Magento has announced end of life for Magento 1 as soon as June 2020, time to plan Magento 2 migration.
Sounds like still lot of time? Not exactly, because Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration is a complex project and takes months of planning and implementation.
So if your online store running on Magento 1 it’s time to prepare for Magento 2 migration right now.
Initially launched in 2015 now Magento 2 eCommerce platform is becoming more mature, robust, stable and features rich. The extension providers are catching up with thousands of Magento 2 extensions available. There are less and less arguments in support of delaying migration to Magento 2.
Don’t get us wrong, Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration is a serious project, especially for complex stores with significant number of extensions and custom code.
That’s why it is very important to engage professionals who can help your business with moving your store from Magento 1 to Magento 2.
With several Magento 2 projects under the belts including Magento 1 -> Magento 2 migrations, Magenable can provide 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
- Commercial Magento Commerce (used to be Magento Enterprise). Magento Cloud Commerce available both in self-hosted and cloud versions. According last available public data Cloud version price starts from US $1999 per month, the price depends on your store Gross Merchandise Volume.
Both Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce are solid choices. In brief for extra money paid to Magento you’ll get more features included out of the box (like nice set of B2B functionality and good WYSIWYG editor) and official vendor support. With Magento Commerce Cloud you’ll also get a hosting at AWS managed by Magento.
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.
Magento 1 and Magento 2 have number of differences in functionality. Magento 2 has lot of new features, but you may miss few things such as 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, re-built them 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 your developers have to redo the front-end code.
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.
New platform has slightly higher than Magento 1 infrastructure requirements, so you need to assess current hosting solution. Can it host new Magento 2 store? If not, what will be the cost of upgrading? Should you consider another hosting provider?
More expensive edition, Magento 2 Commerce Cloud has a default AWS deployment option with Magento/Adobe and Amazon partnership. It can be still deployed to the infrastructure you control directly though.
Magenable can also help with deployment of Magento 2 Open Source edition to AWS cloud, where you get robust and scalable environment.
While Magento 2 has a better and more intuitive admin user interface, 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 customized 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.