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Magento 2: Migration

With changes to the usability, performance and functionality, Magento 2 has been praised as a big improvement on Magento 1.

However, people voiced concern over its early release and issues with stability in the checkout, product import payments etc. Feedback has become more positive as updates have been released. But many companies are still having difficulty deciding whether to make the switch.

Overall, a lot of the instabilities of Magento 2 have now been fixed and the platform is now proven at most levels.

Some of the stores that are live with Magento 2 include Land Rover, Graze.com, Soak & Sleep and Venroy.

Magento 2 has many similarities to Magento v1, but it is a different platform with totally new coding and database structures.

And so, migrating to Magento 2 requires a lot of careful planning. This article should help guide you through the transition.

Firstly, Take stock of what you have

Step 1 is to complete an assessment of your current installation. Include a functional definition of your operations, highlight specifics such workflows, custom extensions etc. Make notes of what you may want to add/remove.

Ensure you take note of any third party extensions or custom modules that you have installed. If any internal records have not been kept, you can find an idea of the third party extensions you are using by going to system > config > admin > advanced > disable module output in admin area. This should be confirmed by developers or your agency. This is particularly important as not all third party modules are available for magento 2.

Migrating to Magento 2 presents the opportunity to improve your product listings. If you ever wanted to add functionality, update the design or remove unnecessary features, now is the best time to do so.

Secondly, Build a project team

Ensure the whole team is happy with the migration plans. It is vital to obtain commitment from all who will be involved, as they will be effected by it in some way. If they feel included in the process, they will be more invested in its success.

As well as this, you should consider getting some in house training for your team. It could make a huge difference to the success of the migration.

It may well be worth bringing in a solutions architect or project lead to manage the project tasks you are responsible for if the project is big enough.

Also, Start using the system early

Ensure your team who will be working with the new system have enough time to learn how to use it properly. Magento 2 is much different to Magento v1 and will take some time to learn.

The technical architecture of Magento 2 is very different from Magento 1 and it’s important that this is fully understood by the relevant members of your team. Any developers or technical users within your team will need time to properly understand the new Magento framework.

Conduct formal testing

Testing is a crucial part of migration. Although it may be tedious and repetitive, it is extremely important that you find problems before the customers do.

Success won’t be achieved without careful planning and preparation. If time is taken to allow everyone to fully understand how Magento 2 functions, and the transition is tested thoroughly, the move can be a positive and smooth experience.

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