7 Steps to Get Magento 2 Migration Right for Small Businesses
Are you running your website on Magento 1? Or Magento 2? You should be aware that Adobe has officially announced it will cease Magento 1 support by June 2020. Your eCommerce store will be less secure from security breaches, performance issues, and module updates if you continue to maintain it yourself.
This article will provide suggestions on how to make a seamless Magento2 migration.
Here’s a brief overview of the process of migration
Three major steps are required to upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2: pre-migration and migration.
* Pre-migrationThis stage involves reviewing the website’s content and data to determine how much manual labor is required. We also prepare design specifications and create a project outline that includes major phases and deadlines.
* MigrationFirst, set up a test environment and move Magento 2 to a new server. Next, themes, extensions and plugins, as well as data and content, are transferred from Magento 1 to Magento 2
* Post-migrationLast but not the least, synchronizing your order history with customer data is essential to ensure a seamless transition from Magento 1 to Magento 2
Magento 2 upgrades can be very time-consuming. It could take 3 to 6 months depending on how complex your shop is. If you run into any pitfalls, this time can be extended.
These are some of the common problems.
Magento 2 data migration can be more difficult than dragging and dropping
The most important stage of the data transfer is Magento 2 data migration. It is crucial that you have sufficient technical knowledge and experience to quickly respond to any loss of database assets, specifically customer and product information. Your blog content, meta titles, customer orders, and meta descriptions should all be transferred inseparably.
Please note: Magento 1 data cannot be copied and pasted into Magento 2. You should have the Magento 2 platform ready to transfer your custom data. To transfer your settings and bulk information, a combination custom migration scripts, official Magento Data Migration Tool and manual migration can be used.
Custom development can be complicated by a poor code structure and messy code.
Data structure issues can arise during the migration process. If the core Magento 1 code is not properly or unorganized, the standard Migration Tool and scripts will not work.
We have seen many situations in which the data structure was so bad that we had to reinstall Magento 1 before starting Magento 2 migration.
Note: A website audit is the only way to avoid this problem. To find errors in code that were missed during the previous development phase, we usually conduct a code review. We will determine if custom migration scripts are required or if it is better to start from scratch with Magento.
Magento migration affects SEO performance
SEO (search engine optimization) is a key factor in eCommerce businesses. Magento 2 introduced many SEO improvements, including Auto-Generation features and Schema.org. Schema.org can help increase your eCommerce store’s search engine ranking. Auto-Generation allows you to create templates for product metadata. Magento 2 is a popular choice for advanced SEO features.
Search engine traffic loss can negatively impact your rankings on the SERPs (search engines results page), and it could even cost you a lot of money. The following issues can occur if you don’t properly migrate:
*Redirects that don’t work
These events can adversely affect your marketing strategies, making it difficult to get back on top of Google.
Google Webmaster Tools like Search Console or Analytics can be used to help overcome SEO obstacles and maintain your rankings. You can search for all 404 errors pages, fix them, and apply 301 redirects.
Magento 2 Extensions: How do you apply them?
Magento Marketplace offers a wide range of extensions that enhance Magento’s core functionality and add new functionalities to marketing, checkout, customer service, shipping, and payment solutions.
Extensions that are installed on Magento 1 stores cannot be copied during migration. They simply won’t work. All extensions that are not compatible with Magento 1 will have to be replaced by Magento 2 versions.
Most Magento 1 extensions were created for Magento 2. This makes it easy to move settings and data. Many merchants now have the ability to take advantage of Magento 2 core capabilities that can be added in Magento 1 through custom development or Magento 1 extension integration.
Note: Thanks to new technologies (HTML5, CSS3, and Require.js), the process of updating extensions and installing extensions has become easier.
All design flaws can be addressed during migration
Migration is a great opportunity to update the design and rethink your customer experience. Magento 1 templates cannot be used with Magento 2. Magento 2 is compatible with Magento 1. This is because Magento 2 has a modern architecture, which means that it has different requirements for front-end and backend. It’s therefore impossible to convert Magento 1 code.
Note When our clients decide to move from Magento 1 to Magento 2 we recommend a website design. Because Magento 2 is a modern platform, the front-end must be built on top. Customers are making mobile purchases, so Magento 2’s mobile-optimized design features make sense.
It takes more time than you might think.
Migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 can be a complex upgrade and can take longer than you might think. It can take time to plan, implement extensions, transfer data, redesign, and design depending on the requirements and implementation. If you are interested in learning more about the key differences Magento 1 and Magento 2, please visit our article.
Here are the details of each phase:
1. 3.Creating a migration plan takes 3 weeks
2. 2.Preparing a test environment
4. Migration of data takes 1-2 days
5. Create a Magento 2 design in 2-4 weeks
7. Magento 2 store launch on a Live Server: 1 Week
The Magento 1 to Magento 2 upgrade can take three to four months. It can take longer depending on how complex your business is and the original implementation. Check out our Magento 2 migration checklist to learn more.
We recommend doing a store audit to identify weaknesses in your code, performance, security, and website’s security. You will now have an accurate picture of the deadlines for the migration process. Each phase is equally important and should be completed correctly to ensure smooth launch with minimal downtime.
Without a ‘definition or done’, there is no end in sight
Definition of done (DoD), is a set of predetermined requirements that the team must meet in order to show value for the final product. This is what happens when we apply it to Magento migration. Your project may be delayed if you don’t have a clear plan, outline, or understanding of DoD.
Magento developers should follow the DoD guarantee that all tasks meet release criteria. This includes writing clean code and unit tests.
Note Paul Okhrem is the managing board member of Elogic, an eCommerce company that focuses on Magento stores.
To make the Magento 2 migration process easy and painless, you can trust a -certified Magento development company. Your store will continue to run smoothly with no downtime or data loss thanks to the competent Magento agency.
Elogic has successfully completed more than 20 Magento 1 to Magento 2 conversions so we are familiar with every aspect of the process. We have worked with many retail companies, including large and small ones that sell clothes, food and display mounts. To learn more about our projects, visit our Magento 2 Migration Services.