What are the differences between migration, updating and upgrading?

When managing software as comprehensive as PrestaShop, knowing the differences between migration, update and upgrade concepts is essential.

Using an outdated software version can lead to numerous constraints: custom developments that need to be reworked on new versions, being unable to add new modules, a version which is non-compliant with a new legislation (e.g.: GDPR), a support which is no longer guaranteed, or recurring maintenance costs. 

Therefore, in these situations, it is often necessary to take stock of the software version to be used.

But above all, it is important to understand the differences between updating, upgrading and migrating the PrestaShop software.

What is an update (patch or update)?

An update is usually a correction that is implemented in a "patch" version of the software (PrestaShop 1.7.6.x) and generally refers to the correction of errors (e.g. translations, codes, etc.) or regressions.

An “update” is a minor software revision (example: changing from PrestaShop version 1.7.x to version 1.7.x). This revision is carried out to optimize the software as a whole, to correct errors or problems that interrupt its operation, and to add new functions.

However, the update does not allow you to switch from a minor version to a major version (version 1.6.x to 1.7).

What is an upgrade?

An upgrade is a major software revision (example: changing from PrestaShop version 1.6 to 1.7).

It allows you to go from a "standard" version (the one you get by downloading the software) to a more superior version in terms of innovation, modernity and performance

As a result, this step can generate upgrade costs.

PrestaShop 1.x > PrestaShop 1.y Upgrade

PrestaShop 1.7.x > 1.7.y

(e.g.: 1.7.4, 1.7.5, 1.7.6,..)

PrestaShop >

(e.g.: 7.5.0,,


(update: adding features, bug fixes, etc.)


Update (patch: fixing security bugs and regressions)

What is a migration?

The migration process, on the other hand, is more like "relocating" content from one version to another.

This is a delicate process, as it involves moving the in-store content from one software version to a more appropriate or superior version, whether in the same system or a new environment.

This implies the notion of "irreversibility", due to separating the data from the technical context of creation (for example, redesigning a shop).

And also the need to adapt the source code and specific developments (replacing certain modules and themes, patches, adjustments,...).

Why should you upgrade or migrate your online store?

There are many reasons for this change:

  • The software version is no longer maintained or secured;
  • The software version no longer meets expectations and is no longer practical in terms of technological performance, ergonomics or positioning (SEO), and you wish to benefit from optimized and/or new features;
  • The software version does not comply with a legal provision;
  • The software version does not guarantee the sustainability or success of the e-commerce project;
  • The software version is obsolete or unusable.

The best Modules to update, upgrade or migrate PrestaShop

Below we will show you some of the modules that you can find in our official marketplace, in order to perform these tasks..

Above all, they are designed to make your life easier, so that you don't waste too much time.

1) PrestaShop update and migration tool: MigrationPro

Migration Pro Module

This PrestaShop update module and migration tool helps you migrate all your data and keep your online store regularly updated.

It is very popular with all who have tried it. It helps migrate data without suspending shop activity; without having to enter into technical complexities and thus limiting any risk of error.

Available from version 1.3 to 1.7.6, it will allow you to update your shop regardless of the old version.

2) The best tool to upgrade to PrestaShop 1.7

upgrade to Prestashop 1.7

This is another tool that will prevent you from having too many headaches when upgrading to PrestaShop version 1.7.

In fact, this PrestaShop upgrade module is one of the most downloaded modules by PrestaShop users, and the one with the most votes.

It will help you update valuable information in your online store, such as:

  • General information: name, status, description, product identification, reference, ISBN, etc.. 
  • Product combinations and features.
  • Shipping parameters: width, height, depth, weight, additional shipping costs and available shipping companies. 
  • Prices: prices (excluding VAT), prices (including VAT), unit prices (excluding VAT), specific prices, etc.

Do you want to modernize, update or migrate your PrestaShop online store and take advantage of the latest version?

Download PrestaShop 1.7 now and discover the improvements made by our team compared to previous versions.

This makes your online business much more efficient, secure and prepared for new modules, with optimizations and many other features that complement our software.

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