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Migrating from Magento Commerce 1 ?

A successful migration from Magento Commerce 1 to new SAAS is an opportunity to update your knowledge of your business and its needs. This review is intended to guide you through the evaluation of your organization’s needs, which will in turn help you develop an efficient, effective transition to SAAS

Whether you move to Magento 2 or switch to a new ecommerce platform provider, you will be undergoing a full replatform — including data migration and new themes and templates. As you probably know this is a time-consuming process.

You may be wondering: where do I start? and the concepts in this guide will help you better refine your approach for a successful migration.

  1. Assess your current systems.
    Even if you’re completely happy with your Magento 1 store and only switching out of necessity, switching platforms is still a good opportunity to audit your systems.

Talk to your teams and learn what’s working and what’s not. This will help you get a sense of what your new platform has to have and what it can improve on from Magento 1.

  1. Choose your new platform.
    As you start to choose your new platform, the first thing you need to do is know your business needs. You’re officially in a time crunch. Of course, you want to find a good long-term fit, but you also need to find a platform that is capable of getting up and running quickly.

Of course, there is no shortage of options for your next platform that make great alternatives to Magento. These include well-known SaaS platforms like BigCommerce, Shopify, and Salesforce Commerce Cloud. There are also other open source options like OpenCart or plugins like WooCommerce that is an add-on for WordPress sites.

We recommend narrowing your search to a few top contenders and then sending out an RFP with all of your needs clearly defined and prioritized.

  1. Site build and migration.
    Hopefully, your new platform can provide resources to help with this part of the process. Given the short time frame, that may be something you want to consider during the RFP process. If not, you may want to get help from an outside agency that can help you create your site on an abbreviated timeline. You will need to create your site design, configure all of your integrations, and migrate your data cleanly from Magento. You also need to make sure to back up everything from your data and images to your CSV files. And of course, make sure to leave time to test everything.

Obviously, there is a lot more involved than that. If you need a more detailed roadmap to the replatforming process, we’ve created a workbook that can help walk you through every step.

Conclusion
With a well-thought out plan, the fact that the sunsetting of Magento 1 has come to pass doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It can spur your organization to a digital transformation that will have a positive impact on your long-term growth.

You want to do your due diligence and choose the right platform, so you won’t be replatforming again in short order. You also will want to take enough time in the replatforming process to allow for necessary testing. After all, you don’t want to lose important data in a rushed migration.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your replatform won’t be either. Unfortunately, time is the one thing you’re running out of. Now that Magento 1 is no longer supported, you need to move to a secure platform as soon as possible. If you’re on Magento 1 and you don’t yet have a plan in place for moving to your next platform, today is the day to start.