Upgrade Magento 1 to Magento 2 by 1st June 2020

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Magento 1 end of life

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Magento 1 support ends on June 1st, 2020

What does this mean? A lot of eCommerce stores are still running on Magento 1. From the 1st June 2020, the Magento community stopped publishing updates and patches for Magento 1, leaving those stores without any way to stay secure and supported.

A vast number of plugins have already stopped supporting Magento 1 and have switched their support to Magento 2. Now we are past 1st June 2020, many more plugin publishers and providers will stop publishing updates for Magento 1. This means that for stores that are still on Magento 1, they won’t receive critical updates and security patches, leaving them open to attack and compromise.

How do I stay online past June 1st?

Fear not, your site will still be online and operate just as before, but Magento released the final security patch on or before 1st June, and this will be the last time they fix any security holes in Magento 1. Past this date, if security holes are discovered in Magento 1, they will remain open. Attackers will likely scan the net looking for websites running Magento 1 and try to exploit those holes, leaking your customer and order information.

We don’t want to spread fear or uncertainty. Still, as a security-conscious Magento agency, we want to ensure every Magento store is up to date and secure, so we’re helping our clients migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 and offering continued support for Magento 1 while upgrading to Magento 2.

Magento 1 is officially unsupported past May 2020.

The support deadline has passed. It’s essential to have a contingency or upgrade plan in place.

What do I need to do to stay supported with Magento 1?

If you’re running Magento 1, the best option is to migrate to the latest version of Magento – Magento 2. This will stay supported for at least the next 10 years and will benefit from regular security and bug fixes as well as continual improvements.

Thankfully, the process is relatively straightforward in most cases, and you can carry over your order history and customer and product data. In 95% of cases, you can continue to use all the same systems as before, and the upgrade will have minimal impact on your operations.

In fact, we’ve built tools that we use in house to transfer the data. This helps to minimise the amount of time and cost it takes to upgrade, as well as ensuring everything transfers without problems.

Not quite ready to upgrade to Magento 2 yet?

We’ve spoken to all of our Magento clients, 4 out of 5 are starting the migration to Magento 2. For the other one that’s not quite ready to make the upgrade, due to cost or time restriction, we are continuing to support their Magento 1 builds whilst we prepare them for the upgrade to Magento 2.

If you’re looking at Magento 2 but aren’t ready to make the leap yet, speak to our team to find out how we can continue to support your Magento 1 store whilst planning the transition.

You're not alone! Research suggests over 135,000 stores are still running on the Magento 1 platform, in need of an upgrade.

What are the steps to upgrade from Magento 1

Import customers and products

We’ll transfer your customers, orders and products from your Magento 1 store and move them to Magento 2 using our automatic tools. The transfer happens securely, automatically, and it’s guaranteed to be error-free.

Transfer the theme

Our team sets to work on transplanting your store’s theme from your Magento 1 store to Magento 2. We’ll rewrite the templates, transfer the HTML and import the scripts and stylesheets that make it work. You can even make design updates during this phase.

Transition and launch

It’s time to launch. Our team spins up the new servers, systems and databases needed to run the store, we test everything and make it live. All with zero downtime, lost orders or manual data entry. We’ll monitor everything to make sure it’s stable and we’ll provide training.

Ready to start your upgrade to Magento 2 or need support with Magento 1?

We’ve set aside a dedicated team to handle support and migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2. They’ll provide detailed guidance on the steps you have to take, along with help and support for maintaining Magento 1 in the meantime. They’ve helped 22 stores migrate to Magento 2 so far, and have a massive wealth of experience in carefully migrating everything over.

What’s more, we’ve built tools that we use to manage large parts of the transfer so that you can be sure everything migrates safely and securely.

They’re on hand, right now, to provide expert guidance and support. Use this form to get in touch with our team and discuss the next steps.

 

 

How long does it take to upgrade to Magento 2?

The time that migration takes between Magento 1 and Magento varies between different stores, but we’re ready to transfer stores 2 in 6 weeks on average. We’re able to save time with the migration process by using our automated tools, which handles the transfer of product, customer, order and content between the two platforms.

The most substantial part of any migration is usually the theme itself. Magento has changed it’s template format in Magento 2 which means Magento 1 themes can’t be used with Magento 2 and will need modification to continue working.

Typically, our team will take the theme from your Magento 1 site and migrate it to Magento 2 within several weeks, updating the template to use the newer Magento version. For some more complicated store setups, for example, where there are multiple currencies or languages, this may take longer. However, our team will provide an estimate of time before the process begins.

It’s important to note, however, that we aim to provide a graceful upgrade, so if everything goes swimmingly, your store should suffer no downtime or lost orders whatsoever.

How much does it cost to upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

Because we charge for our time alone, the cost depends on how long the migration will take. Of course, we’ll always provide a quote before starting work, so you’ll know exactly how much the transfer is likely to cost before getting started.

Generally, the cost to migrate an eCommerce store between Magento 1 and Magento 2 is between £15,000 and £45,000 with some more complicated store setups costing slightly more and more straightforward stores costing less.

If you’d like us to give you a quote for migrating your store to Magento 2, just get in touch with our team.

What are the benefits of upgrading to Magento 2?

Magento 2 has a vast number of benefits over Magento 1.

  • It’s faster: Magento 2 stores load in half the time of a Magento 1 store on average. Google ranks sites higher, the quicker they run, so you should see a natural boost to organic search
  • It’s easier to search: Magento 2 has an advanced product search built-in, which uses Elastic Search. Your customers will spend less time searching and more time converting.
  • It’s easier to manage: Magento 2’s admin panel is vastly superior to Magento 1. It’ll take less time to update products thanks to an improved product importer and management system, and you’ll be able to create better content using the Magento 2 content management system.
  • Checkout is slick: Magento 2 comes with a one-step checkout out of the box, meaning less drop-off during the checkout process and higher conversion rates.

Under the hood, there are tonnes of upgrades too, including a powerful caching system, updated payment systems with 3D secure and SCA and a modernised templating system that uses jQuery, a popular javascript framework.

Need support with Magento 1?

You can ask us any questions, request any advice or talk through options with our team any time.

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