Magento 2 Migrations
There are millions of websites currently running the original version of Magento’s software, now known as Magento 1. Magento recently announced that they will no longer be supporting Magento 1 after June 2020. What does this mean if you’re store is still currently running Magento 1? It means that it’s time to switch as soon as possible! A Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration is a relatively large project so we’ve compiled a quick Q & A that many of our clients ask us after this latest announcement:
#1 – What does it mean that Magento will no longer be supporting Magento 1?
Simply put this means that Magento is going to be cleaning their hands of their outdated software which means they will no longer be releasing updates, patches, and all support for this software. What this means for your business is that once Magento 1 is officially deprecated in June 2020 your website will be immediately vulnerable to hacks, backdoors, injections, and major functionality issues. If you’re already used to Magento and you’d like to move on to their latest version of their software we can help you migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 with ease.
# 2 – If I’m currently on Magento 1 what are my options?
You have several options if you’re currently running Magento 1. Here’s a few:
- You can migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 to stay on the Magento platform and receive the latest updates/packages.
- You can migrate away from Magento altogether and move on to SaaS e-commerce services such as Shopify and BigCommerce (since we are Shopify and BigCommerce partners as well we can help you with this transition).
- You can simply let your store get outdated and risk a wide variety of hacks and technical issues which are only a matter of time (Not Recommended!)
#3 – Is Magento 2 different from Magento 1?
Magento 2 is different in several ways from Magento 1 and they are all improvements! Here are some:
- Magento 2 is built using modern PHP framework code (tech talk for the software is way better now).
- Magento 2’s marketplace is way more expansive and has rigorous quality checks that Magento 1’s marketplace did not have.
- Magento 2 is much more scalable and has more advanced performance than Magento 1 out of the box.
- Magento 2 has a much nicer back-end dashboard than Magento 1 and it’s also mobile friendly so you can manage your store from your cell phone with ease:
#4 – How long do I have before I need to begin migrating away from Magento 1?
As referenced earlier Magento 1’s end of life is June 2020, the average Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration takes ~3-4 months. With that in mind it’s never a smart business practice to cut it close with a major software update looming so we would recommend starting this process ASAP. The very latest to begin in our opinion would be February 2020 but in truth even if you pass this deadline as long as the process has begun and you have a timeframe for completion you won’t have to worry about getting stuck with outdated and risky software.
If you have any other questions or would like to speak to one of our Magento experts about migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 (or another e-commerce solution), please call us today at 305-842-3594 or follow the link below to fill out a request form and one of our representatives will contact you ASAP.