June 2020 - Magento 1 End of Life

For most of the stores built with Magento 1, it is a very common decision to plan Magento 2 migration.

But what are the migration consequences? Why is it worth migrating to Magento 2?

What are the benefits of Magento 2? How does the Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration process looks like?

Below you'll find some of the most common questions concerning the M1 to M2 migration.

WHY SHOULD I MIGRATE TO MAGENTO 2?

SAFETY PATCHES AND UPDATES

In 2020 Magento 2 will remain the only eCommerce platform supported by Adobe. If you want to provide a high level of security to your clients, you must be aware that using Magento 1 will result in a lack of updates and patches. This might lead to uncontrolled data breaches and unauthorized access to confidential data.

SIMPLIFIED BUYING EXPERIENCE

A speedy checkout has a big influence on the conversion rate and therefore on the sales volume of your store. Using Magento 1, the customer has to struggle with a buying process made of up to 6 steps. On the other hand, Magento 2 provides you with a simple 2 steps buying process.

FRIENDLY ADMIN PANEL

The first thing that every website admin notes when logging into a Magento 2 website is the refreshed admin panel. Thanks to the new design and user interface, the workflow is much more effective and, even more important, the new panel offers additional features and functionalities. Now the admin has access to a dashboard which displays the revenue, last order, average order value and many more important informations.

WHAT RISK DO YOU TAKE BY STAYING WITH MAGENTO 1?

HIGHER VULNERABILITY TO POTENTIAL ATTACKS AND NO SUPPORT

Once Magento 1 will be unsupported, each known vulnerability will have to be fixed on your own, by yourself. This makes the maintenance even more expensive than it used to be, just to keep your eCommerce platform usable.

DEVELOPMENT COSTS

The number and availability of Magento 1 developers will be gradually decreasing. In that case, hourly rates might increase. After all, there will be a very little number of specialists who will work with this legacy technology, and they will charge accordingly.

CODE DEBT

No support, attack vulnerability and further forced investment will lead to a so-called “code debt”, which will be more and more expensive to pay for. Magento 1 development, at overpriced hour rates, will be cost-ineffective at some point. That’s why it’s further consequences might be really crucial from a business point of view.

FROM INQUIRY TO QUOTATION

A Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration is basically some more than just simple transferring data from a store to another. We listed some points below which represent how the preparation process might look like.

  • 1. Store audit - list of present functionalities and features
  • 2. Shortlisting functionalities in cooperation with the customer.
  • 3. Arranging implementation of additional functionalities responsible for UX improvements, conversion rate increase etc.
  • 4. Database Analysis (products, customers, customers groups, orders, subscribers, categories). Choosing an appropriate database migration method. (Magento tools / custom scripts / manual migration - small databases)
  • 5. Choosing necessary 3rd party integrations (ERP, WMS) so as its connection method with Magento platform. (one-way integration /two-way integration, requests frequency id.)
  • 6. Discussing the differences between custom made and template design. Pro and cons of these two approaches such as cost, delivery time etc.
  • 7. Choosing the right version of Magento 2 Open Source or Magento 2 Commerce - based on the analysis and requirements and chosen functionalities
  • 8. Discussing with a customer if the pre-implementation analysis is required. (Analysis is recommended for complex projects with a variety of customs modules and implementation)
  • 9. Budget and timeline estimation.
  • 10. Singing the agreement and kick-off

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