Magento 2 migration, for sure, is the most happening scene among the e-retailers community. Forget about the advantages Magento 2 migration will bestow an eCommerce store with. This blog is all about why brands in Magento (1.x) will have to do it now and how much time they’ve actually got.
First Thing To Know About Your Magento 2 Migration – The Timeline
Magento 2 migration timeline purely depends on the complexity of a store. It demands meticulous effort and time to stage a flawless move of every data including inventory, orders, customer data, media files and codes.
Carrying out all these procedures to move to Magento 2 takes time. Here is a complexity scale that can help you out in calculating your Magento 2 migration timeline.
Simple Magento 2 Migrations (5 to 7 months)
Just user data, customer data and code migration without any design changes or code restructuring would consume around 150 to 200+ working days.
Migrations With Customizations (7 to 9 months)
Data and code migration accompanied with a few easy-to-perform customizations in visual and functional front would require around 200+ to 270+ working days.
Migration With Integration(s) (9+ months)
When you are planning for a visual and functional overhaul or have a large stack of integration like POS, ERP, CRM to be performed during your Magento 2 migration, you’ll have to shell out more time than money.
Why Migrate To Magento 2 ‘Now’?
It’s the tentative deadline for Magento 1.x support which officials from Magento have come up with that has created a ruckus leaving less time for brands to hold plans of migrating to Magento 2.
According to the official reports, there will be no more innovation happening in Magento 1. However, a sigh of relief is that the end of support for M1 will be announced at least 18 months in advance.
Adding to this, the availability of official Magento Solution Partners and companies having certified Magento developers onboard is less considering the demand to migrate to Magento 2 that’s rising as you are reading this.
“Out of 250,000 online retailers using Magento, only 11,000+ have moved to Magento 2 as of May, 2017”.
This includes migrations from other platforms like WooCommerce, WordPress and more which means the actual number of Magento 2 migrations that have already happened is lesser than 11,000.
If you are still using Magento 1.x or considering a migration to Magento 2 from other CMS, you’d better start now to avoid an 11th hour rush.
4 Factors That Usually Haunt Business Owners While Deciding To Migrate To Magento 2
Having lot of extensions already onboard to migrate
How to cut down complexities before making the move?
Is it advisable to go for any other platform. If not, why?
Magento 2 migration timelines that differ with every agency
Having said this, what follows is an elaboration on how store owners can overcome these issues.
More Extensions Doesn’t Mean ‘More Migration Time’
If your existing online store is loaded with Magento extensions for accounting, payments, checkout etc., you need not worry about the timeline getting extended. Most of the Magento 1 add-ons already have their Magento 2 counterparts built and for those that don’t have, you have the option to choose an alternative add-on.
The only factor to consider is how much customization you’ve done to a Magento extension that needs to be migrated as that might add complexities.
Cut Down Complexities Through A Personal Audit
Your decision to migrate squeezes out opportunity to streamline your existing Magento store. An audit can help you fish out unwanted widgets, functionalities that are underused or add-ons that are not proving beneficial to your store. Ditching out all these before probing into Magento 2 migration will help in reducing complexities, and eventually time, significantly.
Moving To Magento 2 Or Moving Away From Magento?
Magento 2 has already earned recognition with improvements in various departments like performance, scalability, SEO advantage, GUI-based admin console and convenience for developers to develop, customize or improvise.
The high degree of customization that Magento allows makes it quite difficult to find the right replacements for add-ons or certain functionalities when it comes to moving to a new eCommerce development platform.
Moreover, SaaS platforms do not offer 100% customizability forcing Magento eCommerce store owners to sacrifice customized functionalities to fit them into a SaaS ecosystem.
Difference In Magento 2 Migration Timelines
There certainly exists a difference in Magento 2 migration timeline with agencies. We’ve discussed the same concern from a different perspective above. Now let’s get direct. The timeline differences arise as there are not enough agencies that are proficient in Magento 2 migration.
Only a Magento solution partner or certified developers can get things done on time with no dip in quality. Make sure you handover your Magento 2 migration project to an agency that’s trusted by Magento.