Magento Migration

On the 1st of June, 2020, support for Magento 1 will expire, and no more updates will be released for this version. This means that no new features will be added, no speed updates or updates that guarantee the safety of your web-shop. So, when a vulnerability is discovered, it will no longer be supported. According to the latest GDPR guidelines, not having up-to-date software can be seen as a form of negligence.


It is therefore strongly recommended to switch to Magento 2 in the near future, this version has been available since the 11th of April 2016, and has now received many new features that currently focus on speed, stability and safety. Optimized servers and a correctly programmed environment for Magento 2 are very important. Due to our in-house experience with Magento we are able to provide efficient and professional advice for programming and hosting.


Before the migration of all the data can be started, an assessment must first be made to see what should be kept. This makes every migration unique and with its own challenges. If you are interested in what Diploc IT-Services can do for you, you can contact us anytime

Why switch to Magento2?

Magento 2 uses modern web browser techniques that provide a better user experience for the customer, including standard support for mobile display, adding products to the shopping cart faster, better standard checkout page, and a better update policy. By using these modern techniques, the web-shop as a whole feel faster, which directly results in a better conversion.


1: Assessment of the current web-shop

First, we look at which modules, customization and any other special requirements have been applied. Based on which together we will determine what should be transferred to the new Magento 2 web-shop in consultation. It can happen, for example, that you choose to drop or add functionality, this is always negotiable.


2: First migration of data

Experience shows that every migration is different and presents its own challenges. For example, minor errors can creep into the database over the years and those must first be resolved before they can be used for Magento 2, this could also apply to data from older modules. When these points have been successfully completed, the migration can actually take place, usually the standard migration tool offered by Magento itself is used for this. It is possible that this tool is not sufficient, in this case we usually create a custom script, so that it can still be transferred properly. During this migration and until the moment of going live, your current Magento 1 web-shop will continue to function as normal, because no adjustments are required for this in the old environment.


3: Format the theme

When formatting the theme that will be used in Magento 2, there are three different routes that can be taken. - Transfer the current Magento 1 theme. Because Magento 2 is completely rewritten, transferring a Magento 1 theme is more than just copying the files. It is of course possible to keep the current look and feel to make the transition with as little impact possible for your customers. - Use the standard Magento 2 theme or a paid theme from a 3rd party, so that it matches the intended appearance of your web-shop. - A new custom theme. It is the perfect opportunity to change the styling of your web-shop when switching to a new platform. This option gives you the option to fully customize everything and optimize the experience for your customers.


4: Integrating functionality

All standard Magento 1 functionality is available within Magento 2, however it is almost always the case that non-standard modules are used in your current web-shop. For the most requested features, an internally developed plug-in is usually available. If this is not the case, you can, for example, look at plug-ins from 3rd parties for customization. The starting point in this is always to offer it as economically as possible for you.


5: Moving through a new environment

When the development of the new environment is in the final phase, it is important to give it a final in-depth review. Now is the time to address the latest issues, short-comings or other comments before the new environment becomes available to your customers.


6: Last migration and actual go-live

In consultation, a moment of going live is chosen, this is usually on a day when there are not many customers on the web-shop. Consultation is done in order to be able to deal with any problems quickly, and to be able to solve them without too much impact. For most migrations, the web-shop will be temporarily unavailable at the time of going live, because the latest data such as sales and customer data must be converted to the new environment, after which the definite switch can be permanently converted to Magento 2.


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