Historically, humans and animals have migrated around the world to seek out new beginnings and to see what lies beyond the horizon.
The new horizon for Magento became clear in 2015 when Magento 2 was released. We have seen beyond the horizon and we’ve helped merchants traverse the path to this new, more powerful platform.
Now, as we approach 2020, merchants who are still on Magento 1 are cutting it close to the end-of-support, slated for the end of June 2020. But there’s still plenty of time to migrate.
Let’s jump-start your Magento 2 migration!
Magento 2 delivers a modern, scalable ecommerce solution for businesses of all sizes, and it offers unmatched flexibility and customizations. Compared to Magento 1, Magento 2 can process more orders per hour on the same hardware with faster server response times, which provides customers with a stress-free experience.
By staying with Magento 1, you not only risk customer data, but you also lose your competitive edge because new features and innovations will only come out for Magento 2.
According to a ServiceNow study, 57% of cyberattack victims reported that their breaches could’ve been prevented by installing an available patch. And 34% of those respondents were aware of the vulnerability before they were hacked.
When June 2020 comes around, there will no longer be any official security patches for Magento 1. If you had mixed feelings before, it’s time to embrace change and execute Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration, because otherwise, you’ll be a sitting duck for hackers.
Elogic is the right partner for smooth and safe migration. We are a certified Magento development agency that creates ecommerce solutions covering all the business requirements.
The latest Magento version comes supercharged with user-friendly, versatile features. Now that Adobe and Magento are working together, we’ll see closer integrations with marketing and sales platforms.
Magento 2 is a brand-new platform, which means you will have to invest a fair amount of money to get the most out of it. The cost to upgrade to magento 2 depends on several aspects.
The cost of redesigning your store on Magento 2 can vary depending on the complexity of the design. For example:
After June 2020, Magento will delete all M1 extensions from the marketplace. Thankfully, most extensions are available for M2 so you won’t have to waste time searching for new options. This makes the process considerably easier.
This is a list of extensions we installed for a client so you can get an idea of what you may end up paying.
|One Step Checkout||$299|
|Abandoned Cart Email||$149|
|SMTP Email Settings||$259|
|Admin Actions Log||$249|
|Follow up email||$299|
|Automatic Customer Group Switcher||$259|
|Magento 2 Google Analytics||$99|
|Out of Stock Notification||$229|
|Magento 2 Mega Menu||$179|
Many clients prefer to fully customize their merchant experience with optimized solutions for their needs. You can take a look at our Magento migration case study. We helped to upgrade Magento 2.0 to Magento 2.3 to improve the website performance of Bauwerk Colour, a global paint brand.
Our team has worked on projects to customize out-of-the-box tools, open-source extensions, and we’ve even developed an extension for gift cards.
Do you have custom coding for modules or extensions on your existing Magento 1 store? If you want it to work the same way in Magento 2, it has to be refactored or rewritten.
This isn’t a money grab for developers — a lot has changed since Magento 1.x. Magento 2 supports PHP 7.x, new caching technologies, and a host of other things. You’ll save more in the long run by optimizing the performance.
A lot longer than you think.
It’s difficult to say exactly how long it will take to migrate magento 1 to magento 2 without evaluating and planning. This is why the timing is so vital. If you start planning too late, you’ll be caught between a rock and a hard place. So start planning ASAP.
Here’s the breakdown of each stage of Magento upgrade:
|Creating a migration plan||3 weeks|
|Preparing a testing environment||1-2 days|
|Installing extensions and custom development||3 weeks|
|Data migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2||1-2 days|
|Launching plan and additional database synchronization||1-2 days|
|Magento 2 store launch on a live server||1 week|
|Total migration time||Approximately 2-3 months|
Please keep in mind that this is a rough estimate. If you run a small business, Magento migration can be way faster, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, large businesses may require twice as much time to migrate.
Our aim is zero downtime, but there will be some downtime (a matter of minutes). The process is fairly straightforward and developers that have experience shouldn’t have any issues with the process.
Just to be on the safe side, you can prepare and send out an email to your customers to inform them of the day and time your site will be unavailable. Imagine their surprise when they see a beautiful, brand-new store.
Yes, you can migrate almost everything. With the help of the automated Magento Data Migration Tool, you can migrate orders from Magento 1 to Magento 2 as well as products, customers, settings, store configurations, and promotions.
The only option to get the rest zoomed over is to do it manually. Manual migration is required for:
We sometimes get this question, and the TL:DR is — given the fact that you’re not a Magento developer, you’ll need to find a reputable Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration service provider.
The Magento 2 Data Migration Tool is meant to help you efficiently and securely transfer data such as product, customer and order data, store configurations, and promotions. It is one of the key components of the migration process and is intended to ensure minimal downtime so you can get up and running quickly.
