How to perform a Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration

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Magento 2 was released in 2015, but many people are still running the old-school version. Today, we’ll look at how to perform a migration and the possible benefits. Magneto is a popular e-commerce platform that allows vendors to sell goods online with ease. It has been a competitor with Shopify for years, and the two have always tried to outdo each other with respect to services and benefits that they offer.

Three years ago, Magneto released their upgraded platform, Magneto 2, and many vendors have started to make the switch to the new platform for its new features. Today, we’re going to be looking at how to go about performing a Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration.

So, you’ve decided that you want to perform the migration and upgrade your platform to Magneto 2. Here’s how to do it.

Create a plan

Migrating between the 2 versions of Magneto isn’t exactly a walk in the park. If you want to keep your existing site the way that it is, then you’re going to need to create a game plan for how to do it. It’s very important that you lay out all of the details during this stage.

Announce that your site will be down for a while during the migrations process, create a wireframe layout of each page, and how you want to implement any tools that you find. The more detailed, the better.

Prepare a test environment

Each step of the migration should be performed separately and tested individually. It’s important that you spend time testing the migration so that you don’t run into any problems with functionality in the future.

Install extensions

You may have some existing extensions from Magento 1 that you wish to upgrade. Now is the time to do so. Additionally, if you want to develop your own extensions or install new third-party extensions, then now is the best time to do it. Make a detailed list, so you don’t leave any out, and then install them on your server.

Migrate data and sync databases

This part is vital during your Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration. You’re going to transfer all of the databases to your new Magneto 2 platform and ensure that they are both the same. Magneto provides a special tool to aid in this process which can be obtained from their official site.

Create a design

Magento 1 and Magento 2 themes are not compatible. That means you will need to select a similar or new theme for your site. To make this part easier, you should probably start off with an approved Magneto theme rather than opting for a third-party theme. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly and that there aren’t any other bugs to iron out.


After everything is ready to go, you need to plan your launch. Set a date and time, and then launch your new Magento 2 platform on your host. If everything was done correctly, then you should have no problems. Send a batch email or notification to inform your customers that you’re back up and running, and then enjoy your new site!

Last Updated on August 11, 2019.


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