How to Migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2 or Sync Data Between Them

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Magento 2 Lemonstand migration

A state of being new is not a reason to use an e-commerce platform. Yes, fresh tools may have lots of benefits, but they are not proven by time and community. Furthermore, they may still lack some features. But this is not about LemonStand. While it is a great solution which has lots of merchants all over the world, they have to migrate to other e-commerce platforms since LemonStand will be shutting down on June 5th, 2019. Therefore, we’d like to introduce you to the easiest possible Magento 2 LemonStand migration procedure. Below, you will find a description of how to move data from your old e-commerce store to a brand new website in the most seamless manner. Let’s see how to migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2. If you still want to keep your old store for some reason, this article also teaches how to synchronize data between the two platforms.

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Introduction to Lemonstand

Being a relatively new platform, LemonStand will soon disappear from the e-commerce universe. People used to compare it to some top platforms including Shopify and BigCommerce. Furthermore, it was even more customizable than Shopify. Consequently, you could (and still can) change almost every aspect of a store with LemonStand creating a unique shopping experience.

Furthermore, the platform is also famous for its rich SEO capabilities. Lemonstand provides both on-page and off-page SEO so that you can get the most in-depth insight into things that can help you improve your page. Thus, link building or various social media features are available out-of-the-box.

There is also another outstanding capability provided by LemonStand. It is the ability to add SSL encryption to every store page. While most competitors enhance the checkout process only, LemonStand lets you make your online storefront secure from top to bottom.

It is also necessary to draw your attention to some other features that soon will be missed with the platform. Firstly, Lemonstand offers a customizable checkout page with no redirection ensuring a better shopping cart experience. Secondly, the platform provides support for digital products. Besides, you don’t need any additional solution to enable recurring subscriptions. Thirdly, LemonStand is famous for its complete design flexibility over content presentation. These and other features will soon recede into the historical distance with the platform.  There is no reason for panic since you can get even better e-commerce capabilities with our favorite e-commerce platform! Therefore, it’s time to migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2! But let’s compare the two platforms first.

Magento vs. Lemonstand

This chapter is based on materials by SimilarTech. According to the website, Magento has recently descended a little bit and now includes 141,296 stores in the ecosystem. As for Lemonstand, it is still ascending. The ecosystem contains 94,033 websites, but after the shutdown, the situation is going to change dramatically. As for the current situation, Lemonstand lags behind Magento in Top 10K Sites, Top 100K Sites, Top 1M Sites, and in the Entire Web. The following diagrams illustrate the situation:

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Magento has better usage coverage in Shopping, Business & Industry, Arts & Entertainment, Health, and 21 other categories. As for Lemonstand, it hasn’t got a lead over Magento in any websites category.

When it comes to geographical distribution, Magento is leading in most countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and 154 others. Lemonstand dominates in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Hungary, and 39 others. Just take a look at the following map generated by SimilarTech:

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While Lemonstand is a merchant-friendly solution, it forces everyone to migrate to other e-commerce platforms due to the recent announcement and its further impact on the ecosystem. Below, we shed light on the easiest way to transfer data from Lemonstand to Magento 2. So if you are looking for the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration guide, continue reading this article.

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How to Migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2

You will find the easiest Magento 2 Lemonstand migration procedure based on a third-party solution and the explanation of why the native Magento 2 tools are not worth your attention in the following chapter. The guide below also explains the Magento 2 Lemonstand synchronization.

While the most evident way to migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2 is based on the default import tools, we don’t recommend you to do this due to multiple limitations. The first reason is the lack of support for all entities. Consequently, you have to recreate parts of your Lemonstand store on a new platform manually. It takes time, but you cannot keep your old store for ages, so the faster you move everything to Magento 2, the faster you start selling on a new website. Don’t let the default import tools prevent you from earning money.

The second drawback is the inability to automate data transfers or map third-party attributes in the Magento admin. That’s why we recommend merchants to rely on third-party solutions to run the complete Lemonstand Magento 2 migration with the minimum effort.

