Upgrading to Magento 2 will take time to plan and execute, which is why it is important to act now to ensure a smooth transition.
Additionally it is worth considering that as the deadline for Magento 1 gets closer, the inevitable rush to keep websites compliant could mean an increased demand on companies such as ourselves, which could lead to delays in migration your website.
It is essential that you take steps to upgrade your Magento store, and there are 4 main areas that need to be considered;
- Magento Design Migration
- Magento Extension Migration
- Magento Customisations
- Magento Data Migration Magento
You can not directly migrate your existing design from Magento 1 to Magento 2. This is due to the enhancements and changes that have been made within the front end code of Magento 2. Additionally the chances are your existing Magento store is not currently making best use of responsive technologies and enhancements.
So as part of the upgrade process, we would update the design of your store, to ensure you are making full use of responsive design appealing to the increasingly larger mobile customer.
Magento Extension Migration
Magento 1 Extensions, will not work within Magento 2. The core extensions that have been available for Magento 1 for may years have been developed and re-worked to ensure they are compatible with the newer Magento 2 code.
As part of the upgrade process, we will look at the existing extensions you used within your Magento webstore, and make recommendations on extensions we recommend using moving forward.
Something to seriously consider is keeping Magento extensions to a minimum, and we have established a core set of extensions, we recommend be used to help keep your Magento store stable and to operate stress free.
If you have used custom code within your existing Magento 1 store, the chances are this may not work within the newer Magento 2 platform. So it is important we establish a specific feature you wish to retain, so we can best advise whether this can be migrated.
Magento Data Migration
Your data is hugely important, and ensuring this is smoothly moved from your existing Magento store to the new Magento 2 platform is crucial.
Magento themselves offer a tool to help migrate the data, however this is not always best to use this method. We would work with you to consider the best solution for your data, to ensure we choose the most reliable and smoothest method.
In some cases it is best to re-add your data manually to make sure you are making use of all the new features with Magento 2. This is fine for smaller sites, but we appreciate with larger websites with much larger product databases, a more automated method is required.
The process of upgrading your Magento 1 store to Magento 2 can take many months, to discuss, plan and execute. We take great pride in the work that we do and provide an experienced team of ecommerce professionals.
How do I know if I need to upgrade?
You may already be aware what version of Magento you are currently running, this is most likely the reason why you have visited our website. But in case you are not sure, log into your Magento admin panel and looking at the footer of the page.
What happens next ?
The next step is to talk to one of our ecommerce experts who will discuss your requirements and provide you with a clear upgrade path. Our goal will be to ensure minimal disruption to your existing store, whilst working with you to create a store that will take your sales to the next level. At every step we have a team of experienced support staff who are on hand to guide you through the upgrade process. Providing on-going training and support to all aspects of Magento features whether this is face-to-face training or via telephone or email support.
We have already successfully upgraded many Magento 1 stores to Magento 2 and would love the opportunity to discuss your requirements. Complete our online enquiry form or get in touch via online chat or call 0117 403 4071, Upgrade Today to stay compliant and secure.