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The Storeowner's Guide to Migrating Your Shopify Products to Gooten

Maddy Peck, Director of Partner Success, 03/21/2018,

Many of our partners transition their current Shopify product offerings over to Gooten. By following our simple and straightforward guides, you can transfer or launch thousands of products at once, and have your store migrated to us in no time. Additionally, if you are currently on the Shopify platform and want to add thousands of Shopify products in bulk, we have an automated process for that too.

As part of our partner success services, we currently have three offerings related to Shopify store migration and Shopify product launches. To figure out which service is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I trying to move over products that already exist in Shopify and connect them to Gooten for printing and fulfillment?

  2. Am I trying to create new products in Shopify in bulk?

  3. What is my budget?

Shopify Migration Guide

Do you have fewer than 25 products in your Shopify store? If so, you’ll want to use the “Link” feature within the Gooten Hub. This is an easy way to link a few products to us at a time.

Learn more about the Gooten Hub

You’ll also be able to reposition and resize your images within our Hub editor for each of your products.

If you have more than 25 products already in your Shopify store, we recommend using our bulk connection process, which requires you to do a little preparation work but allows you to connect all of your products at once. Our bulk connection process works like this:

We upload a CSV into our back-end system (on your behalf) that connects your current Shopify products to Gooten products variant by variant. To set up this CSV, follow the below steps. This process is entirely self-service and free for you to do.

Step 1: Product Mapping (Current to new Gooten offering)

Map all of your current products to the models Gooten offers. For example, if you’re currently selling unisex crewneck t-shirts, you’ll need to decide which model you want to use when you start fulfilling through Gooten.

Start by filling out our product mapping template.

PRO TIP: Can’t find a product or unsure about which of our products will match what you’re currently offering? Check out our product catalog for ideas or contact our Partner Success team - we are happy to help!

Step 2: Gather Needed Data

First, download all your product data from Shopify. Click the “Export” button to download your Shopify product data:

export products easy

The most important fields are called:

  1. “Handle” (this is your product name)
  2. “Variant SKU” (this is your Shopify SKU)
  3. “Variant Price” (this is how much you’re charging for your products)

You will also need the column called:

  • “Type”
  • All columns that have product option information in them
Make sure your design files are set up properly

IMPORTANT: All of your images will need to be sized to the print area for the products you’re connecting.

Remember, we accept JPEG or PNG files in RGB format with 300 DPI. You should use Photoshop or a similar tool for exporting design files; we recommend avoiding Illustrator due the difficulty of exporting exact print ready files. Each of our products has specific print area requirements, which can be found here.

For example, the print area for a Tultex 202 t-shirt is 4500 x 5700 px but the print area for a Premium iPhone 8 Glossy Tough case is 1152 x 1853 px. If you want to print the same design on a t-shirt and a phone case, you’ll need two different design files because the print area of the products is different: one sized to 4500 x 5700 and the other sized to 1152 x 1853. Check out our tutorial video for how to size designs in Photoshop for Gooten products.

We always recommend that you TEST your images in the Gooten Hub by creating a product and uploading your image to see how it looks. Create a file in Photoshop and upload it onto a product to check the positioning. Check out our product tutorial video if you don’t know how to create a product.

Step 3: Image File Labeling & Organization

PRO TIP: Stick to a common naming convention for all of your design files. We suggest saving your files with this format: ProductName_image size_style.png.

Examples:

  • Gooten_4500x5700_menshirt.png
  • GootenVibesOnly_1152x1853_iPhone8ToughCase
This naming isn’t required, but it’s helpful to organize!

We also recommend saving all of your properly sized images in separate folders labeled to correspond with however you organize your store. For example, if you group all t-shirts together, save your t-shirt designs in a Dropbox folder called “T-Shirts.” If you group products by artwork, save all of your “Neon” designs together. This organization seems simple, but it will save you time and energy down the road.

Step 4: Create a CSV for Upload

Once you know what products you want to add and you’ve saved your images to spec, it’s time to create a CSV for upload. Send your product mapping file and a download of all your Shopify products (same as above) to our onboarding specialist and we’ll help you create a CSV template.

Our Onboarding Specialist will return a CSV with all of the Gooten SKU data you will need for the products you want to offer. All you have to do is add the direct image links (saved in Dropbox or another file storage tool like S3) and you’ll be ready to connect all of your Shopify products to Gooten.

Make sure you follow the below instructions for formatting image links.

How to adjust the images in order to get the correct image link format:

  • Navigate to the file in your dropbox
  • Right-click and click “copy the dropbox link”
  • Paste the link
  • Edit the URL to create a direct download link

Replace the String “www.dropbox.com” with “dl.dropboxusercontent.com” and delete everything after .JPG and you’ll have a direct download link.

Create direct links for all of the images within a CSV file by changing ?dl=0 at the end of the image link to ?raw=1

Then Click CTRL + F to find specific word/words or part of text in the file, and choose the second tab in the menu you will be shown – REPLACE – and follow the steps below:

  • Find What -> ?dl=0
  • Replace with -> ?raw=1

Step 6: Send the Completed CSV

Once you’ve added all of your image links, please send your completed CSV to the Onboarding Specialist – we’ll get it uploaded for you and all of your products will be connected!

