Magento Opensource vs Magento Commerce

Magento Opensource vs Magento Commerce

Magento Open Source vs Magento Commerce

Posted by Screen Pages on 24/05/18
Over the last decade, Magento has built up a formidable reputation as the most popular eCommerce platform in the world. In 2017, 31.4% of the top 100,000 websites ran on Magento. Roughly 300,000 companies worldwide run their sites on Magento.
Magento has become the go-to option for flexible, affordable eCommerce deployments, and is dominating the platform market not only in sales but with leader status in both the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the newly-formed Forrester mid-size B2B report.

As a solution partner operating a dedicated Magento practice none of this comes as a surprise to Screen Pages. We’ve been developing Magento sites with high conversion ratios since 2009 for leading brands such as Loake Shoes, Micro Scooters and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Magento is currently available to merchants in three ways:

  • Open Source Edition (formerly Community): a free version of the platform that offers access to a huge ecosystem of feature extensions.
  • Commerce Edition (formerly split into Enterprise): a licensed version allowing larger businesses access to a wider range of built in features and functions which is highly scalable and easy to deploy.
  • Cloud Edition: Magento Commerce hosted by Magento at Amazon Web Services
    With Magento Version 2.2.4 launched just last week, we asked ourselves: What are the key differences and how do you know which is the right one for your business?

Magento Open Source Edition

Previously known as Magento Community, Magento Open Source Edition is the free open source Magento platform that started life back in 2008. Magento supported and invested in this version until November 2015, when Magento 2 was launched. Version 2 was completely re-engineered from the ground up. Available for everyone to download, install and extend, users are free to make configuration adjustments to the software to meet their specific needs, unlike a SaaS model that locks you into a given software roadmap.

For a developing business or a startup, the Open Source Edition’s ease of use and straightforward management provides a great introduction and allows merchants to spin up an eCommerce web store quickly.

The vast community of developers who work with Magento Open Source is consistently developing new extensions that add new functionality to an already impressive base feature set.

Magento Commerce Edition
Commerce refers to both an instance-based Enterprise-level platform which can be hosted on prem or in the cloud and Magento’s own Cloud Commerce offering.

The Commerce Edition is much more than simply a licensed edition of Magento OpenSource. Although built on the same code stack, the Magento Commerce platform is generally used by larger companies with higher throughputs of customer traffic / larger product catalogs / wider global presence / greater business complexity.

With a set of handy configurable features to ensure an optimal customer experience, some of the additional benefits of Commerce are:

  • Magento Technical Support
  • Magento Dedicated Account Management

*Note: Screen Pages Managed Service and dedicated Account Management are available for both Editions.

Features Open Source Commerce
License Costs Free Revenue based license cost (tiered)
Responsive Ecomm website (Global capability)
Promotions Engine / Product & Catalog Mgt
Checkout, Payment & Shipping
Site management (admin)
ElasticSearch
Bluefoot CMS in 2.2
Content Staging & Preview
OOTB B2B Functionality (in v2.2)
Full Page Caching
Customer Segmentation
Abandoned Cart Emails
Rewards Programs
Return and Exchange Rules
Gift Wrapping
Wishlist and Gift Registry
Gift Cards
Store Credit
Magento Shipping
Magento Social
Amazon Pay
Klarna Payments
Vertex Sales Tax Calculator
Dotmailer for Automated Email Marketing
Instant Purchase Checkout
Signifyd Fraud Protection
At a fundamental level the codebase for both Editions is the same, however certain features are only available in the Commerce edition (Note: the above are some of the key features, but please contact Screen Pages for a more comprehensive list).
Conclusion

The decision as to whether to use Magento Open Source or Commerce boils down to the specifics of your business and your overall digital strategy. Every merchant has their own wishlist and requirements when it comes to their brand, and the key to choosing the right platform depends on a number of factors. Screen Pages can help you make the right decision based on your current and future requirements.