The following parameters are essential for seamless data transfers between Magento 2 and Lemonstand or other external systems:

  • the chosen module should support all Magento 2 entities;
  • it should be able to automate data transfers;
  • the chosen solution should solve the problem of different attribute standards.

And there are many more aspects substantial for each individual business case. The only Magento 2 extension that combines all of them is the Improved Import & Export extension – a module developed to seamlessly move any data to and from your e-commerce storefront. Thus, if you want to run the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration and connect your store to all possible external systems including ERPs, CRMs, marketplaces, and databases, choose our solution. Let’s see how to import any data from Lemonstand to Magento 2 in a few clicks using data file transfers or API connections.

Migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2 via Data Files

  1. The first thing you need to do while migrating from Lemonstand to Magento 2 is to export products, orders, customers, catalog, and other entities from your old website. The Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension lets you use XML or CSV. Create the Lemonstand output in these formats. Check the official recommendations here: How to move data from Lemonstand.
  2. Next, import data files to the Magento 2 website using the Improved Import & Export extension. Create a new import job under System -> Improved Import / Export -> Import Jobs.
  3. Configure the job customizing the following sections: General Settings, Import Settings, Import Behavior, and Import Source:
    1. In General Settings, type a job title and configure other parameters;
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    2. In Import Settings, choose an entity that should be moved from Lemonstand to Magento 2. The Improved Import & Export extension allows transferring Products, Categories, Customers, Advanced Pricing, Orders, Attributes, Cart Price Rules, CMS Pages and Blocks to your Magento 2 website. Some of them may include additional features. For example, you can get rid of product associations or old categories for products;
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    3. In Import Behavior, select one of the available import behavior options. Next, choose a validation strategy suitable for the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration and add separators;
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    4. In Import Source, select an import file type and file source. Configure other parameters, upload a data file, and validate it.
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    5. Map external Lemonstand attributes to ones utilized in Magento 2. Leverage either a mapping preset or the extension’s matching grid.
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Don’t forget to create a separate import job for each entity. Otherwise, you won’t complete the Lemonstand Magento 2 migration. Contact our support here to get more information: Firebear Help Center. We will help you run the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration on the basis of data files.

Migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2 via API

The alternative way of running the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration is based on the ability to connect to Lemonstand directly via API using the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 module. To replace file transfers with REST or SOAP connections, follow the guide below:

  1. Go to System -> Improved Import / Export -> Import Jobs and create a new import job there.
  2. Configure General Settings, Import Settings, Import Behavior, and Import Source. Note that the procedure slightly differs from the one described above:
    1. In General Settings, specify a job title and configure other parameters;
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    2. In Import Settings, turn on API transfers: set ‘Use API’ to ‘Yes’ to enable the feature. Next, specify an entity that will be transferred from Lemonstand to Magento 2;
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    3. In Import Behavior, select one of the available import behavior options and specify a validation strategy. Choose separators to finish the configuration of this section;
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    4. In Import Source, specify a type of the import file: the Improved Import & Export extension lets you run the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration using XML or JSON. Next, choose its source: it can be either REST or SOAP. Configure other parameters to continue the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration. Validate the data file in the end.
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    5. Map Lemonstand attributes to Magento 2 ones using presets or a manual matching grid. Otherwise, the further import procedure will be interrupted.

Create a separate import job for each entity and run multiple import processes to migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2 via API. For further information, contact our support here: Firebear Help Center. You will get help regarding the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration via API.

How to Synchronize Magento 2 and Lemonstand

If you want to run the migration between Magento 2 and Lemonstand in several stages, the Improved Import & Export extension will be helpful as well. Our module lets you use either data files or APIs to synchronize the data flow between the two platforms.

