Migrating from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x

Now it is the end of July 2019, almost less than a year to upgrade your existing Magento 1.x store to the latest Magento 2.x. According to BuiltWith, total 192,784 live websites are using Magento in which 65,018 Magento websites are in the US. In this article, we will focus on the necessity and steps towards the migration of your existing Magento 1.0 store to the latest Magento 2.0. Avion has extensive experience in both migration and customization of Magento 2.0 websites.

Why Upgrade from Magento 1.0 to Magento 2.0?

Magento has stopped the release of any new features in the Magento 1.x versions as of now, excluding the security updates.

As per the blog published by Magento, they will stop the official support for the Magento 1.x versions and stop releasing new security updates after June 2020. All the customizations that you will do on your Magento 1.X version will need to be replicated within the Magento 2.X version.

Is it worth migrating?

To remain ahead in the competitive world, you need an eCommerce platform that is both scalable and robust. Magento 2 is the one that has the functionality to provide engaging and seamless buying experiences for the client. And this is often one thing that Magento 2 offers in plenty. It provides you with a secure foundation that also has the scalability and flexibility to let your business succeed.

Apart from the scalability and flexibility, there are various advantages of migrating to Magento 2 like more user-friendly checkout, enhanced Security, more responsive on mobile devices, improved customization, more SEO friendly, simplified and smooth product upload, advance reporting, future improvements, and releases.

Why Redevelopment? Planning the migration.

At Avion, we treat the migration process as a platform switch. Magento has changed its architecture completely; the layouts, modules, and extensions their architecture is completely different. They have also introduced a lot of technologies like Knockout.js and Less CSS. There is no easy and quick switch like simply pressing the upgrade button, and it is done . It requires a lot of planning and organizational buy-in.

Migrating the website from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x is as good as developing the website from scratch. The modules need to be re-built, themes are not portable, so we must re-write the themes; the structure of layouts is different, and also the plug-in architecture is different.

During the migration planning process, our Project Managers prepare a thorough plan which has the strategy and the goals laid out clearly with the expected objectives. They make sure that they know the inside out of the project from ground level to the top level. The plan also includes how to re-factor the existing process and improve it to increase the efficiency of the new store. Decide what you need to keep – remove all unwanted extensions which you do not need. Check the stuff you did not implement in Magento 1 and explore the new features available in Magento 2. This helps in providing better customer experience along with the added security.

Understanding the Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration Process

As far as the migration process is concerned, it can take plenty of time and effort as this process is pretty complex and has a lot of customizations. This is where we (Avion Technology) can assist you as your development partner. The following four steps you need to consider to migrate your website:

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

Theme Migration

You will need to develop a new theme for Magento 2 as direct migration of Magento 1 theme is not feasible. You can hire a team of designers and developers to re-create the current theme, or you can take advantage of this opportunity to re-design the complete store with new and attractive layout.

Extension Migration

You cannot use any existing Magento 1.x as they are non-transferrable due to code conflicts. There are many extensions available in the Magento marketplace which are compatible with Magento 2.X. If certain extensions are not available then you can get the extension custom developed.

Customizations Migration

Magento provides a Code Migration Toolkit to support you with the code customization process. This process is tricky, and you will need technical knowledge to confirm the custom code is migrated successfully and works efficiently.

Data Migration

Magento provides a Data Migration Toolkit to support you with the data migration process. This is the most vital step and requires considerable knowledge of Magento 2 Database Migration. The client information and store data are important for a company. This process is complex as it involves the migration of the existing clients, orders, products, and store settings.

Why should you choose Avion?

We have a team of experienced Magento developers who have worked on many Magento projects involving both customizations and migrations. Our team is efficient in handling complex projects through which we can assist you to migrate your existing Magento 1.x store to Magento 2.x successfully. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us, and you will be able to make your vision a reality and a dream come true.


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