Magento Open Source Ecommerce Platform

Magento Open Source

Magento Open Source is the option to consider if you’ve previously looked at Magento Community Edition or CE for your business. It’s a powerful and popular alternative to other open source ecommerce options like Woo Commerce or Drupal.

As part of the Adobe Commerce family, it continues to be a flexible, scalable ecommerce platform. It’s a popular choice for fast-growing online retailers with everything you need for the next level of ecommerce growth.

It’s an attractive choice because, being open source, there’s an active community of Magento developers. The code can be downloaded and installed for free and it can be customised to meet your ecommerce needs. It’s easy to grow and enhance with thousands of extensions available in the Magento Marketplace.

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You’ll want to make the most of this powerful ecommerce tool with the support of Magento specialists. As a Magento Partner, Williams Commerce has a minimum of 25 certified professionals with the experience and qualifications you’d expect. You can be confident all your needs will be met.

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Magento Open Source vs Adobe Commerce

Magento Open Source vs Adobe Commerce

Adobe acquired Magento in 2018 to complete its data and intelligence platform. The move made ecommerce part of the Adobe Experience Cloud for real-time data collection, personalisation and delivery. Since 2019 Adobe’s software as a service (SaaS) Commerce Cloud has been available as a fully managed cloud-based version of the Magento platform that can be integrated with other Adobe tools.


You can download Magento Open Source free of charge while Adobe Commerce is the paid-for option. Adobe Commerce is based on Magento 2 Enterprise Edition or EE, providing extensive ecommerce functionality. You will need to build many of the powerful ecommerce features it includes if you choose the Open Source version.

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Magento Open Source Case Study: Autosparks

The ecommerce site of Nottingham-based Autosparks fulfils all the wishes of auto enthusiasts. From classic motorcycle owners to tractor restorers their website is a treasure trove of parts.

When Magento 1 reached the end of its supported life in 2020 it was time to replatform. Autosparks wanted to stay with an ecommerce model that had already served them so well. They chose a Magento Open Source solution to streamline purchasing and transform their site.

Magento Open Source Case Study: Autosparks

Magento Open Source for your business

Digital experience

Your customers expect outstanding digital experiences and you must deliver them to achieve the return on investment you want. You’ll need an intuitive and simple solution for multiple devices, with easy checkout, shipping, and site administration tools. The expertise available from an established Magento Open Source ecommerce agency will allow you to optimise results.


If you have an in-house team that understands how to code Magento Open Source you can be in complete control. Alternatively, you can work with a Magento Development agency like Williams Commerce for everything from hosting to payments, shipping, order management, and logistics.

Content management

Magento Open Source includes drag-and-drop content management with design and preview features. Your team can manage and build content without involving a developer and your marketing can be fast and innovative.


You’ll have robust functionality and an ecommerce platform that can scale with your business. With a large developer community and powerful Adobe Experience Cloud business tools you can keep pace with the latest trends.


Magento Open Source is free to download while you’ll pay a license fee with alternatives like Adobe Commerce. You’ll want to think about the developer time, hosting and support required to meet your business needs.


If your online business is growing quickly, you’ll soon need the comprehensive features available with Adobe Commerce. It might be worth making the investment now so there’s a clear route for expansion.


Magento Open Source doesn’t come with the credit card tokenisation and advanced payment security you need for secure online transactions. Adobe Commerce offers more advanced security and is payment card industry (PCI) compliant with additional security and protection.


You will want to consider how long it will take to develop, test and refine a Magento Open Source solution. Adobe Commerce is based on Magento so you still have access to the developer community. You’ll also have pre-built out-of-the-box functionality to reach your market quickly.

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Williams Commerce has worked with many businesses using the Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce platforms. We know them well and can help small fast-growing businesses make the most of Magento’s capabilities.

Williams built an integration layer connecting our various back office systems with our new ecommerce site. The ease of integrations was extremely impressive. We now have a truly flexible solution.
Oliver Cole , Gill Marine Ecommerce Director

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