Do you think its time to migrate your Magento store to the updated version of the platform? Then follow these Magento migration steps shared by an expert Magento developer in Brisbane

Magento is the best eCommerce platform now with customer-driven features. This platform helps developers to build easy-to-manage online stores with a well-organised UI for the customers. Moreover, with this platform, you can ensure to get the maximum number of customers, increased sales, and high ROI. The powerful features and enhanced security of Magento have now got better with the release of its new version, Magento 2. 

With this new version of Magento that got introduced in the market, online eCommerce businesses can now enjoy the best of the platform with advanced and incredible innovations. The stores that are now getting built with it or have migrated to its from the previous version are found high on the SERPs now and are better in every aspect than the ones that are still using the old version. 

With this high competition and to get found easily, there’s an urgency now to switch to version 2.0 as soon as possible. Though by now almost every eCommerce development company and every Magento developer in Brisbane and the other parts of the world has become clear with the steps and the things to consider to migrate to the new version of the platform, there are many newbies in the development field who are still not properly aware of these aspects. To help them get started and easily migrate an online store to Magento 2, here are the basic steps listed out.


First, let's take a look at the fundamentals of migration


You need to include the key elements for a comprehensive and flawless migration, such as: 

  • Product and customer data
  • The store theme
  • Extensions used
  • And, the custom code


Before upgrading an online store to this new version of Magento, it is always essential to prepare a detailed plan with the descriptions of all the specific activities and steps that you need to take and implement during the process. The migration process always becomes simpler when you divide it into smaller milestones. 


Here’s what the entire migration plan looks like, as illustrated in this handy stepwise guide. 


Here are the basic steps of migrating your online store to Magento 2. 


Review the extensions used in the existing site:

Review the extensions that were used in the previous or the existing site and then decide which are needed in the new store as well. Find out whether those required extensions are also available in Magento 2 or not. During this step, also make sure to remove the redundant and unnecessary data from the existing store to ensure high performance of the store even after migration. 


Plan out everything you need in your new store:

Decide what you need in your upgraded Magento store including the functionalities and the other elements. Plan things effectively before getting started with the migration process to ensure to get what you exactly want in the new store. 


Build, install, and test the new version:

In this step, you need to install the new version first and then set up the store just like the topology and design of the existing Magento 1 site. 


Start the migration process now:

Now, get set ready for migrating your store to Magento 2. For this, the first thing you need to do is stop all the activities of the admin panel of the current Magento store. Save the orders management activities at the same time. Also, just make sure to migrate the data using a replicated database instance of Magento 1.

Once you are done with the re-indexing, you will have to test the upgraded store to make sure there are no flaws before going live. 


Update the incremental data:

Now, you have to capture important info and data updates like the reviews in customer profiles, new orders, etc., and move them to your new store. 


Go live now:

Now, with all the data, features, extensions, custom data, and the other components updated, you are all set to go live. But, make a note that you will have to bear the downtime of the store for modifications of the DNS setting and for re-indexing before going live. 


Though it is a little tedious process, switching to Magento 2 will always keep your store a step ahead. Plan well and proceed to keep these steps in mind for easy and flawless migration.

Author's Bio: 

Jonathan Paul is an expert Magento developer in Brisbane associated with a reputed company in Australia, PHPProgrammers. The author has written this article to help out the new developers with a step-by-step and easy migration process of a Magento store to the upgraded version.