Synchronize Magento 2 and Lemonstand via Data Files

  1. Go to the admin section of your Lemonstand website and export products, orders, customers, catalog, and other entities in XML or CSV. Create the Lemonstand output in these formats. Check the official recommendations here: How to move data from Lemonstand.
  2. In your Magento 2 admin, create a new import job under System -> Improved Import / Export -> Import Jobs.
  3. Now, you can configure General Settings, Import Settings, Import Behavior, and Import Source:
    1. In General Settings, specify a title of your new job and create a schedule of updates to enable automated data transfers;

    2. In Import Settings, select an entity you want to move from Lemonstand to Magento 2;

    3. In Import Behavior, choose import behavior, validation strategy, and separators;

    4. In Import Source, specify a type of your import file and its source. Upload and validate data to continue.

    5. Apply a mapping preset or match attributes manually to make the Lemonstand output suitable for Magento 2.

Create a separate import job for each entity to synchronize the entire data flow from Lemonstand to your Magento 2 website.

Now, we’d like to draw your attention to another side of the Magento 2 Lemonstand synchronization. The following guide illustrates how to provide your Lemonstand website with the Magento 2 data. Note that the same principle is applied when you sync data between Magento 2 and other platforms, so if you are not going to synchronize your store with Lemonstand, apply the same logic for other synchronizations.

  1. Enable data import on your Lemonstand (or another) store.
  2. Next, go to your Magento 2 website and create a new export job under System -> Improved Import / Export -> Export Jobs.
  3. Configure General Settings, Export Settings, Store Filter, Export Behavior, and Export Source:
    1. In General Settings, type a title of your new import job and configure automated updates. The created schedule will automate the Magento 2 Lemonstand synchronization;
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    2. In Export Settings, choose an entity you want to move from Magento 2 to Lemonstand;

    3. In Store Filter, select a Magento 2 store view to export data from;

    4. In Export Behavior, choose file format and separators;

    5. In Export Source, select a source to export your data file to.

    6. Now, apply mapping and filters, matching Magento 2 attributes to ones used in Lemonstand.

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  1. Return to your Lemonstand website and launch import.

Don’t forget to create a separate export job for every entity used in the Magento 2 Lemonstand synchronization. Save and launch all import and export jobs to synchronize the two systems via data files. To find more information, contact our support here: Firebear Help Center. We will help you explore all the opportunities related to the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration via data files.

Synchronize Magento 2 and Lemonstand via API

Besides, the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension provides the ability to synchronize Magento 2 and Lemonstand or other systems via API. The module lets you move all the necessary information from your old store to a new one via REST or SOAP.

  1. In your Magento 2 admin, create a new import job under System -> Improved Import / Export -> Import Jobs.
  2. Configure General Settings, Import Settings, Import Behavior, and Import Source:
    1. In General Settings, type a job title and configure a schedule of updates;

    2. In Import Settings, enable API transfers: set ‘Use API’ to ‘Yes.’ Next, choose an entity you want to import from Lemonstand to Magento 2;

    3. In Import Behavior, switch to an import behavior option and a validation strategy suitable for the migration from Lemonstand to Magento 2. Type separators that you are going to use;

    4. In Import Source, choose an import file type. As mentioned above, it can be either XML or JSON. As for an import source, nothing changes: you can rely on REST or SOAP. Configure other parameters and validate the data file.

    5. Apply mapping to match attributes used in Lemonstand to the corresponding ones suitable for Magento 2.

Create and configure a separate import job for each entity. Thus, you will enable multiple import processes synchronizing data transfers from Lemonstand to Magento 2 via API. Also, create corresponding export jobs to provide Lemonstand with the Magento 2 data.

For further information, contact our support here: Firebear Help Center. We will help you with the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration via API.

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Improved Import & Export Magento 2 Extension Features

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Now, when you are familiar with the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration, we’d like to draw your attention to the Improved Import & Export features that simplify the procedure. With our module, you can completely revamp the default import and export functionality of the platform avoiding many drawbacks of the default tools. The most important thing is that you don’t need to recreate your old e-commerce store on a new platform manually.

