How to migrate from VirtueMart to Shopify?

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 VirtueMart to Shopify 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 VirtueMart store
– Permission for third IP to access VirtueMart store
– PHP Compatibility: PHP 4.x or later.

2. Setup

2.1. Install Cart Migration
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.

Zencart to shopify migration tool

2.2. Install Connector for VirtueMart

  • Step 1: Access to VirtueMart store by using FTP program
  • Step 2: Upload the folder ‘connector’ to VirtueMart root folder
  • Step 3: Test the connector by accessing http(s)://yourstore.com/cartmigration_connector/connector.php. Connector is set up successfully if getting message “Connector installed”.
  • Step 4: For security, open connector.php in ‘connector’ folder, find this very first line:
    define(‘LECM_TOKEN’, ‘123456’);
    And change “123456” to another string which used to enter to the Migration Form (Cart Token) and acts like “password” to prevent unauthorized data access to your source store.

3. Migration

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

3.1. Step 1: Source Cart and Target Cart Setup

VirtueMart setup
Fulfill information in the setup table:

source store setup

– Cart Type: Choose ‘VirtueMart’
– Cart URL: Your VirtueMart URL
– Token: The token string which has been configured in connector.php . The default token is: 123456

Shopify Setup
Follow similar steps with Shopify as in Source Cart Setup

With the step API Key fulfilling, you can follow as:

  1. Log in to Shopify admin area, copy the admin url to use as “Cart Url” in the form below
  2. From admin area, go to Apps Menu.
  3. Press Private Apps button
  4. Click Create Private App button.
  5. In the next page, enter your App Title and change all Permissions to “Read and Write”.
  6. Click Save App, you will see your API Password. Copy and paste it into the corresponding field and proceed to the next step.

target store setup

3.2. Step 2: Migration Configuration

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

Cart_Migration_Step2_1

  • Additional Options:
    Migrate recent data: In case VirtueMart 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 Target Store before Migration: All current products, categories, manufacturers, customers, orders, product reviews, taxes will be cleared in Shopify if you choose this option
    Migrate categories and products SEO URLs: SEO URL of VirtueMart will be preserved in Shopify , allowing keeping Pagerank.
    Preserve Order IDs on Target Store: This will help to preserve your old Order IDs for easier reference

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3.3. 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 of remove Source Cart Connector.
After the migration is completed, click on “Clear Cache and ReIndex Data” to finish.

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 VirtueMart to Shopify migration tool – optimized solution for your online business.

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

Migrate VirtueMart to Magento 

Migrate VirtueMart to WooCommerce

Migrate VirtueMart to Prestashop 

Migrate VirtueMart to OpenCart

Migrate VirtueMart to BigCommerce

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