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. 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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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.
In the first image below, products were imported via the Woo Importer before orders. Because products were imported first, you can see both a picture of the item and a live link back to the Holiday Hippo product. If you click the link, it will take you to the product.
When products are not imported you will not see the link or the picture of the item, as in the image below. In this image, the orders were imported via the Woo Importer without importing any products. Although we do see the correct product listed, there is no picture or link back to the product.
If you have already recreated the products but feel you would benefit from having the products and orders linked, you may chose to re-import the products even though you have already created them. There are two ways to handle this:
- Delete the existing products, and import the products via the Woo Importer.
After the product import is complete, import the orders. The drawback to this method is that you will lose any changes you made when recreating the products in Shopify, and if any new orders have been created with the new products, you would lose the link to those orders.
- Leave the new Shopify products alone, import the old WooCommerce products using the Woo Importer allowing duplicate products to be created. Then, unpublish the duplicate products.
The duplicated products are easy to isolate as they are all tagged when imported. (To find them, open the Woo Importer app and click the link listed under "Import Tag", as in the picture below.) This method allows you to keep the new products and links to any new orders that have occurred, while also keeping the old products and orders linked. The drawback is your product list may be a bit cluttered.
Once you've decided whether or not you need to import products, you can:
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