The transition from Magento 1 (M1) to Magento 2 (M2) is one of the most talked-about topics in the e-commerce world. M2 was released in 2015. Magento subsequently announced that it would end its official support for M1 in 2020. This makes the transition to Magento not only desirable but necessary.
The M2 release is out and sooner or later you will have to migrate your current site from the old version to the latest M2 platform.
In this article, we’ve put together such recommendations and strategies that will be useful both when planning the migration and directly when performing it. At once we will advise you to use Magento migration services by Elogic, if you have no choices.
We hope that the collected materials will help you to choose the best strategies for your online business and make the whole process clear and consistent.
Reasons to migrate to Magento 2
The main reason to migrate to the M2 platform is that M1 is no longer the focus of Magento Inc.
Naturally, its support will continue for a few more years (until 2018), but it will be nothing more than fixing critical bugs and security issues.
Magento Inc will no longer invest in Magento development (version 1), and will not expand its functionality or implement any modern technical solutions.
In order to speed up your decision, let’s briefly list the main improvements and benefits of M2:
- Increased speed on both the admin side and the client-side.
- Improved usability of both administrator and client-side areas.
- The stack of technologies used has been updated.
- Implemented full page caching in both Community and Enterprise versions.
- Improved (to advanced level) checkout process.
- Code is fully covered by automated tests.
M2 is twenty-five % quicker for end-users, attaching goods to the cart is as much as fifty-two % quicker than it was on Magento 1.x platform.
M2 is capable of displaying up to ten million catalog pages per hour versus 500 thousand pages/ 1h for Magento CE 1.9.x or Magento EE 1.14.x versions.
So, given the information provided, we recommend that you start planning your migration to the M2 platform in the near future.
M2 is the future of e-commerce and the next generation of first-class software for it.
What you should know about the manner of movement to Magento 2
Magento 1.x and 2.x platforms are inappropriate. This implies that if you have version 1.x, its modules and contemporary theme can’t be practiced on version 2.
The circumstance with data is somewhat better because there is an insured service that presents it easier for developers to migrate it. Nevertheless, this service enables you to transport just the data that was in Magento at first, not the data of 3rd-party modules.
From the above, it becomes clear that the manner of movement to M2 is extra about creating a novel store (site) using the existing info, preferably than the usual upgrade to the freshest version.
Before migrating we advise answering the following questions:
- Which M1.x modules are currently being practiced on your site?
- Which of the used modules are compatible with M2? (this information can be requested from the creators of the modules).
- Does your current hosting meet the necessities for M2?
Review of the movement process to Magento 2
Usually, we allocate the process of movement to M2 in several stages. These steps are:
- Creating a movement plan.
- Making experiment environment.
- Setting up of modules and expansion of special functionality.
- Data migration.
- Creating a theme for M2.
- Planning the publication and extra database synchronization.
- Publishing a Magento two-based shop on a real server.