After Magento Inc. released Magento 2.2 the time is come to seriously consider Magento 2 migration. The platform is becoming more robust, stable and features rich, extension providers are catching up. So there are less and less arguments in support on staying on Magento 1.
With several Magento 2 projects under the belts including Magento 1 -> Magento 2 migration, we can provide you much needed help, guidance and support and make the migration process as smooth and easy as possible.
What you need to consider Magento 2 migration
Short checklist of five the most important factors that you need to consider before migrating to Magento 2.
Select Magento 2 edition
What Magento 2 edition suits your business the best? After recent rebranding you can select between 2 products:
- Magento Open Source (former Magento Community) – free version of Magento
- Magento Cloud Commerce (used to be Magento Enterprise). In spite of having ‘cloud’ in the name Magento Cloud Commerce available both in self-hosted and cloud versions. Cloud version price starts from US $1999 per month, the price depends on your store Gross Merchandise Volume.
There are arguments for both Magento Open Source and Magento Cloud Commerce. A brief list of all extra features included in the paid version is available here
Data, functionality and design
You need to think about what data, functionality and design/UX you want to transfer and what you plan to change.
There are number of functional differences between Magento 1 and Magento 2. Magento 2 has bunch of new features, but there are some things that used to be in Magento 1 out of the box, but not supported in Magento 2 like recurring billing.
Another important component is the extensions used on your Magento 1 store. They need to be listed, cross-checked with Magento 2 and if needed replacements found.
If you have custom modules, they need to be re-built to work with Magento 2.
With design, moving to a new platform may be a good time to refresh your online store look&feel. If you like to re-use existing design, it is mostly possible, but front-end code has to be redone.
Magento 2 has a different API from version 1. Therefore if you have integrations with external systems using API, review the way they work and plan necessary adjustments. You may use Magento 2 versions of out of the box solutions or develop/update custom integrations.
Magento 2 has slightly higher in general infrastructure requirements, so you need to assess current hosting solution. Can it host new Magento 2 store? Is there need in upgrade. Magento 2, especially Magento 2 Cloud Commerce is much better suited for deployment to cloud platforms like AWS, so this opportunity is also can be reviewed.
While Magento 2 has a better and more intuitive admin user interface, it still worth to prepare you team to work with a new version of the platform. You can find free and paid on-demand video lessons from Magento University as well as get a customised training session from us.
All above may sound a bit complicated, but with the right team and help from professional experts successful Magento 2 migration is totally doable.