Magento 1 to Magento 2 Upgrade/Migration

Magento 1 is reaching the end of its lifetime! As Magento recently announced, official support for Magento 1 will come to an end in June 2020. If you’re thinking about Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration, now is the time to take the plunge. As a reliable Magento 2 migration agency, Web’s The Word can handle the process for you.

If you’ve hung onto your Magento 1 website for this long, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Magento 2 launched in 2015, littered with bugs (which is standard for new releases) and without a particularly wide range of extensions available. Early Magento 2 stores required heavy customisation to achieve functionalities that were easier to bring to life on Magento 1.

It took a couple of years, but these two major issues are a thing of the past. Bugs have widely been ironed out – and continue to be sorted with regular updates – while Magento 2’s flourishing community has seen over 2,000 extensions (both free and paid) released on the official marketplace.

At Web’s The Word we have worked closely with Magento 2 since its initial launch, and witnessed the platform grow and improve on a monthly basis. With an impressive core set of features, a large selection of extensions/themes available and a huge ecosystem to lean on for support, Magento 2 has everything that you could ask for from an eCommerce platform – and then some.

We’re a dedicated Magento 2 development company, and we truly believe that Magento 2 is an unrivalled eCommerce platform, with brilliant offerings for both developers and merchants. Contributing improved architecture, faster speeds and a far more friendly admin interface, Magento 2 is simply the best.

The downside is that releasing a platform as groundbreaking as Magento 2 meant completely revamping the previous platform; moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2 isn’t a simple upgrade as many merchants anticipate it to be. It’s a full migration which requires careful consideration and planning. If you’re thinking about making the jump to Magento 2, make no compromises; seek guaranteed professional services from Magento experts.

Considering moving to Magento 2 and want to learn more about its benefits and the migration process? We’ve performed migration for various clients since 2015 and have a strong grasp on what’s required. Contact us and see how we can help.

Why Magento 2 is better?

We can rave all day about Magento 2 – and we will! But you might still be wondering what’s so good about the newer platform, and whether it’s a worthwhile upgrade for your business. We can confidently say that Magento 2 is better for eCommerce businesses than Magento 1.x – here’s why:

  • Enhanced Performance
  • Expanded Functionality
  • Refined Admin Panel
  • Superior Customer Experience
  • Improved Security
  • Exceptional Scalability

Make a Switch if Your Current Store is Falling Short!

“Should I move my store from Magento 1 to Magento 2 right now or can I wait?”

You might be asking yourself this question. Migration to Magento 2 is a major project and not a choice to be made on a whim. Allow us to help you with the decision:

My current Magento 1 store:

  • Frequently suffers from bugs
  • Isn’t responsive across all devices and browsers
  • Has received negative feedback in regards to customer experience
  • Requires CRM/ERP/third party software integration
  • Is due a redesign/rebrand in any case
  • Migration to Magento 2 can solve all of these issues at once. Take the plunge!

My current Magento 1 store:

  • rarely encounters bugs
  • shows impressive performance on all devices and browsers
  • hasn’t received negative feedback and keeps customers coming back
  • doesn’t require any urgent integrations
  • has a design that I’m happy with
  • Migration to Magento 2 is not a priority – take your time and reevaluate down the line. No need to hurry!

Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration is a process that requires meticulous planning if you’re going to make the most of the revamped platform and achieve the eCommerce growth that you’re hoping for. Be certain that you’re ready to move everything over to Magento 2. When you are, our team of Magento certified developers have all of the tools and experience to make the migration a smooth and stress-free process for you.

How Can We Help You?

Magento 2 is the new powerhouse of the eCommerce world. Our team of Magento specialists work exclusively with Magento, and have acquired the skills and know-how to execute a fluid migration with minimal fuss. Here’s what you can expect from Web’s The Word:

  • Pre-Migration Consultancy
  • Secure Migration
  • 100% Data Security
  • Preserved SEO Rankings
  • Minimal Down Time
  • Deadline Oriented Migration Service
  • Post-Migration Support

Magento Migration Process

As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail – the old adage can absolutely be applied to Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration. Our standard migration process involves astute planning, careful execution and thorough testing to ensure that Magento 2 websites are delivered at a high quality with no sloppiness.

