Innovators make technical advancements in every field almost every other day. What is good can always be better. Magento shares a similar vision. Since the release of Magento 2, a lot of eCommerce platforms have been dealing with the migration process. With Magento ending support for Magento 1, the transition from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is not a matter of if but how. Though the process may seem painstaking to start off with, the migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is actually a sensible choice for various reasons, such as the new and enhanced mobile-friendly build, a more technologically enhanced approach, faster loading process, among others. The bottom line is that it is more advanced than Magento 1 and a more sensible choice for businesses looking to scale in the current landscape. However, there is a list of foreseeable challenges that come along with the migration process.
1. Data migration.
Transferring an entire database during a Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration can be a tricky process. However, when handled carefully there is no risk of losing crucial product/consumer/order data. To make the migration procedure convenient, Magento has officially curated a tool called Magento 2 Data migration tool. It is designed to shift your data from Magento 1 to Magento 2 with the help of CLI commands. As per the recent modifications, the tool can only transfer product, order, and consumer data along with the store settings.
2. Rankings on the search engine.
The content of your store and website needs to be SEO optimized for good rankings on the search engine. However, during the Magento 2 migration, it can lead to less traffic. There’s a dip in traffic due to several reasons. They are-
- Ineffective changes to the URL structure of the website, which is the result of failing to crawl your website.
- Less SEO friendly URLs and content
- Extreme changes in the structure of the website, which will lead to an absence of functionality
A general solution would be to define the migration scope and correct the 301 redirects. These redirects can notify Google of the URL’s brand new location. All the link juice, data, and traffic are redirected to the new website rather than the old one.Analyze the performance of your site and establish the indexing procedure. Fix the broken URLs and make sure to implement 301 redirects correctly. Furthermore, you can also ensure that your Google console is updated after the migration to maintain the traffic flow.
3. Website speed.
Low store performance, slow loading speed when loading pages, and in the admin areas, no-cache configuration, and less store reliability are common drawbacks of Magento 2 migration. You may solve these problems by improving the media delivery, upgrading the varnish and redis cache, and working on the JS code.
4. Theme extension.
The user cannot transfer Magento 1 theme to Magento 2. The consumer has to develop a new one, which looks similar to the previous one. This is also an excellent opportunity for retailers and store owners to utilize the maximum benefits for the new and improved Magento 2 theme templates.
5. Integrations and Plugin Compatibility
Plugin compatibility issues are common obstacles issues when you migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2. The Magento 1 extensions will not work on Magneto 2. You need to ensure your current plugin/extension is compatible with Magento 2. In most of the cases, the custom code is cooperative, for other matters, Magento provides a code migration tool to streamline the process. This method may be complex, but it will ensure the successful integration of the custom code in the Magento 2 website.
Third-party integrations such as shipping, taxes, reporting, etc need to be migrated as well. These interactions are essential for the business to run smoothly. Therefore, you need to make sure that they are supported by Magento 2 before starting the migration process.
You can also hire an agency to add the same features of Magento 1 to your brand new Magento 2. Furthermore, if you prefer, you can customize the extension from scratch.
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