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Website Development Feb 3, 2020

Migrating to Magento 2: An Overview

Magento, an e-commerce platform released its first update by the name of Magento 2.x on 8th October 2019. The company has announced to completely cease support for Magento 1 by June of 2020. Hence it’s time for businesses to migrate to the latest version because using a CMS without support can be problematic exposing the platform to vulnerabilities.

Magento 2 VS Magento 1

Migrating to Magento 2 will provide added advantages to businesses in terms of enhanced performance and scalability, improved security, better checkout process, advanced reporting and improvements in responsiveness and mobile-friendliness.  Hence in addition to continued support, the benefits alone are reason enough to make the upgrade.

Migration Considerations

Some important considerations to take before starting the migration process are as follows

  1. A thorough analysis of your website to identify the required features and functionalities for the new upgraded website.
  2. Making a complete backup of all the necessary files and database.
  3. Do not use the live e-store for migration instead use the cloned data from the original website.
  4. Evaluate if the current plugins, themes, extensions, etc. are compatible with the upgrade.

Migration Process

Upgrading the platform yourself can be a complicated process however  Magento development companies usually have in house Magento developers that provide migration services to businesses for a certain cost. In Saudi Arabia, Dtech Systems is a leading Magento development company that provides migration services.

There are four main stages of the migration process

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

Here we will provide a brief overview of each

1. Data Migrations

Starting off the developer will download Magento 2 and set up the Magento 2 installer. Secondly, he will download a data migration tool from the company website however consideration needs to be taken to ensure that its version is the same as the Magento 2 codebase version. Their official website has also provided the public and private keys, which will be used for authorization. The developer will then configure the data migration tool. After this, the Magento 1 and 2 databases will be mapped out and finally, the actual migration would take place.

2. Theme Migration

An important consideration regarding themes is that a direct migration of a Magento 1 theme with a Magento 2 theme is not possible. The alternative being either to create a new customized theme for the upgrade or buy one. The other option would be to modify the current theme selection so that it would become compatible with the upgrade.

3. Extension Migration

The Magento extensions would not be compatible with the latest version hence while making the migration new extensions and plugins would have to be bought from the Magento marketplace. 

4. Customization Migrations

None of the customizations will be transferable to Magento 2.x and once the upgrade is made the required customizations will have to be designed again for the updated version. The silver lining, however, is that due to the Magento 2’s increased flexibility and features the number of customizations required may be fewer.

Migration to Magento 2 is not a choice but a necessity. Rather than waiting till June 2020, you should reach out to a competent Magento development company like Dtech Systems today that could assist your business in migrating.

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