Magento 1 to Magento 2 Upgrade 2019-10-04T11:31:51-08:00

Magento 1 to Magento 2 Upgrade

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Time to upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2

Magento has announced end of support for Magento 1:


You may be one of a large number of companies that are still using Magento 1.x. If so, it is important to know that end-of-life of
Magento has been announced to be June 2020 and that is when the support for this product will end.
We urge all our clients to start migrating their current Magento 1.x websites to Magento 2. Our experts can review your current
website, interfaces and integrations and create a roadmap for a seamless Magento 1 to Magento 2 upgrade.
For more information please visit: https://magento.com/blog/magento-news/supporting-magento-1-through-june-2020

What is great about Magento 2:

1. Better performance than Magento 1.x.  Magento 2 utilizes full page caching and Varnish which means pages load much faster than its predecessor.  Page load time is now 30% to 50% faster which means more orders per hour.  

2. Unlike Magento 1.x, Magento 2.x supports PHP 7.0 which is the main reason for many of the improvements the e-commerce platform has undergone. These improvements included increased performance, scalability and  security.  On the other hand, Magento 1.x is based on PHP 5.6 which is less secure, slower and soon to be deprecated.

2.Magento 2 is now capable of handling over 10 million page views per hour.  Magento 1.x was restricted to 500 thousand.

3. The checkout process has been streamlined significantly making it easier for customers to purchase products, up to 38% faster.

4. More robust modules.  Magento 2 overhauled how modules are developed in that module conflict has greatly  been reduced.  Also, installing  modules have been greatly simplified reducing errors so that you can focus on selling your products rather than dealing with module issues.

5. The admin interface has undergone a vast upgrade in user experience.  With Magento 1.x the admin interface was complicated to use and contained a dated user interface.  With Magento 2.x, the backend has been updated to make the interface intuitive and easy to use.  In short, the admin interface was re-designed with the user in mind rather than the developer so you, as the user, spend less time on learning the backend and more time focusing on your business.  

Why Magento 1.x is being deprecated:

1. Outdated interface.

2. Slow, not secure.

3. Confusing, dated administrator interface.

4. Dated frontend interface that is not responsive.

5. Extensions that often conflict as the development process is not streamlined.

Consequences of staying with Magento 1.x:

1. Your site will eventually be hacked.  Hackers will have a field day dismantling your site as they know end of life for Magento 1.x is June 2020 and they will most likely search for these sites to exploit vulnerabilities they know will exist.

2. Your site will be deprecated literally overnight making it incompatible with current technologies supported by the masses.

3. Your Magento 1.x extensions will be outdated and you will be hard pressed to find developers willing to support it as they know that Magento 1.x is deprecated and all focus will be on Magento 2.x.  By upgrading to Magento 2.x you should have no problem finding an extension to support your business needs.

End of life for Magento 1.x :

Support for Magento 1.x ends June 2020.  Migration from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x will be from anywhere between 1 to 3 months depending on the complexity of your site.  You will want to start upgrading now  as the holiday season is quickly approaching and during that time much of your focus will be on getting ready for the uptick in sales and holiday promotions which will detract from the upgrade to Magento 2.x.

Migration process and costs:

Migration process depends on your specific website, the extensions installed and integrations that it contains.

User Interface: Most likely you will need a new theme for your site.  The Magento 1.x themes are not compatible with Magneto 2.x. That said, some extension makers have created new versions of their old Magento 1.x themes.

Data Migration: The Magento 1.x data, including products, categories, customer accounts, order history,… will also need to migrated and depending on the complexity of your data, the process of migrating may take longer.  Data migration is usually done using a data migration tool to make the conversion easier.  With careful planning, there will be no data loss. 

Extensions Replacement: Finding replacement extensions should not be an issue.  If an extension is by a major extension maker like Amasty, then they will most likely have the same extention in Magento 2.x.

Magento 2.x Server requirements:

supported PHP versions:
~7.1.3
~7.2.0

Databases supported:
MySQL 5.6, 5.7

Magento is compatible with MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4.*, MariaDB 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, Percona 5.7, and other binary-compatible MySQL technologies.


Security:

1. Increased improvement against XSS (cross-site scripting)

2. Flexible file system ownership and permissions

3. Enhanced prevention of clickjacking exploits

4. Random admin url to make it harder to guess

That said, we do other security setups on the server, database and we also implement a third-party firewall for much increased security.

Ease of use:

1. Creating an account is much more intuitive and easy to use. 

2. Checkout process is more streamlined and less clunky.  

3. Admin interface requires minimal effort to get up and running.

4. Customize product and customer interface.

Training required:

1. We provide onsite and offsite training.

2. We also provide training documentation that goes over major sections of the admin interface including managing products, customers and orders.

You can explore our previous Magento projects by visiting this link: Magento Portfolio
If you are interested in Magento development services, please visit here: Magento Development in Los Angeles.
For more information about our Magento support services, feel free to contact our team at +1 310 882 7755 today!