Disabling Google Shopping
You cannot migrate to V3 if you have Google Shopping enabled for any products or categories. If you know for a fact that you’ve never enabled Google Shopping, skip to the next step in the process. If you’re not sure, I suggest checking just in case.
Go to Products > Export and export all your products using the Bulk Edit template. Scroll all the way to the right of the file and look for the column named “GPS Enabled”. If all your products show “N” in that field, spot check your categories in the control panel to make sure they don’t have Google Shopping enabled. You can do this by editing some of your categories and clicking the Google Shopping tab at the top of the page. Make sure they all have the associated checkbox unchecked.
Disabling Google Shopping on Products
If you suspect that some of your products have Google Shopping enabled, the easiest way to check and update them is via export/import.
- Go to Products > Export and select the Bulk Edit Template.
- Download and open the CSV file.
- Scroll all the way to the right of the file and look for the column named “GPS Enabled”.
- Scroll down through your product list and make sure that every row shows an “N” in this column. (If none of your products have Google Shopping enabled but you still don’t see the message to upgrade, you may have Google Shopping enabled for some categories. See the next section.)
- If you see some products with a “Y”, in the “GPS Enabled” column, change them to an “N” and then re-import the products to your store.
- Alternately, you can manually disable Google Shopping for those products by editing them in the control panel and clicking on the Other Details tab. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and uncheck the box for Google Shopping.
Disabling Google Shopping on Categories
If you don’t have a ton of categories, you can manually disable Google Shopping through the control panel. Simply click on each category’s name and then click the Google Shopping tab at the top. Uncheck the box to disable Google Shopping and save.
If you have a lot of categories, you have two options. One option is to do it manually using the process outlined in the previous paragraph.
The other option is to delete all your categories and then re-add them after you migrate. This involves a few steps.
- Take your store down for maintenance.
- If you have category descriptions and/or meta tags for your categories that you want to keep, sign up for BCTools.io and export all your category data so you can re-import it later.
- Export all your products using the Bulk Edit template and save the file for later.
- Save a new copy of the export file and replace the content of the Category column with a new category called Temporary (or something else that is not an existing category).
- Re-import your products so they are all assigned only to that new category.
- Delete all your other categories.
- Open the backup file you saved in Step #3 and re-import your products. This file will have your original category information for each product and create new versions of those categories during import. Please note you may need to re-organize your categories in the control panel if you didn’t have them in alphabetical order (which is the default).
- The Temporary category should now be empty and you can delete it.
- Re-activate your store.
If you used BCTools to download your category descriptions and meta tags, you’ll now need to re-import that information.
- Using BCTools, download a new file with all your categories and sort it by category name.
- Open your original category backup from BCTools and sort it by category name.
- Make sure the rows in the two files match up.
- Copy the descriptions and meta fields from the original file to the new file.
- Upload the new file using BCTools to import your descriptions and meta tags.