Switching to a new platform for your successful online store is a daring move. Moving to a new eCommerce platform may not only cost you higher but may also cost you your customers. The new platform might be more complex and may actually hinder your growth in context of driving traffic. But once you have switched, you will have to bear with it as you can’t reverse the move so easily.
If you have considered switching to upgrading to Magento 2 or Magento Commerce, you need to be specifically more careful. Though it’s the most popular and most widely used ecommerce platform yet it needs to be managed with dedication. It takes a lot of time and efforts to switch if your store is really big. But at the same time, it will be a significant move for growing your business exponentially.
Upgrading your platform is a decision taken well in time for your store to be equipped with new capabilities and wider functionality. This will not only ready your store for the opportunities to grow, expand and drive revenues but also let you improve its speed, stability and optimize search engine ranks.
A few weeks ago we had shared a blog giving you 7 Reasons Why you should shift to Magento Commerce. Today we are about to share with you 5 things you should know about Magento 2.
First we shall list the major advantages of switching to Magento 2 as your new platform:
c) In-built B2B features
d) Turns your big data into formidable business too.
And many more
As you are through with the signs, needs and reasons of moving to Magento 2, we suggest you to make a checklist before actually switching to this massive platform.
The very basic thing you should look for replacement is the functionality which you had implemented in your store. Whether you are moving in from Magento 1 or from any other platform, try to learn and map the extensions that would replace the functionality of your current store. On the other hand upgrading your store also brings along an opportunity to wipe off any obsolete code, unused extensions and unnecessary functionalities which have been on the admin panel of your current store. You need to prioritise or rather clear off the redundant functionalities and extensions. Carry forward only those extensions which were actually helpful and necessary for the operations or appraisal of your store performance and its compatibility.
Having a same theme of your current store and that of your Magento 2 store is not possible. Whether you are upgrading your platform or migrating from any other, it is true for both. Hence, you can either look for a similar theme or can give your store a new look with a brand new theme. If you have budget constraints you can get the themes customized as there are a variety of third-party themes to select from that have a User Interface similar as required by you. But you just have to take care a bit of how heavy such a theme is? In simple words many themes are packed with extensions that are too heavy that they hamper the page loading speed and hence performance of your store. It is actually suggested that when you are onto establishing your store on this sturdy a platform, it is better that you get a theme designed for yourself to get maximum out of it.
Above any other factor, having enough resources is the biggest thing to care about. If you have a service provider who can support and manage your migration to Magento 2, that’s a great opportunity. You can also try to switch your hosting, but this needs a pretty good planning.
Another important initiative that you need to take for effective and optimum utilization of this platform is to get a staging environment created. We are assuming that you have sufficient resources, to get a clone of Magneto 2 (Sandbox) created. It is actually created for testing any new feature or functionality or anything new to the store. Being a clone, it looks exactly like Magento 2 and tells how changes or additions made in coding will look like on the real store.
Training your employees for the new system is actually one of the basic and necessary step you need to take. Sandbox will help you a lot in training your employees to get accustomed to this platform. Don’t take it for granted even if you are migrating from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x as both the systems are quite different. So for this, you actually need to give them the access to Magento 2 so that they get to know what works like earlier and what does not. Hence they can actually mess around without having any effects on your store’s performance and get to know the basics of using the backend.
Just not to affect your store’s revenues and sales, you should plan and pick one perfect time to make this switch. Perfect time takes into consideration the time when your business witnesses the least impact. This means, you should choose that time to switch when you have the lowest sales volume during the year. This will not only let you shift easily due to lesser effect on your revenue but also give you time to cover up the cost of errors.
There are a few more things that you should keep in mind while upgrading to Magento 2. These are like keeping a backup of your earlier software, store database and files properly. You should also preserve your site’s url so that in case anything happens that needs some extra time to get corrected, your business should not suffer.
Above listed points are a part of checklist that you should follow while switching and the above mentioned points are precautions for a safe shift. Actually how easy and conveniently you are able to shift to your new Magento 2 store depends on the capability and efficiency of your development team. Whether hired or in-house, they should be well-equipped and passionate about developing a store that is highly flexible and incredibly sophisticated. If done properly, Magento 2 makes your store look great, elegant and at the same time supports boosting your business multiple times. For any more queries or help on Magento 2, please feel free to contact us.
Till then, Happy Upgrading.