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Upgrading or migrating to Magento 2 (M2) is not as simple as running a script or issuing a few basic commands. Migrating is a complex process that must be planned. This executive overview is written for retailers who want a high-level snapshot of a typical Magento migration including key considerations, benefits, time and costs.
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Every retailer running on Magento 1 will need to migrate eventually. As the end of life date gets closer, many businesses may find themselves in a crunch to get it done and will be waiting in line behind other last-minute retailers. If you decide to wait, set a target date, plan your strategy and budget for it.
How Long will a Migration Take?
The amount of time it takes to move to Magento 2 depends on the number of customizations, store complexity, extensions required and data migration requirements. Migration for a typical store with minimal 3rd party integrations is 3 – 6 months.
What Basic Steps are Involved in a Magento 2 Migration?
Magento 2 comes with a completely different architecture and database design. A lot of people talk about “upgrading” or “migrating” to Magento 2 but migration is essentially a rebuild.
- Clone existing Magento 1 store and use this version for migration tasks
- Install Magento 2
- Implement theme
- Install extensions
- Migrate or rewrite any code customizations
- Move Magento settings and data – products, categories, orders, store configurations & settings, etc.
- Implement integrations with third-party modules or systems
- Test, test, test
- Optimize new store SEO setup and prepare 301 redirects
- Go live
Magento has developed tools that make components of the migration easier but most of your new site will be rebuilt from the ground up.
What Will a Magento 2 Migration Cost?
The varying nature of Magento projects makes it difficult to predict exact cost to migrate. Your choice to use Community or Enterprise Edition is also a consideration. A reputable Magento development agency will evaluate your current Magento implementation before providing estimates.
Your web team’s experience and talent is also a factor when it comes to cost. Smart Solutions has a complete team of experienced designers, project managers, SEO experts and programmers. We will suggest ways to lower costs if you need it.
A “Cheap Site” Will Cost You More
If a developer gives you a super low estimate that sounds too good to be true, it likely is. A $10,000 Magento site can quickly turn into a $100,000 site if not done right. Magento is a complex, enterprise platform and a successful implementation requires a skilled team with experience. If your website is broken and buggy or delivers a poor user experience, spending valuable marketing dollars is a waste of money.
If you preserve your site design and catalog definition, your migration costs will be lower. Expect to spend a minimum of $40,000 – $80,000 to migrate your existing store to Magento 2. Sites with advanced features, integrations and custom programming could cost considerably more. You may get a cheaper price from a freelancer or offshore developer but be cautious. You should consider time zones, communication barriers, availability and ongoing support. And you also do not want someone to “learn on your dime”.
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Interested in Migrating to Magento 2?
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