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Migration to Magento 2. How to Plan Migration for 2017

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2017 is just around the corner. Discussing the plans for the next year with our clients, we realized that some of them are planning migration to Magento 2. In this regard, there are some questions that we would like to review in this article.

Where to start?

First, we recommend to read all official documentation on Magento.com. It can help you to understand the stages of this process which is not an easy one. If you haven’t enough programming and development skills to understand all the information, it is to be expected. The main task of the merchant is to do a careful preparation. Some useful recommendations are below.

Determine a low sales season

In our experience, the low sales season is the best period for migration. It is very difficult to predict how everything goes, so it is important to do this when possible losses are minimal. Many merchants prefer to plan migration of the live site on weekends, when the store is closed and doesn’t provide any support or delivery service. It is not always a good decision. Some work can be done during the weekend, if it is necessary.  But there may be a situation when hosting support stops responding, or the help of an HTML layout designer is needed and the person is not available. There may be many contingencies, so it is better to use active time. As soon as you identify the migration period you will be able to start preparing.

Make a list of all Magento 1 extensions that are installed in the store

Magento 2 was released recently and not so many extensions are available for this system yet. So, the list of installed extensions will determine the amount of work that should be done before migration. If an extension is not provided by Magento Community you can order its development, which is usually expensive, or postpone the migration.

Think about a new design for your online store

Magento 2 is significantly different from Magento 1 and the theme of the existing store can’t be used in the new version. The migration to Magento 2 is a good opportunity to update the store design. You can create a document describing what you’d like to change and what you prefer to leave as it is. Such analysis can save time in the future.

Make a list of functions you’d like to add in the new store

In fact, migration to Magento 2 means that a new online store will be developed. It will not take as much time as the first one, because you have content, products and so on. But from the technical point of view, it is like a new store. You can expand the existing functionality and make your store more convenient for users.

Identify your top pages not to lose your position in search engines

It is a popular question if migration has any impact on SEO. With Magento 2, your store will be more SEO-friendly. What you definitely need to do is make a list of pages/references to the pages which have TOP positions in SERP. This means these URLs mustn’t be changed, even if you prefer to update the category structure. Otherwise, you need to implement redirects not to lose your search traffic. By the way, pay attention that quite recently Google changes its politics regarding 301 and 302 redirects and the pages don’t lose their weight anymore. Read more here.

Integration with other system

If your existing store is integrated with CRM, ERP or other systems, the migration will be more complicated. In this way, your developer should help you to plan all the work and you will need more time for the project.

All this information is enough to start making the requirements for your migration project and choose the developer who will help you to do this. For certain reasons, it is better to deal with the same company who developed your Magento 1 store. Their team knows the peculiarities of your business and they will need less time to understand your requirements. If you were not satisfied with the work of your previous developer, there are some recommendations how to choose the right partner – the Magento development company.

What we can offer or GoMage advantages

GoMage has been working on the market since 2010 and specializes in Magento only. In our portfolio, we have several successful Magento 2 projects and we are ready to provide you with references from our clients.  Magento 2 extensions are also available, so you can be sure that the main eCommerce flows will be optimized with the best Magento 2 extensions. Our work is based on the principle of mutually beneficial cooperation and we will do our best to help your business grow successfully.

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