Magento Open Source, formerly known as Magento Community, is the version of Magento for which there is no license fee. It is fully free to download from Magento then can be hosted on your server.
There are Magento Open Source versions for both Magento 1 and Magento 2, although support for Magento 1 is due to end in 2020.
Magento has committed to continue providing security updates and patches for Magento 2 indefinitely so new Magento Open Source installs of Magento 2 are forseeably futureproof.
Magento Open Source can be fully customised allowing you to create a bespoke online store with its own look and feel but with all the potent functionality Magento has to offer. To accomplish this, most retailers work with agencies that handle the development of their site.
Choosing an agency to partner with is one of the most important decisions an eCommerce retailer will ever make. It’s important to choose well by checking what Magento qualifications they and their developers have, and taking a look at what they have achieved with projects they have worked on in the past.
Furthermore, retailers need to be confident that they can develop an open and productive relationship with their developer partner.
Hosting is normally something your Magento partner can help with. There are a number of advantages to hosting with the agency that handles your site’s development, not least having a single point of contact to manage your website.
Magic42 is a UK-based Magento development agency. For 18 years, we have been powering the retail success of businesses across sectors by designing and developing innovative eCommerce sites that sell effectively.