Migrating to Magento 2 will help improve the overall user experience (UX) of your website. Better UX equals more conversions!

Last week, we gave a behind the scenes look at Magento 2 in our blog post, The Secrets Behind TM’s Magento 2 Ecommerce Development. (In case you haven’t read it, check it out to understand why Magento 2 is the boss!)

With the release of Magento version 2.0 in 2015, the ecommerce world is now shifting away from Magento 1.9.X. To stay competitive in a fiercely saturated ecommerce environment, it’s in the best interest of your business to plan a migration to Magento 2 sooner rather than later.

I Already Have Magento 1.9.X, What Will Happen to My Website?

If you already have Magento 1.9.X, you might be wondering…

  1. What about Magento 1.9.X?
  2. Is Magento going to continue supporting Magento 1.9.X?
  3. When should we be looking to make the move to Magento 2?
  4. Is it easy to migrate to Magento 2?
  5. What goes into migrating from Magento 1.9.X to Magento 2?

1. Magento 1.9.X

Released in 2008, Magento 1 was built to be a flexible platform just like Magento 2. As the ecommerce world rapidly evolved, it became very apparent that Magento 1 was missing some very important out-of-the-box tools that are critical for the demands of the current ecommerce world.

  • Performance Optimization
  • Mobile-Responsiveness
  • Admin Capabilities

Until Magento 2, many online merchants had to reach out to third-party resources to make these changes. Keep in mind that none of this is Magento’s fault or a shortcoming. Our industry changes so quickly that we must adapt quickly. That’s exactly why they created Magento 2!

Is Magento 2 Right For Your Business?

We choosing Magento 2 if you’re a business that is:

  • Experiencing growth & facing limitations on your current platform.
  • Currently using Magento 1.9.X & are considering a rebuild of your website.

2. Continued Support For Magento 1.9.x

Whenever a new platform new comes out, the main question on every developer’s mind is, “what about the current platform?”

There were many questions circulating around the security of Magento 1.9.X and the continued release of patches or version upgrades that Magento’s SVP of Product & Technology, Jason Woosley officially released a statement regarding continued support:

Magento is commited “to a minimum 18-month notice before we make any changes to our support levels. Magento 1 has been and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.”

3. When Should an Online Merchant Make the Switch to Magento 2?

The sooner the better. Online merchants currently supported by Magento 1.9.X will need to make the switch. However, when the official support end date is released, many companies will find themselves in a mad rush to convert over. If you decide to wait and make the migration when this end date is officially released, you’ll undoubtedly get stuck in a long line of other businesses trying to “check out”.

The decision to move from Magento 1.9.X to Magento 2 is definitely a big one. But, there are several benefits to migrating now instead of later including scalability, modular structure, cheaper development costs, and performance improvements.


One of the largest benefits of switching to Magento 2 is scalability. If your company moves large volumes of online products, an ecommerce solution that’s capable of growing with your business is a must. Long-term solutions save money in the long run but are often overlooked as business owners are usually focused on getting products online as fast as possible.

“It’s good to be on the right platform from start. When you don’t choose the right platforms for longevity, you’ll realize how many limitations you’ve placed on yourself (and your business) as time goes on. This can create some sticky situations!” – Josh Bourke, Senior Developer.

At Magento, the Magento 2 team is also preparing for the future of the web. In a recent post, they announced that Magento 2 will become a Progressive Web Application (PWA) Platform. Progressive Web Apps will become very important over the coming years.

Read more about that here: Introducing Magento PWA Studio

Modular Structure

Working in Magento 2 required developers to be very organized, simply due to Magento’s modular structure under the hood. Everything has a dedicated spot, which makes the code more maintainable.

In other words, it’s easier for our developers to make adjustments or updates to Magento 2 when compared to Magento 1.X.9. This feeds into a decrease in the “Cost of Ownership” for an online store.

Limiting Costs of Development

If an online merchant’s current website needs any custom development work, it doesn’t make financial sense to pay for a developer to fix the issue(s) when you migrate over. It’s better to plan these changes with a new website, or wait and see if the issue is resolved with the migration itself. Why pay for the same thing twice?

Magento 2 Performance Improvements vs Magento 1.x.9

According to a white paper published by Magento, when compared with Magento 1, Magento 2:

  • Can handle 39% more orders per hour
  • Enables up to 66% faster add-to-cart server response times
  • Provides up to 51% faster end-to-end checkout times

Magento Ecommerce Site
TM built the new Bulk Store website on Magento, crafting an incredibly colorful and fun design while keeping UX in mind. Visitors now have the ability to sort products by type, color, or even by choosing an event!

Beat the Mad Dash

As a company, TM has been working with Magento 1.9.X for nearly a decade.

  • We’ve been working with Magento 2 since its release in 2015.
  • We’ve built or maintained dozens of Magento 1.9.X sites, have worked with the platform since it was in Open Beta and as it was officially released, man we are old, I mean experienced…
  • Our developers have even contributed core software bug fixes.

The framework is already laid out and we’re ready to migrate your website. Beat the mad dash and schedule your migration with us now!

Want to See Our Work? Check The Bulk Store Case Study here! 


4. Is it Easy Migrating to Magento 2?

It’s a challenge and we love challenges! In fact, we thrive on them and we’re never afraid of The Impossible. We have many custom Magento 2 builds under our belt, as well as multi-store experience. (Multi-store allows multiple websites to be run off the same install.

Starting from your first interaction with TM, we’ll learn about you and your specific needs. Then, we’ll determine exactly what to build and how to build it. At TM, we’re always work as your partner.

At TM, we design and build custom to our client’s needs which means that we don’t use templates. Remember the long-term view? Using templates inevitably costs more clients due to problems that arise over time, as well as the inability to customize and grow the website as the business grows. We also always build extensions and assemble the website software so that it can be upgraded without breaking. We’re ready to be your partner for the long haul.

5. What Are the Steps in a Magento 2 Migration?

Magento 2 is a completely different architectural framework and database design than Magento 1.9.X. When you decide to migrate, we’re essentially rebuilding your entire website.

Magento has laid out a migration framework with four components:  

  1. Data: The existing Magento 1.9.X data will be cloned with Magento’s Data Migration Tool.
  2. Extensions: Some Magento 1 extensions are not compatible with Magento 2 code, so we’ll work together to custom build every extension you need.
  3. Themes: Magento 1 themes do not migrate over to Magento 2. This is one of the biggest reasons that we build custom at TM. You’ll get a custom build that’ll translate into the future, no matter how your business grows.
  4. Customizations: Custom code written in Magento 1 also does not migrate to Magento 2, which means that the code will need to be completely rewritten. Again, no worries. Our developers are experts!

Suggested Read: Migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2

Next steps

The time to migrate is now! Contact us below, send us an email or give us a call. We’re Magento 2 development experts, empowering business owners everywhere to become an online success!

Want more information? Visit our Magento Ecommerce Web Development page.

Ready to get started on your own Magento 2 project? Contact us.

2 responses to “Migrating from Magento 1.9.X to Magento 2

Posted by Alex Morco

Selecting Magento version is now very important before starting any ecommerce website, because now Magento has 2 versions with different features some supports to Magento 1 and many upgraded for Magento 2, so I would suggest you guys review the difference between Magento 1 vs Magento 2 and get out the solution of selecting versions, Here’s the best guide (https://www.cloudways.com/blog/magento-1-vs-magento-2-survey/), it helped me a lot in selecting versions.

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 4:12 am

Posted by Peter Miller

Thank you for sharing this detailed information on migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2. I was quite skeptical about the migration process but after reading this blog, it seems to a bit easy task.

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 9:37 am

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