How do I convert my store system to Shopware 6?

by Meike Müller

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What awaits you
  1. Why should you change the store system to Shopware?
  2. The advantages of Shopware
  3. The move from another store system to Shopware
  4. The planning of the Shopware 6 migration
  5. The migration from Shopware 6
  6. How the migration works
  7. FAQ: Questions and answers
    1. How long does a typical Shopware migration take?
    2. What data and content needs to be transferred from your current platform to Shopware?
    3. How does the migration from Shopware 5 to 6 work?


You have an online store and would like to change the store system to Shopware, but don't know how? Then you are at the right place. We explain how the Shopware 6 migration works and what you should keep in mind. If you are not sure yet whether you want to make the move to the store system, we also have a few good reasons for you why you should not wait any longer. If you need individual support with the migration to Shopware 6, please contact us! The EXWE team is always happy to help. And now have fun with this article!

Why should you change the store system to Shopware?

There are many reasons why you should change the store system of your online store to Shopware. One reason could be that the store system you are using is already outdated. Your system no longer works as it should and is not compatible with newer PHP versions. A move to a new store system is then inevitable.

Another reason for a change could be that you want to change the layout of your store anyway. The way your online store looks right now, you don't like it anymore. With the move to Shopware you can easily change the design.

Also, the desire to improve usability, to grow or to meet certain customer needs can be the reason for a Shopware 6 migration. Regardless of the reason, Shopware offers many advantages for your online store, which we would like to take a closer look at.

The advantages of Shopware

Shopware is a much-used store system for online stores, as it offers online store operators many advantages. The webshops can be easily extended by additional functions with the help of Shopware plugins. In the Shopware Shop you will find a large selection of different plugins. If you can't find a suitable plugin for a function you want, you can also simply program a Shopware plugin or have it programmed.

Shopware is also popular because there is a drag & drop editor for the individual landing pages. So a simple online store can be put together. For all unanswered questions and for support during the creation of the online store, there is a very good manufacturer support and many Shopware agencies with Shopware programmers who have specialized in the store system. By the way, we can create an individual Shopware store for you and also support you with the migration. You can find more information about our services on the page "Onlineshop Erstellung von IT-Profis".

In addition, the associated content management system (CMS), extended sales channels, a sales analysis, information about shopping cart contents and sales cancellations as well as customizable products speak for the use of the store system.

The move from another store system to Shopware

Before you start the migration to Shopware 6, you should prepare yourself and your online store properly. We have created a small to-do list for you, with important tasks and aspects that you should complete or consider beforehand.

To-Do's before migration:

  • Create a back-up of your store
  • Are the used images with the image size usable in the new online store?
  • Can you continue the logic of the article numbers in the new store?
  • Do you have the possibility to redirect the old URLs to the new URLs (with 301)?

If you have considered these to-do's, then you can continue with the planning of the migration and the subsequent implementation.

Planning the Shopware 6 migration

The change from another store system to Shopware 6 should be well planned, so that as many mistakes as possible can be avoided. After all, the migration is not a quick update, but can sometimes take several hours. Until a store is then completely created with all the functions that your online store already had before and all the others that you want, it can take three to six months.

If you want to take care of the migration and store creation with Shopware yourself, then you should first familiarize yourself with the store system, so that you know later how the migration must proceed. Always plan enough time, because the transfer of all data into the new store system is time-consuming.

In addition, you should of course also look at what functions your store should have and how these are to be implemented in Shopware. Because probably the functions will be different than you knew them so far from your other store system. Check all functions carefully, so that your new system also fits your ideas.

Do you want to do the integration together with a Shopware agency? Then your planning does not have to be as meticulous as if you want to do everything on your own. But you should also think about the functions and the appearance of your online store. If you are not sure about something, you can ask the experts of the Shopware agency. They can always help you and give you good suggestions about design and functionality.

The migration from Shopware 6

The migration to the Shopware store system is actually not that complicated. A migration tool can help you to install everything smoothly. With the help of the tool you need only a few clicks for the migration and the best thing about it: It's even free! You can find the tool in the Shopware Community Store or in Shopware's Marketplace for Extensions.

It is compatible for data transfer from the store systems Magento, Oxid, Gambio, xt:Commerce and Prestashop. If you're planning to migrate yourself, be sure to check out this tool to make the move to Shopware 6 as quick as possible.

If you are working with a Shopware agency and Shopware programmers, it makes sense to coordinate closely with your contact person. Seamless communication is important to ensure that the system works according to your expectations. Explain to your contact person what is important to you and what special requirements your online store has to fulfill.

How the migration works

The migration is best done with the help of the migration tool. First you have to select the right store and connect to the mySQL database. Keep the login data of the server ready for this. For the actual store migration you need to make some settings. In the settings you can import attributes, languages as well as order status, payment methods or price groups into the new store. As a last step you have to enter the old store. When the migration is finished, you only have to find out if everything worked out. Check if all processes are working before you go live with the store.

If you don't want to do the store migration on your own because you are afraid of forgetting or destroying something, we at EXWE Shopware Agency will be happy to help you. We are experts in the field of Shopware and have already successfully completed many Shopware migrations. We would also be happy to optimize your online store and ensure a more professional appearance and smooth processes. Even after the creation of your online store, we take care of the maintenance and support and adapt functions according to your wishes. You can find more details under "Maintenance & Operation". Just contact us by phone for a first consultation - we are looking forward to hearing from you!


FAQ: Questions and answers about the migration

If you still have questions about the Shopware migration, you can find some frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers or explanations here. You still have a specific question or need help? Then do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you with your digital projects.

  • How long does a typical Shopware migration take?

    The duration of a typical Shopware migration depends on various factors, such as the size and complexity of the data to be migrated, the availability of resources and the experience of the migration team. Typically, a simple Shopware migration can be completed within a few days, while more complex migrations can take several weeks or even months. It is important to carry out thorough planning and preparation to ensure that the migration runs smoothly and that all necessary data and functions are successfully transferred to the new platform.

  • What data and content needs to be transferred from your current platform to Shopware?

    The data and content to be migrated can vary depending on the nature of your online store and your current platform. However, here are some of the basic data and content that usually needs to be transferred from the current platform to Shopware:


  • What is the migration process from Shopware 5 to 6?

    The migration from Shopware 5 to Shopware 6 takes place in three main phases: Preparation, Implementation and Follow-up.

    In the preparation phase, you should make sure that your plugins and templates are compatible with Shopware 6 and that your database is cleaned and optimized. It is also important to back up your data and settings.


    In the implementation phase, you need to install Shopware 6 and migrate your data from Shopware 5 to Shopware 6. A migration plugin from Shopware or a third-party vendor can help with this. It is also important to check your products, categories and URLs and make sure they have been transferred correctly.


    In the post-processing phase, make sure everything works as expected in Shopware 6. Check your data and functions and make sure that your payment and shipping methods are configured correctly. It is also advisable to read the Shopware documentation carefully and, if necessary, seek professional support from a Shopware partner.

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from 21.10.2021

Hello, my name is Meike. I take care of the EXWE back office and am responsible for our social media channels. All of our articles are meant to make your life easier and help you make decisions. Nevertheless, it can happen that something remains unclear, so: If you have questions about this article you can easily reach me at +49 231 93149827.

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