Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration.

Posted on: January 27, 2019
Blog eCommerce

With Magento 1 support getting closer and closer,  it’s time to start thinking of migrating your current Magento store to Magento 2. At aware we’re a digital agency that know everything you need to know about taking the leap in upgrading your Magento 1 to the new platform of Magento 2, but is it really that big of a deal? This digital agency doesn’t think so. Here’s a few points about taking you Magento 1 store and with our help, migrating it to a Magento 2 store.

Why Magento 2.

Magento 2 is a completely transformed version of the original Magento eCommerce platform, it comes with new architecture, coding structure and database design. Whilst this might not mean a lot to some, for us as a digital agency it means there is a lot to think about when planning the migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2! But fear not we have this covered for you. Allowing you to concentrate on the eCommerce side, whilst we do our thing.

With the end of life looming for Magento 1 we’d recommend considering the migration of your eCommerce store and not leaving it to the last minute. And if you are planning a migration to Magento 2 the below points are here to help.
Here are a couple of points to think about before making the move.

  • Always make sure that you do the migration on your development server to make sure it works correctly.
  • Analyze your store to see if there is new functionality you may require or if there is anything that can be removed, speed is key in modern eCommerce.
  • Outline custom functionality so it can be rebuilt on the Magento 2 platform by a digital agency.
  • Make sure to remove outdated data from the database (products, related product, logs etc.) We all love a bit of GDPR!

When you look at Magentos documentation they outline that the migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 consists of four different stages.

  1. Theme Migration
  2. Extension Migration
  3. Customisations
  4. Data Migration

Magento Theme Migration

As Magento 2 is a completely new platform it’s not possible to migrate a theme, but don’t be disheartened this means you can improve on you current eCommerce theme. aware is the digital agency that can help from creating wireframes, UX and UI design to the site build we have you covered and it’s all included in what we do. So whilst the theme can’t be directly migrated this digital agency knows that we can help you build a new eCommerce store with great UX and UI that will be cutting edge and perfect for your target audience.

Magento Extensions.

Magento extensions can be an important part of your eCommerce store that provide extra features and extended functionality on your Magento store. Before diving in and replacing them all we recommend checking if they are all needed.

Your digital agency will be able to help choose the best extensions for you store and should outline them for your business in their proposal. Remember Magento 1 extensions wont work on the new Magento platform. So be sure you’re not looking at the old extensions.

Magento Customisation.

If your Magento store has custom code and functionality on you should discuss this with your digital agency in the scoping stage to see If it is possible to migrate the work over to the new platform. This step can require extra work because of the differences between Magento 1 and 2 but aware are more than capable of carrying out this work for you. So have no fear.

Magento Data Migration.

Magento has an official data Migration tool that helps digital agencies migrate Magento store data using the CLI commands. It helps make the migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 hassle-free helping migrate critical data like orders, product, categories and more.

The tool from Magento helps migrate the entire database from the Magento 1 store to a Magento 2 database you digital agency will be able to help with this work and with the help of the Magento Migration Tool this work can be done quickly, easily and effectively.

Need Help?

A digital agency here to help! If you need any more information on migrating from your Magento 1 store to a new Magento 2 store don’t hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email and one of the aware team will give you a call or email back at your convenience.

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