Magento Community vs Enterprise Edition Comparison 2018

Magento Community vs Enterprise Edition Comparison 2018

03 May 2018

One of the most important questions online store owners’ face is what edition of Magento to use: Community or Enterprise? None is better or worse, they just cover different needs of yours. There are different advantages and disadvantages of both, as well as prices and options they offer. If you stuck in between the choice of Magento Community vs Enterprise for 2018 — this article is for you.

To start with, let’s figure out what is Magento Community and what is a Magento Enterprise edition.

Community edition

Magento Community edition2

Magento Community edition is an open-source ecommerce platform free to use. It means that anyone can build an online store on it without paying any money for it. It may become a perfect solution for someone who owns a small to medium business and for ones, who would like to experiment in building ecommerce store.

This edition is open-source, which means, that anyone can add changes to it and modify it, so it meets own needs. There is also a Magento extensions marketplace, which offers a wide range of extensions to enhance your web shop’s functionality.

Enterprise edition

Magento Enterprise edition

Magento Enterprise edition is an exclusive paid version of Magento with amount of premium advance settings and premium features. It will perfectly fit needs of medium to large and large to enterprise business. It is a great solution for shops that need extra features and more customizable options.

Another feature to take into consideration — full support by Magento team. It means that there is 24/7 support by both e-mail and phone. Unlike Community edition, Enterprise edition includes pricing. The cost is fairly high and ranges from $22,000.00 — $125,000.00 per year. However, it includes security updates, special features and exclusive product enhancements.

What’s in common?

Let’s take a look at some similarities in this Magento Community vs Enterprise comparison:

  1. First of all, both of the platforms are open-source. They have the same core features and basic functions released, as well as they both are part of the same Magento environment.
  2. Both of the editions enable you to use webservers API to integrate with different databases.
  3. Last, using either Community or Enterprise edition you will get the advantage of Magento Connect – the Magento Extension marketplace, where there’s the whole variety of extensions is available.

What’s different?

Magento Cloud edition differences

Performance

The first difference between Community edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE) is that the second delivers performance and scales right out-of-the-box to support fast growing businesses. Secondly, it usually achieves higher SERP ranks and becomes more visible in search results. It’s page load time takes <1.5 seconds on average. Of course, page load time can vary for the first view of the Home, Category and Product pages but it becomes faster, than in Community edition.

Speaking of caching,

in EE you can speed up the caching process via the integrated Varnish caching and client-side improvements (minimizing/bundling Javascript and resizing images). These integrations reduce response and server load time. Varnish provides a super fast and efficient way to serve content to dramatically decrease response time, while also reducing the load on your Magento servers. Varnish configuration files are available out-of-the-box and are totally supported by Magento, so you can implement them easily and quickly. There are several caching extensions available for CE, however, the result is not as impressive.

The speed of checkout process in EE is also impressive — <1.9 seconds per each step. It also includes Scale Checkout and Order Management databases with support for MySQL Cluster by default. If your business is already big enough and you have a lot of online transactions, then it is important to process orders at your web store fast. Thus, Enterprise Edition hardware is able to handle 3.5M page view and 250.000 orders per hour. Such results can not be reached with Community edition.

Another advantage of EE before CE is being more scalable. To achieve such scalability, Magento Enterprise supports MySQL Cluster and separates master databases. Each master database has multiple slave databases to scale read operations.

More or less, you can gain pretty close results with Magento 2 Community Edition. However, keep in mind, that noone will guarantee smooth and fast operation of your web store as well as the average cost isn’t easily predicted as it will depend from personal, technical and business requirements.

Functionality/productivity

There is Content Staging and Preview available for EE. Such capabilities enable merchants to do some tasks without involving Magento developers. So it’ s easier now to launch new sales campaigns, promotions and simply products straight from Admin panel.

Magento 2 EE provides rich visual merchandising functionality. It means that all the variety of multiple images, video, product recommendations, ratings, and reviews are available to add. It is all possible for merchant due to the simplified drag-and-drop interface and it’s easy to set sorting rules for specific categories. In the new addition of Magento 2 EE it will be even easier to manage your store content with new BlueFoot CMS and Pagebuilder.

More management available straight from the Admin panel:

  • In Magento EE it is easy for merchants to view, edit, create multiple invoices and many other options to independently process order from the very beginning until it’s completed.
  • There’s also option for updating products, prices, and coupons in customers’ shopping carts and wish lists.
  • Merchant can create customizable emails for account updates, password resets and send email notifications and RSS feeds with order status at ease.
  • Creation of newsletters and management of their distribution are available as well.
  • There is a “Contact Us” form straight from the box, so merchant can stay in contact with customer easier.

Multiple languages, currencies and more:

  • One of the greatest advantages of EE is support of fixed product taxes.
  • There’s a multiple language pack available to use straight out of the box in EE.
  • It also integrates with multiple payment gateways, including PayPal, Braintree, Authorize.net, CyberSource and WorldPay.
  • As well as it supports different currencies, so it makes it easier to manage international orders.

All the advantages of EE are mostly available as extensions to the Community edition, however, it will require technical expertise and additional budget to the project.

If there’s multiple country stores Magento 2 EE offers to manage them all from the same environment.

