bigcommerce to woocommerce migration tool

How to migrate from BigCommerce to WooCommerce?

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

1. Preparation

For Woocommerce Store:

  • Woocommerce Store should be placed in a stable hosting or in localhost.
  • PHP Curl must be enabled.
  • PHP Fopen (allow_url_fopen) must be On.
  • It also must not block connection to BigCommerce Store.
  • Webserver (mostly apache) should have full permission to write on /wp-content/uploads/ folder.
  • It is strongly recommended to backup Woocommerce Store first.

2. Setup

2.1. Download Migration Tool
After downloading the product zip file from our Store, please extract it into a folder.

2.2. Woocommerce Data Migration Plugin Setup

Woocommerce Data Migration Plugin is a Woocommerce Plugin which acts like a hub at Woocommerce side to receive data and import it into Woocommerce database. It can be installed just like all other Woocommerce Plugins:

  • Using your FTP software, upload the folder “lecartservicemigration” to your /wp-content/plugins
  • Log in to your WordPress Admin panel.
  • Go to : Plugins
  • Find plugin “Cart Service Migration”
  • Click “Activate”

2.3 How to get User name, API Path and API Token from BigCommerce

You need to retrieve API Path and API Token from your Bigcommerce admin account.

1. Log in to your BigCommerce store’s control panel.
2. Go to Advanced Settings.
3. Then step to API Accounts.
4. Click Create API Account.
5. Enter a Name for the app, and copy or make note of the API Path.
6. Under OAuth Scopes, specify the API resources and permissions to which your app/integration requires access.
7. Choose Modify permission for all API resources.
8. After making changes, click Save.
9. Copy or make note of the Client ID and Access Token. If you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge a text file containing the API token and Client ID should have downloaded to your computer.

3. Migration Plugins Setup

Migration Plugins are purchased and setup separately. 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 Woocommerce 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 Bigcommerce Store to Woocommerce 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 Woocommerce Store.
  • Customer Password Plugin: special plugin which adds the ability to read passwords encrypted by Bigcommerce to Woocommerce . 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 have a look at the read_me.txt in the Customer Password Plugin package

To install plugins, just copy plugin files into the instructed folder inside your WooCommerce store. New functionalities will be enabled.

4. Enter license key

License Key is an encoded string which comes with your download package. This key is required 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.

BigCommerce to WooCommerce migration tool

Login your Woocommerce Store backend, select Litextension > Settings, and copy and paste your license key here:

BigCommerce to WooCommerce migration tool

5. Migration

Please login your Woocommerce Target Store backend, select Litextension > Cart Service Migration. The migration will go through 3 simple steps. Just hit “Next” when you finish one step to advance.

5.1 BigCommerce Configuration

Fulfill information in the setup table:

  • Cart Type: Choose ‘BigCommerce’
  • Cart URL: Your BigCommerce URL
  • API Path: created in section 2. SETUP
  • Client ID: created in section 2. SETUP
  • API Token (Access Token): created in section 2. SETUP

5.2 Migration Configuration

BigCommerce to WooCommerce migration tool

  • Languages Mapping: Pick the language to be mapped into Woocommerce default language.
  • Orders Status Mapping: Assign BigCommerce order statuses to proper Woocommerce Store order statuses. Creating additional order statuses in Woocommerce Store may be needed.
  • Entities to Migrate: select all entities to migrate or just a part of them.

bigcommerce migration to woocommerce

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 BigCommerce to Woocommerce, after that BigCommerce store is still live and continue getting new data, and you want to get your Woocommerce 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 Woocommerce 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 BigCommerce or anywhere else for images.

5.3 Migration

The migration will take place automatically in this final step. In order for it to progress, you should not close your browser of remove BigCommerce Connector. Information shows in this step:

  • BigCommerce: BigCommerce base URL you have entered in Step 1, this URL will be registered with your license.
  • Entity limit: the limit associated with your license. To change this value, you need to upgrade/purchase another license code.
  • Tips slider: handly tips you should know
  • Migration progress: show current progress
  • Console: show debugs information.
  • After the migration is completed, click on “Clear Transient” 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 BigCommerce to WooCommerce migration tool– optimized solution for your online business.

You can also consider to migrate BigCommerce to other target carts:

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Migrate BigCommerce to Prestashop 

Migrate BigCommerce to OpenCart

Migrate BigCommerce to Shopify 

Migrate BigCommerce to BigCommerce

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