Although most of Magento eCommerce websites is still Magento 1, 90% of them are planning to re-build their site to Magento 2 now or in the near future.
WHY MAGENTO 2 UPGRADE?
In spite of being launched and introduced from 2010, Magento 2 has taken a few years to prove its capability and gained trust from the store owners. Up to now, it has been evaluated as a stable platform, more valuable features, better interface and performance, and easier to monitor than the previous version.
There are a lot of e-businesses quickly caught up with the new trend and got significant successes with a significantly higher number of conversions and sales, enhanced customer engagement and more effective site management.
If your web store is now on Magento 1, you should think about the transition soon before being left-behind by your competitors!
WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF MAGENTO 2 UPGRADE PROCESS?
The Magento 2 upgrade will include: Theme migration, Data migration, Extensions migration and Functions development.
Many people think that they can “carry” everything from the Magento 1 site to the new one, including the designs, data and extensions.
But it’s absolutely wrong. There is very little thing that you can move to Magento 2 stores.
The reason is that your Magento 1 based store will be rewritten from scratch by using new code base structures, a revised database architecture and many new software components.
It’s true to say that moving to Magento 2 is a re-platforming project, with a data migration exercise to bring in products, customers and orders from the previous Magento version.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE UPGRADE?
It seems that migrating from Magento 1 to 2 is a complicated and time-consuming process. The majority of store owners are afraid of data-loss, security threats, transaction interruptions, etc. happening to their current Magento eCommerce websites during the transition.
However, if you have enough knowledge and thorough preparation for the upgrade, believe me, the above issues are no longer threats.
Let’s follow these steps to have the best preparation for your Magento eCommerce websites!
Step 1: Decide on your website design – Create a brand new template or Design a new one based on the old site design?
The website design is the first thing you should consider when writing a plan for the upgrade.
There are 2 options for you to choose:
- The first one is designing a new Magento 2 template based on your Magento 1 website. This selection will be ideal if you are possessing a perfect website design, don’t want to change it – and you still keep the PSD file of the template.
- The second one is utilizing a totally new Magento 2 template to give your customers a new look of your brand. To do that, you can buy a ready-made template on the market. There are tons of them for different industries and at affordable prices. In case that you are interested in a certain design of a website, you can clone that template and apply to your site. It will take nearly 1 month for cloning, depending on the level of design difficulty and complication. The last case is that you don’t like any available templates or want to have a unique design, you can hire a professional designer to design your site from the scratch. In terms of the cost, buying a template is the cheapest choice and the creating a unique design is the most expensive one.
In general, most of the owners will seek and purchase a proper ready-made template for their new Magento eCommerce websites to save time and money.
Step 2: Define which type and amount of data you want to migrate?
Your current database might be huge but remember to select only crucial data to migrate to the new site; for example: products, categories, prices, customers and orders. Some stores also want to migrate product ratings and reviews, testimonials, and so on.
Though this is not a complex phase but you should be cautious because of possible data loss.
Step 3: Examine and filter the current Magento Extensions list, select the ones you want to keep
There are very rare Magento eCommerce websites that don’t install any extensions to enhance the functionalities and performance.
Regardless of the number of extensions installed in the site right now, you have to review them carefully and determine which are really necessary to keep and move to the new site.
The thing is that…
Actually, you can’t be able to “move” these extensions to your Magento 2 store BUT find “similar” extensions – on Magento 2 version to buy and install on the new site.
Unfortunately, only 50-60% of your Magento 1 plugins have Magento 2 version.
So, what can you do to “migrate” the extensions that haven’t been developed for Magento 2?
The solution is simple: finding some prestigious Magento module development companies and asking them to develop custom Magento 2 extensions for you.
Besides, the higher number extensions you want to migrate, the higher amount of time and money it takes. Therefore, as I have mentioned before, working on your extension list and keep only essential extensions to migrate.
Step 4: Determine which functions you want to migrate/ develop for the new site
In your old site, there might be some custom functions that are not acquired by installed extension, for instance: store pickup, reseller program, auction, etc. Therefore, you have to decide whether to develop these functions in the new site or not.
Moreover, you can take this chance to add more necessary features on the Magento 2 site to provide your shoppers with both better design and functions.
Step 5: Look for a reliable Magento development company to conduct the upgrade
There are three main reasons that you should find an agency to migrate your site to Magento 2 rather than do it yourself:
The first reason is obvious, they have more expertise and experience on Magento 2 upgrade than you since it is their day-by-day task. As a result, they can ensure a smooth and safe migration process, without any serious problems like data loss.
The second reason is that, they can do it faster than you. For a beginner, it would take enormous amount of time to find out what can be done and what should be done in the migration, not to mention time for implementation. On the contrary, for a professional company, the total time for the upgrade is just a few weeks.
The third reason is that the cost of hiring a Magento agency to do the upgrade is rational and acceptable. Especially, if you co-operate with the outsourcing companies, located in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore or India, where the labor cost is very cheap, they will charge you very competitive price.
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