5 Criteria Of A Good Magento Migration Service
Essential tips for whom are going to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2
Undoubtedly, more and more store owners are planning to upgrade to Magento 2 to enjoy the numerous benefits that the new platform brings as well as to deal with the threat of losing support for Magento 1. Owing to that, one of the biggest concerns of Magento merchants right now is how to find a high-quality Magento migration service to help them make the transform. Actually, there are plenty of Magento development companies providing Magento migration services worldwide but it’s not easy to find a good and reliable one. In this article, I will show you 5 most essential criteria for choosing your ideal Magento migration service. Let’s get started!
1. Experience of the Magento Development Company
First and foremost, you need to figure out the experience of Magento development companies in Magento and in Magento migration service in particular. Here are some questions that you should ask them:
“How many years of experience does your agency have in Magento/ Magento migrations?”
“Can you show me some Magento migration projects that your firm have done?
After listening to their answers as well as checking their real products, you can know somehow about their expertise and capability. My advice is that you should cooperate with companies that have at least 3 years of experience in Magento.
2. How They Implement Your Magento Migration Process
Here I don’t mean you have to follow their technical work but how they make a plan and manage your Magento migration from 1 to 2 project. Here are what we can expect from a professional Magento development company:
- Asking you a lot of questions to deeply understand your needs and requirements for the Magento migration process
- Giving sound advice and consultation for your project (not trying to give complicated solutions to get more money)
- Sending you a detailed proposal with estimated time/ cost and project scope
- Telling you about which server that the Migration process will be carried out in
- Creating a detailed project schedule with clear milestones/ deadlines, tasks, and subtasks,...
- Letting you know how they manage their tasks in this project (use a software for example)
- Submitting weekly/ monthly report to help you follow the project
- Sending you a comprehensive document that lists all of what has been done in the Magento migration process
Don’t hesitate to ask your potential Magento agencies to know whether they are able to do the above things, then you can choose the best one.
3. Cost of Magento Migration Service
Obviously, Magento migration services come at a cost. It can be high or low based on many factors such as which theme you use, how many extensions/ data/ custom module/ third-party integrations that you want to migrate to Magento 2, and most importantly, your Magento development company’s hourly rate.
As far as I know, most of the Magento agencies ask for high hourly rate - from $70-150/ working hour. Therefore, if your Magento migration project can be done within 1,5 months (approximately 240 hours), it will cost you at least $16,800. Meanwhile, if you outsource your project to an offshore Magento development firm in Asia (e.g.: Vietnam, India, Thailand, Singapore,...), the cost is much cheaper ($20-50/ working hour) due to their low labor cost. For example, Tigren, one of the most reputable Magento agencies in Vietnam, offers a very reasonable price - just $25/ working hour. Hence, if it takes 240 hours to migrate your site from Magento 1 to Magento 2, it will cost about $6,000.
In short, depending on your budget that you can choose an appropriate partner. For me, I prefer working with offshore Magento development company to save the cost while getting the same quality.
4. Time of Delivering Magento Migration Service
You also need to take the Magento migration time suggested by the agencies into consideration. Each company will have a different plan and schedule for the same project since they have the different capability or human resource allocation (number of developers joining in that project).
If your Magento migration plan is simple (e.g.: use a ready-made theme, migrate less than 5 extensions, no custom module, migrate just important database assets, mainly use Magento 2 default features,...), it will take about 1 month to implement. For more complicated projects (build a new design from the scratch, migrate a lot of modules, and develop some custom functions for instance), it might take 2-3 months or more.
5. Magento Agency’s Support After Migration
In many cases, the store owners cannot detect all the bugs on the new website after migration but when the site goes live. Therefore, you should ask the agencies to what extent they can support you if there is a problem. For example, Tigren agency provides their clients 3 months of free support after the projects are done to make sure that the store owners can run the store without any problems.
All things considered, when looking for a good Magento migration service, you need to concern about: Experience (Quality), Magento migration process, Time, Cost and After-service support. Hope you can find the right partner to help migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 effectively.