, more user-friendly, offers an improved layout and much more. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of reasons to switch to Shopify. Nevertheless, it is very important to make a consideration first, as there are several factors involved. Read more about that in our previous article: the comparison between Magento and Shopify.


If you choose to migrate from Magento to Shopify, it is extremely important to have a comprehensive migration plan if you want the migration to succeed. It is also important to have your website well mapped out before you start. Could you use help with that? Then contact us and work with us on your migration plan.

Migrating from Magento to Shopify can be categorized into 3 different steps:

  • Datamigration: customer data, products, orders, shop settings and more.
  • Extensions & Apps: new Apps for Shopify are being added daily to the App Marketplace.
  • Themes & Custom Code:all kinds of innovative angles and technologies have been added to Shopify, to take advantage of them, the themes & customizations need to be adjusted.


West Point Digital has developed some handy Data Migration Scripts for migrating your data that can transfer the most important data. From a database, Magento data is transformed into Shopify data. The bulk can be transferred this way, such as customer data, products and orders, orders, wish lists and reviews. Data sets from certain modules may need to be transferred manually.

For data migration from Magento to Shopify, we use the flexible data migration tool prescribed by Shopify to help migrate important data sets. At its core, this tool is a command line tool that connects to a Magento 1 database.

Before we get started with the data migration, we help you decide what data needs to be migrated. At the same time, this is a great opportunity to clean up and delete excess data.

Once the initial data migration is complete, we will use the delta migration facility to bridge the “gap” between the last data import and all new information. This allows us to perform the bulk of the data migration in a timely manner and update it immediately before the launch of the new Magento 2 webshop.


Magento extensions cannot be moved to Shopify. Meanwhile, very many Apps Shopify can be located in the App Marketplace. For almost every popular Magento extension, an equivalent or better version has been developed in Shopify’s App store.

It is very likely that your Magento installation contains a lot of custom code or perhaps some extensions come from third parties. When moving to Shopify, this simply cannot be used again. This is because several extensions are no longer relevant or extension developers have not yet created a suitable version for Shopify. In practice, we see that many old customizations no longer turn out to be necessary because Shopify or Shopify Plus now supports this by default out-of-the-box. Should certain functionality be required but no longer available for whatever reason, we can select a Shopify App from the app store for that purpose or even develop an App.

Themes & Custom Code

This will also all have to be rewritten. The less customization your shop has, the faster the migration will be.

As with extensions, current Magento themes do not work in Shopify. You have to think of the migration to Shopify as a completely new project and let go of some old practices. We want to emphasize that this is an excellent opportunity to improve the overall UX, and it is a shame to let it go unused. Our Magento design team can help with that! The benefits are:

– Themes are built according to the latest development methods for Shopify

– Speed improvements

– Greater compliance with most recent Google requirements

– Overall UX improvement

Be open to improvement across the board and don’t think all but in terms of an “upgrade” or “migration.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have an existing Magento 1 or 2 webshop; what should I do?

If you are currently having new functionality developed for Magento, we definitely recommend that you stop doing so. The work done for Magento has to be transferred to Shopify, which of course involves more development costs and time. Save time and unnecessary costs. With a host of new features and a proven migration process from Magento to Shopify, we can switch to Shopify in the shortest possible time.

It has been officially announced that Magento 1 support is
ends June 2020. The options to continue supporting Magento 1
are scarce and risky if you plan on this platform.
keep running. We can help with the migration to Shopify.
planning and supervision, as we have already done for several clients
done. Feel free to check out our case studies to see how we helped diveres Magento 1 and 2 webshops migrate to Shopify and in the process immediate performance
have been able to make improvements.

My webshop is built on a platform other than Magento.

We work with many clients who are migrating to Magento from another shopping cart system, such as Lightspeed, Prestashop, Shopify, WooCommerce, to name a few. We can facilitate the migration process to Shopify from any e-commerce platform.

I want to have an entirely new Shopify webshop built

Shopify is a perfect platform to start your e-commerce activities. During an intake meeting, we identify the needs to ensure that the right Shopify version and associated functionality is selected for realization.

Your migration partner from Magento 2 to Shopify

Finding the right partner to work with to migrate to Magento 2 or to a new Shopify or Shopify Plus webshop is crucial to a successful development process and launch. This is why you need us to take on these challenges! West Point Digital is a team of experienced Shopify Experts with also a lot of knowledge and development experience for Magento 1 and Magento 2. We can ensure that the process runs smoothly and efficiently.

We are happy to help you inventory and migrate your webshop. The transition and development will take some time, so it is important not to wait too long to make a consideration. Are you ready? Then feel free to contact us.


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