We understand that a broader feature set and scalability are extremely important to get the most out of your online presence, but equally we understand that the ability to put a cost-effective Opensource solution live extremely quickly brings major benefits of its own.

Indeed, the power of Magento lies in the great inherent flexibility of the platform; flexibility that means that Magento is capable of doing just about anything you can think of – and that experts such as Screen Pages can leverage to produce a solution unique to your needs. Having delivered solutions for our clients using both Opensource and Commerce, we have found that either can be used to build an effective eCommerce platform.

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Sarah Willcocks invited to participate on the panel at Amazon Pay Agencies Connect

Sarah Willcocks invited to participate on the panel at Amazon Pay Agencies Connect

Sarah Willcocks has been invited to participate on the panel at Amazon Pay Agencies Connect

Posted by Screen Pages on 22/05/18

Screen Pages CEO Sarah WIllcocks has been asked to join the panel at Amazon Pay Agencies Connect. Register today and join us for an afternoon of insights and networking as Amazon introduce the new partner programme, talk about Alexa Voice Commerce and the latest innovation trends. The day will finish with networking drinks and canapés, we hope you can join us.
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23rd May, 2018
15:00-17:30 followed by drinks
Amazon
Principal Place
115 Worship Street
London EC2A 2FA

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Tadhg Bowe speaks at Imagine 2018 – Las Vegas

Tadhg Bowe speaks at Imagine 2018 – Las Vegas

Tadhg Bowe talks Magento Migration at  Imagine 2018

Posted by Screen Pages on 11/05/18

Screen Pages’ very own Technical Lead Tadhg Bowe had the amazing opportunity to present at Imagine 2018 in Las Vegas. With the subject of Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration, Tadhg did incredibly well and the whole team are proud of his achievement. Stay tuned for a full break down of Tadhg’s experience. Until then, here are a few pictures from the day.

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Client Event overview – March 2018

Client Event overview – March 2018

Screen Pages Client Event overview – March 2018

Posted by Screen Pages on 22/03/18

Screen Pages hosted their March Client Event at the Dotmailer HQ, which was a great opportunity to network and discuss everything eCommerce. There were some great speakers from Adyen, Foregenix, Yotpo, Dotmailer, Brightpearl & Nosto. Below is a quick overview of the event along with all the slides presented on the day.

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Register for Screen Pages’ client event 20th March 2018

Register for Screen Pages’ client event 20th March 2018

Screen Pages’ client event on Tuesday 20th March 2018

Posted by Screen Pages on 13/02/18

We have pleasure in inviting you to our next Screen Pages’ client event on Tuesday 20th March 2018. The event will be at Dotmailer’s HQ, 1 London Bridge, SE1 9BG, from 12:30pm. We’ll be providing a light buffet lunch as well as the opportunity to stay & chat over a glass of wine or a cold beer from 5:30pm.

There’ll be a full and exciting agenda from our event sponsors, with ample opportunity to network and swap ideas with your peers.

On the agenda so far we have:

  • Dotmailer – the marketing automation platform provider for global marketers.
  • Brightpearl – the retail management system provider for omnichannel growth.
  • Foregenix – the global leader in digital forensics and information security.
  • Adyen – the global payment company that allows businesses to accept eCommerce, mobile, and point-of-sale payments.
  • Yotpo – the user-generated content marketing platform provider.
  • Nosto – the personalised shopping experience platform provider.
  • Plus all the latest news, ideas & recent work from us at Screen Pages.

We normally have over 60 clients in attendance and the events prove very popular.

Location

9th Floor
1 London Bridge
London SE1 9BG

Date & Time

Tuesday 20th March 2018
12.30 – 18.30

At this stage, we are saying a limit of 3 per organisation – there’s no charge, but please RSVP ASAP so we can confirm catering arrangements. Don’t forget to let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements too.

We do hope we’ll see you on the day!

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