Why and How to migrate from an WooCommerce to a Magento platform

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Both WooCommerce and Magento have been the forerunners of eCommerce website development. These two platform possess similar features and customization.

The below section gives you a clear idea of why to migrate to Magento platform


WooCommerce
 

Magento

 

Used mainly for small sized eCommerce enterprises. Used for large scale business services.
Not suitable for multivendor platform because of server issues involved in loading heavy data. Much feasible for multivendor platform as it neither sets a limit to product or the stores.
Adding extension is difficult in WooCommerce. Adding extensions are easier because of hiring an adept Magento developer. Innumerable free extensions , backend tools and themes make the eCommerce site appealing and versatile in its functionalities.
Implementation of WooCommerce to Magento migration

The amount of effort involved in migrating from WooCommerce to Magento depends on the quantity of data. To ensure quality the data migration process is classified into multiple phases.

Phase 1: Creating backup of data

Migration of data is a responsible task as client’s data are involved. To safeguard data and to avoid contingencies migration process begins by creating a local backup of all the data either in developer’s machine or in BigBucket.

Phase 2: Migration of products

Once backup has been created the next phase is the migration of products. This requires the recreation of exact product ecosystem in magento platform. Details such as product’s name,corresponding details,attributes, graphical control elements like checkboxes,radio buttons etc.. are migrated. Different platform categories and their corresponding images are also migrated.

Phase 3: Migration of customer details

This phase is very crucial since it involves customer information like name,shipping address,contact number, order history and so on. For migration of customer passwords encryption technique different from WooCommerce platform is used.

Phase 4: Migration of URL & Vendor information

Details of products and customer involved in an order, status of the order ,etc..are migrated. The next thing to concern about is the migration of URL. They are assigned with the corresponding product page and redirects are specified in .htaccess file to prevent 404 error. Moreover magento supports the migration process by the provision of vendor specific URL. Finally all the vendor information are migrated.

Phase 5: Migration of payment gateways

Magento supports a vast variety of payment gateways.Hence there is no risk involved in payment migration.Depending on the choice of the customer details like API key,Secret key, API signature of the payment gateway are migrated.

Phase 6: Design refinements

The next thing to concern about is the appearance of the product.Migrating design from WooCommerce is not feasible. However based on the requirements of the customer, design wizards can recreate the exact replica using HTML,CSS,JQuery, JavaScript, etc..

Phase 7: QA and testing

Once all the refinements are done the product is passed on to QA wing to ensure the quality. Most of the frontend functionalities are tested using manual testing whereas some of the features are tested using selenium web driver. Apache Jmeter is used to perform load testing to test the ability of the website to handle heavy load. At the end of load testing the product is available for customer’s review.

It is always recommended to use high end server for implementation. Switching over to website hosting or cloud hosting is cost effective and can handle heavy traffic. The final decision depends on the customer

Post migration improvement

Maintaining the performance of the site is a major issue after a certain period of time. To avoid performance related issues magento provides ample scope to optimize the site’s loading speed from the backend.

The following steps are to be carried out to optimize the performance

Clearing the cache

Though accessing web pages  becomes faster with cache too much of cache data gets stored that reduces the loading speed.Hence the cache has to be cleared on a regular basis.

This can be done using two methods,

Method 1

From Admin panel go to System->Cache management->Flush cache storage-> click ‘yes’.

Method 2

Manual deletion of cache files can be done by accessing the root directory

var/cache folder.

Refresh the webpage to reflect the changes.

Preventing fatal error

Sometimes while adding new products fatal error such as ‘Allowed memory size exhausted’ may arise. This could be avoided by increasing the size in .php file.

Go to file manager->Access the magento root folder->Right click index.php file ->Select code edit.

Change the value in the statement ini_set(“memory_limit”,”value”) as per the preference as ini_set(“memory_limit”,512M).

Indexing the data

Indexing the data improves the system efficiency by scanning and retrieving the data requested by the user at a considerable speed.

Go to admin panel->System->Index Management->Action menu->Reindex data->Select all->Click ‘Submit’.

Reducing the number of HTTP requests

When the website is loading http requests such as images,css and JavaScript files are downloaded in the server side. Loading speed of the site can be improved by reducing the number of requests by merging JavaScript files and CSS files separately.From Admin panel->System->Configuration->Developer->JavaScript settings->Select merge JavaScript files->Select merge CSS files->Click ‘Yes’.By doing so the total number of Http requests could be considerably reduced.

At Veltrod , we employ the best methods to optimize your eCommerce platform, for further queries drop to us on sales@veltrod.in.


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