Transfer your online shop to Bluepark

It could be that you already own a website which is not yet configured for ecommerce. Or it could be that your existing online shop would benefit from the usability, speed and finesse of Bluepark’s ecommerce software. It might even be the case that you’re spending large sums of money, unnecessarily, paying a third party to update your site content.

Transfer to Bluepark

Make the switch with no disruption to sales

Follow our simple guide below and in just a few simple steps you can achieve a truly hassle-free migration to a fast, constantly updated and easy to use ecommerce software solution.

1.  Sign up for a free trial

The first thing you need to do is sign up for our . We never ask for anything other than your name and email address in order to send your login details. Requesting a free trial will enable you to evaluate Bluepark’s ecommerce software to ensure it is a good match for your business. It will also provide you with a development environment from which you can start building your new online shop without compromising your existing one.

2.  Export your product data

Unless you want to add every product to your Bluepark site by hand, it is imperative that you extract your product data from your existing online shop in a structured format. Ideally this will take the form of an Excel spreadsheet or a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file. If this is not possible, a TXT or XML file can usually be converted into a suitable CSV file for this purpose.

3.  Import your product data

You may prefer to import your product data into your Bluepark site yourself. If so, we highly recommend that you read our How to: Import and Export Products using a CSV article before you do. This will help you understand the Bluepark product importing and exporting features in more detail.

Alternatively, we offer a comprehensive service to do this for you. We would need to see a full product and category export from your existing site, preferably in the form of a CSV file, before we are able to provide you with a quote.

4.  Transfer your design, look and feel

If you would like to retain your existing website design, but also enjoy the benefit of Bluepark’s many features, then let us take care of the transfer for you. Just let us know your current website address and we’ll give you a quote.

Alternatively, you are able to create your own design using our flexible template management system. You don’t need any HTML or CSS knowledge to create a template, just the understanding of how a website is structured on the page. However, for anyone possessing these skills, there are also many more advanced options available.

5.  Create redirects for your pages

When transferring to a new ecommerce platform, it is possible that some of the URLs of the pages on your site will change. If your current site is well established in Google, having pages with good rankings for your key search terms, you will need to let them know where these pages have gone. This must be done using 301 redirects.

You are able to create 301 redirects yourself, one by one, within the Bluepark system. At the very minimum, this should be done for your highest ranking pages, though preferably for all of your pages.

Alternatively, we offer a comprehensive service to do this for you. We would need to see a full product and category export from your existing site, preferably in the form of a CSV file, before we are able to provide you with a quote.

6.  Complete the process and go live

Once you’re happy with everything, we advise that you have a read of our Going Live with Your New Bluepark Site: Use Our 10 Step Checklist article. This will ensure that you don’t miss out any crucial steps before making the final switch.

Simply by altering the primary and secondary name servers for your domain name, via your registrar, your customers will begin to experience the unique benefits of your new Bluepark site. No downtime, no service outages - just business as usual throughout the entire process.

Bluepark website transfer service

We recognise that it can be a daunting prospect to transfer a site from one web hosting provider to another. Many people choose to remain with outdated, slow and unmanageable systems because they don’t have the time to focus on making a change, or the idea of moving is just too scary. Bluepark’s website transfer service enables you can get on with the day to day running of your business and let us do the work for you.

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