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Magento 1 to 2 Migration – Frequently Asked Questions & Answers (Part 1)

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Magento 1 to 2 migration has been one of the hottest topics among the Magento community since 2018. More than a half of Magento 1 stores now are planning for their migration because of seeing a lot of Magento 2 potentials. Meanwhile, the remainings still wonder whether to move their sites from Magento 1 to Magento 2 or not. They don’t understand clearly about the Magento 2 upgrade process, worry about the Magento migration time and cost and fear possible data loss. Moreover, some store owners find it difficult to find good Magento migration service/ Magento development companies offering this type of service.

Therefore, we want to help the Magento stores that are going to implement Magento 1 to 2 migration by answering the 10 most common questions about the process. Based on that, the merchants will be able to apprehend what is involved in the Magento migration process (e.g.: theme/ data/ code/ extension migration), estimated time and cost to deploying a Magento 2 migration project, tips to hire a reputable Magento agency, and so on. Let’s figure out now!

1. When Should We Migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2?

Most of our clients concern about this issue. They often make the following questions for us:

“Is Magento 2 stable?”

“Should we migrate Magento 1 to 2?”

“When is the appropriate time for Magento 2 migration?”

“Is it possible to run Magento 1 permanently?”

From our experience with Magento 2 – after trying all of its versions up to now, we think that now is the best time to migrate Magento 1 to 2. Turning back to 1-2 years ago, it can be said that Magento 2 was quite unstable with an insignificant number of ready-made themes and extensions. However, we have seen its noticeable improvements over time, especially on the latest Magento 2.2.5 version (released on 27th June 2018). At present, Magento 2 not only shows us its stability but also delivers an impressive performance with a wide range of features. If you can afford the Magento migration cost, there is no reason for not upgrading to Magento 2 NOW.

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Apart from that, it’s fine to keep running your Magento 1 website in the short-term; but in the long-term, you might face some hidden threats such as:

  • No longer get free support for the current store from Magento officials
  • No more patches and platform enhancements
  • Difficult to get support from Magento 1 module developers/ providers
  • Get less help from Magento Community
  • Be left behind by your rivals due to outdated design and performance

2. How To Migrate Theme from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

In the recent blog post, we have shown you some facts and methods to implement Magento 2 theme migration. Actually, it’s impossible to migrate the theme from Magento 1 to 2 by moving the current theme to the new site. Instead, we have to choose among the following ways:

  • Find a free theme for Magento 2 and install it on the new store (included customization if needed): Very Cheap + Fast
  • Buy a quality ready-made theme for Magento 2 and install it on your store (included customization if needed): Cheap + Fast
  • Clone the old Magento 1 website to build a similar one for Magento 2 website (Magento 1 PSD design is required): Expensive + Time-consuming
  • Clone your favorite website design to create a similar one for your store: Expensive + Very Time-consuming
  • Create a unique design from the scratch: Very Expensive + Very Time-consuming

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Depending on your requirements, budget and time that you can go for a proper method. However, we highly recommend you to select the second option – applying a ready-to-use Magento 2 theme. There are a lot of well-design M2 themes and templates available on the market – at very affordable prices.  By using those themes, you need to spend just 1 week to install it on the new site and make some minor customization if you want. On the contrary, the third, fourth and fifth options might take more than 1 month to conduct, which raise the associated costs as well.

3. How to Migrate Extensions from Magento 1 to 2?

Similar to the theme migration, Magento 2 extension migration doesn’t mean transfer the existing Magento 1 extensions to the new store. Instead, we need to buy new modules for Magento 2 that provide the same functions as those for Magento 1. This means that if your site is highly dependent on the third-party plugins (more than 50 extensions for instance), the cost to acquire the new ones might be substantial. Hence, you have better revise all of your current modules and plugins, and then decide which ones need migrating to your Magento 2 store or removing.

After buying the new Magento 2 extensions, you have to install them on the new site as well as solve possible conflicts. The higher number of modules to migrate, the greater number of time spent on it.

4. How to Migrate Data from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

Magento 2 data migration is one of the most essential steps on the Magento 1 to 2 migration process. We will need to transfer products, categories, customers, sale orders, blog & CMS page content, testimonials, ratings and reviews,… to the new store. Fortunately, Magento provides us with the free Magento Data Migration Toolkit to make this process easier.

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Nevertheless, you need to have strong knowledge and skills of data migration to make sure that all database assets are transferred smoothly and safely. In some cases, the migration is implemented by unprofessional developers, which leads to serious customer data loss. As a result, the buyers need to register a new account again when logging in to the site and obviously not all of them are willing to.

