Migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 - What you should know?

I. Should I upgrade my Magento store from Magento 1 to Magento 2 platform?

1. Magento 1 will end of support soon

Magento support 1 will end of support soon so if you still stay on Magento 1 platform, it means:

  • More security risks and easier to be attacked by hackers because it is out-of-date
  • No security patches are updated to your Magento store when once the support ends
  • More security risks and easier to be attacked by hackers because it out-of-date
  • The Magento 2 website will have more competitive advantages than your Magento 1 website from new features and functionality
  • There are a small number of people in support communities or developers who are fluent in Magento 1 platform because Magento 2 is launched for a long time (since 2015)

2. Improve speed and performance

Magento 2 website will run on average 20% faster than Magento 1 website. It pre-integrates Varnish to cache page content for faster performance and optimizes code and images for fast loading. This factor will save much of your time and cost to optimize performance and speed for the website. Not only store owners manage the app but also customers always expect to shop on a fast loading website

3. Open and Flexible Architecture

The next-generation architecture offers high flexibility for your e-commerce website. A modular code base allows you to customize meet your needs easier, also greater deployment flexibility to public or private cloud environments. The improved APIs allow connection and integration with third-party solutions. The wide range of extensions in the market is also an affordable way to help you improve your store quickly.

4. Responsive Admin Panel

The new design of the Admin Panel offers a streamlined interface that is easier to manage and saves time. The new design of the Admin Panel offers a streamlined interface that is easier to manage and saves time. Now you also can set up new products with a step-by-step product creation tool and import products are 4x faster than before.

5. Streamlined checkout process

On Magento 2 you will have a smoother and more simple checkout process. This factor will support customers to complete the checkout process easier and faster. Then, minimizing cart abandonment.

For example, Magento 2 allows customers to register after placing an order instead of having to register during the checkout process. Also, they can find the order details in the steps of the checkout process.

6. Enhance Security

Magento 2 is not only strengthened their security by releasing security patches but also ensure high-security of the payment gateway which integrates with it.

7. Mobile friendly

Now, mobile commerce is one of the important trends for online stores. People tend to shop more on a smartphone because it is more convenient for every time, everywhere and at every age. While Magento 1 website does not concentrate on optimizing performance and interface on mobile devices, with Magento 2 websites you can develop a Progressive Web Application (PWA) from 2.3 version so customers can have great experiences during their shopping devices.

8. SEO friendly

The Magento website has lots of features that you can leverage to improve SEO such as:

  • Higher speed to improve ranking on Search Engines
  • An innovative mobile app such as PWA
  • Rich snippets on the catalog pages help to improve the search result

9. Attractive UI

Magento 2 website will support new design trends and the new style which is preferred. Therefore, it will be easier to achieve a better user interface to enhance the shopping experience.

With all the basic information above, you can know this process is not normally like your upgrade versions from 1x to 1x or 2x to 2x version so if you don’t know exactly how to migrate your store, you should find help to complete this job for you. So, you can avoid any data loss or conflict issues on the new Magento platform. There are two best ways you can do it:

  • Hire Magento developer or using Magento 2 migration services: Save time and effort. Price is higher but you will in the good hand. They will do all for you
  • Use Magento Migration tool: Using a tool maybe is an ideal choice for those who are limited by a small budget but you must control the upgrading process by yourself. Sometimes, you might face some hassles to run the tool or test the results even lose your database. Actually, now the migration official tool from Magento or other vendors only can help you with the Database transferring part. Therefore some people often call them like Magento 2 migration tool (or Magento 2 migration extension). Other important parts such as Theme migration or Extension and Custom code migration still need to build from scratch.

Aside from that, please note that the official tool from Magento will ensure you will follow your Magento guideline and system structures (link) but you need to know about coding (such as use Magento 2 migration commands,…). The migration tools from other vendors are not better in this aspect but it will be very easier to use even you don’t know anything about coding.

II. Things to consider before migrate your Magento store

1. Downtime

The migration process should perform in a staging environment (think simply this is a copy of the site). Therefore, you can upgrade and develop your site on it before “Go live” the new site. Ensure there is no impact on your sale or if yes, it is an inconsiderable impact.

2. Time and plan

You need to clear about the timeline and plan of migration. How many parts and how much time does each part take?

3. Your future site

Data: All database should be transferred to the new Magento 2 website such as all of your products, customers, and order data, store configurations, promotions and more to Magento 2

Extensions and custom code:

  • What extensions have you installed?
  • Have you identified if you need all these extensions on your new site?
  • Have you determined if Magento 2 versions of your extensions exist?
  • What database assets from your extensions do you want to migrate?

Design: You should consider to change to a new design or not. You need to review if the old design is still good for a shopping experience at this moment.

New features: Do you need to add new features to the Magento 2 website to drive more sales and improve the shopping experience?

Cost: If your budget is limited. This is one of the most important things. How much does a migration project cost? It’s pretty hard to tell you the specific number. It will depend on the number of works and its level of customization… However, it can cost about $1000-$5000 for a small website and for larger sites can up to $50,000. Get a free quote here.

4. Reliable partner

A reliable partner is very important to perform your Magento store migration successfully. For example, they can give you a good-match proposal about the process, advice about each option you decide on... thoroughly and carefully.

III. Magento 2 migration services with Magepow

1. Migration plan

The basic migration plan will be something like this

1.1. Review

Review extensions, database, and design. Such as deciding which extensions you need to develop on the new site, remove redundant database to simplify the migration process, consider changing to the new design or not.

1.2. Build and Prepare the Magento 2 store

The Migration process needs to be performed in a staging environment to avoid any impact to your Magento 1 site. Once you finish with the Magento 2 migration process, the downtime is time to publish the Magento 2 to the current live site so why they tend to talk about the Migration process with almost zero downtime.

1.3. Dry run

Before you start migrating to the production environment, follow the best practice of going through all the migration steps in the testing environment. So in this phase, copy your Magento 1 store to a staging server then Fully migrate the replicated Magento 1 store to Magento

1.4. Data migration

Start Migration with the Magento Data migration tool. Note: Stop all the activities in the Magento 1 Admin Panel, except for order management until your Magento 2 store goes live. The Data migration tool will migrate customers, catalogs. Also note that some information such as custom data, admin rights, media files, certain other custom technical aspects will not carry over seamlessly on the tool.

1.5. Extensions

Install the new extensions on Magento 2 website if needed

1.6. Theme transferring

Build the Magento 2 theme like Magento 1 theme and make changes if needed. In the case of using the new design, make a new theme or install a new available theme

1.7. Make changes

Make changes to the migrated data such as configure and setting as needed

1.8. Update incremental data

As you know in the migration process, there is an amount of incremental data that are added in the Magento 1 store and have not migrated to Magento 2 such as new orders, reviews and changes in customer profiles. So need to update at the moment ready to go live the new site

1.9. Test and fixing

Test all phases of the migration process include database, theme, extensions and custom code

1.10. Go live

Now it is up-to-date with Magento 1 and is functioning normally. At this time you can cut over to the new site.

Why partner with Magepow

With more than 6 years of experience working on the Magento 1 & 2 platform (both CE and EE), we have migrated successfully for hundreds of Magento stores and help merchants leverage the new features enhancements of Magento 2 and the most important thing is to drive the greater sales. You also can do it with us now!

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