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The end of Magento 1 assured with the onset of Magento 2. The new and innovative Magento 2 ecommerce platform has received a warm welcome in the Magento developer community across the globe. Despite tons of improvements, Magento 2 has some weak points, which retract existing Magento 1 online stores owners/merchants to swing into the Magento 2 ecosystem.
However, at tech point of views, these said cons are not as bigger as we assume and can overcome with some additional efforts and care. Before preparing an action plan, we must know those issues thoroughly and find the way to resolve it even before thinking of migration the live store.
1) Magento Migration Issues
Migration from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x is not as simple as you upgrade the version of an open source platform by downloading and installing the source code over the existing version. It is a complete overhaul of the platform where you have to carry the following tasks carefully.
- Code & Design Migration
- Data Migration
- Theme Migration
- Extension Migration
You have to hire Magento 2 migration experts with years of Magento migration experiences with a cost-effective quote and quick turnarounds. Of course, you can consider the impeccable team of Magento 2 migration developers at Perception System, California, USA, is an excellent solution in your vicinity in the USA and Canada.
a) Risk of Data Loss during Migration
Just like other ecommerce platforms, Magento stores also consisting of tons of data including:
- Products and their various attributes including images
- Product/service categories and reviews
- CRM data and customer info to provide personalized experiences and quick payment facilities
- CMS and other content existing on the site
Unfortunately, data migration from Magento 1 database to Magento 2 database is not a simple and easy process. It is because database structure, the way of database functioning, and a way to data exchanges are different.
If Magento migration team makes a minor mistake during data transfer process, it ultimately results in a heavy data loss and costs dearly to the Magento merchant/owner.
Magento 2 migration developers have to use Magento 2 data migration tools provided by the official platform and available in the market from third-party developers.
In the first place, the migration team has to verify the consistency between Magento 1 and Magento 2 database structures. Afterward, track the progress of the data transfer process, and create logs before running data verification tests.
To mitigate the data loss risks, developers have to migrate Magento 1 store data to the development server where they have to accomplish rests of the migration process and test the store thoroughly. After satisfied results, you can move from a development server to live server on the ecommerce host.
b) Magento Themes Migration Issues
In Magento 1.x version upgrades, developers can easily migrate theme from one version to next when the theme provider offer version compatibility after the release. Simple code moving was enough to assure theme compatibility to the new version.
Unfortunately, in Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x migration, the entire platform is migrating, and it becomes impossible to migrate an existing Magento 1 theme to Magento 2 platform. You have to discard the existing theme at all and look for possible solutions to install the latest Magento 2 theme for your upgraded online storefront.
No.1: Look for the Latest Theme on Magento 2 Marketplace
If you are affirmative in thinking and experimental in nature, the first suggestion is to look for advanced and improved Magento 2 theme than your previous store had so you can take advantage of additional offerings of Magento 2 platform regarding themes.
You can select a free theme or paid one as per your expectations because free themes come with issues and limitations while paid may have almost everything you are looking.
No.2: Look for the Theme Customization to Match Your Existing Theme on Magento 1 Store
In fact, many ecommerce visitors and customers once used to with your online store and its features and functionality they may intimidate if you change the entire theme. It is a big risk for medium to large ecommerce shops, and they are looking for the same look-n-feel in the new upgraded version of your Magento 2 store.
You can hire Magento 2 developers and request them to create the same theme or new design on Magento 2 store based on the existing Magento 1 theme during the migration process.
You have two options you can go to develop it right from scratch or customize the available themes in the market. Of course, it will extend your migration process timeline from days to a month, but it is worth to spend on it.
No.3: Go to Design Theme Right from the Scratch
If you don’t want to use existing theme templates available in the market for Magento 2 store, you can go to create an innovative theme for your Magento 2 store right from scratch and leverage the offerings of the latest platform to secure high Return On Investment (ROI) from it.
c) Magento Extensions Migration Problems
We have seen the problems with Magento themes during Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration. The same goes true for the Magento 1.x extensions. Magento 2.x platform is not supporting any extension existing on Magento 1.x platform. Therefore, you have to take the same options we have seen for the Magento 2 themes during migration.
Fortunately, Magento 2 platform has immense built-in capabilities, features, and functionality that cut the needs of more extensions at all. Therefore, you have to install a few numbers of extensions only for quality and essential features to advance your store.
d) Magento Code Migration Challenges
For Magento programmers, code of Magento open source is not easy to dive even for some experienced Magento developers. Therefore, during Magento development as well as migration custom code becomes a big issue and compel developers to rework custom modules for the new site.
Developers can use Magento Code Migration Tools to mitigate the issue upfront. Unfortunately, several code conflicts are unavoidable to solve, and it requires the development of modules from scratch.
e) Magento Migration Process Affecting SEO and Rankings Seriously
Magento migration process may vanish your SEO features, functionality, and efforts on technical SEO.
After migration, you have to go through the entire process of doing technical, design, and other SEO aspects from scratch. Thus, migration can affect SEO and ranking seriously.
f) Magento 2 Migration Is Time Consuming
We have seen a lot of migration issues Magento 2 developers have to face during the migration process. It takes considerable time, attention, and efforts to solve everything successfully.
Standard migration period for Magento is one to three months, and it depends on the size, volume, and complexities of databases in the existing store. However, migration experts can cut the time-to-market by implementing advanced tools and techniques. It is better Magento merchant prefer migration period during its slack season or low-sale season so they can pay enough attention.
Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x migration is not easy and quick due to vast differences in structure and makeup between two platforms. It demands special care.
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Other Magento 2 Drawbacks
Apart from Magento migration issues, there are several other issues, which need to consider here. For instance,
2) Magento 2 Slow Speed
After the release of Magento 2, numerous complaints were regarding the slow loading of the web store. However, by default, Magento 2 is not slow at all. It is setting mistakes that make it slow loading.
- Keep the Magento 2 version updated.
- Update PHP version and most likely keep PHP 7.0
- Use varnish cache by enabling it
- Prefer flat products and categories
- Setup content delivery network
- Use lightweight theme and optimize images
- Install non-bug extensions
3) Cost of Magento Development
As far as declaration cost slabs are not possible for any Magento development agency or the team working on freelancing platform. It is because each project is unique and also the development team.
For smaller stores, the cost of development could be $10,000 and goes up to $150,000+ depending on the size and customization requirements of the Magento stores.
It is true that when the selected local agency has an additional lab at offshore places like India, it can cut the Magento development and migration cost nearly half of the original local prices.
Whatever your issues that prohibiting you from going Magento 2 migration process and keep you alive on Magento 1 store, you have to migrate at any moment when Magento platform withdraws complete support to Magento 1. Therefore, come in contact with Perception System like reliable magneto migration and development solution provider agency in California, USA. It will help you in each aspect of your migration and development issues. You can expect the right guidance and market competitive quote for your Magento requirements.