Magento 1.X users, this is a post that will particularly speak to you to give insight on everything from what Magento 2 editions are available to what an expected cost and timeline looks like, and of course does your site need to migrate off of its Magento 1 version (hint: it does).
Key Magento 2 Benefits:
Magento 2 was released back in 2015 as the latest version of the eCommerce platform that is utilized by 1 in 4 businesses worldwide. It offers beneficial features that resolve issues many encountered with Magento 1 such as:
- Improved Performance: Magento 2 sites will run on average 20% faster then Magento 1 run sites. Quicker run sites have been proven to see increase sales and improved search engine rankings.
- Streamlined Checkout Process: Magento 2 has a 2 part check-out process, while Magento 1 has a hefty 6 steps. Sites with easier check-out processes have historically seen increased sales.
- Better Admin Interface: A non-technical users dream! Magento 1’s user interface was often touted as confusing for business users, but Magento 2 offers a clean, user friendly experience where even the most non-technical users can find tools and add new product listings with ease.
- Mobile Friendly: With more customers than ever shopping on smartphones, it is imperative to have a mobile responsive site. Magento 1 sites did not deliver optimum performance on mobile devices, but Magento 2 made this a priority on their platform.
Why Does My Site Need to Migrate to Magento 2?
Magento announced they will be ending support for Magento 1 in June 2020 as long as licenses have been extended to align with that date. Even though support has not ended yet, it is clear the days of Magento 1 are numbered.
If you stay on Magento 1 past support, consider this:
- Security patches will not be produced for these versions once support ends;
- No new features will be added;
- Magento 1 will become increasingly vulnerable to hacks as the code grows older;
- Magento 2 users will have a increasingly competitive advantage based on features and functionality
Because running unsupported software is extremely risky, particularly when the software that isn’t supported is such a fundamental part of your operation, we recommend moving to Magento 2 sometime in 2019 if you have not already done so. The timeline for a Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration can vary based on your site, but a safe bet is to allow a minimum of 3 months. Again remember, this timeline is totally dependent on the level of customization you have done on the M1 site. Contact us to discuss your specific project.
Magento 2 Offers Future-Readiness
Magento 2 utilizes the newest technologies and features such as; LAMP stack - Linux, Apache/Nginx MySql, PHP with latest versions of each + Other techniques like Database Clustering, Full Page Caching, Performance Monitoring through New Relic, Blackfire.io, WYSIWYG CMS (Bluefoot), Extended Reporting through RJ Metrics, Extended Shipping through Temando. This is one of the best ways to prepare for the future of your brand and digital store.
What to Expect with a Magento 2 Migration
Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 involves changing database structures, themes and working with a new API. Don’t expect a point and click operation, it is a migration not an upgrade. You will want to have the migration expertly managed to avoid data loss and downtime. We have a few considerations when you look into making the migration:
Before you start: Do consider an upgrade of your site at the same time as the migration. It is a perfect moment to make serious changes and get your site ready for the next level of digital growth. Work with experts in user experience and technology to consider whether your site needs to be designed with more hardware, more advanced topology, etc.
A basic migration plan will look something like this:
- Review extensions on your current site;
- Build and prepare Magento 2 store for migration;
- Dry run: Before you start migration on the production environment, it is best practice to go through all the migration steps on your testing environment;
- Start your migration with the Data Migration Tool. This tool will migrate customers, catalogues, orders, shipment, and your core configuration. However, it is important to know what it does not migrate. Your custom data, admin rights, media files, and certain other custom technical aspects will not carry over seamlessly on the tool;
- Migrate Magento 1 theme to Magento 2 and make User Interface level changes;
- Make changes to the migrated data as needed;
- Update incremental data. After migrating data, you will then have to gradually collect the data updates that have been added in the Magento 1 store (such as new orders and reviews) and go into Delta mode to transfer these updates to the Magento 2 store;
- Go live- Now that your Magento 2 site is up-to-date and is functioning normally, you can cut over to the new site!
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What Magento 2 Edition is Right for Your Needs?
- Magento 2 Open Source — This is your free version of Magento 2 and is generally best suited for the small business owner. It used to be called Community Edition.
- Magento 2 Enterprise Edition — The premium version of Magento 2 geared towards medium to large businesses. This version has everything the Open Source edition has, and then some. With extensive management and marketing options it has a lot of added features.
- Enterprise Cloud Edition — Magento 2’s SaaS option will provide the same features as Enterprise Edition, plus eliminate the need for self-hosting.
Other Planning Considerations:
- Cost: Just like an upgrade between 1.x versions, the level of effort to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 depends upon how you have built your site and its level of customization. Also, as mentioned earlier migration is the right time to consider an upgrade to the site, such as improving upon the User Experience (UX). Changes like these will further influence the cost of migration to Magento 2.
- Extensions & Custom Code: You might have used third party extensions on your M1 system to fulfill some functionality not offered OOTB. While migrating to M2, diligent review needs to be done to see if extension can be removed and replaced with OOTB M2 feature or an M2 equivalent extension is available.
- The right delivery partner is crucial to success, whichever Magento 2 migration procedure you decide on. Moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2 requires a careful, considered approach, but Echidna has the expertise to make it simple. We’re experts in Magento, visit our contact us page to start a conversation and learn more.
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