Under the new setup, Adobe is offering two different versions of Magento services:
Magento Open Source
Magento Open Source is a free, open source platform with limited features. It’s great on the budget but requires some technical skills to get up and running. The Open Source plan is free to install and provides the essentials you need to build an e-commerce site. Some of the features include:
- Website builder with drag-and-drop interface provides a beginner-friendly CMS where you can move blocks easily
- Site search and catalog management
- Mobile optimization
- Integrated checkout, payment and shipping options
- App marketplace for extensions and add-ons
Open source products offer a lot of flexibility—but they also come with certain limitations. You’ll need to pay separately for general website upkeep, backups, your domain name, web hosting and any customizations. The open source product doesn’t include PCI compliance, so you’d need to pay for that separately as well. The total cost will vary depending on which services you choose.
Adobe Commerce is a fully-featured product that includes advanced marketing capabilities, PCI compliance, technical support and other crucial tools.
While Magento previously offered several different products, everything is now rolled into a single product known as Adobe Commerce. Unfortunately, Adobe doesn’t provide details on any plans that may be available under the new branding. You’ll need to provide your contact information and wait for a sales representative to reach out and provide you with a customized quote.
There are other functionalities that level up your e-commerce business when you sign up for Adobe Commerce:
- Visual merchandising: Automatically categorize products by popularity
- Customer loyalty tools: Set up promotions such as pop-up promotions, secret discounts or rewards points for returning customers
- Automatic updates: Software and infrastructure receive automatic updates to the newest system so you don’t have to worry about outdated plug-ins slowing down your website or not being compatible with the latest browsers.
- Page loading priority: For high-volume e-commerce events, you’ll get optimized page loading for high-traffic days with the Content Delivery Network.
- Performance monitoring: You’ll get consistent data about customer journeys and how to make edits to avoid lost sales.
In addition to the cost of Magento or Adobe Commerce, you have various monthly and one-time costs to consider.
The web developer cost is not always necessary if you have an in-house expert, but you should factor that time into your costs for getting the e-commerce operations up and running.
There are are also one-time costs to consider:
- Themes: $17 to $399 for store theme; $5,000 or more for customized theme
- Extensions and add-ons: Free to $2,000 (in Adobe Commerce store)