6 Major challenges you may face with Magento Migration

Magento 2 is a totally new platform— pages load much faster, simplify store management, and provide better search and checkout capabilities for customers.

however  migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 takes time. This takes approximately three months on average. Granted, if the platform is complex or highly customizable, and particularly if you run into difficulties, this period can be longer.

Listed are some of the most common challenges & difficulties.

Magento 2 data migration challenges

Magento 1 data cannot be copied and pasted into Magento 2. Firstly, you have to prepare the Magento 2 platform for your custom data. Instead, to migrate your settings and bulk files, a mix of custom migration scripts, the official Magento Data Migration Tool and sometimes manual migration is used.

Data Structure challenges

You can run into data structure issues during migration depending on how old your site is, and who created it. Messy code can also make migration difficult, because it is time-consuming to search through disorganized code. So the only way to avoid this pitfall is through a good site audit to determine whether custom migration scripts are needed or it’s better to just start with a clean install of Magento.

Poor SEO performance

Search engine optimization (SEO) can build or break your business. If you don’t migrate Properly, you may face the following issues:

  1. lower search engine ranking;
  2. broken URLs;
  3. redirects that don’t work.

Therefore, the best way to keep your SEO healthy after migration is to map your old website design and balance it with the new website to check that all of your pages maintain their rankings and that you don’t lose traffic due to broken or unavailable pages.

Unable to use Magento 1 extensions in Magento 2

Extensions that run on your Magento 1 platform can’t be copied over during migration. Simply put, they won’t work. But if your Magento 1 extensions have a Magento 2 version, it’s pretty easy to migrate settings and data so your business isn’t affected.

Replacing theme and design from scratch

Just like extensions, it is impossible to simply move the theme and design of your site. The reason for this is that Magento 2 uses a modern architecture and has different necessities on frontend and backend. Plus, it makes sense to take advantage of the mobile-friendly responsive design features of Magento 2 now that people access the web more on the smartphone.

The Migration process takes more time

Migrating Magento 1 to 2 is not just another Magento 1 upgrade . Yet Magento 2 is not an update, it’s a major upgrade— it has improved performance and scalability, faster checkout, mobile-friendly, more valuable integrations than Magento 1, enhanced reporting, and other new features. Because version 2 is so different from version 1, it takes the most time for stages such as creating a plan, installing extensions and custom development, and redesign.

So first you need to audit your website and evaluate it. After this, you’ll get a better understanding of the expected end date of the migration process.


Migrating to Magento 2 is a big step for your business, a step that will develop user experience and help you grow. Looking for Magento migration experts? Connect today with Webnexs. Email us at sales@webnexs.com

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