Migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2 Before It’s Too Late
From my own perspective, I’d say that Magento 2 is a perfect choice for all online businesses. It would be a pity if you are still using Magento 1 platform. There are lots of impressive e-commerce features that you can enjoy once you migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2. In this article, I will not only show you all the benefits you will get after Magento migration as well as suggest the best time to implement it.
What is Magento 2 Migration?
To say in simple words, Magento Migration is a process of transferring data, design, extensions, custom functions, settings, etc., from the current Magento 1 website to the latest version of Magento 2.
In fact, that process is creating a new website on the Magento 2 platform since all of the Magento 1 themes and extensions cannot be re-used.
When Should Merchants Migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2?
The Magento migration duration depends on how complex your requirements are. This is quite a complicated process that can take up to 6 months to fully migrate.
Meanwhile, Magento will end its support for Magento 1 from June 2020, only 6 months away (official announcement).
The date is coming close, every business owner should be in a hurry to plan for the migration to Magento 2.
The demand for Magento migration from 1 to 2 is getting higher day by day and will become over demand soon. As a result, it can lead to a higher price and probably lower quality of Magento 2 migration services.
So, if you want to migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2 effectively (with guaranteed quality of the project and at an affordable price), you had better start it as soon as possible.
Consequences of Magento Migration Delay
Assumed that you postponed your Magento migration process to the days after Magento 1 end-of-life, there are some risks that your store might confront:
1. The end of support, followed by severe security issues
To an e-commerce site, security is always one of the top concerns because many transactions with private customer information are made through the site.
When Magento stops providing further support for Magento 1, there will be no more security update patch that is published quarterly to guarantee safe transactions for Magento 1 stores. Thus, those sites might face high risks of cyber-attacks and hacks.
3. “Full-of-bug” Magento extensions without third-party support
Up to now, most of Magento extension providers stopped releasing new extensions for Magento 1 and focusing 100% on Magento 2 products.
At the same time, many of them declined to solve tickets/ reports related to their Magento 1 plugins. This would be a big problem for Magento 1 merchants, especially for those who don’t have in-house developers.
Benefits of Magento 2 Migration
Above are some crucial reasons why we should migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2. After making these clear, I would like to point out some benefits of Magento migration.
1. The site loading speed
After Magento migration, the site loading speed will be improved significantly, providing end-users with the best shopping experience. According to some researches, the web speed of Magento 2 is even 50% faster than the old one on average.
2. Responsiveness design (Mobile-Friendly)
In this era of mobile devices, many things can be done with one touch. Instead of going to a physical store for shopping or using a desktop for browsing, people prefer using mobile devices. Fortunately, Magento 2 is made to be fully responsive across devices.
From some trusted sources, Magento can handle more orders per hour compared to Magento 1 (up to 37 percent more). This means the stores can work fluently regardless of the growing number of page views and site traffic.
4. Easy-to-use admin interface
Not only is the end-user experience enhanced, but also is the experience of business owner improved. In comparison with Magento 1 store, the Magento 2 admin dashboard is now customizable, streamlined and easier to use. They make the product upload so clearly step by step that new users can work on it smoothly.
How To Start The Migration?
To migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2 successfully, first and foremost, you must look for an experienced Magento development company/ developer. Then, you should provide your project requirements as much detail as possible. Finally, kick off your project with the partner that you find a balance between their capability and price.