Migration Tools

Changing your eCommerce platform can be an important ingredient in growing your business. If you've identified weaknesses and/or opportunities for improvement that you can't address with your current platform, or if you're currently running on outdated, legacy server software, it may be time to consider making a platform change. 

The benefits of moving to LemonStand can be many depending on what you're using to run your business today. They include presenting a better face for your brand, diversifying your revenue streams, simplifying your technology, reducing your operating costs and more overall flexibility for your business. 

Read our tutorial to learn more about how to make the switch to LemonStand.

This tutorial provides details on what to consider and how to migrate to LemonStand from another eCommerce platform.

We know that some migrations can be complex or just difficult to find time for, so if you need some help we've got migration specialists that can make things less painful. Share more about what you need help with here and we'll get you connected. 

Migrate Your Data

LemonStand has built in tools for importing product catalog, customer and other data after you've exported it from your existing platform. See below to find more information on: 

Select or Translate Your Theme

Often when migrating to LemonStand, the decisions you make on your store design will impact the effort involved in making the move. Below are a list of options you have when deciding on how you want your LemonStand store to look.

Select a LemonStand Theme

LemonStand has a growing library of free, open source, mobile responsive themes that you can choose from if you're okay starting fresh. 

Customize a LemonStand Theme

If you like one of our available themes, but have some specific functional or design changes you'd like to make, it's also possible to customize any of these themes. Obviously, the more customization you want to do, the more effort is involved. Some simple changes can be made without web development skills, but often layout or functional changes will require the help of a web developer.

Translate Your Existing Store Design

If you have a custom designed store that you love and don't want to change, it's possible to for a developer translate the HTML, CSS and Javascript into a LemonStand compatible theme. Just keep in mind that the level of effort involved will be higher than the options above. You can read our help articles for developers on developing and customizing themes to learn more.

Create a New Custom Designed Theme

If you decide that it's time to update your design with a completely new and custom site design on your new platform, you've come to the right place. LemonStand's powerful theming engine allows web developers completely customize the entire user experience including the checkout process using their favorite front-end techniques. The sky's the limit if you're willing to make a bigger investment in your brand.

Complete Your Store Setup

Once you've got your data imported and your design decisions made, it's time to make sure you're set up and ready to take orders. We've included a list of the essential store setup tasks below: 

Launch Your Store and Update Search Engines

When switching from another hosting provider, you'll want to make sure there is little to no interruption for your customers. You’ll be able to set up and customize your new LemonStand store while your current store continues to operate. When you’re ready, you can take the steps below to start taking orders on your new LemonStand store. We recommend that you take these steps on a day and at a time where there is as little activity as possible on your store to ensure minimal interruptions for your customers.

Importing Data From Shopify

Step 1 - Create a Shopify Private App

In order to import your products into LemonStand, you need to generate an API key and password for our system to communicate with Shopify. Navigate to the Apps section of your Shopify store.

If this is the store's first private app, you'll be prompted to Create a Private App as shown below.

If there are other Apps installed as shown above, you'll need to click on the Private Apps button to view a list. From here you can click on the Create a Private App button.

Step 2 - Retrieve Your API Credentials

Review the resulting private App's details by clicking on its title from the apps menu after creating it. Here you'll see the relevant API Key, Password and URL references for connecting it to your LemonStand store.

Step 3- Configure the Shopify Import Tool

In your LemonStand store admin, navigate to Integrations > Import Tools, and copy the Store, API Key and Password from your Shopify private App into the configuration.

The "Store" field can be retrieved from the URL Format of your Shopify private app credentials. For example, if your URL Format is"https://apikey:password@hostname/admin/resource" then the store is hostname.

If you do not want to overwrite products in your existing LemonStand store, then uncheck the "Update existing products" checkbox. Also, if you do not want to create any new categories uncheck the "Create new categories" checkbox.

When you click the Import button, a job will be scheduled in our system for the import to take place when system load is minimal. You will receive an email when the import is complete, generally 15-30 minutes.