We have designed the feature to clone the Shopify store as a completely smooth experience for you.
Step 0: The starting point
We start by having a Pet Shop store with some Products, some Smart Collections, some Custom Collections with Products in them, Customer and Discounts. This is the one that we want to clone to another store we have.
If you are using multiple Locations in the Store A then be sure to go to Shopify Admin -> Settings -> Locations in the Store B and match the locations so the app can assign Products Quantities correctly to these Locations.
Step 1: Export from your existing Store
Export whatever you want from your existing store.
If you want also Custom Collections to contain all the correct Products, be sure to export also Products and Linked Products in the same Export.
When the export has finished, press that green Download Exported File button to get your Shopify data as a zip or Excel file:
Step 2: Import that Zip or Excel file
If you simply want to copy contents of one Shopify store to another, you even don’t have to look inside that file.
Just go to your other Shopify store, install the same app, and import that exported Zip or Excel file.
Then press blue “Import” button to start the import.
When it’s done, you will see the green “Import Completed” message.
Step 3: Go, Check Your Shopify Store Clone
Notice that the store name is different, URL is different. No joking – everything is there the same as it was in that Pet Shop store.
Even Manual Collections (Custom Collections) have their products linked, as you would expect.
Good To Know
- That other store can have items there already. When you clone the Shopify store by this method, the additional items will be added, and the ones that have the same Handle (or E-mail, or Discount code) will be updated. Others will not be touched.
- To make the export and import faster and handle really large stores (with over 100’000 items), choose the export format “Excelify: CSV” – that will create a zip file with CSV files inside. If you want to have it more human readable, choose the format “Excelify: Excel”.
- If you open that Excel file you downloaded, you will notice that it’s perfectly human readable. If you need to, you can change, add or remove data there, and do the import again in all your stores.
- After the import is complete, you can download the “Import Results” Excel file, where the last 2 columns (Import Result and Import Comment) will show you the result for each row. This is helpful when something failed in the import – you will see the failure reason there.
- You can use this method to translate your store items to whatever other languages you have in your other store. Export it to Excel, give to the professional translator that Excel file, and import the translated file into your new store.
- Hey, and if you have two stores in separate languages, you can import column updates to both of them, without touching the translated columns (like inventory quantity or price). Only then those items need to have the same Handles, as this is how the app will identify that they are the same ones to update.
Where To Go From Here?
- Create a second store.
- Install the Bulk Import Export Update with Excel app to your Shopify store. Actually to all of your stores, so that you can clone them back and forth.
- Activate your free additional store in the Excelify settings.
- Read other Tutorials, to get idea of what else can you do besides cloning your Shopify store.
- Read the detailed Column Descriptions of all columns (fields) that you can export and import.
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