Depending on the extent of damage, you may lose access to your Shopify theme code and customer data as well as your product images.
You could even be barred from the store entirely.
Backups ensure that even the worst case scenario is not disastrous.
There are many ways to back up a Shopify store.
Some are paid, others free, some difficult, and some more complex.
Too many online guides are too confusing, or the products they recommend are too expensive.
In this step-by-step guide I’ve broken down the various backup options for Shopify stores, both premium and free.
You can rest assured that your store information will always be available, no matter what.
(Or the button that you accidentally press ).
Let’s get started.
CSV Files from Your Shopify Store
You can backup your store by manually creating CSV files with essential data. Shopify does not allow you to back up the entire store. You can only backup a portion. This is the data you can export with CSV files.
- Coupon codes
- Gift certificates
- Financial data
These are the steps required to create backup CSV data.
- Log into your Shopify dashboard.
- Navigate to the page where you wish to download the data. Go to Products > All Products for information about products. Go to Customers for customer lists.
- Click Export
- You can choose the data you wish to export, whether it is all data or selected data.
- Choose CSV to Excel, Numbers and other spreadsheet software
- Click the Export button.
CSV files can only be used to store and export information.
- It is impossible to reverse the import of data into a CSV file once it has been created.
- Some information, such as product variants URLs or image URLs, may be changed by sorting the CSV in a spreadsheet.
- Importing a CSV file with unsorted data could result in the data being overwritten by bad data
Copy and Paste Store Data
Shopify doesn’t have the ability to export all your data in CSV files. You can’t export images of products, blog content or custom product categories.
Copy and paste all images, content and categories from Shopify into separate Word or Excel files.
Backup files can be saved and organized
You can organize the backup CSV files for your store and any other backup files that you have manually copied. These files will need to be accessible easily so that you can understand what information is needed to retrieve a backup for your store.
You must do this every time you make a change to your store. You may wish to set up a schedule, such as backing up your store each month or every week and then itemizing it according to a time period. You can easily rewind your store by keeping a timestamp.
Make sure you secure your backups to prevent hackers and malicious employees from accessing them. To protect your data against unauthorized access, use strong passwords or an encryption code.
In case of a manual backup being lost or stolen, you may keep several copies. It’s not a good idea to have all of your credit cards, ID cards, cash and cash in one place that you could lose.
Import Data Into Your Online Store
You have to import data from your old store because the unthinkable happened. Make sure the new Shopify store you open has the same subscription plan as the original Shopify store and the same theme.
- Log in to Shopify’s dashboard.
- Navigate to the page that corresponds with your CSV file. To import your items, you can go to Products > All Products.
- Reinstall any apps you have previously installed.
- Configure Shopify settings manually, including checkout, shipping, taxes, payments, and taxes.
- Copy and paste content from backup files.
- Rebuild the navigation of your online store from your old store.
If you have any questions, Shopify support can be reached at any time.
An app can be used to automatically create backups. These apps can create backups of your store.
The Backups app lets you restore your website in case of attack or undo any changes.
You can be assured of its effectiveness by using trusted brands like GymShark and MVMT Watches. You can add the app to Shopify and start your free seven-day trial. You can save important information each day to CSV files with the app.
The Key Features
- Daily backups of key website components, including customer orders, should be done.
- Within minutes, you can rewind and retrieve any information that was lost during a particular time period.
- All data items are encrypted and stored securely.
- Their support team is available via chat, email, or phone.
Automatic Backups can be used as a “set-and-forget” app. When Shopify stores are modified, it automatically backs up. You can even see the entire history of your online store and go back to any version that you like.
The Key Features
- Recover and rewind a particular category starting at a certain date
- Compare the items in your current version with previous versions of your online shop. You can rewind and go back to the previous version by clicking.
- You can reach their support team by calling a live number and get assistance
- Backup information from older apps
- You can choose which items you want to restore and which ones to keep as is.
ExIm – Export / Import Data
ExIm is an free app that allows you to export data from your store. This is not a backup app, but it’s close enough to the other two on this list. It can backup only blogs, pages, themes, and the entire store.
