Changing From One eCommerce System To Another

Hey u/ecommerce. I'm looking for some advice on a website move. Currently, I run an online store with a custom eCommerce system that the agency (who designed the website) own. It's got 2,500 to 3,000 products (including variable products) and receives approximately 600-1,000 visits per day.

I'm looking to move over to a new eCommerce system where I have more control and can manage the functionality myself. I'm looking to better track conversions, and also integrate eBay and Amazon as I also sell on there (which would cost me an arm and a leg if I go through the same agency to custom develop). My preliminary choices are between Magento, Woocommerce, Shopify and Bigcommerce.

I have experience with Woocommerce and Shopify (I'm proficient in web design and coding myself)); would such a large product inventory run effectively on Woocommerce? Or would I be best going down the Magento, Shopify or Bigcommerce route?

In terms of the migration, the only thing I'll have available is a .csv of all the products (which I'll be able to move over). When it comes to the pages, I'll need to create many from scratch. I'll also need to make sure URL's and category structures are the same as the original website so it helps to prevent loss of organic search.

I plan to make a test website where I'll do all the work and testing (so that the existing website can still run with no downtime with no pressure). I've got some ideas of how to do this in my head, but you'll probably need to correct me where I'm going wrong. When it comes to the URL, say the original shop is, and my test website is I will develop everything on so that:

When the new website is fully developed, tested and I'm happy with it, how will I move the URL over so that: becomes becomes

Thanks in advance for any help and advice.

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