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Migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 – when and how should this step be taken?

Nearly 150,000 developers and 250,000 merchants around the world are involved with the Magento platform, and it remains among one of the top-rated e-commerce platforms. What factors are behind its success? Above all, practically unlimited capabilities of expansion, scalability, security, and efficient support. But one has to remember that, like any other system, Magento requires updating and constant vigil over the development of its architecture.

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When should one consider migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

Creating unforgettable experiences for users is a top priority for every e-commerce leader. Factors such as website loading speed, ease of navigation and responsiveness are a part of this. Despite its popularity and flexibility, the first version of Magento was constantly analyzed from the perspective of performance issues, and the platform’s development team was continuously searching for solutions to this problem. The final result of their work was the launch of the modernized Magento2 platform.

The platform’s new version brought with it a substantial package of advantages over its predecessor, which led many merchants to consider migration. But every e-commerce player needs to understand why migration is necessary and when the time is right to take this step.

So what awaits Magento 1 users in the near future?

Loss of support

The entry of Magento 2 onto the market means that the Magento 1 architecture will not longer be developed, and this platform’s support will officially cease to exist in June 2020.

No new updates of the system

Loss of support also means that Magento 1 won’t get any more updates. Hence, this platform’s development will come to a complete stop. So if we would like to add new functionalities to our e-store, we won’t have any other choice than to start with migration to Magento 2.

Increased vulnerability to attacks

No support or updates for Magento 1 will make stores running on this platform more vulnerable to attacks from the outside.

Although the prospect of migration may seem to be far in the future, it is still worth thinking about this step today and calmly preparing a plan of action.

What do we know about Magento2?

The Magento 2 platform guarantees:

Speed – shopping cart runs 51% faster for unregistered customers, 36% faster for registered users, and the entire platform is 20% more efficient in comparison to Magento 1;

 Simplified path to purchase – from 6 to 2 steps;

 Intuitive administration panel;

 Responsiveness of all websites;

 Easier implementation of omnichannel strategy.

How to plan store migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

Choose the right team of developers

This task is worth entrusting to specialists who know this system very well and are able to plan every stage of the process precisely. There can be no accidents or randomness of actions. After all, your the profitability of your e-business depends on it!

Prepare a new store layout

Your e-store’s previous layout will unfortunately not be 100% compatible with the architecture of Magento 2. What does this mean in practice? It will be necessary to prepare a new layout for your e-store. Remember about this when planning migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2.

Secure data

Definitely make sure that the entire database of your “old” e-store has been secured. This pertains to customers’ data, their order histories, payment methods and details concerning the product range and product categories. This will give you a guarantee of easy data recovery in a crisis situation, if migration to Magento 2 doesn’t go according to plan.

Develop functionalities

The add-ons you are currently using on Magento 1 will not be compatible with Magento 2. So you have to plan all of your new e-store’s functionalities precisely and purchase the add-ons required to implement them in the Magento marketplace or code them from scratch.

Really, migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is an excellent opportunity to audit your e-commerce. Before taking action, it is worth taking a moment of your time to conduct business analysis of the new e-store based on Magento 2 and to adapt individual functionalities to the strategic goals you have adopted.

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