Magento 2 migration experts interviewed: real-life migration experience

Magento 2 migration experts interviewed: real-life migration experience

Magento 2 migration experts interviewed: real-life migration experience

Moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is a big deal.

The e-commerce world expected November 2018 to be the official end of Magento 1 but the overwhelming number of stores were not ready to migrate just yet. As a result Magento is expecting store owners to make up their minds and migrate to Magento 2, with support provided until June 2020.

To help you make the decision and allay your concerns, we asked our in-house Magento 2 migration experts to share their experience in upgrading M1 stores to Magento 2 and answer some of the most common questions many store owners have.

Magento 2: why you need to migrate, after all

We have already covered the top-5 reasons why you need to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 in this blog post. They are:

  • security,
  • functionality,
  • data leaks,
  • lack of support.

The main takeaways: Magento 1 will not be able to support the necessary functionality, will get no security updates, and will become incredibly vulnerable to hacker attacks. You will be protected if you get regular security audits, but sooner or later you will have to upgrade.

In light of this, migration is the most reasonable decision. Magento 2 has more functionality, scales and performs better. But the most common fear of store owners is – what if I lose all sales and customers and will not be able to get back on track? That’s exactly where you need professional help from Magento 2 experts to make sure the transition is smooth.

Certified Magento 2 experts from Onilab share their stories about successful migration process and reveal the most popular questions and facts that every store owner wants to know. Let’s see what some of our Magento 2 experts have to share.

Vitaliy Ivanov, Team Lead

Vitaliy - magento migration expert @ OnilabQ: How many years of experience with Magento do you have?

A: About 4 years with Magento 1 and 2 years with Magento 2.

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve done with Magento?

A: For me personally, the most challenging task was migrating a highly customized store from Magento 1 to Magento 2 as it involved many steps where things could go wrong.

For example, we had to introduce the new theme gradually: while some pages were still using the old theme, others were already running on the new one. That was a challenge and we delivered the expected results.

Another cool thing was this store performance optimization project we recently had. It’s not enough to just identify the weak points – you have to come up with the best way to fix them. And for that, you need to pay attention to every little detail, from choosing the suitable third-party services to double-checking the code.

Q: How long does the average migration process take?

A: It all depends on the site and its functionality. When we start planning the store migration, we usually consider the following aspects:

Extensions and modules: can we find available alternatives or do we have to develop custom ones?

Theme: will we just make the default Luma fancier or develop a brand-new theme from scratch?

Data migration: how to migrate the customers, products and orders data with zero losses?

That would take at least a month for sure.

However, if your store already runs on Magento 1, it will be much easier to migrate it to Magento 2 as there is an official Magento tool, designed specifically for the migration process. The main challenge in this case would be migrating custom modules.

Q: What was the most difficult thing about migrating the store to Magento 2?

A: Data migration from the client’s system to Magento 2. We had to fully understand how exactly the data is stored and then migrate this structure to Magento without losing any data.

And of course, migration of all custom elements.

Q: What is the most common question that you hear from the clients when deciding on migration?

A: “How much time will it take?” 🙂

Q: What are the biggest mistakes clients make that prevent their stores from selling more?

A: As a developer, I can identify the following mistakes:

  • poorly optimized site, which results in slow site load,
  • useless functionality,
  • non-optimized UX/UI,
  • lack of analytics.

All these aspects influence the store revenue heavily as they prevent the shoppers from exploring the site and proceeding to the checkout.

Q: What part of the migration process usually demands the most attention and skills?

A: As I said above, the migration of custom modules and extensions. But by now we’ve got enough experience and internal procedures to organize the process very well well.

Alex Ravinsky, Team Lead

Alex magento migration integration expertQ: How many years of experience with Magento do you have?

A: Over 4 years with Magento 1 and about 3 years with Magento 2.

Q: What is the coolest thing that you’ve done with Magento?

A: From the top of my mind it was an integration of Magento with Amazon and eBay – we had to get creative with the way the customer’s sales were set up.

Q: How long does the average migration process take?

A: It all depends on the site complexity and existing functionality. Normally it takes at least a month – and you should be suspicious of any company that promises faster results.

Q: What was the most difficult thing about migrating the store to Magento 2?

A: It may be complex to migrate custom modules from Magento 1 as they don’t exist for Magento 2. Or there are ready custom modules for Magento 2 but the data storage structure in the database saw significant changes and the contributor did not create a tool for data migration.

Q: What is the most common question that you hear from the clients when deciding on migration?

A: Probably “how much will it cost?” and “How long will it take?”

Q: What are the biggest mistakes that clients make which prevent their stores from selling more?

A: Adding useless functionality to the store, ignoring the necessity for page load optimization.

Q: What part of the migration process usually demands the most attention and skills?

A: Migration of complex modules (especially custom ones), integration with little-known CRM systems and payment systems, migration of accounting software.

Is your store still running on Magento 1x? Remember that sooner or later you’ll wish you upgraded earlier, so get in touch with us and let’s discuss how to ensure a smooth transition of your store.

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