In 2012, e-commerce market extended with high-speed. A lot of new online stores are active. Many e-merchants chosen Magento 1.7 that was the most popular e-commerce platform at that moment. Magento 1.7 is be-loved with customer group based pricing, coupon code auto-generation, bank transfer payments, email logos, CAPTCHA and so on. It was amazing in 2012.
After 4 years of developing, Magento is developing continuously with grandiose support for online stores. Magento has a lot of loyal customers.
You have using Magento 1.7 since 2012. Now, you want to upgrade magento to enjoy new features. Magento 1.9 is last version of Magento 1.x with a lot of powerful features that makes your online business successfully quickly. Amazing features are financing and payment solutions, security and UX, you can learn more at magento upgrade 1.9. Magento 1.9 is friendly with users of Magento 1.x, from 1.4 to 1.8.
HOW TO UPGRADE MAENTO 1.7 TO 1.9
First of all, create the database same as current magento 1.7. Then download magento 188.8.131.52 from http://www.magentocommerce.com/download
Now run the installation of magento 1.9 and choose the database of your old website (magento 1.7)
Now you can take the your theme and skin from old version to new. Then after check one by one-third party extension from old to new. I did it and it will work for me.
Unfortunately, this way hides many errors that can happen anywhere. It requires dev technical knowledge about migration. It is not your strength. Migration expert advices clients and dev to seek help from migration developers or migration providers. Magento upgrade 1.9 of LitExtension is a striking example.
Here is an overview about magento upgrade 1.7 to 1.9:
Beside magento 1.9, e-merchants can choose magento 2 that is the last version of Magento. It is required deep learning-circle. Here is how to upgrade magento 2.