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Magento 2 Enterprise Vs. Magento 2 Community

acidgreen is your trusted, premium Magento Gold Partner. We’ve successfully deployed Magento 1 and Magento 2 Enterprise and Community sites for over 200 big name eCommerce brands. Contact us today, or give us a call.

 

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Magento is the most popular eCommerce platform, with over 250,000 merchants currently using Magento, globally. It currently powers 28% of eCommerce stores on the Internet and hosts 16% of the world’s top one million ranked websites.

Magento attributes its large popularity to its usability and its flexibility toward customization.

Previously, acidgreen had written an article on the differences between Magento 1 Community and Magento 1 Enterprise. However, now that Magento 2 has stormed onto the market, in a BIG way, due to its increased performance functionality (estimated to be 20% faster than Magento 1), we feel eCommerce retailers need to know the key differences between Magento’s most recent eCommerce solutions; Magento 2 Community and Magento 2 Enterprise.

What are the drawbacks? And, more importantly: What are the key benefits?

Click here to find out exactly why you should be migrating to Magento 2.

The immediate benefits of using Magento 2 Community are obvious… It’s (a) free (open source solution). Virtually anyone can download and build their online store… start-up, low volume ecommerce players and small businesses can experiment and learn basic skills on how to build an effective eCommerce website. Magento 2 Community users can also take advantage of the Magento Extension Marketplace for enhanced functionality.

It is important to note however, my use of the phrase, ‘small businesses’.

If you’re a medium to large business that is continually growing and expanding, the benefits of Magento 2 Community may be minimal in contrast to other platforms/solutions.

That’s exactly why Magento 2 Enterprise exists. Whereas Magento 2 Community is free, M2 Enterprise will cost you a few bucks as it is the paid licence version. However, considering the amount of benefits and room for modification it offers, the price tag sort of blurs into the background when you take into account its abundant advantages.  What’s more, the cost is determined by a percentage of your annual revenue – so you’re not paying the same amount as someone who is returning a fair sum more.

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M2 Enterprise, Built For Customization

M2 Enterprise was built purely for stores that need advanced features and more customizable options.  Magento 2 Enterprise allows users access to the ‘self hosted’ or ‘cloud’ versions. This just means a difference of where your  files are hosted.

The cloud version also comes with ‘Business Intelligence’, Magento’s analytics software.

Here’s a quick rundown of Magento’s Business Intelligence:

In mid 2016, Magento acquired RJMetrics (a leading provider of business intelligence software for eCommerce merchants). The software enables retailers to consolidate multiple data sources (including MySQL, Salesforce & Facebook Ads) into a single cloud-based database. This means merchants spend less time scrolling different databases to find different sources of information and more clarity on the bigger picture. On top of this, it gives more accurate and efficient insight into overall site performance.

It should be noted, whilst the Magento Business Intelligence is extremely advantageous, this is more of an added benefit rather than a feature.

Why else should you choose Magento 2 Enterprise?

You’re not only paying for a solution that is completely backed by the Magento team, you’re also paying for continuous security updates, special features as well as exclusive product enhancements.

Point blankly, if you’re expecting to exceed $1M per annum in online revenue, then you should seriously consider Magento 2 Enterprise. Plus, with the M2 Enterprise’ enhanced ‘out of the box’ functionality, sales are automatically increased enough to easily cover the cost of the Magento licence fee.

What Are The Similarities Between Magento 2 Community & Magento 2 Enterprise?


Both M2 solutions are open source. They both feature the same core features and are part of the one Magento ecosystem. Both also have the ability to take advantage of Magento Connect – the Magento Extension marketplace. That means they can both also use applications to enhance the overall functionality.

What’s more, M2 Enterprise and M2 Community both permit you to use web servers API (Application Programming Interface) to integrate with multiple databases.

Enterprise VS. Community – Biggest Differences

The most obvious difference other than the cost is the advanced functionality of Magento 2 Enterprise.

