The Advantages of Upgrading
Magento 2 is designed to improve business agility, enhance productivity, and offer enterprise-grade performance benefits across the board, boasting up to 50% faster page load times while browsing through product catalogs and checkout pages. This helps merchants improve the conversion rate and avoid cart abandonment.
Today’s eCommerce landscape demands an excellent customer experience that’s customized to each shopper’s individual preferences. Magento 2 helps you create memorable, effective customer experiences that can boost sales.
An even bigger bonus, Magento is built around a new and improved cache system, which means more efficiency and faster page loads. Faster page speed = better rankings on Google. Oh, and did we mention it’s mobile friendly?
Why Upgrade to Magento 2?
We know the safety of your website is a big deal, which is why it’s more important than ever to migrate. Security patches and official technical support for Magento 1 won’t be available beyond June 2020.
What does this mean to Magento 1 users? Well, after June 2020, Magento 1 will no longer be an officially supported product, and won’t be updated for any new issues discovered within its codebase.
Since Magento is open source – meaning that everyone has access to the source code that powers it – there is a chance that existing Magento Community members will watch for and react to any newly discovered issues after the official June 2020 end-of-life date.
However, this is not guaranteed, and it’s also not guaranteed that hackers who uncover issues on an unsupported product will share their findings with the community, instead opting to keep these exploits secret in order to take advantage of a now nicely exposed and valuable target.
Additionally, Magento 1 is currently tested and qualified to work with specific versions of server, database and scripting operating environments – the foundation on which Magento runs. This foundation is constantly updated by the various communities and vendors behind it, and in the name of safety and security should always be kept up to date. There is a high likelihood that changes at the OS and server level will eventually break functionality in Magento 1, as patches will not be issued by Magento to react to these updates. This means that existing Magento 1 properties will either need to opt out of server updates (exceedingly dangerous!) or will be potentially left scrambling each time a new OS update occurs.
Pre-Magento Migration Checklist
Here’s what you need to know before you get started:
- Consider an upgrade. When was the last time you made site improvements? If you’re ready to migrate, Magento recommends this as the right time to make sure your site is up to date. Not sure which site upgrades are needed? We’d be happy to help!
- Analyze the extensions and code. Nearly every store has one or more custom extensions. If you rely on specific third-party extensions in order to provide additional Magento 1 functionality, you’ll need to see if these modules are available for Magento 2. If not, you’ll need to seek out an alternative that can be custom developed (we can assist!).
- Form a data migration plan. Every store has a different setup, so you need to figure out how to easily migrate the data. The data needs to be migrated from the existing live site and then staged appropriately.
- Don’t forget the theme and customizations. You need to see how the product and catalog pages migrate to Magento 2. For example, the checkout process for a product purchase differs wildly between the two versions. Changes need to be conveyed to the client to make sure everyone is on the same page.
- Remember: It’s not just a simple upgrade. Magento 1 and 2 don’t have the same coding or foundation, so the website essentially needs to be rebuilt when migrating. It’s as if you were changing from Windows to a Mac. The general look and feel and purchase flow of Magento 1 and 2 is virtually the same, but the entire foundation of these products is different.
- Conduct a dry run. It’s important to take your future Magento 2 website for a test drive before you fully migrate. According to Magento, this includes copying your Magento 1 website to a staging server, migrating the cloned Magento 1 store to Magento 2, and testing the store once it’s all completed.
Step-by-Step Magento Migration Process
The time it takes to migrate depends on a lot of factors, including the complexity and customization of your store. Here’s what to expect during your Magento migration:
- Migrate data from Magento 1 to Magento 2 locally. You will also need to migrate four kinds of data manually, according to Magento: media, storefront design, admin user accounts, and access control lists.
- Build the catalog to ensure you don’t lose important data. You don’t want to lose any previous users and product histories. You want to ensure continuity.
- Decide how you will reconcile existing data. Will you be “starting over?” Will you need to provide order history to existing customers? This is where you will determine how this new site will fit into your existing properties.
- Migrate all the extensions — including third-party and custom extensions. If you don’t have these, we can help!
- Complete the theme process. With the new enhancements and design features, there is also the option to change your theme and customizations.
- Be Sure the Quality Assurance (QA) process is followed. Last but not least: Make sure you follow your standard QA process to ensure that everything is in line with your high-quality business practices and standards.
Congratulations on Migrating to Magento 2! Even though the process is complete, you still need to ensure that everything is in working order. Here’s what you can do:
- Check your data. Make sure the information is intact and has migrated properly.
- Save the customer passwords. The password encryption method in Magento 2 is different than Magento 1, so it’s important to ensure that customer passwords are working after migration.
- Review the product URLs. From a search engine optimization (SEO) point of view, it’s important to make sure the URLs from your newly migrated Magento 2 website are the same as Magento 1.
- Stop using Magento 1. Straight from the Magento source: Place Magento 1 in maintenance mode and cease administrative activities.
- Finish with the general QA process. Check, double-check, and triple-check that you’re good to go!
Why Choose Store Team For Magento 1 to 2 Migration?
We take your business to the next level with our Magento 2 Migration Service!
Store Team is a Magento development and ecommerce solution provider offering state of the art electronic storefront management services by building and enhancing Magento powered websites for brands, manufacturers, and distributors worldwide. Our team of professionals work to build, support & improve Magento websites with over 8 years in the market. We have worked on and successfully completed more than 100 projects for our clients in the US and across Europe. We deliver modern eCommerce solutions that actually deliver value and results for our clients. At the core of our company are the developers of Magento, the #1 eCommerce platform in the world.
Their unique expertise have guaranteed the success of each of our partners.
The Need For Pros
Migrating from M1 to M2 may seem quite challenging at first, but with the proper planning and consulting a Magento expert, smooth migration can be achieved. As for how much duration is required in completing the switch from Magento 1 to Magento 2, the overall time depends upon how you have constructed your website and the level of customizations that are in place.learn more