To begin with, most of the merchants who are going to migrate Magento 1 to 2 will understand what is included in the migration process (transitions of theme, data, extension, configurations,…). Also, they have to accept the fact that all Magento 1 extensions must be replaced by proper modules for Magento 2. As a result, if the stores are using plenty of third-party plugins, the cost of migrating to Magento 2, especially for the extension migration part, might be a burden for the owners.Fortunately, there are some unfold tips that can help to achieve new and high-quality modules while saving a considerable cost for the merchants. Before discovering those secrets, let’s have a quick overview of some things you need to pay attention to – before looking for any Magento 2 extension.
STOP SELECTING NEW MAGENTO 2 EXTENSIONS IF YOU HAVEN’T…
1. Had enough understanding of Magento 2 default features
As you might know, Magento 1 only provides a number of basic e-commerce features. In order to enhance the performance or acquire more advanced functions, the easiest solution for the store owners is to use the extensions from third-party providers.
On the contrary, Magento 2 is equipped with a wide range of modern and progressive features by default.
In other words, some functions are not available in Magento 1 but being ready for Magento 2 without installing any module.
Owing to that, you should find out more about the platform your site is about to upgrade to, so you can save your time searching for unnecessary extensions.
2. Scrutinized your Magento 1 extension list
From our observation, a large number of merchants have a tendency to add as many Magento extensions into the website as possible, in order to make their stores more powerful. However, everything has two sides.
On the one hand, it’s true that those plugins can make a great contribution to the website performance, and user experience enhancement (e.g.: improved layered navigation, advanced search, Ajax add to cart, one step checkout, shipping table rates,…). Moreover, some extensions play a crucial role in creating certain types of e-commerce stores (e.g: marketplace, dropshipping,…).
On the other hand, there are many extensions that don’t bring any results or negligible benefits to the store as the providers’ advertisements (e.g.: page speed optimizer). Furthermore, installing too many modules in the website can lead to lots of side effects such as code conflicts, slow page load speed, and poor storefront performance.
Remember that migrating all modules, including both important and useless ones, can have a negative impact on the whole Magento 2 migration process – extending the time (for downloading, installing, configuring the extensions as well as handling bugs and conflicts) and wasting your money (for buying the plugins and paying the installation service).
For all of the reasons above, you should thoroughly review your existing list of Magento 1 extensions, figuring out which one is dispensable to your store and which one should be disposed of, before seeking the replacements for Magento 2.
3. Found a Magento agency that you can trust
Migrating to Magento 2 might bring about a big turning-point to all Magento e-commerce stores. If the Magento migration process is smooth and effective, the owners can enjoy a more attractive storefront design, a higher level of customer satisfaction and a more user-friendly backend management. On the flip side, if it is not propitious as your plan, you might confront the risk of data and traffic loss, or even worse web performance.
Owing to that, it’s crucial to hire a website development company that has strong expertise not only in Magento e-commerce but also in migrating to Magento 2 in particular. With over 6 years of experience in both Magento 1 and 2 development, Tigren can guarantee the success of your site migration. It’s our pleasure and happiness to “makeover” a wide range of Magento 1 websites and to make our clients satisfied with the new Magento 2 stores.
5 SECRETS TO PICK THE BEST MODULES WHEN MIGRATING TO MAGENTO 2
Now, we will show you how to choose the best Magento 2 extensions that are relevant to your migration requirements while keeping your budget focused on your actual needs.
1. Prioritizing providers who supplied your Magento 1 extensions
Assumed that you were using Shop by brand extension for Magento 1 from Provider A, you should check whether Provider A offers a similar plugin for Magento 2 or not, before searching and comparing Shop by brand extension for Magento 2 from other providers.
The huge advantage of this advice is that you can get to know how to configure and manage the new Magento 2 extensions easier. In general, the extension providers will develop their new Magento 2 extensions based on the source code of the ones for Magento 1. As a result, their M1 and M2 modules often deliver the same functions, workflow and configurations.
Another benefit from our first tip is that you can enjoy a discount (e.g.: 10%, 20%) from the module provider if you decide to continue using extensions from them. For the expensive Magento 2 plugins, this discount is immensely valuable.
2. Purchasing more extensions from a module provider
The second recommendation for the merchants is trying to buy most of the M2 extensions from only a small number of providers. For instance, if you need to acquire 10 new modules for Magento 2, you can select 5 modules from Provider A and the 5 left from Provider B, instead of 10 modules from 10 different sellers.
The reason is that some providers might offer a discount if you purchase many extensions/ a combo of extensions from their store at the same time.
Apart from it, considering the clashes among extensions, which often happen when two or more modules write the same functionality, you can minimize those conflicts if utilizing multiple extensions from a single provider.
3. Checking customers’ reviews of new Magento 2 extensions
Regardless of buying new extensions for Magento 1 or migrating to Magento 2, it’s essential for the store owners to read through all feedback of the previous customers.
If the reviews are positive, you will gain more confidence to buy that extension and vice versa. You should focus on feedback about the plugin performance (e.g.: whether it works as the description, bugs, compatibility,…) as well as the quality of support team (e.g.: fast or slow response, possible fees,…).
4. Taking support and refund policies into consideration
You need to make sure that the module providers offer concrete policies for support period and refund in case the extensions don’t work as expected. As a whole, most of the sellers will support the merchants within at least 1 month (or 3/6/12 months) and provide 30-60 days money-back guarantee.
You need to check it carefully and make sure you understand all the terms and conditions to be supported and get a possible refund. For example, some providers clarify that you can only be refunded when they cannot fix the reported issues. In other words, you cannot get your money back just because you don’t like the extension after installing it in your store.
Furthermore, you need to concern about the support service (hourly rate of support) when the free support period ends.
5. Buying the best plugins, not the cheapest ones
Obviously, you must pay attention to the prices of the new extensions when migrating to Magento 2. However, cheap extensions might be associated with a lot of bugs, which take you more money and effort to fix. Worse, you will have to uninstall those extensions and re-purchase the new ones from other providers.
You had better consider different factors – extension quality, support and refund policies, and its price simultaneously. The quote “You get what you pay for” is not right all the time but in most of the cases.
Magento 2 brings about amazing features that far outweigh the previous Magento version. Thus, migrating to Magento 2 is fundamental for existing Magento stores. Before starting that process, you should go through our mentioned tips to choose the right extensions for the new site.