For example, Magento Community does not have a credit card tokenization or a highly secure payment bridge. This becomes a problem when it is required by banks and/or credit card companies.

Magento 2 Enterprise is PCI compliant. It provides you with more powerful security features (PA-DSS).

Due to its simplicity, the Magento 2 Community edition is slightly faster. However, most businesses that need more modules will find they need to upgrade to the Enterprise edition in order for their online store to reach its fullest potential. With its faster checkout experience, more intuitive design, improved product importing and exporting as well as its enriched product merchandising, Magento 2 Enterprise pays for itself.

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A list of Magento 2 Enterprise’ Advanced ACL Features:

  • Content staging and merging
  • Private sales, events and invitations
  • Customer segmentation
  • Loyalty system
  • CMS+
  • Automated email marketing reminders
  • Assisted shopping
  • Full page caching
  • Recurring payments
  • Customer attributes
  • SOLR search
  • RMA functionality
  • Persistent shopping cart
  • Minimum advertised price

What’s Best For You?

Making the decision on whether to go with Magento 2 Enterprise of Magento 2 Community should come down wholly to the level of functionality your online store requires. If you would like a free consultation with one of our certified Magento developers on which Magento platform is best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to help you and your eCommerce store reach its fullest potential.

acidgreen is an award winning e-commerce agency  specialising in Magento, Shopify Plus and digital marketing with over 15 years of  industry experience. Our certified developers and digital marketers are highly qualified to create aesthetically pleasing Magento and Shopify Plus websites that generate the highest amount of conversions and provide the best ROI. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, or give us a call to learn more about our services.

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Warning: You’re Losing Money By Not Using Magento 2 OneStepCheckout

Did you know, a simple and efficient one step checkout page has the capacity to increase your conversion rate by at least 30%?

That’s why the Magento 2 OneStepCheckout extension is an absolute gold mine for ecommerce retailers. Basically, this extension structurally organises all the necessary checkout fields onto one single page. This means not having to click ‘back’ or ‘next’ if your customers realise they’ve made a mistake; they don’t have to restart the entire process. This essentially decreases wait time to 0% and boosts sales by up to 60%. Now that’s some pretty impressive statistics.

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Before we get into more detail about M2’s latest extension, let’s review why the checkout experience is so important…

Customers no longer expect to be treated well. They demand it! This is how M2 introduces the importance of customer value in the mix. Ensuring your site has the same customer feel from beginning to end; aka the moment they land on your page, to the moment they receive a confirmation of their order, is vital. Ecommerce retailers must have a flawlessly consistent website design. Every little detail counts… a simple change in font could throw a customer off and destroy the user experience.

In fact, past experiences have shown us that the first page checkout is where we see the largest number of drop-offs in the checkout funnel. The nit and grit of a ‘sign-in’ barrier, commanding customers to recall which email (out of half a dozen) they decided to create an account with 6 months ago, and then commence the arduous journey of figuring out its corresponding password – that’s a whole lot of potential (and likely) frustration!

There comes a point where over customising your checkout page will become of detriment to your ecommerce store. Nobody likes a complex, hard to follow layout. There’s a good reason why the saying, ‘less is more’ is so popular.

“Studies have shown that the top 3 reasons for cart abandonment are around unexpected costs, site speed and checkout form complexity. That’s why we got overwhelming responses from merchants when we came up with the original OneStepCheckout back in the early days of Magento. With Magento 2, native checkout has been simplified to just 2 steps instead of 6. However surprises can still happen after the two steps and most importantly we have found over the last 7 years dealing exclusively with checkout for Magento that each merchant needs a different checkout: registration type, fields placements, country specific legal requirements, payment provider and third party compatibility etc… That’s why our upcoming OneStepCheckout extension for Magento 2 will be extremely modular and allow merchants to shape the checkout that they want with minimal development skills and resources,” states Thien-Lan Weber, CMO of OneStepCheckout.

