Magento is one of the leading e-commerce platforms which is built on open source. It is basically written in PHP and is developed by Varien Inc., a private company situated in California, USA. It offers flexibility, scalability and a wide range of control options. Moreover, marketing, search engine optimization, and catalog management tools are what more it offers. It offers a variety of plugins and themes which enhances customer’s experience. Magento uses Zend PHP and MySQL database. Magento has 3 powerful versions namely Magento Go, Magento Enterprise and Magento Community. Let’s look into these 3 versions in a brief.
Magento Go is cloud-based e-commerce solution which is used for web hosting. The solution is available for those who want an e-commerce website but don’t have technical resources to build their own. It is the least customized platform and has built-in modules. It also allows you to sell your products and services online. The shutdown of Go was declared on February 1, 2015.
It is an open source platform and has a vibrant Community. It allows developers to extend functionalities by adding new plugins. It is highly powerful. Allows multiple stores with a common back system, so for each store, you can have multiple views. It also provides SEO tools like Google sitemap, manage Page Titles, and Meta Description. It’s latest version CE 188.8.131.52 and 2.0.4. were released on March 31, 2016.
Magento EE is derived from Magento CE i.e. it has same core files. It is not free but has more features and functionality than CE. It is mainly designed for large businesses and requires technical support with installation, usage, configuration, and troubleshooting. Latest version EE 1.14.24 and EE 2.0.4 were released on March 31, 2016.Comparison table on Go, Community, and Enterprise
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