Magento 2 Migrations for Existing Stores

At a Glance:

Magento 2 is a complete overhaul of Magento. The codebase is more maintainable, easier to extend, and brings many new features, better scalability and significant performance improvements.


What’s new in Magento 2?

  • Faster page load speeds thanks to built-in Full Page Caching and Varnish Cache integration
  • Enhanced admin dashboard: clearer graphic user interface, more flexible options to organise data, easier for new user, mobile/tablet friendly
  • Checkout flow has been made easier for customers with “guest assumed” and email recognition functionality, which results in fewer steps and information requirements for a successful checkout
  • Numerous performance improvements including faster data queries offered by better data indexing
  • A newer and more organised codebase; Magento is quicker to customise and easier to maintain
  • More scalability; the data structure has been compartmentalised to improve scalability on a technical level
  • Backend improvements allow larger teams to make simultaneous edits to products and orders


How can I migrate to version 2?

As a complete overhaul of Magento, meaning an entirely new codebase and engineering paradigm, Magento 2 brings a few pain points for people planning on moving across:

  1. Magento 1 themes can not be migrated to Magento 2 directly. (Magento DevDocs)
  2. Magento 1 extensions in most cases are not compatible with Magento 2 code. (Magento DevDocs)
  3. Custom code used by your Magento 1 store is not compatible with Magento 2 in most cases. This includes things like integrations with inventory or warehouse management systems. (Magento DevDocs)
  4. Data Migration tools exist for core Magento functionality, but will typically not migrate data provided by Magento 1 extensions or custom code. (Magento DevDocs)

In effect, Magento 1 to Magento 2 should not be considered a straight up migration from one version to the next, and it's far from a simple upgrade.

Consider a Magento 2 migration as being in the same ballpark as building a new website from scratch.


Mitigating factors

Doghouse Agency has been working hard to ease the jump from 1 to 2, and while there’s simply going to be certain realities we can’t avoid due to the aforementioned issues, here are some of the areas we can assist with:

  1. Your existing themes make a good reference for our developers. You won’t need to go through a full UX and design cycle, although the themes will mostly need to be re-programmed from scratch.
  2. An up-front code audit will determine which missing extensions may need to be rebuilt from scratch.
  3. We are developing tools to assist with custom data migration between Magento 1 and Magento 2. By treating your old Magento 1 site as “just another data source”, we can map across custom data to your new Magento 2 site.

Next steps?

If you are looking to move from Magento 1 to Magento 2 in order to take advantage of the benefits of the newer platform, please Contact us today to arrange a Magento 2 Upgrade Audit.