People face this problem when they use the default Magento 2 import tools which are limited and cannot import all entities. With our extension, all information can be transferred from Lemonstand to Magento 2 automatically, different external attributes and their values – matched to ones used internally, multiple file formats – leveraged in the migration, and all entities – imported/exported! As a result, you effortlessly migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2.

Automated Import & Export

The migration from Lemonstand to Magento 2 is usually a one-time procedure, so it doesn’t require automation. But you will enjoy the same functionality synchronizing Magento 2 with other external systems. The Improved Import & Export extension provides the ability to avoid your daily duties related to data transfers by allowing you to automate data transfers in two different ways: via schedules and event-based triggers.

Schedules

Schedules are the most intuitive and straightforward way of automation. Data transfers between Magento 2 and Lemonstand or other systems run in the background. Being based on cron, they become an integral part of your e-commerce store. Our module lets you create fully independent import and export jobs that connect your new e-commerce store to Lemonstand. The Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension offers several options, such as custom intervals, customizable predefined update schemes, profiles with no schedules (which are good for maintaining such tasks as the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration), and asynchronous data transfers (launch every scheduled profile manually whenever you want). The following gif image shows how to configure a schedule:

Events

Event-based triggers are the second huge improvement provided by the Improved Import & Export extension. Use the following algorithm to automate data transfers between Magento 2 and Lemonstand:

  1. Create a trigger;
  2. Connect it to an event;
  3. Link an action to a trigger to launch it automatically.

Thus, transferring data to Lemonstand or other external systems with the help of a trigger is also possible. The same functionality can be leveraged for import. Follow the link below for more details: How to Run Magento 2 Import or Export After Specific System Event or Process.

Advanced Mapping Features

Map Lemonstand attributes to ones used in Magento 2 to enable the migration and automate data transfers. If you don’t do that, you won’t import any data to Magento 2 since external attributes are not supported by the platform. What about the default tools?

If you use them, this procedure takes lots of time and effort since it is necessary to apply changes in a file editor repeating the same actions every time a new update is required. As for the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension, it radically simplifies the migration from Lemonstand to Magento 2 in terms of attributes and their values due to the following features:

Mapping Presets

Use our module to solve the problem of different attribute standards without headaches and enable the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration in the most intuitive way with mapping presetspredefined mapping schemes that eliminate manual attributes matching.

Our extension performs all the necessary stages automatically. It analyzes the input data file transferred from Lemonstand, discovers third-party attributes, and matches them to the ones used in Magento. You only need to select a matching scheme suitable for your migration. The process is shown below:

Matching Interface

Importing data from Lemonstand to Magento 2 can also be enabled by mapping external attributes to the corresponding internal ones. And you do everything right in the Magento admin! The Improved Import & Export module provides a unique matching interface which offers full control over matching: you map external attributes to the corresponding internal ones in a special grid enabling the data transfer. This feature lets you forever forget about doing the same things in a data file. Here is how everything works:

As for the “Default Value” column, it plays an important role in attributes matching when you transfer any data from Lemonstand. The column is designed for values, which are bound to all items of a corresponding attribute. For instance, it is possible to transfer product data from your old Lemonstand store replacing multiple old categories with a new one. Type a hardcoded value containing a new store view in the “_store” attribute, and the Improved Import & Export extension will replace the third-party catalog elements with the chosen one.

Attribute Values Mapping

The Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension offers a separate interface for attribute values mapping that provides the ability to simplify the Magento 2 Lemonstand synchronization and automate it entirely. With our plugin, external designations will no longer interrupt transfers. Сhoose an external value from Lemonstand and specify the internal one from Magento 2 as a replacement. Repeat the procedure until all third-party designations from your old store are mapped to Magento 2 ones. Note that the created schemes will be saved and applied for further updates. For details, read this article: Attribute Values Mapping.