The M2 Checkout Experience is estimated to perform 50% faster page loads as well as 38% faster checkout process. This means a substantial decrease in cart abandonment with a pleasing increase in customer retention.

Guest Checkout Improvements

Simple customizations such as allowing customers to ‘check-out as guest’ ensures a quicker buying process. While this was already an option in Magento 1, it was far more complex. And what have we already discovered about complex interfaces? They don’t work. These extra steps created an impediment and elongation of the conversion process. The Magento 2 extension is far less clustered and you’re offered far less choices. That means greater customer enjoyment.

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Internal Payment Gateway

The new M2 checkout experience features an internal payment gateway that supports over 60 payment methods, including (but not limited to):

  • Credit Card,
  • Credit Card Direct Post,
  • PayPal Credit
  • PayPal Express Checkout Payflow Edition
  • Check/Money order
  • Braintree

Customers are no longer dragged over to an unknown third party site and moreover, are not left feeling anxious or worried about the security of their personal information.

This information is also arranged logically in a linear timeline. After following, ‘add to cart’, customers seamlessly navigate through the fundamental steps:

  1. Billing Address
  2. Shipping Address
  3. Shipping Method
  4. Payment Method
  5. Order Review

User-Friendly Customization

The new M2 friendly extension also means more flexibility for customization. Store administrators have large reign for design. While you will be limited to the one page, you (the online retailer) are in control of the layout and appearance ie. the number of columns you choose to display (1,2 or 3) as well as the look and feel of the checkout page.

Retailers can now include interactive customizations such as Gift Message attributes, which allow product items to be sent to the exact shipping address along with a personalised message. You can also select a Gift Wrap option that enables customers to select whether or not they wish the product be gift wrapped. The additional fee is then automatically added to the order total.

If you’re just after a simple comment box, that’s easy too. Installing this enables customers to include specific requests regarding delivery and drop off etc. The Magento 2 OneStepCheckout also has a user-friendly coupon code system. A helpful way to encourage more online purchases.

Mobile Optimisation

The great thing about a OneStepCheckout extension on Magento 2, is its mobile friendly design. As it has been for the last three years, mobile growth will continue to expand, and we will see a 6% rise in ecommerce consumers. If your website still isn’t optimised for mobile, (dare I ask, how have you survived?) then now is the time to do so. Push has well and truly come to shove, and it’s not a choice that needs second thoughts; having a mobile designed store front is necessary for your eCommerce site to succeed.

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In 2015, it was reported that companies who did optimize their mobile website consumer experience increased their annual revenue by 157%. Optimising your website and installing extensions such as One Step Checkout are sure fire ways to ensure you’re not left behind.

Another multi-device benefit: Magento 2 OneStepCheckout decreases data usage and prevents people from having to wait around for yet… another page load. It shows the required information very clearly and simply, on all platforms.

Auto-Updates

Due to the installation of Ajax Loading Technology, auto-updates are quick and seamless; customers can change any information without waiting around for page reloads. It also means a simple way of tracking the entire checkout process.

The OneStepCheckout extension is also supported by Google Places. This means customers can sit back and enjoy the automated complete system which is designed to finish off any address information for you (the customer). This is just another way that makes the M2 Extension faster and more effective than ever, and furthermore, ensuring your customers are left feeling satisfied.

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So, Why Choose OneStepCheckout?

The new Magento 2 OneStepCheckout extension makes the customer process a whole lot simpler and more efficient. The user-friendly extension allows retailers to be in more control of the layout and overall experience. In turn, this allows the customer to be in more control of their purchases as they navigate their way through an easy and effective design. If you’re weighing down the options and want to know the best ways to optimise your ecommerce website, be sure to take the time to process all considerations. These Magento 2 upgraded features promises a friendlier experience and an extension such as the OneStepCheckout will only take your site to the next level.

acidgreen is an award winning e-commerce agency  specialising in Magento, Shopify Plus and digital marketing with over 15 years of  industry experience. Our certified developers and digital marketers are highly qualified to create aesthetically pleasing Magento and Shopify Plus websites that generate the highest amount of conversions and provide the best ROI. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, or give us a call to learn more about our services.

