Magento 2 was released in July 2015, and since then, the focus and strength of this E-commerce platform shifted from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Magento 2 has a completely different architecture than Magento 1 and a lot of new features! It supports PHP 7, full-page cache by default, and is much faster than Magento 1. With a user-friendly checkout method, improved indexers and database optimizations, Magento 2 proves to be a number one choice for E-commerce store merchants!
Apart from these amazing features, the fact that Magento will end support for Magento 1 on June, 2020, is the reason why it is wise to migrate to Magento 2 asap!
But before the actual implementation, please take note of few things that’ll help you to avoid landing yourself into problems such as data loss, or corrupted functionality!
- Backup your Magento 1 store with all files, folders, and the database.
- Create a clone of your Magento 1 store. Do not use the live store for Magento migration process.
- Analyze the store. Keep what you consider necessary and delete the rest.
- Check the compatibility of current themes, extensions and custom code with Magento 2.
- Migrate the data from the cloned database of Magento 1 store.
- Get rid of the outdated and useless data from the database such as logs, recently viewed products, etc.
- Install a fresh copy of Magento 2 on the same hosting server where your Magento 1 store is located.