Migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2

If you’re looking to migrate to Magento 2 from Magento 1 and you’ve already done a little bit of research, you’ll see the new platform has a whole host of great new features to propel your ecommerce site forward … but it’s not a simple click to upgrade!

Having carried out a number of new builds on Magento 2, and migrations from Magento 1 (both Enterprise and Community) we’re in a position to handhold and lead you through the move with care and consideration, from a business perspective as well as technical delivery.

Do I need to upgrade to Magento 2?

The simple answer is No, but over time, we strongly advise it.

Just as you may have some old computers sat in the corner of the office that are working perfectly fine running Windows 7 or Windows XP that’s not supported by Microsoft any more, it’s the same with Magento 1.  Initially, Magento had announced an “End of Life” for Magento 1 of November 2018 but have since revised this with an updated Magento 1 End of Life statement with no end date announced.

Equally as importantly, Magento are only releasing security patches for the M1 product and the real investment is being made in Magento 2.

Your decision will come down to a number of factors – your appetite or aversion to risk, your budgets, but probably as importantly, where your site is at, and if it’s performing for you or not right now – if you’re looking at a site redesign or some larger work against the existing site, it may make sense to make the bigger move to M2 at the same time.

What about my existing website design, functionality and data?

Don’t think just in terms of code and data when migrating.  Think about the learning and intrinsic knowledge in the current platform.  Perhaps 3 years perfecting a logistics process that now works – all that knowledge can transfer across with the migration.

If you like your design, bring it across.  Every line of code will be rewritten but if you have a design in place that you want to move across, then this is a time-saving – the designs and some key CSS can be lifted and taken across.

Functionality migration – the same applies here.  The concepts, the processes, workflows can be migrated.  If an extension was used to provide some functionality, we may be able to purchase a like-for-like extension, or we may need to rebuild the functionality from scratch.

Data migration.  This one is thankfully a little easier and can work really well.  Magento provide a data migration tool that will take across customers, CMS, orders and product data.

What are the benefits of moving to Magento 2?

Much better performance, the platform is much more scalable and extensible, the admin interface has been rebuilt from the ground up and works well across any device, the technology used throughout is much more up-to-date, and Magento are very actively building new functionality to the platform every month.  For more details, see this Magento 2 quick overview blog article we wrote, sometime ago.  The view back then was quite different – the benefits still apply but the community and platform is now much more mature and stable to build and migrate now, if you so wish.

How long will the migration take?

Well, following from the above, it depends on what you have in place already, and what is moving across verbatim or being changed during the migration, and how complex the existing site functionality and design is.  For a quick estimate – likely anywhere between 3 months and 9 months.

I've not seen Magento 2 - can I get a demo and talk to someone?

Of course!  We have Magento 2 Open Source and Magento 2 installed that we can walk you through demo sites, show you key functionality and differences and explain some more.  Just reach out to us.

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