All the analytics and reporting needed for growing sales are available in Admin panel in Enterprise edition. There’s such information as sales, taxes, abandoned shopping carts, best viewed products, best purchased products, low stock, search terms, product reviews, coupon usage and many more.

For best analytics EE provides merchants with easily configurable Google Analytics, Ecommerce Tracking, AdWords Conversion.

All in all, only two features — creating previews and scheduling site update are available only for Magento Enterprise Edition and none of the extensions or modules can replace them. Otherwise, all other options are available for Community edition as customizations, modules or additional coding by the team of Magento professionals.

Customer loyalty

Magento Cloud edition loyalty

Building long-lasting relationship with customers and gaining their loyalty is one of the top priorities for merchants. For such aim Magento 2 EE offers variable tools:

  • Rewards for all the active actions of user sure as registration, product reviews, purchase, etc. The more actions user takes the more rewards he gets. Later on rewards transform into coupons, discounts or special offers.
  • The merchant can apply in-store credits when returns are issued.
  • Gift registry. That’s a WOW feature! It makes your customer the happiest person ever and his/her fiends’ present choice easier. To understand better how gift registry works, let’s imagine there’s Ann. Ann has gift registries with things she would really like to receive for her birthday. Due to automated mailing, her friends and family receive the information about what Ann really wants. Now each of them can easily purchase products from the registry adding fancy gift-wrapping. The wish list updates automatically, so Ann won’t receive five new lipsticks from different friends. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
  • What if Ann have 2 birthday parties with different companies and some things she would like to leave to herself? Not a problem! Multiple wish lists allows to manage privacy settings of customers list! Everyone will see only what they have to!
  • No one cancelled Gift cards: both physical and virtual.
  • Make shopping experience to your valuable customers exclusive with Private sales. They can also spread a word for you as well as tell their friends about you via Invite-a-Friend feature.

Deployment

Speaking of growth of merchants, Magento Enterprise Edition helps with it 3 times faster. It is generally designed for easy to do upgrades. As was mentioned before, merchants are able to Create Previews and schedule site updates at ease. In case there’s a need of reverting previous copy of the project – it can also be easily done in EE. Some upcoming updates? – Schedule a number of them you need! Updates are unlimited.

Unlike CE, Magento 2 EE lets choosing any deployment option which is more suitable for personal needs including cloud, managed hosting, and on-premise.

Support

The main difference is that Magento 2 Enterprise Edition guarantees 24/7 technical support that will resolve all technical problems  that may occur with your online shop. There will also be an account manager form Magento team to help you anytime you need support. The merchants also can be sure about their security support. The team of experts scan the platform often and enhance Magento core security with special bug bounty programs. Such supervision provides the best environment to work in.

Magento Community edition has no support at all. So good luck with stalking other Magento devs, that may know, how to help you or check out Magento Blog and find some helpful info there.

Security

Magento Community edition doesn’t have highly secured payment bridges. It may cause some problems, since these features are required by the banks. Community edition’s biggest issue is that it is “Not PCI compliant”. So what you will have to do is to fill out PCI paperwork, implement and keep PCI policies, document PCI technical policies and, finally, use gateway, that will redirect to PayPal or HTTPS to communicate with an API. You can find more about payment gateways in our previous blogpost.

Magento Enterprise has better security solutions, while providing more powerful security features like PA-DSS.

Cost

Magento Cloud edition costMagento Community edition is free. Enterprise is paid (you pay for advanced features). The higher cost comes with additional functionality your business might need while growing and scaling. The price for EE starts from $22,000. Check out the table below to compare CE vs EE project estimation in numbers:

Criteria Community edition Enterprise edition
Unique visitors/month  > 1,000  > 50,000
Orders/month > 100  > 500
Turnover  > $118,468  > $1,184,739
Shop management FTE  0.5 – 2.0  > 5.0
Implementation time 6-8 weeks  14-16 weeks
Implementation cost $11,847 – 71,084 > $59,228
Hosting costs $177 – 355  $2,369
License cost  0  $14,420

To sum it up

Both of the editions of Magento are very comfortable to work with. They provide customers with all the necessary tools to build fully-operating with store. Main differences are in cost and the features available out of the box in both editions. Community edition will perfectly fill the needs of small business, but Enterprise edition will be more suitable for large businesses with high turnovers. All in all, the decision just has to meet all of your requirements. If you still doubt what to choose – let us know, we would gladly help you to come up with the best choice for your business!

and…Bonus!

Enterprise Cloud edition

Magento Cloud edition

Magento Enterprise Cloud edition is a new type of program – PaaS (Platform as a Service) that is somehow similar to other software companies’ SaaS (Software as a Service) programs.  ECE is a fully hosted and cloud-based service with just awesome features and superb customer service.

Magento ECE is designed to handle large amounts of traffic and be very flexible at the same time. It also includes Apache caching system, due to which pages load way faster, so customers don’t get stuck in front of the screens waiting for page to load. To sum it up, it means, that now Magento has become a whole lot easier to set up and manage.

With Cloud Edition, Magento is setting a new game in between the ecommerce platform market players.  Easily scalable, completely controllable and managable ECE under one single fee might become one of the best solutions out of all already existing! We believe, that Cloud edition will become the most popular choice between merchants in recent years.

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Diana Olendr

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