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7-Step Guide to Magento Migration: +Tips, Best Practices, and Much More!

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7-Step Guide to Magento Migration: +Tips, Best Practices, and Much More!

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!

Why should I migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

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.

Magento End of life — June 2020

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. 

Magento End of Life Hackers
Source: InfoSecurity

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.

Magento 2 features that are worth migrating for

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.

Feature highlights:

  • Full-page cache — overall site speed and also 1-2 sec loading time compared to 5-10 sec without full caching. A faster site speed equals more sales and increases website SEO.
  • Streamlined, faster checkout reduces the chances that customers will abandon carts.
  • Updated technology stack — PHP7, MySQL, Varnish, HTML5, CSS3, RequireJS, Knockout.js, and others.
  • Magento Commerce Cloud, formerly Enterprise Edition combines Magento Commerce, cloud infrastructure hosting, with added features such as Git integration, key development environments, staging, and live production.
  • Mobile-optimized layouts are a huge plus — and the number of mobile users is growing every year.
  • Key integrations such as PayPal, Braintree,, Klarna, and others offer more versatility and are much easier to integrate. Payments in Magento 2 are also more secure.
  • Better built-in search — Elasticsearch is available for Magento Open Source.
  • Full customization of the admin panel for quick access to information — this increases productivity and product import is 4x faster.
  • The Magento Functional Testing Framework improves testing capabilities, logging, and debugging.
  • Database split feature boosts scalability and helps high-load projects to improve performance
  • Rich content features with new Page Builder — WYSIWYG
  • Progressive Web App Studio allows developers to create ultra-fast storefronts.

How much will Magento migration cost?

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:

  • A simple ecommerce website is generally anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
  • A medium-sized ecommerce website will cost $40,000 to $80,000.
  • And an enterprise ecommerce website with more custom design features is $80,000+.

Do you also need to redesign your website? Learn how much it costs:

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How Much Does Magento Ecommerce Website Redesign Cost?


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. 

Elastic Search$279
Layered navigation$349
Marketplace Multi-Vendor$349
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
Special Promotions$279
Magento 2 Google Analytics$99
Out of Stock Notification$229
Magento 2 Mega Menu $179

Custom extensions/modules

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. 

How long will it take to migrate?

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 plan3 weeks
Preparing a testing environment1-2 days
Installing extensions and custom development3 weeks
Data migration from Magento 1 to Magento 21-2 days
Redesign2-4 weeks
Launching plan and additional database synchronization1-2 days
Magento 2 store launch on a live server1 week
Total migration timeApproximately 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.

Will my store stop working during migration?

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.

Can I migrate all my stuff (products, categories, content, blog, etc)?

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:

  • Extensions and custom code
    To take advantage of the architectural advances in Magento 2, developers need to manually port custom code and extensions to Magento 2.
  • Web services credentials
    You must manually create credentials for SOAP, XML-RPC, and REST in Magento 2. 
  • Media on the file system
    Media assets include, for example, images for products, categories, WYSIWYG editor, and so on. You must copy these manually from the <your Magento 1.x install dir>/media directory to the <your Magento 2 installdir>/pub/media directory.
  • Storefront design
    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript, templates, and XML layouts are implemented differently in Magento 2 and must be migrated manually.
  • Layouts
    Layout updates implemented in Magento 1.x cannot be used in Magento 2. You must migrate the following manually: XML in CMS category pages in the Magento AdminLayout updates specified in widget instances

Can I migrate on my own using the Magento Data Migration Tool?

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.

How to migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2: Success in 7 Steps

Magento 2 migration includes four components: data, extensions and custom code, themes, and customizations. 

Step 1: Create a migration plan

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:

  1. Migration details for data — products, categories, customers, orders, and content (articles, pages).
  2. Project specifications — are needed if any additional development is required. In this section, we describe how the project will be developed, including all pertinent processes. This means that every page, every tab, button, and block has to be described. We suggest using digital tools such as InVision.
  3. Project planning — a step-by-step list of milestones with deadlines and definitions of done.

Step 2: Prepare the testing environment

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.

Step 3: Install extensions and custom development

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.

Step 4: Magento Data migration

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).

Step 5: Create a design for Magento 2

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.

