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Adobe Commerce or Magento Open Source: Which one is better?

By suzannevanamerongen on Friday, 29 March, 2024

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Teams looking to build a Magento webshop or a large e-commerce platform can choose from two alternatives: Adobe Commerce and Magento Open-Source solution. They may appear identical at first glance, but closer inspection reveals substantial differences that will impact your business. What are the key differences between these two products?

Adobe Commerce vs. Magento Open Source

When Magento published its first version of software over a decade ago, it was open source and hence free to use. Since then, a lot has changed, including the addition of numerous new versions and products and the eventual acquisition by Adobe of the Magento portfolio. This is why two major Magento versions are publicly accessible today.

Despite sharing the same platform, Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce have significant differences. As a result, many small businesses and startups use Magento Open Source, while larger organisations use Adobe Commerce.

Cost is one reason behind this. In the case of Magento Open Source, you just pay for hosting, specific extensions, and, if necessary, an agency that sets up the webshop with Magento Open Source. Licence costs, on the other hand, apply to Adobe Commerce. Both the number of installations and the revenue generated by the online store determine the total charge. Aside from price, there are numerous additional distinct aspects that lead many medium and large businesses to choose Adobe Commerce.


Differences in key features:

Features Magento Open Source Adobe Commerce
Integrated Checkout, Payment and Shipping Yes Yes
Mobile Optimised Shopping Yes Yes
Global Selling Yes Yes
Catalogue Management Yes Yes
Extended Functionality via App Marketplace Yes Yes
Instant Purchase Yes Yes
Site Search Yes Yes
Business Intelligence Dashboards No Yes
B2B Functionality No Yes
Advanced Marketing Tools No Yes
WYSIWYG Page Builder No Yes
Visual Merchandising No Yes
Content Staging and Preview No Yes
Customer Loyalty Tools No Yes


Adobe Commerce with Magento Open Source Shared Features

Magento is a highly adaptable and versatile e-commerce platform. You can tailor it to satisfy any requirements, whether it’s a stylish online store, B2B platforms, or sophisticated enterprise digitalisation initiatives.

Magento 2 is the foundation for the most recent versions of Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce. Both versions identify and manage store structure, categories, goods, product characteristics, pricing, and more in the same way. As a result, they both provide navigation with product attribute filtering and intelligent pricing control with individually specified price rules.

Both Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source solution can be easily integrated with other IT systems via APIs, PIM (Product Information Management) solutions, or the SAP system thanks to the service layer.

The Benefits of Magento Open Source

The indisputable benefit of any open source technology is its low cost. Magento Marketplace, when combined with the availability of several extensions, provides a truly cost-effective and practical shopping solution. Especially if you have adequate technical and professional knowledge of using PHP to design an online store to your specifications.

Furthermore, before installing extensions, it’s critical to determine their quality. While Magento aims for good quality as a result of the established Magento 2 extension, you should carefully review each plugin you require. If you’re up for both challenges, Magento Open Source is a suitable solution for many e-commerce enterprises because of its low investment costs and great flexibility.

The Benefits of Adobe Commerce

Adobe Commerce, as the name implies, is designed to match the demands of larger organisations. Adobe Commerce’s highlights are as follows:


Adobe Commerce supports database sharing. Tables are separated into databases that can work in cluster mode.


Adobe Commerce provides enhanced security as the operating system holds the PCI-DSS (PCI Data Security) certification. All administrative processes are documented, and orders are archived. You can adjust administrator access for separate pages, and if any changes to page content go wrong, you can easily restore a backup.


You can also use the attribute ‘Storage’ (SKU) to search, select, and order goods in Adobe Commerce. The commercial edition is suitable for B2B e-commerce since it allows customers to import their own order lists and maintain their own item numbers, or SKUs.

B2B Adobe Commerce contains a plethora of B2B modules. These include catalogue customisation, organisational structure creation, and quotation modules.

Intelligence in Business

Having all important KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) at your fingertips is critical in e-commerce. Magento Business Intelligence (BI) enables you to collect, show, and evaluate your company’s overall performance.

Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

Adobe Commerce provides a variety of client retention options as well as the ability to segment existing customers into distinct categories relevant to their unique business. Segmentation, like product rules, is carried out via a “rules engine.” Geographic and biographical information, order history, order totals, shopping cart features, and items can all be used to determine this.

Through this segmentation, you can use the platform to create specialised gift and loyalty programmes, such as VIP zones or individual landing pages with special offers and customer approaches.


Businesses should not make the mistake of focusing solely on costs. Instead, they need to focus on the qualities and quality elements of both alternatives. Security, support, and continued development are the operational responsibilities of users under the open source model, which can be difficult to reconcile with the strategic approach of current IT governance in major enterprises. Licencing Adobe Commerce is the superior option in this instance.


Furthermore, whether you pick Adobe Commerce or Open Source, we recommend that you hunt for decent Magento hosting. Always be critical, and you’ll make sound decisions.



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