Whether you are dissatisfied with your current provider or just looking for a fresh start, Volusion’s all-in-one ecommerce platform is the ultimate solution for your online store success! This guide outlines the necessary steps to take to successfully migrate to Volusion from another platform.
1. Sign up for Volusion
The first step is to get started on one of our hosting plans to have a base for your content. You can start familiarizing yourself with the Volusion platform by exploring our extensive knowledge base and ecommerce library.
2. Transfer your Design
Now it’s time to make your store look good! Explore our template gallery and choose a look that best fits your business. Volusion offers both free and premium templates to fit every merchant’s needs. Like your existing layout, or have a specific look in mind for your online store? Not to worry - our Expert Design Team can build you a custom template!
3. Migrate your Store Data
We know changing ecommerce platforms can be intimidating, so we provide our merchants with several features to make the process as seamless as possible. You can easily import a CSV file of products, customer accounts, and much more into your new store by utilizing the Volusion Import/Export feature.
4. Upload Images
Aside from importing product data to your store, you can also bulk upload product images corresponding to specific product codes using the Volusion Thumbnail Generator. This tool eliminates the hassle of individually uploading images, giving you more time to focus on other things (like running your awesome ecommerce store)!
Do you have products with multiple options and images? You can bulk upload these as well with the Volusion FTP feature.
5. Migrate Content Pages
You can easily add informational pages to your website by going to Design > Site Content. Make sure to personalize your content pages to keep your customers engaged and provide an overall better shopping experience!
6. Connecting Shipping and Payments
Next, you'll want to configure your payment and shipping settings.
Volusion accepts a wide variety of payment gateways as well as offering an in-house merchant service that is both secure and convenient. Check our full list of supported payment gateways here or apply for Volusion Payments.
Don’t forget to set up your shipping methods as well! Connect your carrier for live shipping rates or charge your customers a flat shipping fee(or even better, offer Free Shipping!)
7. Adding 301 Redirects
A very important step of migrating ecommerce platforms is to forward your old site’s URLs to their respective destination on the new platform. 301 redirects will create a seamless transition for you and your customers while also preserving your SEO value for your new store.
8. Test your new store
Make sure everything is working properly by going to your store as a customer and following through with the checkout process, double checking that the payment gateway and shipping methods are setup correctly. Other important aspects to test are the main links on your storefront, categories and navigation menus.
9. Go live - Point your domain!
Finally, once you are ready to go live, you will need to point your domain name to the Volusion DNS servers. Contact your domain name host and redirect the name servers for root domain migrations or create a CNAME record for sub-domain sites. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Once the domain name is successfully pointed, your online store will be live!
We understand that migrating ecommerce platforms is both an exciting and overwhelming time for your online business, that’s why our 24/7 Support Team is here to help you every step of the way!
Have any additional questions about switching over? Let us know in the comments!