The news of Magento announcing the end of support for 1.x version are old. Although Magento has pushed it off to June 2019, it has left thousands of business owners mulling over migration. Also, migrating to Magento 2 would be an ideal thing to do if one doesn’t want their business to be vulnerable to security threats and risks.
Today, we shall mull over some topics within and around Migration and whether or not you should consider doing it.
Who All Are Likely to Suffer Due to End of M1?
According to trends.builtwith.com, More than 420,000 websites run on Magento today. However, only 4% out of these (less than 20,000) make use of Magento 2. Which means, nearly 95% business owners will have to figure out whether or not to opt for Magento migration services. Considering that the upgrade process takes at least 3 to 6 months, Magento will continue providing support for some more months to come.
Should You Consider Upgrading to Magento 2?
Magento 1 comes with limited set of functionalities. Magento 2, on the other hand, has several enhancements including:
- New B2C and B2B features
- Better security rendered through different payment gateways
- Higher responsiveness to devices
- 50% faster loading time
- User-friendly and intuitive admin panel
- Easy extension updates
- Enhanced flexibility for personalized features
Now, despite of the above given benefits which are quite apparent and explicit, it is difficult to move your entire store to a new platform. Take a look at some of the drawbacks you might face.
Invest into Migration
For migrating your e-store from M1 to M2, you might have to get in touch with an ecommerce web development company. Thereafter, a team of developers can help you make important changes and needed adjustments.
It is not possible to port themes of Magento 1 store to Magento 2. And hence, you will have to build new themes from the scratch.
Magento 1 extensions will no longer work for Magento 2.
So, what if I Don’t Migrate?
Well, you need to be ready to face the consequences then. As soon as the support for Magento 1 ends, the websites that run on Magento 1 might become vulnerable to spam attacks, server attacks, and leaking of payment details.
Also, the e-stores will have to deal with slowly performing websites resulting into deterioration in the number of visitors, customers, and ultimately, sales. What we conclude out of this is, if you do not migrate now, you will definitely have to do it later.
Some Steps to Consider Before You Approach a Company for Magento Migration services:
- Have a Migration Plan in Place
Go through all the theme and extensions on your current e-store and mull over the aspects that you want and the ones that you want to get rid of. Also, think about the changes you want to make.
- Make Time Considerations
Migration to M2 is a time-consuming task. Hence, you might have to set aside other tasks until you are making the upgrade.
- Consider Features & Functionalities
Have a checklist about the new features you need to have and the old features you want to fix.
- Install Magento 2 Hardware System
You can set up a Magento 2 hardware system that is compatible with your current system. You can also make use of Data Migration tool.
- Have a Dry Run
As soon as everything is up and working, go for a dry run and test the website thoroughly before you go live.
As mentioned before, approach an ecommerce web development company and have a meeting with its web development as well as marketing teams. Discussing the migration plan at length would help a lot. You also need to consider aspects like business disruption, downtime and sales loss while the migration is in process.
Thoughts Before Migrating…
You may be wondering about the right time for migrating. Well, unfortunately, even other merchants wouldn’t be able to help you with this as it totally depends on the kind of considerations you need to make.
For e.g. If your current Magento 1 store has a lot of issues and asks for support, you should consider migrating at the earliest. In case it is running smoothly and without glitches, it’s better to wait until Magento 2 receives further updates. However, you can start preparing for the migration. Certain general considerations like knowing about the features you would want your new website to have, knowing your business objectives and the amount of time that might go into it would help.
We Make Magento Migrations Seamless…
The professionals at Biztech Consultancy understand that Migrations can be perplexing. If your current e-store is in Magento 1 and you wish to Migrate to Magento 2, we will make your migrations smooth as silk. All you need to do is approach us with your requirements and the rest is sure to fall in place. Find out more about our migration services here!
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