As the world will bid an official goodbye to Magento 1 on the 18 November, 2018, already the most efficient brains in the ecommerce industry are focused on developing and making Magento 2 a successful platform for ecommerce. Under this situation, the online store owners need to start planning right now to start the journey of ‘migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2’.
To-do list before you proceed to migrate to Magento 2
If you are planning to migrate to Magento 2, then here’s a checklist, you need to do:
#1: Take a full backup of your store (Magento 1) that includes all the folders, files, and the database.
#2: Do a complete analysis of your store, keep things only which are necessary and delete the rest.
#3: You need to create a clone for your Magento 1 store, and you are not to use the live store for this migration process. From this cloned database, you would be migrating the data to Magento 2.
#4: You also need to check whether your current themes, custom codes, and extensions are compatible with Magento 2. You also need to remove useless and outdated data from the database, which includes compared products, logs, and currently viewed products.
#5: You need to install a fresh version of Magento 2 on the same hosting server as that of Magento 1, to make the migration procedure hassle free.
Migration procedure from Magento 1 to Magento 2
- The migration process consists of 4 phases:Theme migration: In order to deliver enhanced shopping and store experience, new technologies and methodologies are introduced in Magento 2. You can create new awesome themes or modify your current theme to make it compatible with the new Magento standards. However, you cannot directly transfer the current theme onto the new one; rather you need to make a new theme and make it responsive for the best user experience.
- Customization: The custom codes you are using for Magento 1 are compatible with the new version. Magento comes with a code migration toolkit that helps you to integrate the custom codes successfully into the new version.
- Extension migration: Extensions are very significant components, which provide extended functionalities and new features for your Magento store. You need to install the Magento 2 extensions. As your older extensions will not be compatible with new Magento version, you need to install only the relevant extensions.
- Data migration: This is the last thing you need to do during the migration process. With the Data Migration Tool, you can successfully migrate the orders, categories, settings, products, and store configurations to the new version.
In order to perform data migration successfully, you need to install Magento 2 data migration tool. You need to find the root directory of your Magento 2 and install the relevant tool for that. After the installation, you need to configure the data migration tool, where the directories will contain the configuration files and the mapping. Then you have to migrate the settings from Magento 1 to Magento 2. After that data will migrate from version 1 to version 2. Once it is completed, you will receive a success message.