You can also automatically create backups. This is a great feature for a free application. If you wish to keep your costs down, this is an option.
- With a click, you can export or import pages, themes settings, or blogs.
- Clone pages and blogs for an existing store
How to Backup Shopify’s Theme
Shopify allows you to backup your store data. If you need to transfer your settings to another store, or to duplicate your theme to restore your backups whenever something goes wrong in your store’s original store, you can download your theme.
Here are the steps to download your Shopify theme.
- Log in to your Shopify dashboard.
- Visit the Online Store > Themes
- Select actions > Download the theme file
These steps will help you create a backup copy for your Shopify theme.
- Go to your Shopify admin Page.
- Click on Online Store, then click on Themes.
- Choose the theme you wish to copy.
- Select Duplicate from the drop-down menu and click on Actions.
Schedule Automatic Shopify Store Backup
Matrixify App allows you to backup Shopify stores daily, weekly or monthly. We will now show you how to set it up.
These steps are short
- Choose the data you wish to back up.
- You can specify how often, when, and in what format you want backups to be made.
- Backup your store.
To export all fields, select checkboxes.
Matrixify App allows you to select checkboxes that will allow you to export certain information from your store. This will allow us to select all information so that our Shopify backup file includes all of the store’s information. However, you can also schedule backups only for a few items.
You can export everything from your store by selecting all checkboxes or sub-checkboxes, except for the following.
- You should not inspect Collections in Products. This is an export-only field and will not be importable in the event of restoring. So you don’t need to include them in your backup.
- Avoid checking Metafields. If you don’t use metafields, or don’t understand them, then you probably don’t need them for your export. Metafields can slow down export time.
- Do not check Generator New Activision URLs Customers. This will cause your customer accounts to be reset and customers will need their accounts activated.
- Copy the checkboxes in the image below if you are unsure.
Configure backup data export options
- Select the section and choose the exported file format.
You can skip this step if you only need to create a backup file for a one-time use, such as before making any important changes.
Click on “Options” to set up scheduled export if you wish to regularly backup your data.
- Select the repeat every checkbox and choose how often you want this export to be run. Exporting every day may be too much, so it is best to export every week.
- Use the custom name to locate the backup file faster. Dynamic placeholders will be used to identify the date that it was exported. One example name would be – Excelify-Backup-%d-%m-%y. Example of the exported file would be – Matrixify.Backup-20-12-18. This field can be left empty or optional.
- Check the box’Zip CSV Files‘
You can now click Export.
Now, once a week or as often as you specify in the previous step, there will be an export running that backs up your entire store.
Click on “All Jobs” to view all of your scheduled exports. A blue bubble will appear with the text “Scheduled” and a calendar icon showing the next Export date/time. You can click on the file name to download any exported file, including Shopify backup files.
How do I restore my Shopify store?
You now know the AdNabu backup application. Let’s show you how to restore your Shopify store in case you lose or need to make changes to your data.
Here’s how AdNabu Backup App allows you to restore both your shop and its contents:
Step 1: Click on the AdNabu backup application. Next, navigate to the homepage to find the AdNabu vault.
Step 2: After you have reached the vault which stores all your data, the next page will show two options:
- One by one: The individual option
- Stock: The bulk option
Step 3: The type of restoration you desire will determine which option you choose. If you are looking to restore a single item, the “one-by-one” option is best. To restore Shopify’s entire store back to its original state, click on the “Store” option.
Step 4: You’ll be taken to a new page, where you will find different elements for recovery in your store. Once you click the button, you will see multiple aspects such as Customers, Products and Metadata.
Step 5: Next, you will need to choose the date, the data set required, and the time you wish to restore your shop. After you have selected the data sets that you wish to restore, click the “Rewind Store” option.
Your Shopify store data could be lost, which can have a huge impact on your business. You may lose customers’ orders and therefore not be able to fulfill them. This could lead to sales losses. It is common to also spend resources and time trying to recover your store.
To ensure that you have all the files you need, it is a good idea to back up your Shopify store. It will take much less time to get a new Shopify store online once you have backup files.