Pratikkumar P. Gaikwad | 05 min read | Nov 20, 2019

10 things you should know before migrating to Magento 2

01You need a buy-in from investors

Make no mistake; a migration to Magento 2 is not going to be quick, simple or inexpensive. You need to get a buy-in from all key stakeholders in order to develop every project. It incorporates every executive right from the senior management who sign off costas to the administrative personnel who needs to be equipped to use the new admin system. There will also be a need to establish a dedicated project team to track migration and provide communications with senior management and staff.
But the developers, particularly those who have collaborated with Magento in the past, may be the most important buy-in you need to obtain. Developers who moved to Magento 2 using the Magento Data Migration Tool previously commented on how time-consuming the migration phase is. Many designers have viewed the cycle of migration as “a total rebuild from scratch.”

02The Magento 1 template can not be migrated

The themes include the eCommerce site’s structural architecture and design. The old Magento 1 template won’t work once you move to Magento 2.The frontend models and coding are specific and you can not translate the code contained in your Magento 1 theme from the migration tool.
Developers need to create a new Magento 2 template. And it could potentially create unwarranted difficulty for programmers based on how much customisation the prior theme has.
Instead, you should stop this hassle and from their website purchase and download a Magento 2 template. Yet programmers will still need to make adjustments to ensure that the new theme fulfills the needs.

03Extensions of Magento 1 are not compatible with Magento 2

Extensions are the essential components that provide the eCommerce platform with additional features and functionality. And like themes extensions of Magento 1 won’t work on Magento 2. Developers can only create a new extension from scratch or revert to purchasing an extension that performs a similar function.
If your Magento 1 page has a number of extensions, you’ll have to undergo the tedious process of going through each one to decide which ones will be important to your current Magento 2 site. This is the only way to minimize the developers ‘ time and resources to create new Magento 2 plugins.
And as the Magento 2 extensions ecosystem continues to grow, developers are increasingly likely to create their own extension as there is not yet a suitable replacement extension.

04Test every element on your site

When you migrate the testing won’t stop, because you’ll have to evaluate everything from transaction mechanisms to any custom technology you’ve introduced previously. The duration of the testing phase depends entirely on the scale of your eCommerce site.
You should also know who will be delegated to conduct the test. Operational workers also find it difficult to perform standardized eCommerce application testing — because they are overwhelmed with their daily duties and are not professionally trained researchers either. No doubt to conduct the testing phase, you will need to devote a considerable amount of time and resources.

05You are going to have to migrate again. And again, and again.

The truth is, every few years, Magento clients will have to come across this migration migraine. Magento will launch Magento 3 in the near future and no assistance will be forthcoming for Magento 2 at that point of time. And this leaves users with no choice but to leave Magento 2 and start all over again on a different platform.
And this is going to be a common event for clients of Magento Open Source.Since server maintenance and updates are removed from your hands, it will be less trouble for Enterprise Cloud users, but are you willing to pay for something more than a native SaaS solution?
And would an inexpensive SaaS platform be a better choice right now so you can concentrate on innovating and creating great content through different channels?

06You’re likely to have SEO issues

While re-indexing the page to the new database layout, another element of the transition to Magento 2 happens. This transition will contribute to missing websites and SEO issues due to changes in the layout of URLs, or due to certain sites and content being left out of the entire process of migration.
When the site information migrates to the Magento 2 database structure, advertisers, product executives, and SEO experts can see much of their work going up in smoke under Magento 1. This search engine traffic loss can have serious adverse effects on the visibility of the site, and could cost thousands, even millions, of dollars to the site owner.

07Ever Increasing costs

Although Magento Community Edition (CE) will still be free to use, the start-up annual Enterprise Edition (EE) licensing fee, on which many businesses rely, has increased from $18,000 to $22,000 and may be as high as $125,000. Hosted models of Magento Commerce will vary from $40,000 to $190,000 annually, according to at least one survey.
Also, the licensing fee does not include the migration system costs.Expenditures such as creating new plugins, designing new models, and reformatting the server tables will transform an update into a boondoggle, pulling money from critical initiatives, just to get the platform ready for implementation in the new environment.

08Nightmares of integration

In order to deliver optimum results, many eCommerce systems depend on communicating with other systems. Such networks will connect with consumer servers, payment processors, content management systems, and applications to handle customer relationships (CRM), as well as various other channels. Although your in-house developers may have developed modifications that allow Magento 1.x applications to link with frameworks such as CRM, sales, and accounting platforms, the developers will need to reinvent such extensions from scratch to get the same platforms to function for Magento 2.x systems.

09The acclimatisation process

As with any new system, the learning curve is one of the many obstacles encountered by companies as they move from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Since Magento 2 utilizes several relatively new technology, many people may not know how it works from the beginning. This problem will result in steep learning curves for programmers who need to create new plugins to implement the program, as well as advertisers who need to create content for it.

10Time and opportunity are expensive

The single most important asset anybody has, let alone any company, is time. It’s the only non-renewable and irreplaceable asset. Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 can be a time-consuming affair.
Time spent creating new applications by programmers.
Marketers spending time creating new templates and themes.
Time spent transferring the information from the old format to the current one by server administrators
Time spent by project managers monitoring the process of migration and trying to control “scope creep.”
Time spent reviewing, developing, installing, releasing, and propagating the new system by other departments
And here’s the kicker; once you finally complete the migration process, are you really going to work out the value of the opportunity? If the process takes three months and a group of programmers, it’s hard to figure out what these resources might have been placed to.
Nov 20th, 2019|