Chances are you’ve either already decided to migrate from Magento 1 or you’re thinking of migrating and wondering how difficult (and expensive) it will be.
Magento will be cutting off support for its legacy version — Magento 1 — in June 2020. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but it’s time to migrate. Since you can’t avoid migration, why not replatform?
We understand how scary and confusing this can be, so we will demystify some of the uncertainty.
Magento vs Shopify — what’s the best option for you?
Magento 1 “end of life” sounds like a bleak way of putting it, but it’s true. Not only is Adobe cutting off support for future updates of Magento 1.x, they will also remove all Magento 1 extensions from Magento Marketplace. From our perspective, there are two major reasons why you have to choose a new platform — security and performance.
No support = no more security updates. Hackers have always targeted ecommerce sites because they go where the money is and they realize how fragile an unprotected system can be.
After June 2020, newly discovered flaws in Magento 1 won’t be addressed, which means you’ll either have to search for a third-party fix or risk losing customers (and money).
We covered the advantages of Magento 2 in our article comparing Magento 1 vs Magento 2. Magento 1.x uses legacy architecture and technologies. After the cut-off date, all of Adobe’s invested resources will go into new features for Magento 2. Including recent additions like the Multi-source inventory module, PWA Studio, Page Builder, etc.
B2B suite – Available for Magento Commerce, the B2B suite includes features like advanced account management, the ability to manage quotes, credit options, advanced buyer roles and responsibilities, and lots more.
Page Builder – A Magento extension for creating content by dragging and dropping pre-built controls.
Multi-source Inventory (MSI) – A native module that can handle multiple inventory sources. MSI offers:
Performance improvements – Apart from a major facelift to the admin panel, you also get a solid performance boost thanks to the advances in technology and architecture.
New native checkout flow – The new three-step checkout is a great base for merchants and it’s a huge improvement on the M1 native checkout.
The pricing for both Shopify and Magento 2 depends on multiple factors.
You can’t truly know how much either will cost until you figure out what you need. In the case of Shopify migration, you’ll definitely need to do a full site redesign. For Magento, redesign costs will depend on how fresh your current site is.
The rest of the incurred costs vary according to the level of customization that you require. What’s important to note is that if you have made significant backend changes in Magento 1 (business logic, order/stock management, etc) you will be able to transfer it over to Magento 2 more easily. Doing the same for Shopify will likely take more time and money.
Examples of how much migration costs
Examples of how much migration costs
Replatforming to Shopify as opposed to Magento 2 will, arguably, cost around the same amount (obviously depending on many factors).
Shopify would definitely provide you with a whole new experience, but what about Magento 2?
As it turns out, Magento 2 is so much newer and better, it’s almost like a brand-new platform. However, from a technical point of view, there are some distinct advantages.
People migrate platforms for various reasons. In your case, you really don’t have a choice but to switch from Magento 1. What you do have control over is choosing the best platform for the job at hand — migrating your store.
We don’t mean to be biased, but a lot of the features you get out-of-the-box with Magento Open Source are only available in Shopify’s enterprise-level subscription plan — Shopify Plus — which costs at least $2k/month.
People who start out with Magento may eventually begin to understand that the platform is beyond their requirements. This could be because you either don’t need the level of customization Magento offers or need a quicker, simpler way to get to the market.
So, in our opinion, scalability is higher with Magento. You can scale products, stores, sites, and everything in between.
The global retail industry is going through some serious changes. Ecommerce platforms will be forced to adapt to emerging technologies like PWA, AI, Big Data, and AR/VR.
Once people realize the advantages of these technologies, they’ll want to incorporate them into their stores. Right now, the race is on to improve the digital customer experiences, and this race requires resources. Since being acquired by Adobe, Magento recently debuted new integrations with Adobe tools like Adobe Sensei. Adobe Sensei uses AI and machine learning to map user behavior for smarter product recommendations.
Additionally, the Magento Innovations Hub, which is powered by community members and Magento Solution Partners, is producing never before seen tools like PWA Scan & Go for quick in-store purchases, robot-assisted in-store shopping, and hands-free shopping.
Magento is fast on the heels of Shopify (or the other way around, depending on who you ask). Last year, Shopify introduced Shopify AR to elevate mobile shopping by bringing products to life through 3D models that you can size up, examine from all angles, and even place in the environment around you.
Just this year, Shopify invested serious cash into an AI-powered fulfillment network. The network uses machine learning to ensure products are delivered on time with lower shipping costs.