How to migrate from Big Cartel to Magento?

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 Magento easily. You are advised that need not to consult any other sources except this understandable step-by-step guide below.

1. Preparation

  • Permission to upload files to Big Cartel store
  • Permission for Magento to access connector
  • PHP Compatibility: PHP 5.3 or later

2. Setup

2.1. Download Migration Tool
Extract the ZIP file downloaded from LitExtension store to get 2 folders ‘apps’ and ‘Magento_connector’.

2.2. Install Cart Migration

For Magento 1.x

  • Step 1: Check to see if Magento’s Compilation mode has been enabled. If it has, it’s vital to turn it off before installing an extension or making any code changes (go to System > Tools > Compilation).
  • Step 2: Access to Magento store by using FTP program and upload ‘Apps’ folder to Magento root folder.
  • Step 3: If you are using Magento’s compilation mode, you need to hit the “Run Compilation Process” button to update the compiled state with the newly installed extension (go to System > Tools > Compilation).
  • Step 4: Log into your Magento admin console and go to System/Cache Management. Click “Clear Storage Cache“.
  • Step 5: Log out admin panel and log in again ( this is a normal behavior of Magento ).

For Magento 2.x

  • Step 1: Access to Magento store by using FTP program and upload ‘Apps’ folder to Magento root folder.
  • Step 2: In SSH console of your server navigate to your store root folder:

cd path_to_the_store_root_folder

run these commands:

php -f bin/magento module:enable LitExtension_Core

php -f bin/magento module:enable LitExtension_ CartImport

php -f bin/magento setup:upgrade

php -f bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

  • Step 3: Flush store cache; log out from the backend and log in again.
  • Step 4: Allow Admin Account Sharing, to ensure the migration progress will not be stopped when you login Admin from another place. Please go to Backend > Stores > Configuration > Advaced Tab > Admin > Admin Account Sharing change to “YES”.

2.3 Export data from Big Cartel to CSV files

Cart Url: https://api.bigcartel.com/store-name/products.json

Import Source Data

Please export your Big Cartel data to CSV file

Proceed with the following steps for required data tables:

  • Log into your Big Cartel Admin panel.
  • Go to your Orders Tab.
  • Press Export CSV button on the right bottom.
  • Save the file on your computer.
  • Proceed to Import Data step of Migration

3. Enter license key

License Key is an encoded string which comes with your download package. This key is needed to activate your Migration Tool.

After purchasing the product, please login to our store and enter “My downloadable products” section. Here you will find download link and license key for the download package.

Login your Magento Target Store backend, select Cart Migration > Configuration, and copy and paste your license key here

4. Migration

4.1 Setup

Fulfill information in the setup table:

  • Cart URL: https://api.bigcartel.com/store-name/products.json
  • Upload Orders.csv file at step 2.3

4.2 Migration Configuration

  • Root Category: the category of current Magento store to import all Big Cartel categories into.
  • Product Attribute Set: select an Attribute Set which is used to import products, all necessary attributes in migration process will be created into this set.
  • Languages Mapping: If your Big Cartel is multilingual, corresponding languages ( or storeviews) should be available in Target Magento Store. You may need to create additional languages in Magento Store to avoid data loss.
  • Currencies Mapping: Assign Big Cartel currencies to proper Target Magento Store currencies. Creating currencies in Target Magento Store may be needed.
  • Orders Status Mapping: Assign Big Cartel order statuses to proper Target Magento Store order statuses. Creating additional order statues in Target Magento Store may be needed.
  • Entities to Migrate: select all entities to migrate or just a part of them.

Additional Options:

  • Migrate recent data: if you choose this option, it will migrate new data only. Supposed you have just finished a full migration from your current Big Cartel to Magento, after that Big Cartel store is still live and continue getting new data, and you want to get your Magento updated with the new data, select this feature to avoid starting over again.
  • Clear current data on Target Store before Migration: if you choose this option, all current products, categories, manufacturers, customers, orders, product reviews, taxes will be cleared.
  • Migrate categories and products SEO URLs: if you choose this option, old SEO urls of source will be preserved in Target Magento Store, allowing you to maintain your Pagerank.
  • Transfer images in product descriptions to Target Store: download all images in product description into your store so that it won’t have to refer back to your Big Cartel or anywhere else for images.
  • Preserve Customer IDs on Target Store: this will help you preserve your old Customer IDs for easier reference.
  • Preserve Order IDs on Target Store: this will help you preserve your old Order IDs for easier reference.

4.3 Migration

The migration will take place automatically in this final step. After the migration is completed, click on “Clear Cache and ReIndex Data” to finish

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 Magento migration tool– optimized solution for your online business.

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

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Migrate Big Cartel to OpenCart

Migrate Big Cartel to Shopify

Migrate Big Cartel to BigCommerce

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