However, the databases that need to be transferred may not be structured properly. For example, if you have customized data fields, the databases have to be adjusted and in some cases, rebuilt, to guarantee the transfer goes smoothly. There are also other parts to the Magento migration process, like migrating themes, extensions, and custom code.
Plus, there are lots of things that can go wrong. That’s where Magento experts can be invaluable — they can go through your site, perform an audit, and determine the scope of work needed to get everything working properly. The Magento data migration tool is powerful, but only in the hands of certified Magento developers.
Magento 2 migration includes four components: data, extensions and custom code, themes, and customizations.
Before any code is written, the stakeholders, internal team, and external team have to sit down and map out the process so everyone is on the same page. The more details you write down, the more time you’ll save on development and post-deployment.
With our clients, we split up planning into three stages:
It is highly recommended to perform each step of migration and develop all related projects in a separate environment (on an allocated server) so that your current store can continue operating without downtime.
At this point, we prepare a test development environment and install the default Magento 2 platform (Open Source or Commerce), and configure the version control system (Git/SVN) to make sure everything is ready to run the project. It’s important to involve a good DevOps engineer at this step.
This is where we take our migration plan with the mapped extensions and install the corresponding Magento 2 extensions (if applicable). This is also where we develop custom extensions or additional features for Magento 2.
A very important step in the process because it’s the bulk of the information that you need to transfer. As we mentioned before, Magento includes an automated tool for transferring only the data existing in Magento by default: (everything except files, layouts, media, custom code, and control access configurations).
The themes for the Magento 1.x and Magento 2.x platforms are incompatible. It is possible to copy your current theme for Magento 1.x to Magento 2, but this will require some elbow grease, and we highly recommend updating the design because so many more features are available in Magento 2.
If time is a concern, we also suggest using a default theme available in the Marketplace.
After finalizing and testing the design, we set up the hosting server according to the new system requirements for Magento 2. Once we optimize the server for Magento, we can perform a final database synchronization so no orders or customers get left behind in migration.
Once you’ve tested the final version and ensured everything works, the store is ready to launch.
This is the last step of migration — launch day.
If everything was done correctly and according to the plan, your engineering team will perform a smooth transition to the new store so you can start selling and shipping products right away.
The full workflow breakdown of how to upgrade magento 2 version:
Planning and auditing go a long way in mitigating any risks.
The available tools allow you to migrate customers from Magento 1 to Magento 2, including accounts, passwords, orders, etc, in an encrypted format. That’s why data security should be one of the last things on your mind.
Here’s a brief look:
Both Magento Open Source 2 and Commerce 2 have significant improvements over Magneto 1. But since you’re migrating, why not migrate to Magento Commerce? Is Magento Commerce that much better?
Earlier this year, Adobe commissioned Stax, a global strategy consultancy, to evaluate how merchants benefited by migrating from Magento Commerce 1 and other competitive solutions to Magento Commerce 2.
We’ll let the numbers do the talking.
Also, when you upgrade to Magento Commerce 2, you can reduce the number of extensions you need because there are more essential features built in.
But again, your choice will depend on your needs. To get a better understanding, take a look at the table below. You can also consider the cloud-hosted version of Magento — Magento Commerce Cloud.
|Feature||Magento Commerce||Magento |
|Administrator Permission Roles on Website and Store Levels||Yes||No|
|Add to Cart by SKU||Yes||No|
|Automated Email Marketing Reminders about abandoned carts and wish lists||Yes||No|
|Built-in B2B Commerce functionality||Yes||No|
|Backup and Rollback||Yes||No|
|Cloud deployment process Improvements||Yes||No|
|Customer Attribute Management||Yes||No|
|Customer Segmentation, Targeted Promotions, & Merchandising||Yes||No|
|Dynamic Rule-Based Product Relations||Yes||No|
|Full Page Caching||Yes||No|
|Integrated Signifyd fraud protection||Yes||No|
|Limited Catalog Access||Yes||No|
|Magento Commerce Starter (Cloud)||Yes||No|
|Multiple Wish Lists||Yes||No|
|PCI Compliant Environment||Yes||No|
|Persistent Shopping Cart||Yes||No|
|Price Rules, Coupons, and Promotions||Yes||No|
|Return Management Authorization (RMA)||Yes||No|
|Scheduled Import/Export Functionality||Yes||No|
|Staging, Merging, and Rollback of Content||Yes||No|
|Strong Data Encryption, Hashing, and Key Management||Yes||No|
|Support for Alternate Media Storage – CDN and Database||Yes||No|
Rome wasn’t built in a day. The grass is greener on the other side. We could list off cliches ad nauseam, but to put it bluntly, Magento upgrade to Magento 2 teaches you patience, and as we near June 2020, it’s looking like everyone will have no choice but to relocate (but with clear benefits).
Hopefully, after reading this article you have a better understanding of what’s involved with Magento 2 migration. To reiterate: