In most cases the first thing you'll move from WooCommerce to Shopify is your products. However, if you have already recreated the products in Shopify, you may want to skip importing products and only import orders and/or customers. While it is possible to do so, there are some drawbacks.
In this article we'll explain the pros and cons of skipping the product import.
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If you're already selling products through a WooCommerce store, people and search engines have already saved links to your site. When you switch your store over to Shopify a lot of these links will break because Shopify has a different URL format for products. The Woo Importer has the ability to create URL redirects for your products, but it can only do this for products that it has imported. Skipping the product import will stop the Woo Importer from being ale to generate the URL links. You can read more about generating URL redirects here.
When you move your store from WooCommerce to Shopify you might want to transfer your product reviews as well. Unfortunately Shopify doesn't have a product reviews feature built-in but they've provided a free Product Review app which can help.
Once you've imported your products with our Woo Importer app you can download a CSV file that is formatted so you can quickly upload it to the Product Reviews app. The CSV file will include all product reviews from your WooCommerce site and will link them to the correct products on your Shopify store. However, when you skip the product import, the Woo Importer loses the ability to export the product reviews. You can read more about creating product reviews here.
Linked Orders vs Unlinked Orders
In order for the Woo Importer to create links between your products and orders, products must be imported via the app first. If you skip this step, orders will list the products, but will not show images of the products, or be linked back to them. This is because the app needs to be able to keep track of the exact WooCommerce variant that matches each Shopify variant in order to to link them up properly. In some cases, other apps require the orders to be linked to products to function, and skipping the product import could cause problems within these apps. You can read more about importing orders without first importing products here.
Once you've decided whether or not you need to import products, you can: