Magento 2 Migration Is Not For All Magento Stores
Is this a wise choice to migrate Magento 1 to 2?
From the last year, the demand for Magento 2 migration has been increasing dramatically for two main reasons. The first one is that most of the store owners are worrying about Magento 1’s destiny - no one can know whether Magento 1 would be shut down or not except the officials. The second reason for the upgrade is due to the amazing benefits that Magento 2 can deliver - not only better website design but also improved website performance. However, from my experience, Magento 2 upgrade is not really necessary in some cases which we will figure out now!
1. Magento 2 Migration Is Not For Whom Has A Limited Budget
As you might know, Magento 2 migration comes at a cost from $3,000-$50,0000+ based on your needs and requirements. More specifically, the Magento migration cost often depends on:
Magento edition: If you go for Magento Open Source edition, it’s free but you will get fewer default features and no support from Magento officials. Meanwhile, if you decide to Magento Commerce edition, you have to pay a high cost, from $22,000-125,000 per year, depending on your gross sales revenue. In return, you will get regular support with a lot of updates and enhancements.
Magento website design: It’s impossible to move your current theme from Magento 1 to 2, which means that you have to buy a new theme or design a new one from the scratch. Assumed that you buy a Magento 2 ready-made theme that costs about $100 to save your money, you still need to pay the cost of the theme installation and customization as you want. Besides, in case that you want to create a new unique design for your e-business, it might cost you up to $3,000 (including the expense for hiring designer and frontend developer).
The number and type of Magento extensions: Similar to the template issue, we cannot continue using the Magento 1 modules and plugins in Magento 2 store. Here, the solution is to buy new Magento 2 extensions that provide the same functions as the current ones. The more extensions you need, the greater amount of money you have to pay, including the extension cost, installation fee, customization and conflict solving fees (if any). On average, a high-quality Magento 2 extension price is from $60-150, but if your site requires some big modules like marketplace, ERP, etc., you might be charged up to $1,000 for an extension.
The number of database assets: A website that has the larger database, including the number of sale orders, customers, products, and categories..., will obviously take more time, money and effort to migrate its data to Magento 2 effectively without any data loss.
The complex of custom functions: Provided that there were several custom functions in your existing Magento store, there are two possible ways to migrate them from Magento 1 to Magento 2. First, you can rewrite the code to be compatible with Magento 2 using the code migration tools. Second, you are suggested to find a Magento 2 modules that deliver similar functions. Furthermore, sometimes your custom function might be a default feature of Magento 2, so remember to check all Magento functionality before starting your migration process.
Selected Magento agency: Magento 2 migration needs implementing by professionals who have at least 2-3 years of experience in Magento development. The cost of hiring dedicated Magento developers varies region by region; for example, if your select a Magento agency in the US, UK, your project might never be under $20,000. At the same time, if you choose the outsourcing solution for Asian development companies in Vietnam, Singapore, India..., the cost would be much lower (from $3,000-10,000) due to their low labor cost.
After-service support: Some Magento 2 migration services include free support provided after the project is completed while others do not. Therefore, you should check carefully with your agency from the beginning to know that whether they offer the free support or if they don’t, how much it will cost. In general, the developers will charge you according to their hourly rate.
Overall, Magento 2 migration can be a huge investment and a financial burden for small businesses who have the very limited budget. For those firms, they have better make a plan for the migration on the future rather than try to convert from Magento 1 to Magento 2 in all ways.
2. Your Magento 1 Site Is Running Smoothly Without Any Problems
The primary of Magento 2 upgrade is to achieve a more powerful website in terms of both website design and performance. Therefore, if your Magento site now has already had a well-design storefront and a stable performance without any problematic features, which all contribute to generating high revenue, Magento 2 migration would be not an imperative need. Moreover, since your site has no or just a few performance issues, you might not need support from the Magento officials and don’t need to worry about Magento 1 “End-of-life”.
On the other hand, if you are facing some headache issues with your site’s both look and feel such as obsolete design, low loading speed, W3C markup validation non-compliance, poor user experience on mobile devices or security issues, implementing Magento 2 migration is sooner or later. Otherwise, those problems would be more and more complicated over time and difficult to handle, especially when lacking Magento official support.
3. Your Store Is In The Peak Season Of Sales
Furthermore, Magento migration from 1 to 2 is not a good idea when your e-commerce store is in the hot sales season. The reason is that implementing the migration might have a negative impact on the speed of your Magento 1 website and decrease the customer satisfaction as a result. Moreover, you might be too busy at managing the operational tasks and don’t have enough time for following the migration process.
Even if you hire a reliable Magento migration service, it’s necessary for you to spend time supervising the developers’ work, providing them with more information to deploy the plan and more importantly, helping to solve unexpected issues if any. In short, it’s recommended to upgrade to Magento 2 in the low-sale seasons so that it will not affect the customer experience in the site and the managers will have more time to balance between the migration and operational tasks.
All things considered, no one can deny the great benefits of Magento 2 migration but if your store doesn’t have enough budget for it, you should leave it for later. Moreover, if your current site is still running effectively without serious problems, Magento migration is just an option, not a “must”. Last but not least, you should avoid migrating Magento 1 to Magento 2 in the peak season of sales in order to deploy your project successfully!