Magento Commerce (formerly known as Magento EE / Magento Enterprise Edition) includes some powerful features that Magento Open Source (formerly known as Magento CE / Magento Community Edition) lacks. The feature list includes multiple wishlists, gift cards, advanced 3rd party integrations, content scheduling, custom customer attributes, reward points and store credits systems, RMA support, and some other useful tools for B2B and marketing tasks.
People make decisions between proprietary (closed-source) software and open-source software daily without even realizing it. Do you own an Android phone or an iPhone? Are you browsing the internet with the Safari browser or Firefox? Internet Explorer or Chrome? Open-source software has a significant place in the world and in our lives, and that is especially true when it comes to all-things-internet-related. Chrome, Firefox, and the new Microsoft Edge browser are all open-source. As is the Android mobile operating system. At least a third (probably significantly more than that) of all websites are hosted on servers running Linux, an open-source operating system, and more than a third of all websites run on WordPress and many more are on Drupal, Magento, Joomla, and other open-source content management systems.
Recently we provided some tips on successfully launching a Magento Ecommerce site. Regardless of what type of website your are building, there really is no better way to prepare for launch than allowing real users to interact with the site. User testing is an excellent way to find all the bugs you may have overlooked before your live customers discover them.
We have developed Magento sites for many years, and have watched the platform evolve from the early days of Magento 1.x up to the state-of-the-art sophistication of the Magento 2.3.x environment. The Magento ecosystem is always being improved over time, and because it powers tens of thousands of ecommerce sites, it is a common target for hackers.
Creating a Magento Ecommerce site is a very rewarding and challenging endeavor. You are likely very eager to launch the site at the end of the development process. Products are in place, the template is looking good, and all page content has been created. However, before you launch the site to an eagerly awaiting world, you should take the time to make sure the site is perfectly ready to go public. The following are some key aspects to a Magento site that should be thoroughly considered prior to launch.
A major consideration when creating an online store is connecting it to other applications required by your business. You may have accounting software that needs to be directly integrated with your Ecommerce store. Similarly, your inventory management software must be synced to the website for accurate stock levels. This may seem daunting, but fortunately Magento is more than ready to handle whatever integration challenge you may throw at it.
Magento 2 is a powerful eCommerce tool, but sometimes it isn’t clear which version you should use or where to host it. Magento Open Source solution is fairly robust for an eCommerce system, but the Enterprise version (Magento Commerce and Magento Commerce Cloud) provides a number of enhancements including the ElasticSearch search engine, B2B catalog implementations like quoting and credit lines, related product automation, rewards programs, gift cards, and much more. For many companies that need these advanced solutions, the choice is clear.
We’ve explored platform choice for Magento and other e-commerce sites before. There is a plethora of choices and we will examine the most popular and feature rich e-commerce platforms and other options. Watermelon Web Works does a lot of work with Magento and Magento 2, but occasionally we do get questions related to another big name … Read more
Optimization for a Magento 2 site is critical for improving sales or conversions. Any area of a Magento site that loads slowly will correlate to a drop-off in visitors, and ultimately a drop in revenue. Magento 2 is a complex eCommerce engine, so sometimes it can be difficult to pin down where problem areas are. … Read more
If you are looking to build a powerhouse eCommerce site, you would certainly do well to harness the power of Magento 2. Built for scalability and custom implementation, with hundreds of marketplace addons ready to architect your site just how you need it, it is no wonder that Magento has risen from the masses to … Read more