Most of the merchants who want to migrate to Magento 2 knew what is in the migration process (transitions of theme, data, extension, configurations,…). Also, they have to accept that all modules must replace in Magento 2. As a result, if the stores are using plenty of third-party plugins, the cost of migrating to Magento 2 might be a burden for the owners.
Fortunately, some tips will be revealed to help achieve new and high-quality modules while saving the merchants considerable cost. 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. Understanding The Magento 2 Default Features
As you might know, Magento 1 only provides several basic e-commerce features. To enhance the performance or acquire more advanced functions, the easiest solution for the store owners is to use third-party providers’ extensions.
On the contrary, Magento 2 owns a wide range of modern and progressive features by default.
Some functions are not available in Magento 1 but are 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. Scrutinizing Your Magento 1 Extensions
From our observation, many merchants tend to add as many Magento extensions to the website as possible to make their stores more powerful. However, everything has two sides.
On the one hand, those plugins can significantly contribute to 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 e-commerce stores (e.g., the marketplace, dropshipping…).
On the other hand, many extensions don’t bring any results or negligible benefits to the store as the providers’ advertisements (e.g., page speed optimizer). Furthermore, installing too many website modules can lead to lots of side effects such as code conflicts, slow page load speed, and poor storefront performance.
Migrating both essential and useless modules can extend the migration time. Hence, wasting our money.
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 Magento 2.
3. Found A Magento Agency That You Can Trust
Migrating to Magento 2 might bring about a significant turning-point to all Magento e-commerce stores. Suppose the Magento migration process is smooth and effective. In that case, 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.
Therefore, it’s crucial to hire a website development company with strong expertise in Magento e-commerce and migrating to Magento 2 in particular. With over 8-year of experience in both Magento 1 and 2 development, Tigren can guarantee your site migration success. It’s our pleasure and happiness to “makeover” a wide range of Magento 1 websites and makes our clients satisfied with the new Magento 2 stores.
5 Secrets To Pick The Best Modules When Migrating To Magento 2
This part will show you how to choose the best Magento 2 extensions. These extensions are relevant to your migration requirements while keeping your budget focused on your actual needs.
1. Prioritizing Providers Who Supplied Your Magento 1 extensions
For example, 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 you search and compare Shop by brand extension for Magento 2 from other providers, this should be done before you search.
With this advice, we can 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 old ones. As a result, their M1 and M2 modules often deliver the same functions, workflow, and configurations.
Another benefit from this tip is that we can enjoy a discount from the module provider by using their products. For the expensive Magento 2 plugins, this discount is immensely valuable.
2. Purchasing Many Extensions From A Provider
The second recommendation for the merchants is to buy extensions from a provider. For instance, if you need to acquire ten new modules for Magento 2, you can select five modules from Provider A and the five left from Provider B instead of 10 modules from 10 different sellers.
Some providers might offer a discount if you purchase a precise number of extensions.
Moreover, we can minimize conflicts while utilizing multiple extensions from one provider.
3. Checking Reviews of The New Magento 2 Extensions
We need to read through all previous customers’ feedback before buying new extensions.
If the reviews are positive, we will gain more confidence to buy that extension and vice versa. It would be best to focus on feedback about the plugin performance (e.g., how it works, bugs, compatibility, etc.) and the support team (e.g., fast or slow response, possible fees,…).
4. Taking Support And Refund Policies Into Consideration
We need to ensure that the providers offer concrete policies for the support period and refund if extensions don’t work. As a whole, most of the sellers will support the merchants within at least a month (or 3/6/12 months) and provide a 30-60 day money-back guarantee.
We need to check carefully and 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.
Furthermore, we 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
We must pay attention to the prices of the new extensions when migrating to Magento 2. However, cheap extensions might 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 cases.
Magento 2 brings about unique 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 new site’s right extensions.