Since it’s launch in July 2015 Magento 2 has had the major chunk of attention from developers and consumers alike. However, some of the eCommerce store owners still reside in the comfort of their Magento 1 and keep running their stores on the platform’s initial version. Sadly, that time of familiar comfort is over after Adobe announced the end of technical support & updates for Magento 1 from 1 June 2020.
Still, tempted to keep using it? Here’s why that is a bad idea
- Regular security updates will end for the older version, making it more vulnerable to data breaches & hacks.
- Finding developmental support & compatible elements will become increasingly difficult as time passes.
- No new features would be added to the platform rendering your platform outdated in terms of functionality providing a default competitive edge to your competitors.
Now that we have established the need to migrate to Magento 2 a few crucial details must be taken care of when migrating to Magento 2 to ensure that the process goes smoothly without any major data loss.
Yes, just like any regular real-life migration; de-clutter and organize your Magento website. Take a look at the extensions, integrations and the database entries; review them and remove redundancies in your data to ensure that no inconsistencies occur during the process.
2. Compatibility Check:
Review the extensions, plugins, and code to test out the compatibility with Magneto 2. Due to its extensive functionality updates, Magento 2 requires relatively less customization than its former version meaning that the number of extensions required will be reduced.
For the extensions that are not compatible and are still required, you can find similar versions compatible with Magento 2 or get them customized by a Magento expert.
3. Backup Everything:
This may be a very obvious step but it is still worth a reminder due to its sheer importance that backup your everything before starting the migration process. When concerned with database replicate your Magento 1 DB and utilize that as source data.
4. Data Migration Tool:
Magento has created a Data migration tool to assist their users with the migration process. The tool is designed to migrate configuration settings, database, and storefront+admin panel data through incremental updates. Setting up the Data migration tool can be extremely helpful however you must keep in mind that it does not import Media files, custom data, extensions or admin rights. Those have to be migrated manually.
5. Dry Run:
Set up and install Magento 2 on the same server as your Magento 1 and carry out a dry run that tests out the results of your migration. The process might be more complex if your store embeds a lot of customized functionality.
6. Stop Usage:
Cease all kinds of activity in the Admin Panels of both versions before starting the migration process.
After the process of data import is complete there still might be awhile before you could make your Magento 2 store live. You will need to perform a thorough test to make sure everything is functioning as intended; changes in the migrated data will also be required to resolve the errors and issues that have occurred during the process. Changed file paths will need to be adjusted while getting the prior customizations compatible with the Magento 2 website.
After everything is tried and tested then your website would be able to go live. Errors at this time are normal and should not cause you to major anxiety however, migrating your website is also not a small feat. Despite all the planning and precautions there still can be issues that can get complicated. In this case, you can hand over the process to a Magento development expert minimizing the risk and effort