5. How to Migrate Custom Code from Magento 1 to 2?

In terms of the theory, Magento 2 code migration should be easy since most of the code is compatible between the 2 platforms. But the reality is a different story. If your site has any custom module, it would save time and effort by developing that module from the scratch for Magento 2 rather than migrating its code to the new site. In short, it’s suggested to find a Magento 2 extension that delivers the same function with your custom module or build a similar one for Magento 2.

6. How Long Does It Take to Migrate Magento Site?

This is a tough question. We can’t give an accurate time for your store to carry out Magento 1 to 2 migration since it depends on the complication of your existing site and your future site.

For example, if you have 20 new Magento 2 extensions, it would definitely take more time to install and configure than if you have just 5 to 10 modules. On average, it takes 3-5 hours for an plugin installation and configuration.

Moreover, as we have mentioned before, using a ready-made theme would take just 1 week while other methods for Magento theme migration would take at least 1 month.

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In general, you need to prepare from 1 to 5 months for Magento 1 to 2 Migration. Here are some tips to upgrade your store in the shortest period of time.

7. How Much Does It Cost to Conduct Magento Migration from 1 to 2?

This is another difficult question since there are a wide range of factors deciding your Magento migration cost. If you hire a Magento agency to migrate your site, the total cost of your Magento will depend on the developer’s hourly rate and the estimated time for completing the project.

For example, at Tigren, we offer very competitive hourly rate: $25/hour for Magento 2. If you choose our Magento migration service and the total estimated time for your project is 150 hours, the total cost would be $3,750. Otherwise, if you partner with a US agency with a high hourly rate (start from $50/hour), your total cost would be double – $7,500.

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Contact us now to get a FREE & FAST quotation for your Magento migration project!

8. Should The Merchants Migrate to Magento 2 Themselves or Pay Money for Magento Migration Services?

Many Magento store owners wonder whether they could migrate Magento 1 to 2 themselves or look for Magento migration services. For the first option, if the business possesses dedicated Magento developers, who have strong experience in Magento 1 to 2 migration, there is no reason for outsourcing their projects. On the contrary, if the merchants just have the management knowledge without any technical skills, apparently they have to partner with a reliable Magento development company to upgrade their stores.

Magento 2 upgrade is a very complicated process for the amateurs but a simple one in the eyes of the professionals. It’s essential to work with a reputable Magento agency/ developers to migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2 successfully and efficiently.

9. How to Hire a Reliable Magento Agency for Magento 1 to 2 Migration?

Your selected Magento development agency will determine 90% of your project success. There are 3 most fundamental criteria when choosing a partner: Quality, Price and Service:

  • Quality: Is that Magento agency reputable? How many years of experience do they have (in Magento and Magento migration in particular)? How is the quality of Magento migration projects they have done?
  • Price: Is Magento migration cost offered by the agency within your budget? Is it cheaper/ higher than the average on the market? Does the price deserve the quality delivered?
  • Service: Do they provide sound advice for your project? Will they a convenient way for you to follow and control the whole migration process? Do you create a detailed schedule with specific tasks and milestones? Do they offer support after completing the migration?

magento migration service

With more than 5 years of experience in Magento, Tigren is confident to deliver high-quality Magento migration service within your budget. Moreover, we offer 3-month free support after your site goes live. Find out more about our service here or contact us to get more information.

10. What Will We Get After Implementing Magento 1 to 2 Migration?

If your site is migrated to Magento 2 successfully, you will get a better website design, performance boost, modern admin interface and richer user experience, and so on. Find out more great results that you would achieve here.

Because of all promising improvements, Magento 1 to 2 migration’s worth your time, money and effort!


Hope that this FAQ will help you understand more about the Magento 1 to 2 Migration process.

Firstly, the best time to conduct Magento store migration is NOW since Magento 2 is stable with a lot of exciting features and enhancements compared to its previous versions.

Secondly, it’s impossible to continue using the Magento 1 theme and extensions and move them to Magento 2. Instead, you have to acquire the new ones for the new store.

Thirdly, you have to very careful when migrating data from Magento 1 to 2 due to possible data loss.

Fourthly, you have better re-develop the custom module for Magento 2 rather than migrate the custom code.

Fifthly, the time and cost of your Magento migration project are dependent on the complexity of your existing site and requirements for the new site, as well as your selected Magento agency’s hourly rate.

Sixthly, it’s more recommended to work with a reputable Magento development company to upgrade your site if you lack knowledge and experience of Magento 2 migration.

Seventhly, there are many criteria to select a Magento migration service but the most important ones are Quality, Cost and Service.

Last but not least, Magento migration will not make you disappointed since it delivers a much better website from design to functionality.

Tigren is one of the best choices when it comes to high-quality Magento migration service with affordable pricing. Send your requests to to get free quotation and consultation!

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