Magento Upgrade

Let’s go to the next level of website performance together. We provide assistance with migration from Magento 1 or a different platform to Magento 2. Don’t worry! All data, customization, and design will be retained on the new M2 website.
Magento Upgrade
Should You Upgrade to Magento 2?

Should You Upgrade to Magento 2?

Let’s speak the truth: Magento 1 is outdated. Since its initial release in 2008 M1 has become a beloved and widely-used eCommerce platform across the globe but progress is impossible without changes. Magento team provides software support to M1 only until June 2020. So, migration to M2 is not only desirable, it’s a must-do, and the days are numbered.

Magento won’t add new features to M1, thus, innovations will pass by M1 shops and their competitive edge will be at risk. Magento 2 expands the limits of its predecessor significantly, allowing to develop more advanced eCommerce sites through a better code stack and development environment. Users of the latest version will enjoy better shopping experience and new handy features.

What are the Pros of Magento 2 Upgrade?

Let’s draw some comparisons between M1 and M2 and find out the gains of the latest version.
M2 is more secure for running a business

1. M2 is more secure for running a business

M1 hasn’t been updated for years. Patches are the only things that are still released but only for fixing really huge and troublesome security vulnerabilities. Soon Magento team will stop working on patches for M1 and merchants will remain face-to-face with hackers. These black hats violate website security and steal customers’ personal data such as credit card numbers, passwords, emails, etc. The conclusion is very simple: it’s time to move further and upgrade to M2 to keep your business safe. Even Magento team recommends migrating till the end of 2019.

Magento 2 online stores load much faster

2. Magento 2 online stores load much faster

While running a great advertising campaign, doing some SEO magic, or during rush hours, you notice slowdown or broken pages on M1. It turns your efforts into dust and optimization of the existing website is no longer a cure. Thanks to the FPC (full-page caching) technology on Magento 2, page loading is on average 20% faster. Up-to-date and scalable modular architecture decreases time of website load speed and server response to users’ actions such as checkout, adding products to a shopping cart, etc.

The abundance of functionality improves UX

3. The abundance of functionality improves UX

Magento 1 is limited but your business vision shouldn’t be. The platform can’t put into effect your brightest fresh ideas especially related to customer acquisition or performance boosting. Unlike M1, its successor offers a built-in 2-step streamlined checkout to make the purchasing process more convenient and faster. The Instant Purchase feature also allows to previously save payment and shipping information of your customers. When they come back to your shop, you simply offer them to skip checkout and go to a confirmation page.

4. Development and maintenance with no damage

Spending tons of money on optimization, code-fixing, or redesign doesn’t bring fruits anymore on M1. When you face this, it’s time to put doubts aside and migrate to Magento 2. Its modular code base allows reducing development cycles, utilizing a wider toolset, and performing various integrations as easy as never before. The simplicity of the development process within Magento 2 helps to customize specific parts of a website with no damage to others.

Mobile friendly webstores as never before

5. Mobile friendly webstores as never before

Magento is keeping up with trends, and released its Progressive Web Apps Studio which applies cutting-edge approaches and design patterns to develop appealing storefronts for Magento 2. Now online stores have responsive design which creates great app-like and smooth user experience in browsers across all mobile devices. Applying PWA to your website, you avoid wasting extra time and money on development of separate apps for Google Play or App Store. For M1 there are no such updates so it can’t offer optimal performance and seamless work on all devices.

Simply the best eCommerce solution on the market

6. Simply the best eCommerce solution on the market

If you are a tech-savvy and results-oriented person there is no reason to still use Magento 1. In fact, M2 admin panel allows managing its core features, list new product and find other tools even without developers’ help. The navigation within the panel is extremely simple and clear because major categories are divided into multiple subcategories. To sum up, M2 has more features, excellent B2B user experience, upgraded technology stack, and many other benefits. You’ll love it. We already DO!

How does Magento Upgrade Process Look Like?

At first glance migration plan seems to be complicated.
But don’t be scared as we will help you to:

Collect and Adapt Extensions.

Modules that have been developed for Magento 1 won’t be available for Magento 2. GoMage’s certified professionals will collect your requirements and turn them into M2 platform-friendly format or simply develop new extensions.

Prepare Your Store for Upgrade.

We will replicate your M1 database as the best way to ensure data redundancy in case of unforeseen problems. Later our team will use this replicated M1 database as the raw data for your upgrade.

Use Data Migration Tool.

It makes the upgrade a lot easier by helping to transfer clients, orders, shipments, inventories, and M1 core configuration. Though, it can’t transfer admin rights, media files, custom information and other technical details. But you have our team on hand to migrate all essential data without losing even a bit of it.

Change the Migrated Data.

This step is optional as someone wants their catalog to look differently on M2, others need modified sales rules, and so on. These data changes are made manually, but our certified developers always take care about this in order to avoid any error occurrence.

Transfer M1 Theme and Images.

Our team migrates all necessary assets to Magento 2. But to be fair, migration of M1 theme takes the same amount of time as development of a new and fresh one. So, upgrading is the right time to change your website appearance according to the newest industry practices.

Pick Up New Extensions.

We can easily implement custom changes in modules or in Magento functionality and logic according to your desires. In case there are no necessary modules for your new webstore, we are ready to create one from scratch.

Perform Testing and Fix Bugs.

The team browses through your store, checks each feature, conducts cross-browser and cross-device testing to be sure everything works perfectly well. Then testers hand over a list of errors to developers and bug fixing begins.

Transfer Incremental Data.

Even though we have transferred your data before, your existing store on M1 is still running. There is data about new customers and purchases that need to be transferred to M2 applying the Delta mode.

Launch of Your Upgraded Store.

At this stage our team checks the structure of URLs not to cause damage to SEO magic. Then switches payment methods into live mode and conducts the last testing on the live domain. Finally, you start running your ad campaigns and generating revenue.

Support after Store Launch.

Even when migration is over, we still care about your business. After customer’s feedback we make improvements and introduce new features that they are asking for. The team also monitors website performance, reviews code, improves UI and UX, and so on.
Why Choose Our Magento Upgrade Services?

Why Choose Our Magento Upgrade Services?

We started developing website on M2 more than 4 years back when it was in a beta version. Since then our team has already upgraded dozens of online stores from Magento 1 to Magento 2.

We know all migration steps and procedures, all obstacles and possible errors on the way. Therefore, we have developed ready-made solutions and created custom scripts to help overcome these pitfalls on the spot.

There are some more facts which make our team a perfect fit for an eCommerce business. The key advantage is that we have been working with Magento only and developing 900+ projects for 9 years. We specialize in this platform and know it like the back of our hands. As a result, 50% of our clients stay with us for 2+ years. That impresses and motivates us to strive for exceptional results for the companies we are working with.

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