View an infographic and check reasons why merchants decide to migrate from osCommerce to PrestaShop.
Why and How to Migrate from osCommerce to PrestaShop
30% of all online business are going to change or already changed e-Commerce platform in 2013
22% of all migrations are performed from osCommerce
12% of all migrations are performed to PrestaShop
osCommerce vs PrestaShop: Quick Facts
osCommerce - 13 years in industry, 12800 thousand of live online stores, 7000 addons, 273000 community members, 8 major and 11 minor release versions - former best open source shopping cart.
PrestaShop - more than 5 years in industry, powers over 150 000 of online shops, 2500 modules, 500000 community members, 7 major and 70 minor release versions - currently one of the best open source shopping carts.
Analyze your store statistics and find time when it the number of visitors is the lowest. The traffic usually falls on the weekends and increases in the middle of the week. However, the rate depends on the products and services you sell.
Let Your People Know
Inform your customers, suppliers, stakeholders and other interested people about migration date. It will seriously decrease your traffic and help to complete shopping cart switch without losing client’s trust.
Forewarned Is Forearmed
The first thing you have to remember is to make backups before any serious action over your shop.
Find Appropriate Hosting
PrestaShop is not a resource consuming platform. However, it doesn’t mean there are no system requirements - make sure your hosting meets them.
To move your data from existing osCommerce store you will have to install PrestaShop and make sure it is available via Internet. So, it would be possible to start migration.
Data Migration with Cart2Cart
Cart2Cart is a shopping cart migration provider that allows to move products, customers and orders absolutely automatically.
Data migration process can be performed in only 10 simple steps
1. Register a New Cart2Cart Account or Login via Facebook/Google
2. Set Up osCommerce as Your Source Shopping Cart
3. Select PrestaShop as Your Target e-Commerce Platform
4. Choose entities You Would Like to Migrate
5. Map Corresponding Languages
6. Match Currencies
7. Assign Order Statuses
8. Perform Free Demo to See How It Works
9. Start Full Migration
10. Enjoy All the Advantages of a Brand New PrestaShop Store
Post Migration Tips
Take Care About SEO
Make sure your new store is crawlable - it would be a real trouble if Google bot couldn’t get proper access to your new site. So, doublecheck to be 100% confident that your shop is not using nofollow and noindex tags.
Create a sitemap - it will help to assure search engines do not miss any of your store pages.
Use canonical tags and meta robots - canonical tags and meta robots, which include noindex and nofollow tags, help with the proper indexing of your site with search engines.
Set 301 redirect - it will allow you to direct customers and search engines to your new store and keep site positions.
Inform Google about your store migration - if you are switching domains it would be a good thing to do. Log in to your Google Webmaster Tools account and Change of Address menu.
Since Cart2Cart doesn’t support design migration you will have to handle this step on your own. PrestaShop has a number of great templates to make your store beautiful. However, make sure to set up a responsive design - your store will look perfect at any type of device including smartphones, tablets, laptops and traditional desktops.
Test, Test and Test!
Try to make a test purchase, check if all payment and shipping options are working correctly. Visit your site from multiple devices via numerous browsers. And only after that you can consider your store successfully migrated to PrestaShop and ready to start selling.
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