The time has finally come: Magento 1.x EOL (end-of-life) is coming in June 2020.

Ecommerce stores and retailers have been thinking about their migration plans for moving to Magento 2.x, Shopify, Drupal Commerce, BigCommerce or another ecommerce platform. If you haven’t started planning yet, now is absolutely the time. It’s extremely important to have smooth transition plans in place to minimize the potential for data loss and catastrophic errors, as migrating can be quite risky and requires specific care.

But where can one even start? Aren’t migrations extremely complicated? In this guide, we’ll be breaking down exactly what Magento is, how to deal with a Magento ecommerce platform migration, and how developers can help you make the move.

What is Magento?

Released back in 2008, Magento 1.x is an open-source platform designed to help small to medium-sized companies launch their online commerce presence. Purchased by eBay in 2011 and acquired by Adobe in 2018, today over 25% of the global ecommerce market runs on Magento. The Magento platform allowed merchants to take advantage of digital marketing, SEO, and catalog-management tools, at an enterprise level of complexity and scale. 

Magento has dominated the market in this sector and has been around for quite a while, so it’s no surprise that a platform migration would eventually be necessary. Magento 1.x will no longer be supported by Adobe at the end of June after a recent EOL extension. This essentially means security patches for found vulnerabilities will no longer become available. Hundreds of thousands of retailers will be affected, and there are a number of things to consider before proceeding.

The process of going from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x is more or less the equivalent of building a brand new website. It is not going to be a simple upgrade -- rather, it’s going to be a full re-platform.

The migration from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x is NOT an upgrade -- it is a re-platform. The migration project could take hundreds of hours. Because of this, now is the time to refine your strategy and approach towards e-commerce, digital marketing, and customer service. This is going to involve finding another platform or giving Magento 2.x a try.Companies need to have a plan for after support for Magento 1.x finally ends, and June is coming up quickly.

Moving from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x

Magento 2.x has some pretty interesting use cases. Retailers will be able to access improved feature sets while still maintaining the usability of Magento, meaning that the core practices of Magento won’t change much. This is great for retailers who don’t want to deal with tricky and expensive learning curves. Just as well, Magento 2.x is better for taking on omnichannel selling environments and can offer retailers much more visibility into their business with user-friendly dashboards and analytics.

If you decide to move to Magento 2.x, you’ll need to follow a migration plan. There’s no real way to move your entire website to a new platform all at once, it’s going to take some time. And it should because this process requires quite a bit of care to ensure no data is lost in the process and functionality is retained.

This could be an excellent opportunity for ecommerce businesses to examine what they’ve been wanting to change about their website and put those implementations into place with their new site.

This checklist is a high-level overview of the upgrade process:

  • Document all your necessary existing functionality, including Magento-built, third-party and customizations.
  • Build a Magento 2.x website, carefully implementing your documented functionality and new website theme.
  • Customize and test Magento’s data migration scripts.
  • When ready, temporarily stop all admin and Cron activity within Magento 1.x.
  • Run your data migration processes.
  • Synchronize media files.
  • Re-index all data in Magento 2.x.
  • Test Magento 2.x with migrated data.
  • When confident Magento 2.x is ready, place Magento 1.x into maintenance mode.
  • Run your data migration processes to capture any deltas.
  • Re-index all data in Magento 2.x, clear and warm any caches.
  • Start Magento 2.x Cron and change DNS.

For many business owners, these steps might be just a little too complicated. In this case, you have two options: hire a development team to take on the Magento migration task for you (such as August Ash) or move to another platform, which will present its own challenges but might be easier.

August Ash Can Help You Develop the Best Possible Magento 1.x Migration Plan

At August Ash, we were one of the first businesses in the Midwest to launch with Magento 1.x. We've built many Magento 1.x and Magento 2.x websites for our customers, and we are excited to come up with the perfect plan to migrate your own website. Our team of Magento developers is on hand to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your business. 

If you’re in need of Magento developers in the Midwest, look no further than August Ash.