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.

 Magento 2 migration

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.

Integrations

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.

Infrastructure

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.

Training

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.