Magento 2 Migration Checklist
Suppose, you have a great webshop: stable, technology never lets you down and your turnover and conversion grow every quarter. However your webshop runs on a Magento 1 platform.
If you don’t do anything about this, this could become a problem. Cause whether your shop is performing well or not, since June 2020, you don’t get official support from Magento anymore.
At this point, there are some great initiatives like Mage One that make sure Magento 1 keeps running without any worries.
If you prefer not to get stuck on using an outdated system, the solution is simple: migrate to Magento 2.
Why a migration to Magento 2?
Magento 1 runs on an outdated system and doesn’t fit the current situation, wishes and requirements of the users. That’s why the time had come for a new version: Magento 2. Since June 2020, Magento 1 is EOL (end of life). This means there is no official support and no security updates anymore for Magento 1. This can cause leaks, making your webshop attractive to hackers.
So, you have 3 options:
- Keep running on Magento 1 and update Magento yourself with the help of existing Magento communities (not recommended).
- Purchase the above-mentioned service from Mage One
- Migrate to Magento 2
Because Magento 2 is not just an upgrade, but a completely new platform, there are some big differences between both versions.
Magento 2 works with full-page caching. This means, static content of a page will be stored in the cache and as a result, the page will be built faster. Besides that, the code and database of Magento 2 are lighter than Magento 1. The result: a much faster load time.
One of the advantages of Magento as an e-commerce platform is its scalability. With Magento 1, it was already possible to set up and extend a webshop.
With Magento 2, it is even easier to manage your webshop thanks to the intuitive Magento admin panel that is really responsive.
In addition, wizards offer better product management options and you have the possibility to create your own data overviews (grids).
Managing a Magento 2 webshop has become easier. The interface has been adjusted and as a result, usability has improved and rated higher than before.
Backend management allows your employees to work faster and it contributes to efficiency.
In contradiction to the first version of Magento, the standard theme of Magento 2 is totally responsive. The biggest advantage of it is the webshop will be built for every device from the beginning.
Even the backend of Magento 2 is responsive; very useful when you manage your webshop from your mobile device or tablet.
The code of Magento 1 had its charm: developers could find a solution in many different ways. The code of Magento 2 is aligned, so developers have to work according to a certain pattern. This prevents security leaks and holes in extensions and customized solutions.
How to migrate to Magento 2 in the best way
We urge every webshop owner to take time to migrate to Magento 2.
However, we do not mean you can make the decision in a few months: the support for the first version of Magento 1 is completely over, so there is definitely an urgency to decide.
With taking time, we mean you need to have a good migration plan and a clear planning.
We can divide the migration into 4 important steps:
- Inventory of the current Magento 1 webshop (store views, design, configuration, extensions, customization features, integrations with external software and data types)
- User Experience & SEO migration plan (monitoring your marketing results)
- Research of available Magento 2 extensions
- Project planning (targets, scope, budget & planning)
Hipex’ partner Creative CT has made a Magento 2 migration checklist for the migration to Magento 2.
This checklist consists of all benefits of Magento 2, the 4 steps to a good Magento 2 migration, tips to reduce risks and costs and a checklist with an overview of all phases and tasks!
Useful and, according to us, essential when preparing a migration to Magento 2.
Magento 2 migration checklist
- Check the 23 advantages of Magento 2
- Use these four steps for a smooth migration
- Tips for reducing risks and costs
- Free complete Magento 2 migration checklist