Why migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify?

We often speak to retailers using WooCommerce who are frustrated by frequent website downtime and a lack of control over simple website changes. A fragmented solution with heavy reliance on plugins and extensions, WooCommerce also requires additional costs for necessities like hosting and security certificates.

Shopify, on the other hand, offers a much more reliable platform on which retailers can scale their ecommerce businesses. Specifically designed for ecommerce, it is a more comprehensive solution that gives merchants the flexibility and freedom to make changes without having to rely on developers.

Migrating from WooCommerce to Shopify could be the key to unlocking your business’ online potential. Replatforming to an ecommerce platform that can cope with your business’ evolving needs is crucial for facilitating growth.


Ben Ford, Ecommerce Manager at Wilkinson Sword

The main reason we wanted to move away from WooCommerce was to have more control over changes to the website. It’s difficult to make changes without the help of developers.


Brands we've migrated from WooCommerce to Shopify

From clothing and cosmetics companies to pet care and personal grooming brands, we have years of experience migrating clients’ online stores from WooCommerce to Shopify Plus, including:


Our WooCommerce to Shopify migration service

At Swanky, we have significant experience migrating ecommerce websites from WooCommerce to Shopify. Our replatforming experts have developed a tried and tested process to successfully navigate the complexities of a migration project:

Discovery phase

This typically includes analysis of your current WooCommerce site, tech stack consultancy, custom development solutionising, a comprehensive data review, and creation of design ‘look and feel’ concepts.

UX design

Swanky’s design team will use insights gleaned in the discovery phase to complete designs for all your required website templates. These designs will represent a combination of creative flair, consumer psychology and commercial acumen.

App configuration and systems integrations

From ERP and OMS systems to customer service solutions and CRM platforms, our in-house developers have extensive experience in the integration of third party platforms.

Product data setup and import

During this stage of the migration project, we will extract your product data from WooCommerce via an API, ready for importing into Shopify.

Shopify store development

We’ll leverage our longstanding experience as Shopify Plus Experts to build a high-performance ecommerce store. This will include any bespoke development, including subscription and payment gateway migrations if applicable. We will organise redirects from WooCommerce to Shopify to ensure shoppers are directed to the correct site.

Order and customer data import

Here, order and customer data from WooCommerce will be extracted and then imported into Shopify.

QA testing and Shopify training

As well as rigorously testing your new website to ensure it meets all functional specifications, we can provide Shopify training to your ecommerce team. This support covers core functionality, as well as aspects of your tech stack.

User acceptance testing

Once your new website has been tested by your team against your business requirements, it will be ready to launch.

Lucy Colgrave, Head of Ecommerce Growth & Digital Marketing at Blue Vanilla

The project management has been excellent … site migrations are exceedingly complex and there are many moving parts but I felt comfortable everything would be considered.


WooCommerce to Shopify case studies

Learn more about the brands we’ve migrated from WooCommerce to Shopify:


Resources to help with your migration to Shopify

Contact us about migrating from WooCommerce to Shopify.

Talk to our experts to find out more about how we can support you with a WooCommerce to Shopify migration.