Shopware 6 Migration: How to move your online shop to Shopware

by Meike Müller


What to expect
  1. Why should you change the shop system to Shopware?
  2. The advantages of Shopware
  3. The move from another shop system to Shopware
  4. The planningof the Shopware 6 migration
  5. The migration from Shopware 6
  6. How the migration works


You have an online shop and would like to change the shop system to Shopware, but don't know how? Then you are exactly right here. We explain how the Shopware 6 migration works and what you should consider. If you are not yet sure whether you want to make the move to the shop system, we also have a few good reasons 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 shop system to Shopware?

There are many reasons why you should change the shop system of your online shop to Shopware. One reason could be that the shop system you are using is already outdated. Your system no longer works as it should and is no longer compatible with newer PHP versions. A move to a new shop system is then inevitable.

Another reason for a change could be that you want to change the layout of your shop anyway. You no longer like the way your online shop looks right now. 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 which reason is the deciding one now, Shopware offers your online shop many advantages that we would like to take a closer look at as well.

The advantages of Shopware

Shopware is a much-used shop system for online shops, as it offers online shop 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. Should you not 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 shop can be put together. For all unanswered questions and for support in the creation of the online shop, there is a very good manufacturer support and many Shopware agencies with Shopware programmers who have specialized in the shop system. By the way, we can create an individual Shopware shop 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 shop system.

The move from another shop system to Shopware

Before you start the migration to Shopware 6, you should prepare yourself and your online shop 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 the migration:

  • Create a back-up of your shop
  • Are the used images with the image size usable in the new online shop?
  • Can you continue the logic of the article numbers in the new shop?
  • 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 it goes on with the planning of the migration and the subsequent implementation.

The planning of the Shopware 6 migration

The change from another shop 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 shop is completely created with all the functions that your online shop had before and all the other features you want, it can take three to six months.

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

In addition, you should of course also look at what functions your shop 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 shop system. Check all functions carefully, so that your new system also fits your ideas.

Do you want to carry out the integration together with a Shopware agency? Then of course 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 shop. If you are not sure about something, you can also ask the experts of the Shopware agency. They can always help you and give you good suggestions on design and functionality.

The migration from Shopware 6

The migration to the Shopware shop 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 shop systems Magento, Oxid, Gambio, xt:Commerce and Prestashop. If you're taking the migration into your own hands, be sure to check out the tool to help you make the move to Shopware 6 quickly.

If you are working with a Shopware agency and Shopware programmers, then it makes sense that you coordinate closely with your contact person. In order for the system to work according to your expectations in the end, seamless communication is important. Explain to your contact person what is important to you and which special requirements your online shop has to fulfil.

This is how the migration works

The migration is best done with the help of the migration tool. To do this, you first need to select the right shop and connect to the mySQL database. Keep the login data of the server ready for this. For the actual shop migration you have to make some settings. In the settings you can import attributes, languages as well as order status, payment types or price groups into the new shop. The last step is to enter the old shop. When the migration is complete, you only have to find out if everything worked out. Check if all processes work before you put the shop live.

If you don't want to do the shop migration on your own because you're afraid of forgetting or breaking something, we're here to help. 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 shop and ensure a more professional appearance and smooth processes. Even after the creation of your online shop, we take care of the maintenance 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 look forward to hearing from you!


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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