A Step-by-Step Guide - Migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 development

February 05, 2021 Publish By : MAGENTO BIZZ

Are you still using Magento 1, formerly known as the Enterprise Edition, for your eCommerce store? It’s time to shift to Magento 2 development because the so-called “Magento 1 - The End Of Life” is now an outdated version

On November 17, 2015, Magento 2.0 was launched with extending the following features:

  • Controlled table locking issues
  • Revised page caching
  • Enterprise-grade scalability
  • Inbuilt rich snippets for structured data
  • New file structure with more apparent customization
  • CSS Preprocessing using LESS & CSS URL resolver
  • Elevated performance and a 
  • The advanced structured code base

Magento 2 development has all the exclusive features and extensions that save eCommerce business owners’ time and scaling up their business. Thus, it becomes imperative to go for Magento 2 module development, and through this blog, we shed light on steps that will help you effortlessly migrate from Magento 1.0 to Magento 2.0. 

Table of content:

  1. Three different ways to Magento 2 migration
  2. Things to consider before initiating the migration
  3. Step by step guide on how to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 development
    1. Step 1: Set up
    2. Step 2: Data backup
    3. Step 3: Data Migration
    4. Step 4: Magento 2 third-party API integration and extension migration
    5. Step 5: Magento 2 theme development migration
    6. Step 6: Run
    7. Step 7: Change
  4. The Parting Note

Let’s get rolling:

Three different ways for Magento 2 Migration

  1. Manual upgrade: you can use your extensive technical skills to deal with fixing codes and corrupt databases and manually back up the entire clean database. 
  2. Experienced Professional: You can hire an experienced Magento 2 module development company and ask the expert to migrate onto Magento 2
  3. Automated migration: You can use an automated tool to migrate to Magento 2, and it will help you to effectively and securely transfer the products, customers, orders data.  

Things to consider before initiating the migration

Before you begin with Migration, here are some expert recommendations that you must follow:

  1. Make a complete data backup and double-check everything.
  2. Work on making a clone of your Magento store 1 and avoid using the live store for Magento migration to mitigate data loss risks.
  3. Remove unwanted things to make your Magento 2 theme development more efficient.
  4. Check whether all the current Magento 1 extension and themes are compatible with Magento 2 third party API integration.
  5. Ensure to install Magento 2 on the same hosting server  where Magento 1 was installed
  6. Recheck your SEO and content 

Step by step guide on how to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 development

Step 1: Set up

1.1 Download the latest version of the Magento 2 package 

1.2 - Upload the packages to your server

  • Use FileZilla to upload Magento 2 to the server.
  • Extract it to the public_html directory 

1.3 Run Magento 2 Setup Wizard

  • Don’t skip any page as it’s a multi-page wizard, so you can only see one page at a time
  • Enter the code: http://www.abc.com/magento2 (ABC is your domain name, and Magento2 is a folder in htdocs
  • On the visible page, click Agree and Set Up Magento
  • Initiate Readiness check
  • Once done, enter all the required information in the Add a Database section
  • The next step is Web Configuration, where you need to enter your domain name (http://www.abc.com/) and the Magento Admin Address: (backend_team) 
  • Click next 
  • Now you need to enter details in the Customize Your Store section, where you need to enter the time zone, default currency, default language
  • On the same page, click on to Advanced modules configuration and from here enable or disable the modules 
  • Further, you will see Create Admin Account  section, and here set up your email id, admin name, and password
  • Click on Install - Now your Setup Wizard is complete

Now you can check the frontend and backend and recheck your changes.

Step 2: Data backup

Ensure that you have created a complete data backup using LitExtension before initiating the data migration process. 

Step 3: Data Migration

3.1 Signup for creating a LitExtension Account

3.2 Go to Create A New Migration

  • Enter your Magento source store information 
  • In the Source Cart option, choose Magento
  • Click on LitExtension Connector, and it will download the connector
  • Unzip the folder and upload it to Magento 1’s root folder
  • Now you will have to enter Target Cart Setup, and here you will see a text with green font saying Connection was successfully installed
  • Go to Configure your Migration and select the necessary categories you want to migrate 

3.3 Initiate Data Migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2

Here you will get two options (you can select according to your need):

  • Try Demo
  • Perform Full migration 

 3.4 check the email sent by the LitExtension system and click on Check Result

You will find that your data has been moved from Magento 1 to Magento 2 module development.

3.5 Run the following codes to run the command line:

  • bin/magento catalog:images:resize
  • php bin/magento cache:clean
  • php bin/magento cache:flush
  • php bin/magento indexer:reindex

Step 4: Magento 2 third-party API integration and extension migration

It’s almost impossible to transfer extensions if they are not compatible with Magento 2 third party API integration. But you can always move the data from your extensions to your Magento 2 store by using a custom code. 

Also, you can install the desired Magento 2 theme development according to your store’s requirements.

Step 5: Magento 2 theme development migration

Get an expert to help you with the new Magento 2 theme development as it’s difficult to migrate the previous Magento 1 themes to Magento 2

Step 6: Run

With LitExtension, you have finished migration to Magento 2; now it’s time to set up your new store. Work on moving new entities to the Target Store using the following steps:

  • Click Recent migration
  • Go to Start New Entities Migration Now (it’s free)
  • It’s done now, and you can check the results.

Step 7: Switch domain

It’s the final step where you retain your old domain name. 

The Parting Note:

Now that you are through with Magento 2 set up and Magento 2 third party API integration, it’s time to scale up your store with all the new possibilities that Magento 2 has to offer.

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