Switching From Magento 1 to Magento 2: Everything You Need to Know

Since the announcement of Magento 2 back in 2010, everyone’s been waiting anxiously for its launch. And as soon as the latest Magento version was released, a common question that most users ask is, “Whether they should move from Magento version 1.x to Magento 2?”

What all factors you need to consider to make the right decision regarding when you should plan a move to the new Magento version release? This article will cover key aspects that will help you get answers to such question.

But Before That

Let’s first talk a little about Magento 2 release. After waiting for three years, Magento 2 was finally launched in November 2015. The new version release is more than just an upgrade to the older Magento 1.x version. It is more of a product rebuild from the ground up. Although, Magento 2 is based on the core concepts and functionality found in Magento 1, but the code has been written again from scratch for the newly launched version. Also, the backend architecture has been re-modeled.

For example, here’s an image that presents the new directory structure of Magento 2 in comparison with Magento 1.9 CE:

Of course, any tech-savvy merchant won’t possibly understand much about the directory or file structure. So, if you’re one of those merchants and thinking what Magento 2 has to offer? Moreover, given the fact that over 240,000 shops run on Magento 1.x, you might wonder how all these sites can approach the change.

What Are the Common Concerns of Magento Users?

Almost every Magento user seem to have three common concerns when they plan a switch to Magento 2, as follows:

  • When should you make a move to Magento 2?
  • How smooth or painful the migration process will turn out to be?
  • Is it worth moving from Magento 1.x to the latest Magento 2 version?

Let us now seek answers to the above three commonly asked questions by Magento users:

When Should I Migrate to Magento 2?

Whether you should migrate to Magento 2 or not depends on your current website. Of course, you wouldn’t wish to upgrade your site version if it is performing well (i.e. run smoothly, receiving orders constantly, and so on).

Moreover, if the version of your site isn’t outdated (ideally any version higher than or equal to 1.8 CE and 1.13 EE are not entirely obsolete). So, if you choose to work with not much-outdated version, then you should not rush to migrating to Magento 2. However, considering the suite of new and advanced features that the recent version offers, it makes sense to begin exploring Magento 2.

Also, if you’re facing performance issues or are still running an older Magento version, it would be better to plan your move to the new version release.

Understanding Whether the Transition Will Be Smooth or Painful?

Needless to say, your transition journey isn’t going to be a smooth one – yes, you can expect a little smooth migration though thanks to the availability of the migration tool. The tool helps in moving the data (like your products, store setup, orders, etc.) between the platforms.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to move the customizations made to your theme and code (including the 3rd party extensions) to Magento 2 powered site or store. That means you’ll have to re-work on those customizations when moving to Magento 2, which ultimately will require additional investments. After all, several factors need to consider when performing a visual and functional revamp. But this also proves beneficial in the following ways:

  • Giving an overhaul to your store will compel you to re-think about what all changes can  be brought in for your business.
  • You might be able to find and eliminate legacy code.
  • Helps improve the overall usability of the site.


When migrating to the latest software version, if you wish to revamp your existing site’s design you can choose to create a PSD and then convert it to Magento 2 theme. Here’s our article that will help you understand the benefits that such conversion offers: What Benefits You Can Avail By Choosing PSD to Magento Conversion?

Transitioning to Magento 2 – Is It Worth It?

You might have hundreds of times how “change is inevitable.” In fact, change is for good, as it helps you explore better opportunities to serve your customers needs. The same can be said in the case of Magento platform. A new version update is created in order to introduce new features and advanced functionality. Besides, new version release also provides support for older versions – this is why there is no need to make a move to Magento 2 quickly if you aren’t experiencing any issues and doing well.

However, as people tend to make most of the investments in exploring new concepts not just for e-commerce but for any type of business, the chances are that your competitors might also make a transition to the new software version release. So, if you don’t want to be left behind in the race of making it big in the e-commerce industry, you should consider moving to Magento 2.

But if you don’t have any migration plans as of yet, and would still want to continue running your store on Magento 1.x make sure to take into account these considerations:

  • Think of new ideas that can help bring improvements in your existing store.
  • Prepare a list of the unused (and unwanted) extensions and get rid of them.
  • Discuss your conversion plan with an expert Magento developer to make the process of migration a smooth one.

Wrapping Up

Magento 2 brings forth several new changes for merchants that can apparently help you stand ahead of the game. But make sure to consider all the key aspects covered in this article first before coming to any conclusion.