The good news is, YES, you will be able to keep your orders, you will be able to retain your inventory and attribute sets, and yes - customers will still be able to login and access their account details.
So how does this work? Well, at RKD we use the Magento 2 data migration tool, this allows us to use both your old website and new Magento installation during our development process. Before commencing with your new Magento 2 website build, we'll transfer as much data as we can from your old website. This includes almost all of your important Magento sales, product and customer information.
To illustrate, below is a table that shows what is included and not including during a Magento 2 upgrade procedure:
What's migrated during a Magento Upgrade?
|Customer Info & Passwords||Custom Extensions|
|Orders, Invoices, Credit Memos & Shipments||Bespoke Theme|
|Attributes & Attribute Sets||External Custom Functionality|
|Static Blocks & Widgets|
|Images (transferred during development)|
Because Magento 2 is an entirely different platform, it is virtually impossible to migrate your current design, any paid extensions that you bought for your old Magento website or and custom code that you may have had written.
The Magento 2 Upgrade Process
The process of updating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is quite complicated, but the good news is - that's what we're here for!
In the simplest of terms, during a Magento 2 upgrade RKD would:
Magento 2 Hosting Requirements
Magento 2 is a larger, more power-hungry platform than Magento 1. In order to prepare yourself for the upgrade, you must also be aware of the costs associated with hosting Magento 2 websites. Typically, we would recommend a dedicated server for any Magento 2 website, this is quite expensive (around £150+VAT per month from our third-party suppliers) but you get what you pay form - piece of mind and a super-fast website!
If you feel like you are in a position to discuss a potential Magento 2 upgrade then please feel free to get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of the page.