Smart Solutions has helped numerous clients migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Our team understands all the fantastic things about Magento 2 as well as the challenges retailers may experience during a site and platform migration. We are experienced developers you can count on to build reliable websites coded according to best practices. We are advisors who provide strategic guidance and help you avoid obstacles that could inhibit your long-term success.
Magento 1 End of Life – June 2020
Magento has been around since 2008 and a lot has changed in eCommerce in the last 10 years. If you have a Magento 1 eCommerce site and still spending money to make significant improvements, you may want to reconsider. Migration requires planning and time. And as end of support gets closer, there will be a backlog of migration requests. Magento 1 end of life is now June 2020. The version of PHP Magento 1 is written in will no longer be supported after December 2018. Patches are required for your Magento store to run on PHP 7.
What is Your eCommerce Situation?
There are many reasons why migrating to Magento 2 is beneficial. First and foremost, taking a step back to evaluate your site’s overall architecture and features is always advantageous. Maybe there are better ways of reaching customers and increasing conversions. When you stop and take the time to look at the bigger picture, opportunities for improvement are always possible. Migrating to Magento 2 is your opportunity.
Magento is a powerful eCommerce platform that can be customized to support almost any requirement regardless of your industry. It is recognized as the leading commerce platform for the Internet Retailer Top 1000, B2B 300, and Europe 500. If you want to discuss platform options and costs, we can help break it down and make your decision easier. We love Magento but don't force fit clients into any one eCommerce platform. Our goal is to customize a solution that is right for you.
Magento was designed to make it faster, easier and more cost effective than ever to create shopping experiences that are tailored precisely to your B2B or B2C business needs. Magento is a highly efficient eCommerce platform that performs better and scales better than most other platforms by far. Its top-tier performance and scalability, combined with new eCommerce and marketing inspired features, powerful business user tools, and unprecedented flexibility, allow retailers to tailor shopping experiences for their customers. Choosing the right eCommerce platform is a critical decision. Let Smart Solutions help.
Why Upgrade To Magento 2?
There are countless reasons to plan for an upgrade to Magento 2. Let Smart Solutions help put together a long term transition plan. Smart Solutions would appreciate the opportunity to discuss Magento 2 and answer all your questions.
- Improved customer experience
- Streamlined, easier checkout process
- Amazon-like instant purchase
- Enhanced site search
- Content staging and preview
- Improved B2B support
- Cleaner admin interface
- Easier product creation
- Customizable dashboards and views
- Advanced reporting
- Optimized mobile experiences
- More efficient customization
- 50% Faster Page Load
- More embedded extension integrations
Magento 1 End of Life and What It Means For You
Magento 1 “end of life” means that Magento will no longer release security patches and no new M1 features or software versions will be published. In 2017, Magento announced they would discontinue support and updates for Magento 1 in November 2018 but that date was recalled. Magento promised to give retailers at least 18 months’ notice before the next deadline. Magento recently announced that the new Magento 1 end of life is June 2020. And as end of support gets closer, there will be a backlog of migration requests. Let Smart Solutions help you with your transition plan and budget. Every online retailer running Magento 1 will need to migrate .
Don’t wait too long. As the end of life gets closer, many businesses may find themselves in a crunch and will be waiting behind other last-minute retailers.
Magento 2 Migration: Expected Costs
The varying nature of Magento projects makes it difficult to predict exact costs. Whether you choose Open Source or Commerce Edition will also be a factor. Most reputable agencies will perform a site evaluation to assess your functional requirements, number and types of extensions, 3rd party integrations, catalog definition and need for custom programming before providing an estimate. An upgrade to Magento 2 is essentially a rebuild. If you redesign and add new or custom features, expect to spend the same amount of money you would to build a brand new website.
If you receive a price quote from a company that has not audited your current installation and discussed your business goals and requirements, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment and cost or schedule overruns.
Magento 2 Migration: Expected Timeline
Upgrading to Magento 2 (M2) is not as simple as running a script or issuing a few basic commands. Upgrading is a complex process that must be planned and executed by an experienced Magento developer. Smart Solutions has 8 solid years of Magento experience and we do not cut corners. We are meticulously detail oriented, help you take advantage of all Magento 2 features and avoid costly pitfalls.
Time to migrate to Magento 2 depends on a variety of factors including the number of customizations and data migration requirements. An average timeline is 4 to 6 months.
Our Magento 2 Migration Process
Magento 2 comes with a completely different architecture and database design. These are the basic steps we follow during our Magento 2 migration process intentionally written for our non-technical audiences.
- Clone existing Magento 1 store for migration tasks
- Install Magento 2
- Implement Magento 2 theme
- Install and configure extensions
- Migrate or rewrite any code customizations
- Move Magento settings and data, configure all store settings
- Implement integrations with third-party modules or systems
- Test, test, test
- Optimize new store SEO setup and prepare 301 redirects
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We were in a dire situation with our original Magento store built by a previous agency. We reached out to Smart Solutions to rescue our site – and they did. They were patient, professional, understood our roadblocks and helped us get the store up and running in a short period of time and within budget. We were impressed. They are now helping us with maintenance and new features. Highly recommended!