Automated Shopify Product Creation

Are you trying to create hundreds, maybe thousands, of products in Shopify at one time? Doing this manually can be time-consuming and labor intensive. Use our automated product creation process instead to add thousands of products to your Shopify store in only a matter of hours.

Step 1: Product Selection

Choose the products you want to offer through Gooten. Check out our product catalog for ideas and best-sellers or contact our Partner Success team to set up a consult. The Gooten Blog is also a great resource if you need some inspiration.

Step 2: File Preparation

Prepare your design files so they meet the print specs for the products you want to add to your Shopify store. Remember, we accept JPEG or PNG files in RGB format with 300 DPI. You should use Photoshop or a similar tool for exporting design files; we recommend avoiding Illustrator.

Each of our products has specific print area requirements, which can be found here and your images will all need to be sized to the print area for the products you want to create.

For example, the print area for a Tultex 202 t-shirt is 4500 x 5700 px but the print area for a Premium iPhone 8 Glossy Tough case is 1152 x 1853 px. If you want to print the same design on a t-shirt and a phone case, you’ll need two different design files: one sized to 4500 x 5700 and the other sized to 1152 x 1853. Check out our tutorial video for how to size designs in Photoshop for Gooten products.

We always recommend that you TEST your design files in the Gooten Hub. Create a file in Photoshop and upload it onto a product to check the positioning. You don’t want to be surprised later.

Step 3: Image File Labeling & Organization

PRO TIP: Stick to a common naming convention for all of your design files. We suggest saving your files with this format: ProductName_image size_style.png.

Examples:

  • Gooten_4500x5700_menshirt.png
  • GootenVibesOnly_1152x1853_iPhone8ToughCase
This naming isn’t required, but it’s helpful to organize!

We also recommend saving all of your properly sized images in separate Dropbox folders labeled to correspond with however you organize your store. For example, if you group all t-shirts together, save your t-shirt designs in a Dropbox folder called “T-Shirts.” If you group products by artwork, save all of your “Neon” designs together. This organization seems simple, but it will save you time and energy down the road.

Step 4: Fill out a CSV

Download our product launch CSV template and fill out your product data. The column descriptions are below. Contact our Partner Success team for help in populating the Gooten SKU information (if you need it).

CSV Column Descriptions:
  • Vendor = Data that populates the Shopify vendor field (can be left blank).
  • Product Name = Name of the product to be populated in Shopify.
  • Product Category = Category of product to be displayed in Shopify.
  • Product Option 1 = The first variant option that will get displayed in Shopify. What you enter here is exactly what will appear in Shopify.
  • Product Option 2 = The second variant option that will get displayed in Shopify. What you enter here is exactly what will appear in Shopify.
  • Gooten SKU = The Gooten SKU for the variant you want to publish.
  • Retail Price = How much you want to charge for the product.
  • Design File = A direct link to the correctly formatted print file to be printed on your product. This is NOT the link to the mockup. This is a link to a JPEG or PNG file that will get sent to the manufacturer to be used in printing.
  • Mockup = Either “Use Gooten” for our mockup or include a direct link to your own.
  • Collection = Populates the collection field in Shopify (can be left blank).
  • Tag(s) = Must be separated by commas with no spaces. Populates the tags in Shopify (can be left blank)
  • Description = Product description for Shopify (can be left blank).

We support any publicly available image. If you’re hosting your images on Dropbox, you’ll need to adjust the image link in order to get the correct format.

  • Navigate to the file in your dropbox
  • Right-click and click “copy the dropbox link”
  • Paste the link
  • Edit the URL to create a direct download link
  • Direct Download Link: Replace the String “www.dropbox.com” with “dl.dropboxusercontent.com” and delete everything after .JPG and you’ll have a direct download link.
  • Direct Download Link for CSV File: Create direct links for all of the images within a CSV file by changing ?dl=0 at the end of the image link to ?raw=1. Then Click CTRL + F to find specific word/words or part of text in the file, and choose the second tab in the menu you will be shown – REPLACE – and follow these 2 steps:
    • Find What -> ?dl=0
    • Replace with -> ?raw=1

Step 5: Send the Completed CSV

Once you’ve added all of your data, send it to the Gooten Partner Success team – we’ll get it uploaded for you and your products will be created within a week or two, depending on the number of products!

Need Help?

Do the above guides sound like way too much work? Would you rather the Gooten team handle the migration or product launch data set-up for you?

We offer two types of paid services. In the first type, you fill out the majority of your Shopify product information but we’ll review it for you and add missing data if needed. The second type of service we offer is a full migration service, where you provide us with the SKUs you want to offer, pricing, image folders, etc. We’ll do all of the heavy lifting for you and consult with you throughout the entire launch or migration process.

Contact us to get a custom quote from our Onboarding team and connect with a Partner Success representative.

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