Step 6: Launch plan and additional database synchronization 

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.

Step 7: Magento 2 store launch on a live server

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:

Magento Migration Flow
Source: Magento DevDocs

What can go wrong during migration?

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. 

Find out common challenges during Magento migration to be fully prepared.

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7 Major Pitfalls You May Face with Magento Migration

Here’s a brief look:

  1. Magento 2 data migration isn’t as simple as dragging and dropping this is an important point for both time and business considerations. You can’t clone the site and magically make it run on Magento 2. 
  2. Messy code and a shoddy data structure may mean a lot of custom development — you can run into this nasty pitfall at any point during the migration process. The only way to power through is experience and a proper audit before you start migrating. 
  3. You may experience poor SEO performance after Magento migration — Since the page structure is different in Magento 2, developers need to go through and tag any pages or groups of pages that need to be redirected to save SEO rankings.   
  4. You can’t use Magento 1 extensions in Magento 2 — not to mention that Magento 1 extensions will be deleted from the Magento Marketplace on the June 2020 end-of-life date.
  5. Store theme and design have to be redone from scratch — you can still salvage the old design, but since you’re upgrading, we recommend using one of the new, mobile-friendly and responsive themes.  
  6. The process may take longer than you think — as previously mentioned, you need to be ready to launch well before the support cutoff. A single day without support may make your business vulnerable to security breaches. 
  7. There’s no end in sight if there is no definition of done — there have to be requirements for a successful migration. Involve all of your stakeholders and make sure the internal and external teams are working together. 

Which Magento 2 edition is right for my needs?

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.

  • 165% 3-year ROI from migrating to Magento Commerce 2
  • 29% increase in mobile revenue
  • 5% increase in average order value
  • 61% reduction in content creation time
  • 25% increase in site traffic
  • 16% increase in conversion rates

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 Comparison — Magento Commerce vs Magento Open Source 

FeatureMagento CommerceMagento
Open Source
Administrator Permission Roles on Website and Store LevelsYesNo
Add to Cart by SKUYesNo
Automated Email Marketing Reminders about abandoned carts and wish listsYesNo
Built-in B2B Commerce functionalityYesNo
Backup and RollbackYesNo
Cloud deployment process ImprovementsYesNo
Page BuilderYesNo
Customer Attribute ManagementYesNo
Customer Segmentation, Targeted Promotions, & MerchandisingYesNo
Dynamic Rule-Based Product RelationsYesNo
Full Page CachingYesNo
Gift RegistryYesNo
Gifting OptionsYesNo
Integrated Signifyd fraud protectionYesNo
Limited Catalog AccessYesNo
Magento Commerce Starter (Cloud)YesNo
Multiple Wish ListsYesNo
Optimized IndexingYesNo
Order ArchivingYesNo
PCI Compliant EnvironmentYesNo
Persistent Shopping CartYesNo
Price Rules, Coupons, and PromotionsYesNo
Private SalesYesNo
Return Management Authorization (RMA)YesNo
Rewards PointsYesNo
Scheduled Import/Export FunctionalityYesNo
Staging, Merging, and Rollback of ContentYesNo
Store CreditsYesNo
Strong Data Encryption, Hashing, and Key ManagementYesNo
Support for Alternate Media Storage – CDN and DatabaseYesNo

Source – Migration to Magento 2 for B2B and B2C Merchants

Takeaways — Magento migration in a nutshell 

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:

  • You can migrate all of your data with a hybrid approach (manual +  automated).
  • You can retain your Magento 1 design, although we would recommend investing in a new design with modern technologies and architecture that Magento 2 offers.
  • It will take approximately 2-3 months; depending on the size and complexity of your business it can go much faster or take much longer.
  • By entrusting the process to Magento experts, you minimize risk and downtime.
  • Magento 2 has more features and Adobe is continuing to improve the integrations and feature-set.
  • Magento Commerce 2 is superior to Magento Open Source —  it provides everything an enterprise-level company needs (and saves them money at the same time).

Need to migrate your ecommerce website to Magento 2?

The earlier you start, the more time you have to get everything right.

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    Amazing article helped a lot those having so many questions in their mind regarding Magento 2 upgrade. It is only worthwhile if you are hiring a professional expertise development team.


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