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Finding the right partner to work with during your migration or a new build on Magento 2 is critical to a successful development process and launch. We have experienced and trained professionals who can ensure the process is both smooth and efficient.

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If you're still developing your Magento 1 site, stop!

Magento is the must successful open source e-commerce platform available powering over 250,000 sites, helping to generate over $50 billion in annual sales.

Magento 2 pushes the boundaries as to what is possible even further! A quicker development environment with optimised code and a modern code stack enable us to create even better e-commerce sites.

What is your current
e-commerce situation?

If you're currently adding new functionality to your Magento 1 site, we strongly advise you to upgrade to Magento 2. You will need to convert any work you do now to Magento 2 which would involve further development costs - save time and money today by upgrading to Magento 2.

With a whole host of new features and a defined upgrade process from Magento 1 to Magento 2, we can get you up and trading in no time, leaving your competitors playing catch up.

We work with many clients who want to migrate to Magento from other applications such as Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce to name but a few.

All new development projects that we start use Magento 2.

Magento 2 is the perfect application to start your e-commerce business. We will discuss your needs to ensure the best version is selected before the project begins, taking into consideration your current plans for growth and functionality requirements.

Upgrade to Magento 2 Today

Top reasons to upgrade to Magento 2

  • Varnish & Full Page Cache
  • Table performance & multiple databases
  • Content staging & preview
  • Guest & Two Step Checkout
  • Reduced Javascript libraries
  • Optimised default theme
  • More secure, easier maintenance and upgrades
  • Improve B2B user experience
  • and much more...

There are so many reasons to upgrade to Magento 2 today; we've highlighted just a few of them here.

Read on for more information on why you should upgrade to Magento 2.

When should I migrate?

With Magento cutting off support for M1 at the end of 2018, you will see many partners following suit and your website will become increasingly difficult to support.

We recommend you start thinking about your migration soon, with a plan to ensure you are on the new Magento 2 platform before Magento 1 support ends. Any development work begins with a discovery phase and lots of considerations about your requirements, so we recommend getting in touch with us to start the discussions early.

We are already receiving a lot of enquiries about the migration to Magento 2, and so will a lot of other agencies. If you want to be able to have a choice in who builds your Magento 2 site don’t leave it to the last minute picking - get in touch today.

Why will Magento stop supporting Magento 1?

Magento 1 was released in 2008. In order for Magento to remain the leading open-source e-commerce platform, it is vital that the platform utilises the very latest coding standards to offer scalability, security and performance - all of which comes out-of-the-box with Magento 2 as well as a whole host of exclusive new features to power your website into the future.

Is it going to break the bank?

Migration to Magento 2 does not necessarily cost the same as a re-platform. However the process of getting to Magento 2 is not just an upgrade – it’s a real opportunity to look at cleansing the data, re-evaluating functionality, remove redundancy & legacy code, or any other aspects of the website that are not critical to the business.

It is an excellent opportunity to revisit your site design; Magento 2 is built on a mobile first framework, this future-proofed platform will enable you to realise the real potential of a fully responsive site to capture potential shoppers at every stage of their day.

From this point onwards any new features you want to develop on Magento 1 will be at your cost! In other words, every £ you now spend on Magento 1 will potentially need to be spent again on Magento 2, once you upgrade.

How we perform a Magento 2 migration

The migration path consists of 3 processes:

Extensions

Magento has launched a brand new Marketplace specifically for M2. Many of the most popular M1 extensions that merchants are using today are likely to have already been redeveloped for the M2 platform.

Magento are actively reaching out to vendors to ensure they update their extensions to the M2 format. Although Marketplace is rapidly growing with extensions, if the module you require is not available then we can build this for you.

Themes and customisation

Like extensions, current M1 themes will not work in M2. All the code will need to be refactored and rewritten from scratch. The benefits of this:

  • Themes will be built to the latest best practice
  • Speed performances
  • Greater adherence to Google’s requirements
  • An overall increase in usability

Data Migration

For the data migration, Magento have created a flexible data migration tool to assist with migrating key data sets from M1 to M2. At its core, the tool is a command line tool that connects to a database that’s configured to hold M1 data.

Before running the initial data migration tool, we’ll help you decide what data needs to be migrated, and how best to determine that. It’s a great opportunity to clear up and remove redundancy.

Once the initial data migration is complete, we’ll use the delta migration facility to bridge the gap between the last data import and any new information that has come across. This allows merchants to take M1 data and perform the initial import ahead of time.

Case Study

Cycle Republic

Cycle Republic has been expanding its store network since 2014. The specialist cycling company stocks a wide range of high-end cycling equipment for everyone from urban commuters to off-road racers. The company has recently made the switch to M2, with the help of The Pixel. Services we provided:

  • Magento 2 upgrade supervised by The Pixel
  • Specialised Magento hosting infrastructure support
  • Ongoing Magento 2 support package
  • Extensive customisation to buying journey & checkout
  • DPD courier integration allowing customers to select destination for in-store pick up
The Pixel’s extensive experience in the development of Magento played a pivotal role in Cycle Republic’s decision to use our services:

"At CycleRepublic.com we chose to work with The Pixel because of their in-depth experience of Magento and their friendly, can-do attitude when presenting new challenges and opportunities."

Jim Berkeley, Head of Commercial, Cycle Republic.

"We are excited to be welcoming Cycle Republic on board and look forward to making the website the best it can be for their customers, using the Magento 2 platform. Choosing to adopt Magento 2 has helped to future-proof the website by making full use of the latest services, modules and developments on offer. Both companies using the Agile Project methodology also means we’ll be able to work seamlessly in achieving our joint goals."

Duncan Ball, Senior Project Manager, The Pixel

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