From start to finish, our M1 to M2 migration consists of:

Planning

First thing’s first: we need to understand what your requirements, priorities and expectations are. We’ll have a deep chat with the merchant to identify all of this, and carefully analyse existing data and customisations that are in place. This puts all of the pieces in place for a successful migration, and ensures that everybody is on the same page.

Data Migration

This is one of the most crucial aspects of Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration. This entails moving products, customers, sales, content, store configurations, basic SEO and other components from your existing website to Magento 2. Magento have streamlined this process by providing an official Data Migration Tool, which migrates key data sets from Magento 1 to Magento 2. The tool performs and ETL process (Extract, Transform & Load), connecting to the database that holds the existing M1 data.

We guarantee that our certified Magento 2 developers will safely migrate your data, strictly adhering to the migration principles outlined by Magento. Throughout migration, we will work with a replica of your store to ensure that any issues don’t have a negative impact on your website in real time.

Code Migration

One of the obstacles that we’re likely to face on any migration project is that, particularly if the existing store has many extensions installed, some of those extensions might not be available on Magento 2. Luckily, our team is extremely active in the Magento Marketplace and has great knowledge of what is/isn’t available as far as extensions go.

In most instances, custom code used on Magento 1 websites is compatible with Magento 2. The custom code will need to be rewritten or migrated. Our Magento certified developers utilise the Magento Code Migration Tool which significantly cuts down the process by removing various steps that are required to port multiple modules to Magento 2 at once. The tool converts most of the PHP code to make it compatible with Magento 2’s framework. We’ll take extra care with any additional work required to ensure that the custom code is successfully installed – no lazy work which will cause you headaches down the road.

Any functionalities that weren’t easily retained during Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration can be achieved with custom extension development. We promise that your Magento 2 website won’t launch lacking a functionality that previously existed on your Magento 1 site.

Design Migration

Unfortunately, Magento 1 themes can’t be migrated to Magento 2. At ease; our Magento certified front-end developers will work out the best solution for you. We’ll find a matching theme which is available for Magento 2 or, if necessary, recreate the old theme in Magento 2. Alternatively, we can build an entirely new theme from scratch, if you’re looking to change up the look of your store. Let us know what works best for you.

Migration to Magento 2 presents an opportunity to make improvements to your website that might have been in the back of your mind for a while. If you’re not entirely happy with the design of your website, or have noticed little blemishes over the years which have bothered you but never been resolved, now could be the time to give your brand a shot in the arm with a brand new design. If you’re satisfied with your current design, that’s fine as well!

Migrating Basic SEO Settings

SEO is one of the biggest concerns that many merchants have prior to migration. We understand the importance of retaining Search Engine Result Pages (SERP) rankings, in order to continue moving in the right direction as an eCommerce business. We’ll migrate the basic SEO settings of your website during the process, ensuring that custom URL formats, metadata, crosslinks, redirects, tags, etc. are untouched and remain post-migration.

Review and Launch

When the migration to Magento 2 is complete, we’ll test the new store thoroughly to ensure that everything is working as expected, and give ourselves time make any fixes that are required for bugs that have popped up during the process, or functionalities which aren’t working as they should be.

Your existing store will function as it should throughout the entire process, and when we have 100% confidence that the Magento 2 website is ready to go we’ll take it live

Ongoing Support

We don’t consider our job done when your Magento 2 website is live. Our team of experienced Magento 2 developers are here to offer ongoing support post-launch, ensuring that your first few months on Magento 2 go smoothly and any hitches that occur are dealt with swiftly. We don’t just want to take you to Magento 2; we want you to see its benefits in the long-term and enjoy the business growth that you’re hoping for.

Any questions or concerns about the Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration process? We’re all ears.
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