Magento Community vs Enterprise Edition

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

  1. Easy to control and manage online store.
  2. Flexible to meet your unique business needs.
  3. Enterprise edition features for mid and large sized business for better performance, security and scalability.
  4. Scalable to grow with business.
  5. 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

Magento Architecture

 MVC Architecture (Model View Controller)

  1. Model- Business Rule, Application Data
  2. View- User Interface
  3. 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


  Enterprise Community
Name Magento Commerce Magento Open source
Cost Paid Free
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)
Core Functionality Same Same
Target Users Mid-large size businesses Developers and tech-savvy merchants
Support Full Support No Support
Code Level Access Yes Yes
Order Management Yes Yes
Product Management Yes Yes
Visual Merchandising Yes X
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
Extension community Yes Yes
Template customization Yes Yes
Multiple stores Yes Yes
Mobile commerce Yes Yes
Layered navigation Yes Yes
Ability to manage number of products Very High High
Ability roll-back/integrated backup systems Yes X
Gift products Yes X
Tax Calculation Advanced Available
Manage Customer Attributes Yes X
Customer Segmentation Yes X
Content Staging 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
Private Sales 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.

Magento Community Or Enterprise: What Is Best For Your Business?

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.

Contributed by:-

Sharika Dubey

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