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Migration To Magento 2: Hidden Costs

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If you are planning to implement a migration to Magento 2, we guess that you have requested and received several quotations from Magento development companies.

However, be careful that the numbers on their proposals are not all you have to pay for your Magento migration project.

In fact, most of the Magento migration service providers quote a project based on the time they spend on that and their hourly rate and don’t mention the cost of some “materials” used in the upgrade process.

In this blog post, we will reveal these “materials” with estimated costs so that you can have a good financial preparation for your Magento 1 to 2 migration project. Let’s figure out now!

1. Cost of buying new Magento 2 theme 

To begin with, we can’t continue using the current Magento theme on the new Magento 2 website due to the incompatible coding. Therefore, many store owners choose the solution of purchasing a new ready-made template for their store.

When you tell the agency about that plan (applying a theme after migration to Magento 2), they will give you a fee for the theme implementation.

The thing is that it only consists of installation and minor customization such as changing the logo, banners, favicon, basic colors,… You have to buy the theme yourself and send the developers to install it.

In general, a good Magento 2 responsive theme will cost you from $80 to $150.

2. Cost of customizing the new theme

As we have mentioned, the theme implementation cost only includes making minor changes to the theme.

Notwithstanding, in order to make the template more suitable for your brand image or customize some parts to be similar to the old Magento 1 site, you have to make a request for the theme customization.

It’s worth noting that the agency can give you an estimate for the customization only when you can send them a specific template and your existing site as well as clarify which parts to modify.

Otherwise, they will never include this cost on the proposal and you might have to pay an extra cost to do it.

3. Cost of hiring designers to create website banners

In fact, the developers are only responsible for altering all of the banners that you send to them on the site. In other words, they will not design the banners for you. Therefore, you have to add a request for it or hire an external designer to create banners for the new store.

Apart from it, your product images can be distorted after being migrated from Magento 1 to Magento 2. If you can fix it yourself so let’s turn to the designer for help, which might raise the cost obviously.

4. Cost of buying new Magento 2 extensions

Similar to the theme migration issue, all of your Magento 1 modules will become useless after carrying out migration to Magento 2.

Due to that, in the proposal, your Magento migration partner often suggests you some Magento 2 extensions to replace the old ones and they will help you to install those plugins on the new site. This also means that you have to choose the extensions yourself, buy your favorite ones and send to the developers afterward.

From our experience, a high-quality Magento 2 extension often costs from $65-200. For some complex modules like marketplace and ERP, it can be up to $1,000. The more modules you want to buy, the more money you have to pay.

5. Cost of fixing conflicts after installing the new extensions

When we install a lot of new extensions on Magento 2 e-commerce website, the conflicts among them are unavoidable.

If you have a lot of modules on the new site, it might take a significant amount of time to resolve the conflicts and raise the associated cost as well.

Hence, our advice is that you should check whether your Magento agency mentions this part on the proposal or not.

If they don’t, you should ask them in case there is a conflict, how they will charge to tackle the problems.

6. Cost of customizing the new Magento 2 extensions

In many cases, we can just find a “similar” extension for Magento 2 that are not “the same” as that of Magento 1.

Also, the features we need might be missing in the new Magento 2 modules. To handle it, the only way is to customize the new plugins to suit your needs. The complexity of the module customization will determine your cost.

Besides the module’s function customization, we might also need to make some changes to the front-end of the extensions to match the new theme.

7. Cost of getting support after project

Even when your site is migrated from Magento 1 to 2 smoothly and tested carefully before being moved to the live site, we cannot detect all of the bugs.

Owing to that, it’s necessary to maintain contact with your Magento migration service provider after your project is done to get timely support. While some agencies offer free support (within a certain period of time), others charge for it based on their hourly rate.

Hence, you should discuss with the developers about that and prepare your budget.

8. Cost of solving other migration to Magento 2’s unexpected issues

Sometimes your project might not go on the track and many unexpected issues might happen.

For example, the agency can misunderstand your requirements at the beginning and then deploy your migration to Magento 2 plan improperly, or you don’t fully understand what they proposed in the contract.

As a result, you might have to pay an additional cost to fix the things you want.


Migration to Magento 2 might take more money and effort than you expected. Therefore, you should do your own research on the Internet, get experts’ advice and discuss thoroughly with the Magento agency about the total migration cost.

It’s a pity if your project was half-done since you hadn’t prepared enough budget for that.

Last but not least, if you are looking for a reputable Magento agency to carry out your migration project, Tigren Solutions is one of the best choices. With more than 6 years of experience in Magento development, we are confident to help you to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 with the highest quality and within your budget.

Contact us now if you want to get a free quote as well as get more advice from our Magento experts.


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