Magento 2 Upgrade Considerations
by Magento 1.X Version

Upgrading to Magento 2 can be a different experience depending on the version of Magento 1 you are upgrading from. Each version of Magento added new core functionality that you may have to have added extensions for or even have created custom modules to overcome a specific limitation.

Upgrading from Magento CE 1.9 will be a different experience than upgrading from Magento EE 1.11 because of the features you are used to using whether in the admin panel on the front end. In short, the older your current version of Magento, the more challenges you will face and the greater need for planning.

Additionally, Magento's data migration tool does not support CE 1.5 or EE 1.10 or prior versions. So, you will need to develop a strategy for migrating your data without the tool. The table below gives a list of many of the key features that were introduced over time. If you are using CE 1.8 or EE 1.13 or earlier versions, you may have implemented an extension or created a custom module to compensate. If you did, you will need to create a strategy for compensating or apply additional data mapping to the tool.

Magento 2 Core Feature Magento Version When First Released
Full Page Cache for CE CE / EE 2.0
CE support for Varnish Cache CE / EE 2.0
Responsive Core Theme CE 1.9 / EE 1.14
Import/Export Module CE 1.4
MAP Support CE 1.6 / EE 1.11
Redis cache in core CE 1.8 / EE 1.13
Theme Fallback CE 1.8 / EE 1.13
Color swatches CE 1.9.1 / EE 1.14.1
Customer Group Pricing CE 1.7 / EE 1.12
Support for PHP 7 CE 2.0
Custom Order Statuses CE 1.5 / EE 1.9

In addition, here's a list of some of the services or extensions that existed for Magento 1 that do not exist for Magento 2.

Commonly Used Magento Extensions Not Available in Magento 2

  • Bronto (their Magento 2 connector was offline for months)
  • Mail Chimp (we recommend moving to Dot Mailer)
  • Most WebShopApps shipping extensions (we recommend implementing Shipper HQ)
  • Embedded ERP (there are several solutions that make sense for this - we recommend moving to a cloud-based ERP and connecting to Magento)
  • Zendesk
  • Sweettooth

Because merchants need to start the upgrade process as soon as possible, we question the viability or commitment to the Magento community of external services that have not built out their connectors.

Razoyo empowers merchants.