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Why and how to shift to Magento 2?

Migration Magento 1 vers Magento 2

What exactly is a magento migration?   

Magento is a popular and powerful e-commerce platform that allows businesses to create and manage high-performance online stores. This well-known and reliable open source platform provides many advanced features for online businesses. Yet it’s vital to understand that even though upgrading your Magento site is a complex process, it holds no secrets for our development team. 

Many improvements and additional features have been implemented with the introduction of Magento 2, ensuring an optimized user experience and better site management for businesses. 

This article will tell you all about the Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration, and will help you see why it’s time to switch.

why upgrade your magento site? 

With the steady evolution of technology and new versions of Magento, it may be necessary to migrate your site to a more recent version of the solution in order to benefit from new features, upgrades and security patches. 

  • Improved performance and speed: Newer versions of Magento offer improved performance in terms of page load speed, response time and order processing capacity. Magento 2 has been designed to be faster and more powerful than its predecessor. It features better cache management and a significant improvement in page-loading speed, which helps improve your site’s user experience and conversion rates.

  • Security: In June 2020, Magento officially declared the end of support for Magento 1. This means that there will be no more security updates or bug fixes from Adobe for this version. Companies still using Magento 1 are therefore more exposed to security and performance risks. Magento 2 provides strengthened security with features such as data entry validation and improved permissions management. Regular Magento updates include security patches to protect your site and its sensitive data from potential threats.

  • Improved user interface: on the back-office side, Magento 2 features a simplified and intuitive administration interface that eases the routine management of your e-commerce site. And on the visitor’s side, Hyvä makes it possible to achieve a highly fluid UX and UI experience. Plus, if you integrate a tailored design, you’ll get a unique and high-performance site!

  • New features and plug-ins: Magento 2 includes a number of new features such as a more powerful purchase process than Magento 1, support for videos on product sheets and the Elasticsearch search system. In addition, the plug-ins developed for Magento 2 are more recent, better optimized and keep up with the latest market trends.

  • Help desk: Support for older versions of Magento may be limited or even discontinued, thus it’s vital to migrate to newer versions to keep benefiting from support from the Magento community and developers.

how does ati4 handle this migration?

  • Auditing your current site: we build a detailed and thorough plan of your site to identify the functionalities to preserve. We assess your needs, define a budget, set a schedule and list the add-ons and custom features to be migrated. 

  • Building a new environment: We develop a Magento 2-compatible theme for your project, and check that your current extensions are eligible for this version. If they aren’t, we’ll look for custom alternatives to meet your needs. If you wish to provide your customers with an exciting experience, we recommend choosing the Hyvä theme and letting our UX/UI team provide you with a custom-made layout.

  • Data migration: We migrate your data and rebuild your Magento in agile mode. As such, you play an active role in the project as we work together to build your Magento 2 site. Your business history is preserved, including data on customers, orders, products and categories. 

  • Testing and optimizing your site: our agile methodology ensures recurring testing phases at the end of each sprint. Before switching over at the end of the project, we deploy a team to carry out a series of tests in an iso-production environment.  This is the penultimate step before launching your Magento 2 site.

Migrating your Magento site may at first seem complex and time-consuming, yet at ATI4 Group we use this opportunity to help you benefit from the solution’s latest functionalities. We provide you with advice in order to improve the performance of your e-commerce site. 

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