Magento Community Vs Magento Enterprise: A Comparison
What is Magento?
Magento is a feature-rich, professional open source e-commerce web application that was launched on March 31, 2008 by Varien, Inc. Magento offers its merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content and functionality of their online store. Magento’s intuitive administration interface contains content management, order management, tax management, and other powerful marketing and ecommerce capabilities to give its merchants the ability to create sites that fully fit their unique business needs.
Benefits of Magento
- Easy to control and manage online store.
- Flexible to meet your unique business needs.
- Enterprise edition features for mid and large sized business for better performance, security and scalability.
- Scalable to grow with business.
- Thousands of Magento extensions to meet all the requirements.
Magento is based on:
Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP
PHP – Zend Framework
JS – Prototype and script
MVC Architecture (Model View Controller)
- Model- Business Rule, Application Data
- View- User Interface
- Controller- Communication between user and Model
Magento Community & Enterprise
Magento Open Source, previously Magento Community Edition, is an open-source eCommerce platform. Developers can implement the core files and extend its functionality by adding new plug-in modules and do the customizations at code level. Since the first public beta version was released in 2007, Magento Open Source has been developed and customized in order to provide a basic eCommerce platform.
Magento Commerce, previously “Magento Enterprise Edition” is derived from Magento Open Source and has the same core files. Unlike Open Source, this is not free, but has more features and functionalities. This product is designed for large businesses that require technical support with installation, usage, configuration, and troubleshooting. Although Magento Commerce has annual maintenance fees, neither Open Source nor Commerce includes hosting.
Magento Community vs. Enterprise Edition
|Name||Magento Commerce||Magento Open source|
|Ecosystem||Magento Ecosystem||Magento Ecosystem|
|Webserver API||allow you to use webservers API to integrate with different databases||allow you to use webservers API to integrate with different databases|
|Search||Solr/elastic Search||Normal Search|
|Security||PA-DSS||Not PCI Complaint (File and Implement PCI or Integrate a Payment gateway)|
|Target Users||Mid-large size businesses||Developers and tech-savvy merchants|
|Support||Full Support||No Support|
|Code Level Access||Yes||Yes|
|Speed (Varnish, Message Queue, Database Sharding)||Yes||X|
|Full page caching to manage easily & improve loading speed||Yes||X|
|Mobile HTML Theme Pre-integrate||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping Rules, Payment Configurations and Gateways||Yes||Yes|
|B2B/B2C||B2C, full capabilities for B2B||B2C, requires 3rd party add-ons for B2B|
|Ability to manage number of products||Very High||High|
|Ability roll-back/integrated backup systems||Yes||X|
|Manage Customer Attributes||Yes||X|
|Number of unique Visitor per month||>50000||>1000|
|Number of Order per month||> 500||> 100|
|Reward Point System||Yes||X|
|Scheduled Import/Export Functionality||Yes||X|
|Multiple language and currency support||Yes||Yes|
|Multiple Wish Lists||Yes||Single Wish list|
|Dynamic Rule Based Product Relations||Yes||Cross and up sale is there|
|Category View and Purchase Permissions per Customer Group (Limited Catalog Access)||Yes||X|
|Coupons and Promotions||Yes||Yes|
|Hosting Cost||High||Low compared to Enterprise|
|Implementation Time||14-16 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Implementation cost||High||Low Compared to Enterprise|
While deciding whether to use Open source and Commerce boils down to the needs of your business. Every customer has their own needs and expectations and the key to design and implement efficient and effective solutions is in recognizing our client’s requirement in detail.
At IDS Logic, we understand that each client has unique business needs and expectations and we help our clients to explore all the pros and cons of all the possibilities to help decide better about the solution.
The power of Magento lies in the great inherent flexibility and scalability of the platform; flexibility means that Magento is capable of solving all of your business needs and that experts such as IDS Logic can leverage to produce a solution unique to your needs. Having delivered solutions for our clients using both Open source and Commerce, we have found that either can be used to build an effective ecommerce platform.
Thus, we’d love to talk to you more about the endless possibilities and to grow our business relationship.