Magento 2 migration is one of the hottest topics among Magento users in recent months due to Magento 1 support cancellation announcement. Most of the store owners now are planning to implement Magento migration; however, many of them haven’t fully understood about the upgrade process. After discussing with a lot of clients, we realized that there are some common misunderstandings that will be mentioned in this blog post.
Myth #1: Magento 2 migration is as easy as Magento 1 version upgrade
Surprisingly, many merchants believe that Magento migration from 1 to 2 is similar to the process of upgrading from Magento 1 old version to its latest one, let’s say from Magento 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52. Moreover, some of them think that it’s possible to carry out the migration themselves by following online tutorials.
But the truth is that these processes are totally different. In general, Magento migrations are as complicated as developing new e-commerce websites from the beginning based on some materials of the existing Magento 1 store.
While upgrading the current Magento website to the latest version can take just a few hours, it takes at least one month to convert your website to Magento 2. Without strong technical knowledge and skills of Magento 2, you will not be able to do the migration but hiring dedicated developers to deploy your plan.
Myth #2: We can continue using the current theme for Magento 2
In fact, we can’t. All of the Magento themes and templates can be used for Magento 2 websites because of code conflict. So, what should we do?
There are several options.
The most recommended one is buying a ready-made Magento 2 theme and applying it to your store. By this way, your store will have a new appearance with minimum time, money and effort. If you are not satisfied 100% with the purchased template, just customize it as you want.
The second solution is to clone the design of your current website to make a similar for Magento 2. Due to that, the complexion of your existing design will decide how long it takes to migrate the theme.
The third option is to create a new and unique appearance for your M2 store, which means that you have to hire a designer as well as the front-end developer(s) to deploy the design. That’s why it often takes from 1-3 months and a lot of money as well to complete the storefront only by applying this method.
Myth #3: All of the Magento 1 extensions can be moved to Magento 2
Another myth is that we can re-use the modules and plugins for Magento 1 in Magento 2 websites. Actually, we have to re-purchase all of the extensions which have the same functions as that of Magento 1 but being built for Magento 2. The reason is that the code of Magento 1 modules is not compatible in Magento 2.
Hence, if your current site is running with an array of extensions, it might take significant effort to find the new ones. In addition, in the case that you can’t find the replacements, the solution is to develop a custom function for the new site.
Here is my advice for your Magento extension migration process:
- Don’t rush into buying new modules: Instead, you should spend time reviewing all of the current modules on your site to decide which “deserves” to be moved to M2 and which does not.
- Research on Magento 2 default functions carefully: There are many features that you can only have by using the extension on M1 but they are available in M2 without any third-party integration.
- The number of migrated extensions should not be over 20: On average, it takes at least 3 hours to install and configure each module plus several hours to solve possible conflicts among them. Owing to that, the higher number of new plugins mean the greater investment of time and money.
Myth 4: It’s possible to transfer custom code/ function to the new site
Sadly, it’s impossible in most cases. This means that you have to re-write your custom functions from scratch. Although Magento provides us with a code migration toolkit, it doesn’t help much. The more complicated your function is, the greater the amount of money you have to pay for your the developers. Moreover, it might be more difficult to develop the tailor-made features for M2 so you need to work with experienced programmers.
Myth 5: We should migrate everything from Magento 1 to 2
“Everything” here means the whole of your database. Some store owners want to migrate all of their database assets from products, categories, orders, customers, CMS pages, testimonials, review and ratings, URLs, attributes, and so on, but it’s not really necessary. From my point of view, you need to transfer only essential data assets to your new site, including products, sale orders, customers and several informative pages.
Myth 6: The cost of Magento 2 migration is insignificant
Due to the complicated of Magento 2 migration, it comes at a cost. Assumed that you chose a Magento development company in the US or UK, you might be charged at least $15,000 to hire the developers, not included the extension and theme fee. On the other hand, if you outsource your project for an agency in Asian countries, the cost would be much lower but still noticeable, from $3,000 to $10,000. Therefore, prepare your budget carefully before thinking about implementing Magento 1 to 2 migration. Click here to get a free quote for your project.
Myth 7: It takes just a short period of time to migrate to Magento 2
Indeed, it depends. For example, a simple Magento 2 migration project, in which you utilize a ready-to-use theme and install just a few extension, no theme customization, no special features, often last one month. On the flip side, if a website with a unique theme, plenty of modules and custom functions is what you want, it might take 3-6 months, or even more, to complete new site development.
To enjoy the great benefits associated with Magento 2, you have to invest a significant amount of time, money and effort to understand the migration process and hire a reliable Magento migration service provider for your project. Besides, there are a great deal of stores are also planning for the transition, you have to hurry up before all of your competitors do.