Attribute Values Editing

If attribute values mapping is not enough, streamline attribute values editing while transferring data from Lemonstand or other systems to Magento 2  It is another feature provided by the Improved Import & Export module that makes the migration more merchant-friendly. To modify attribute values in bulk, use the following rules:

  • Add a prefix to multiple attribute values;
  • Add a suffix to multiple attribute values;
  • Split multiple attribute values;
  • Merge multiple attribute values.

Note that you can combine them and create conditions increasing the efficiency of the applied changes. Don’t miss the flexibility of our module! For further information, follow this link: How to Modify Attribute Values During Import and Export in Magento 2.

Category Mapping

Category mapping is a feature developed for product data transfers to Magento 2. Thus, it will help you migrate from Lemonstand to Magento 2. Oriented at product import processes, it lets merchants match external categories to ones used internally. As a result, you reduce the number of difficulties that may occur while products are transferred from Lemonstand to Magento 2. The Improved Import & Export module allows mapping external product categories to ones used in your catalog as follows:

To create new categories right in the import job, choose a parent category and specify a new one that will be generated automatically. Thus, the extension will link products to it during the import process. If your new Magento 2 store doesn’t include a category from your old Lemonstand website, it’s no longer a problem. You can find more information about this feature here: Category Mapping.

Attributes On The Fly

And if a Lemonstand data file lacks attributes, create them on the fly via the following general form:

Attribute|attribute_property_name:attribute_property_value|…

The feature is described here in more detail: Product attributes import.

Extended Connectivity Options

As for the extended connectivity options of our module, they are designed to improve all data transfers and simplify the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration. With Improved Import & Export, you can use multiple file formats and two alternative ways of transferring data between your e-commerce store and external systems. Also, note that our module transfers all Magento 2 entities, while the default tools support only a few of them.

Multiple File Standards

The Magento 2 Lemonstand migration on the basis of the Improved Import & Export extension can be performed leveraging XML and JSON file. At the same time, you can leverage ODS and Excel files for other integrations.

Another feature that radically simplifies data transfers between Magento 2 and other platforms is support for compressed data. Our module knows how to unpack file archives automatically while the default tools work with uncompressed CSV files only! As a result, you can eliminate multiple procedures including the necessity to unpack archives and convert data files into CSV.

Multiple File Sources

The following file sources can be leveraged to import and export data files between Magento 2 and Lemonstand:

  • FTP/SFTP. Transfer data files using a local or remote server.
  • Dropbox. Use a Dropbox account to establish a connection between the two systems. Alternatively, you can rely on Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, and Amazon Drive.
  • URL. A direct URL can be used to import a data file as well.

Alternative Ways of Import & Export

As for the alternative ways of import and export, they are not represented in Magento 2 by default. Direct API connections and intermediary services enable multiple new integrations. As for connecting Magento 2 to Lemonstand, the Improved Import & Export extension provides the ability to leverage REST or SOAP APIs. Note that our module supports the GraphQL standard as well. All API connections are fully compatible with the extension’s features letting you streamline mapping, schedules, and attributes on the fly while transferring data via API.

As for the intermediary services, you can leverage Google Sheets, Office 365 Excel, and Zoho Sheet. Although they cannot be utilized in the migration from Lemonstand to Magento 2, feel free to use them to connect to other systems. The following image shows how to use Google Sheets to move data to Magento 2:

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The video below displays our extension in action:

Final Words

The Improved Import & Export module dramatically simplifies the Magento 2 Lemonstand migration. Our plugin makes the complicated process more intuitive, user-friendly, and completely automated, as well as eliminates multiple issues and headaches caused by the default import and export tools.

With the support for all entities and multiple file formats, API connections and various file sources, schedules and mapping, you will effortlessly import any data from Lemonstand and any external systems to Magento 2 turning the migration procedure into an entirely automated process. If you are a LemonStand merchant, feel free to use our extension to migrate from your old e-commerce store to a brand new one. The shutdown of your current e-commerce solution won’t affect your business negatively since you can move to a more powerful platform with a minimum headache. For further information, follow the link below and contact our support:

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