Magento is an open-sourced ecommerce web application commonly used by businesses small and large. Magento is considered one of the fastest growing online ecommerce platforms and we believe it is the perfect fit for clients looking to take their ecommerce system seriously. Magento has the ability to easily manage multiple store fronts, as well as transact in multi-language and multi-currency, which allows it to be used anywhere in the world.
MAGENTO OPEN SOURCE
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 provided by other developers. 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.
The current release and each of the previous historical release versions of the 1.X and 2.X version branches of Magento Open Source are available on the Magento Commerce, Inc. website for download as single-file downloads Development of the 2.X version branch of Magento CE is coordinated publicly on GitHub.
The latest actively supported versions of Magento Open Source are CE 1.9.3 and 2.2.0.
Magento will remain Open source after the recent acquisition by Adobe.
Released April 11, 2016, Magento Commerce is an eCommece platform as a service.
Magento 2 has many new and improved features, developer tools, and its architecture is quite different from all the previous versions. Magento 2 was announced in 2010. It was planned for release in 2011, and its merchant beta version was released in July 2015. Since then Magento 1 and Magento 2 have existed simultaneously.
Magento caters to three levels of businesses; small business, mid-market, and enterprise.
Magento Commerce (On-Premises)
Magento Commerce (On-Premises), 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 functionality. 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 (On-Premises) include hosting. The Magento team develops Magento Commerce by cooperating with users and third parties. Development on the 2.X branch of Magento Commerce is coordinated publicly on GitHub.
The latest actively supported versions of Magento Commerce are EE 188.8.131.52 and EE 2.2.0 released on May 31, 2017.