How To Migrate From Magento 1 To Magento 2 Without Breaking Anything?
First released in 2007, Magento has developed an outstanding reputation as one of the most popular e-commerce platforms over the years for enterprise brands. Currently, there are 230,000 live stores running on Magento with the platform being used by 18% of the top million websites with the most traffic on the internet. Magento was acquired by Adobe for $1.7 billion in 2018 and started creating major changes such as discontinuing the support for all Magento 1.x products and requiring their users to migrate their websites to the new Magento 2.0 version.
Choosing the right e-commerce platform can either make or break your entire business. While Magento is a top choice for enterprise retailers, complaints around the complexity of the platform and the slow time to market and increasing development costs cause a lot of agencies to switch to other e-commerce platforms like BigCommerce.
This blog post is going to focus on answering the following questions.
- What questions should you ask before deciding to migrate?
- Is migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 the right choice for your business?
- What should growing e-commerce brands do before migrating?
With answers provided by agencies whose sole purpose is migrating businesses from one e-commerce platform to another.
Things to Consider when Migrating to Magento
The goal of migration should not be to simply migrate your business from one platform to another, but rather it should be to focus on the opportunities available for a particular business from moving. Regardless of your reasoning for moving, you should always be asking the following questions during the discovery phase which includes.
- Will moving to a certain platform positively or negatively impact my ROI?
- Can switch to a more modern SaaS-based solution allows for more time to be allocated to other aspects of the business such as marketing or product development?
- Does the new platform integrate with my current inventory management system and provide accurate forecasting of our inventory?
- Is it secure and compliant?
- Does it take less staff to support and maintain?
All of these questions can help you determine which is the right platform to migrate to and which is going to provide you and your business the greatest ROI in terms of revenue and in terms of freeing up your time.
Determine what technology you need to function your business. Currently, a lot of Magento users have undergone different customizations to optimize their website to make it more efficient, and yet many businesses do not use them. Understanding the core features of your business that you need can make it easier for you when determining the platform that best suits your business. A number of functionalities included in the Magento platform and in the Magento Marketplace are available from different specialized providers in the BigCommerce App Marketplace.
Budget allocation for a platform and its maintenance can drastically change over time. Cloud-based e-commerce solutions generally result in a lower total cost of ownership, whereas on-premises solutions like Magento require Enterprise license fees, hosting fees and ongoing support. Magento has hosted and cloud-based options and it an open-source, meaning it allows for full customization of the platform. The hidden costs of Magento start appearing when it is time to hire designers and developers to make changes to either your front- or back-ends of their website. Merchants who were on Magento 1 can expect their maintenance and hosting costs to double if they move to Magento 2.
With the latest news about Magento Commerce 1/Enterprise Edition and Magento Open Source/Community Edition end-of-life coming in June 2020, many brands need to consider migrating to a new platform and the time associated with that. Migrating to a new platform will require a lot of planning, testing and also additional time for development and post-launch testing.
So just how long does it take to migrate to a new e-commerce platform?
This all depends on the complexity of your business and the different custom plugins or integrations you need on your website. Here at Web4You, we have done the migration for simple stores which took around 8 weeks, while some stores that were much larger and had multiple custom plugins, took around 8 months to a year. Every brand is different and requires its own unique set of features and plugins, which is why starting to think about migrating early is really important. Doing so allows you to plan everything ahead of time, instead of last-minute when services for Magento 1.x are discontinued.
Migrating timeline is dependent on the complexity of the brand, however, all of the migration that Web4You has done to the BigCommerce Platform was not just fast but they were designed to be efficient for the brand. Usually, if the brand has a small catalog and we are to develop a custom theme, this can range between 6 – 8 weeks. However, if the bran has a large catalog and we are to develop custom functionality, this can range between 12 – 16+ weeks. Despite our speed of migration, we always recommend brands to begin the brainstorming process of migration a couple of months before as this can allow more time to choose the correct platform for you as well as the best type of customizable features that compliments your business and makes it more efficient.
With an open-source platform like Magento, brands need to have a team of developers on-premise to aid in any large changes or adjustments to the platform. This is financially liable for large enterprises, however, this is not possible for small to medium-sized brands, who do not have the team nor the budget for this. A team of developers is needed on standby at all times because with business there can be security vulnerabilities or bugs that need to be dealt with immediately, otherwise, it can cause a loss of sales and more importantly a loss in trust by customers.
It seems as though almost every month there is a new vulnerability that is found with the new Magento software. In fact, research has found that 87% of SME websites using the Magento platform is currently at high risk from cyberattacks. For Magento-savvy developers, keeping the hackers at bay is a revolving door for businesses. For brands, it’s a threat to their bottom line. Website security is essential, especially for e-commerce platforms because you are processing credit card payments, which customers want to know for sure that their information is not going to be compromised.
Understanding the functionality you need for your brand is going to develop a list of technologies that you will require in the new platform, either as a plugin or custom-built. This could be something along the lines of,
- Wholesale capabilities
- Headless commerce
- International localization
- Theme & storefront customization
- Mobile optimization
- Faceted search
- Coupons & discounts
Functionality, alongside cost and launch time, are the factors that most impact the platform selection process. The BigCommerce Tech Platform is home to over 500 apps that can be easily integrated into your e-commerce site and add functionality such as shipping, rewards programs, coupons and multi-channel selling.
In conclusion, there are some benefits associated with migrating to the new Magento 2.0 version, especially if you are a large enterprise. However, if you are a small to medium-sized business, the new Magento 2.0 platform might not be the best option for you, in terms of finance and functionality. There are many different platforms where you can migrate to and continue your online store and still have all the features you had with Magento, if not more, for a much cheaper price.
There are platforms like Wix, WordPress, and Shopify which are largely popular because of their different plugins and simple user interface. Here at Web4You, we do a complete analysis of your current e-commerce platform and then help you make the transition to your new platform as fast and as efficient as possible. For free estimates and timelines, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org