bigcartel to opencart migration

How to migrate from Big Cartel to OpenCart?

The essence of LitExtension products focuses on their friendliness to users, which means that every shopping cart owners, even who has little knowledge of technology, can follow guidance and migrate data from Big Cartel to OpenCart easily. You are advised that need not to consult any other sources except this understandable step-by-step guide below.

1. Preparation

  • Please ensure you have the right permission to upload files to OpenCart.
  • It must not block access from any third party IP.
  • OpenCart Store can operate normally during migration as it requires a very limited resource for the process.
  • PHP Compatibility: PHP 4.x or later.
  • It is strongly recommended to backup OpenCart Store first.

2. Setup

2.1. Cart Migration Setup:
Cart Migration is a web application, it will be installed automatically.

Please login to LitExtension and go to My Account > My Downloadable Products then click to the Hosted Tool link  to do fully automatic installations.

Big cartel to opencart migration tool

2.2 OpenCart Store Connector Setup
Cart Migration is a web application, copy and upload “cartmigration_connector” into OpenCart Cart root folder. After finished please make sure Connector can be reached at:

http(s)://yourstore.com/cartmigration_connector/connector.php

If you have any problem reaching the link please ensure you have htaccess configured correctly and the file has execution permission.
For security, please open connector.php, find this very first line:
define(‘LECM_TOKEN’, ‘123456’);
And change “123456” to another string, this will be used to enter to the Migration Form (Cart Token) and acts like “password” to prevent unauthorized data access to your Big Cartel store.

Note: please do not use special characters in token or else the migration tool might fail to work, it should contain number and alphabet characters only. Example:
– Good token: 12ab34cd56
– Bad token: #Fr35h#Mi!5

2.3 Export data from Big Cartel to CSV files

  1. Log into your Big Cartel Admin panel.
  2. Go to your Orders Tab.
  3. Press Export CSV button on the right bottom.
  4. Save the file on your computer.
  5. Proceed to Import Data step of Migration.
  6. Upload Orders.csv file.
  7. Proceed to the next step of your migration.

3. Extra Plugins Setup

Plugins are purchased and setup separately into Cart Migration. They will provide additional functionalities to the tool. Normally plugins need to be customized and tweaked by LitExtension Team to fit customers requirements and will be sent to customers later on. There are a few types of plugin:

  • Products and Categories SEO Urls Plugin: helps migrate Products and Categories urls. Old urls will be saved in OpenCart Store and will be maintained to keep all current SEO ranking you have built up for years.
  • Custom Fields Plugin: help migrate custom fields from Big Cartel Cart Store to OpenCart Store. This is useful in case customers have customized their store, for example: adding fields to database tables, and also want to migrate these fields into OpenCart Store.
  • Customer Password Plugin: special plugin which adds the ability to read passwords encrypted by X-Cart to OpenCart. All passwords are migrated over and remains encrypted, customers can login to the new shop right away without the need of resetting passwords. To install, please Click Here or have a look at the read_me.txt in the Customer Password Plugin package.

Note: Plugins might not be available for some specific Big Cartel Cart or OpenCart Cart. Details setup instructions will be provided when you purchase the plugins.

4. Migration

Return to http://mycm.litextension.com/cm/abc/xyz , you are now at Step 1 (2.1 Section) of migration process.
The migration will go through 3 simple steps. Just hit “Next” when you finish one step to advance.

4.1. Step 1: Big Cartel Cart and OpenCart Cart Setup

Big Cartel setup

  • Cart Type: Choose ‘BigCatel’
  • Cart URL: https://api.bigcartel.com/store-name/products.json – with store-name is your store name
  • You must upload CSV files you have exported on the step 2.3 to the form.

bigcatel

OpenCart Setup
You must upload a connector as guided in 2. Setup. After you have done that, please enter the form:

  • Cart Type: Choose ‘OpenCart’
  • Cart URL: Your OpenCart URL
  • Token: The token string which has been configured in connector.php

Big cartel to opencart migration tool Target cart setup

4.2. Step 2: Migration Configuration

  • Select suitable Languages, Order Statuses and Currencies for OpenCart store.
    Languages Mapping: If your Big Cartel Cart is multilingual, corresponding languages (or storeviews) should be available in OpenCart Store. You may need to create additional languages in OpenCart Store to avoid data loss.
    Currencies Mapping: Assign Big Cartel Cart currencies to proper OpenCart Store currencies. Creating currencies in OpenCart Store may be needed.
    Orders Status Mapping: Assign Big Cartel Cart order statuses to proper OpenCart Store order statuses. Creating additional order statues in OpenCart Store may be needed.
  • Select all data you want to migrate from Big Cartel to OpenCart.

Big cartel to opencart migration tool

  • Additional Options:
    Migrate recent data: In case Big Cartel is still live and continue getting new data during migration process, this option helps to migrate recent ones only without starting over again.
    Clear current data on OpenCart Store before Migration: All current products, categories, manufacturers, customers, orders, product reviews, taxes will be cleared in OpenCart if you choose this option
    Migrate categories and products SEO URLs: SEO URL of Big Cartel will be preserved in OpenCart, allowing keeping Pagerank.
    Transfer images in product descriptions to OpenCart Store: Download all images in product description into OpenCart so that it won’t have to refer back to Big Cartel or anywhere else for images.
    Preserve Customer IDs on OpenCart Store: This will help to preserve your old Customer IDs for easier reference.
    Preserve Order IDs on OpenCart Store: This will help to preserve your old Order IDs for easier reference

Big cartel to opencart migration tool

4.3. Step 3: Migration
The migration will take place automatically in this final step. In order for it to progress, you should not close your browser.
After the migration is completed, click on “Clear Cache and ReIndex Data” to finish.

Big cartel to opencart migration tool Cart_Migration_Step3

That’s all about migration process which can be carried out yourselves. Technical knowledge and skills are not necessary to use LitExtension shopping cart migration tools. Hope that with this detailed guide and attached video, online store owners don’t hesitate to try our live demo and decide to use our Big Cartel to OpenCart migration tool – optimized solution for your online business.

You can also consider to migrate Big Cartel to other target carts:

Migrate Big Cartel to Shopify

Migrate Big Cartel to BigCommerce

If you have any question, please feel free Contact us for more support.