Magento 2 Migration – Steps, Timeline and Costs

Magento 2 Upgrade and Migration Guide

Magento gives you the flexibility to customize and extend your platform to create unique branded experiences. Adapt fast, and stay ahead of changing customer buying patterns with Magento.

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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