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5 Things To Consider When Migrating To Magento 2

  • Written By Grace
  • Posted August 20, 2017
  • 2 minutes Read Time

Magento is the most popular eCommerce platform with more than 250,000 merchants worldwide. Since Magento 2’s release date back in 2015, it has brought us some rather significant changes in Magento 2 when compared with its original version. If you are thinking of making the change then here are 5 things to consider before doing so.

Magento 2 Migration

According to Magento’s estimation, Magento 2 migration is 20% larger than Magento 1 upgrade, but unfortunately, it’s not an easy process. Magento 2 has a completely different architecture and database design. It may take a lot of time and efforts to move to Magento 2 and migration time and resources will depend on the complexity, a number of customisations and also the number of an extension running on the store.

Important Media Files

Migrating media files such as images have to be done differently than migrating product date. Media data will need to be migrated manually… A long process we know!!

Importing Product and Customer Data

An enhanced feature in the new version is a Magento 2 Data Migration Tool which is pretty handy at assisting in importing product and customer data to the new 2.0 version. This tool transforms data to your Magento store using map files, it verifies consistent data between Magento 1 and 2 database structures, creates logs, tracks the data transfer progress and also runs data verification tests.

Migrating Extensions and Theme

Magento 1 extensions are not compatible with Magento 2. The code migration toolkit will able to assist you with migrating some extensions and customer code but unfortunately not all of them. Magento 1 extensions and themes have to be re-created to work properly with the new and updated 2 structure.

Performance Considerations

It is possible that migration, despite all the planning might not work out as perfectly as you think. A few error messages may occur but don’t fret! The process is not always as perfect as you think and errors are able to be fixed with our knowledgeable Magento developers.


It does make a lot of sense to switch to Magento 2 if you are wanting to keep up with the innovation in eCommerce. Although it can be a tedious and time-consuming process, it can be made easier by planning each step in detail and sticking to a migration plan.