Mauro Lorenzutti, Webformat CTO , e-commerce system integrator leader in Italy in developing and consulting e-commerce projects, illustrates the five key aspects that merchants (both in business and technology optics) should consider before commencing the transition From Magento 1 to Magento 2.
Migration vs. Update: The Details to Know
Switching from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is not a simple upgrade, but a real migration that involves transferring data and content from one platform to another. A new technology with different frameworks and APIs, in which the database structure and how the themes and modules are developed are totally different. In fact, if you decide to embark on a migration process, you need to set up a separate environment where you can manage data transfer and functionality, which is facilitated by specific tools. In addition, as a new platform, the theme and the different customizations will have to be re-implemented, while the modules used in Magento 1 will be replaced with equivalent modules.
Why switch to Magento 2? Evolution and greater security
The main motivation for changing the platform focuses on the pivotal feature of the tech world, namely evolution. With the creation and release of Magento 2 all new developments and new features will focus on the latest system, even with regard to the development of the most popular modules. Therefore, Magento 1 is intended to become an obsolete platform very quickly as a result of the fact that all evolutions will only be developed on Magento 2.
Advantages of switching to Magento 2
With the launch of the new platform, new features have also emerged, such as a new streamlined checkout, a more responsive back office that can improve catalog management, especially with regard to configurable configurable products. Choosing to migrate to Magento 2 means getting significant plus in terms of performance, in addition to the possibility of native high-level integration such as Braintree’s payment aggregator.
More security and quality with the new Magento 2 marketplace and new modules that, according to the new Magento publishing stream, are first valued and approved by Magento developers: No more encrypted modules, but the other way to comply with quality standards safety. The move to the new platform also provides an updated technology stack with the latest technologies, from Varnish to RequireJS, through RabbitMQ and support for Mysql Clustering.
Two different approaches to address the migration process
When deciding to embark on a migration process, you should consider the right strategy appropriate to your business.
In fact, it is possible to develop the Magento 2 project with the same integration as Magento 1 without changing the user interface, so as to tackle migration transparently, faster times, limited investment and the ability to co-exist The two versions. The disadvantage of this solution lies in replicating Magento 2 of perhaps the most unprofitable processes with a possible budget dispersion.
To design a new project could then be an opportunity to optimize existing processes, thus creating a new image for customers. The possible disadvantages of this second approach are summarized in more time, higher costs and a more complex adoption parallel strategy. The negligible detail is that, depending on the chosen approach, both the perimeter of the project and the figures involved change.
When you need to plan migration: some premise
The move from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is not the immediate solution for all business types. Magento 2 is a new platform that still has some bugs, so its stability is not yet comparable to that of Magento 1, active for ten years.
When deciding to embark on migration, it is worth considering if the features needed for your business are already available on Magento: there is already a wide choice of modules, though objectively not as comprehensive and complete as for Magento 1 (such as modules To integrate widely available payment gates have not yet been released).
In any case, the change is going on and unstoppable for Magento 2 to be up to date, and it is the same approach that merchants should have to support their online business more. In Webformat we really believe in this change and that is why we have focused our training and our work on Magento 2 since 2015: we have already released several major projects with the new platform and the results were very satisfactory.
For the coming months, we have already planned several activities in synergy with our customers to ensure not only business continuity but a concrete improvement in all performance indicators.