Magento Open Source vs Adobe CommerceE-commerce
Puck, 28 September 2022
Magento has been taken over by Adobe for some time now. With this takeover Magento Commerce has been brought into life, now also known as Adobe Commerce. The majority of webshops, however, use the Open Source version of the programme. What are the differences between Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source, and which version suits your company best?
What is Magento Open Source?
Magento Open Source can also be seen as the first variant of Magento. It is a free CMS that is focused on e-commerce. With a huge community that all contribute to the development and growth of the platform.
What is Adobe Commerce?
Adobe Commerce – previously also known as Magento Commerce or Magento Enterprise – is the paid variant of Magento that has been introduced by Adobe. This paid package promises support from Adobe itself and positions itself on the market as a more user-friendly version of Magento Open Source especially for Enterprises. Adobe Commerce is also seen as an “all-risk insured” version of Magento.
What is the same?
In the base both programs are the same. A shop operates the same on one platform as on the other. Apart from a few standard integrated options, the functionalities of both programs are the same. Most options that are standardly processed in Adobe Commerce, can also be added as extensions to Magento Open Source. This may take more effort, but the possibilities are certainly there. Also in terms of performance, the programs are largely the same. A shop that runs on the Open Source version will therefore not work less well than the Commerce version.
But what are the differences exactly? And why would you choose a paid version of a program if the free version seems to do just as well?
If it is up to Adobe, there are many differences between the two. For example, within the paid version there is more standard included and also more possible. On the other hand, many of these options are also possible for the Open Source version. This can be done by downloading extensions from third parties.
Within Adobe Commerce is a guarantee of support from the team of Adobe. In this way you can always go for advice or help. Plus, you are assured of a correct answer. The only disadvantage of this support team is that the answer is generally less fast. Because of the size of the support team, it is therefore not a given that an answer will be ready immediately for your question.
With Magento Open Source, this is a different story. As a user of the program, you receive no support from Magento or Adobe itself and are dependent on the Magento community. This does have the big advantage that answers can often be given more quickly. The community is very large and the chance that someone else has already encountered the same problem, is very high. Answers to new questions are also often given very quickly.
Options Standard integrated options
As described earlier, most of the options that are not standard in Magento Open Source, are almost all available through extensions. However, this is not the case for all options.
With Adobe Commerce it is possible to use tools to visualize and simplify the set up of a website. Think of a pagebuilder and a Visual Merchandiser. Here, use is made of a drag-and-drop system in order to map out the site visually. There are no extensions or plug-ins for this in Magento Open Source.
It is also not possible to add B2B functionalities in Magento Open Source and import and export tools are limited. In Adobe Commerce there is a big improvement for B2B companies. Also the import and export tools have been improved.
A last couple of tools that cannot be replaced with extensions in the Open Source version are two tools for marketers. Content management was previously not ideal for Magento, in Adobe Commerce there is already a significant improvement. It is possible to add a page layout or hierarchy for pieces of content such as blogs. It is also possible in Adobe Commerce to manage Google Tag Manager within the Magento environment.
The biggest difference between Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce is the price. The Open Source version is of course free – with the exception of paid extensions and hosting. When purchasing Adobe Commerce or the additional Adobe Commerce Cloud, the costs quickly run into the thousands. Adobe Commerce Cloud also offers hosting and other performance tools at a higher price tag.
A complete cost overview is completely dependent on your company and its size, besides that the prices are not visible for the public. In general it can be said that setting up a shop in Adobe Commerce Cloud is extremely pricey. For a site on Enterprise level, the costs for building a shop alone can quickly run into the hundreds of thousands.
As soon as a company chooses to set up a shop with Adobe Commerce, this can function as a guarantee for the company. You do not only pay for the functionalities, but also for the guarantee of a safe site. This does not mean that the Open Source version is less safe, but it is the responsibility of a company how safe your site is. A Closed Source version of platforms is generally more strictly monitored and supervised. Especially companies with a large national responsibility (think of international companies, banks, government institutions etc.) can therefore have an interest in choosing Adobe Commerce for an extra piece of security.
In conclusion Adobe Commerce is better suited for large companies on Enterprise level or with a national responsibility. Magento Open Source is suitable for both small and large companies. In essence both programs do the same and almost the same is possible. The only difference is that Adobe Commerce has better functionality for B2B companies and more security for enterprise-level companies. That’s what you pay for.