 

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MAGENTO 2 MIGRATION

acidgreen was one of the first official Magento Partners in Australia. With over 15 years of eCommerce experience, we have delivered over 200 online stores, including M2 Upgrade installations. Most of all, we pride ourselves on delivering only the best quality Magento ecommerce sites to our B2B and B2C clients.

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Why Do You Need an M2 Upgrade?

At its core, Magento was built as a flexible, interactive user-friendly platform. It was designed so users could create their online stores utilising a multitude of functions available with pre-made extensions. Magento currently holds 14% of the ecommerce market share online, and that percentage is set to spike with the rise and popularity of Magento 2.

Magento 2 was officially released in Australia in late 2015, and after five years of rigorous development it launched to outdo its top performing predecessor, Magento 1.

M2 is estimated to perform up to 20% faster than M1, and due to its new Full Page Cache (FPC) software, page load speed has increased dramatically (it now takes between 1-2 seconds rather than 5-10 seconds). Faster site speed means an increase in the quality user-experience. It also helps to drive sales and consumer interaction. This offers substantial benefits to your SEO.

What Other Benefits Are Included In a M1 to M2 migration?

Upgrading to Magento 2 will include enhancements, such as:

  • Improved theme installation processes and integration.
  • Seamless third party installations.
  • Extended development.
  • Multi vendor solutions.
  • Enhanced mobile-friendly website design.
  • Streamlined checkout process.

Paypal and Braintree Enhancements:

When considering whether or not to make the M1 to M2 upgrade it is important to note one of Magento 2’s most impressive features: its enhanced integration of Paypal and Braintree.

Why is this so important?

PayPal and Braintree are two of the most globally renowned, secure online payment services. The simple installation of these two plugins onto your M2 site, ensures a more convenient checkout system to online consumers.

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For more information on the benefits of Magento 2, click here.

How Can We Help You?


acidgreen’s past experience with Magento guarantees our website development is quality assured. Your ecommerce website will be in good hands. Particularly if you’re ready to make that M1 to M2 upgrade (and as Magento Specialists, we recommend it).

Not only will we look after your site, but we’ll make sure you receive the right information and training on how to efficiently manage and optimise your Magento 2 store.

Competition is higher than ever and technology is constantly evolving, so keeping your site secure, on-trend and performing to a high standard is absolutely paramount to exceptional online retail success. Therefore, hiring a professional to operate your Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration will minimise any risks that could occur during a site migration.

At acidgreen, we’ll assess your personal brand and situation to verify the right features and functions are installed for a flawless  M1 to M2 upgrade.  Essentially, our end goal is to provide you with higher conversion rates and better ROI.

An acidgreen M1 to M2 upgrade audit includes:

  • Code audit
  • Performance audit
  • SEO audit
  • Usability audit
  • Health checks
  • Theme compatibility
  • Module compatibility
  • Bespoke functionality compatibility
  • Data structure audit.

Contact us today, to find out estimated time and costs. We take all measures into account to make certain your server is ready for the move to Magento 2. This isn’t our first rodeo, and we don’t intend on making any rookie errors.

When Is The Right Time For An M2 Upgrade?

The right time was yesterday. But… it’s not too late.

Magento has announced that it will no longer support Magento 1 by the end of 2018. For the benefit of security and functionality an M2 upgrade is vital. It will ensure your ecommerce brand stays innovative and relevant.

At the end of the day, you’re looking to draw more consumers in and then keep them coming back. A Magento 2 migration audit may seem like a tedious task to perform. However, with the help of our certified developers, making the move will only improve your online brand, incrementally.

Acidgreen is an award winning e-commerce agency  specialising in Magento and digital marketing with over 15 years of  industry experience. Our certified developers and digital marketers are highly qualified to create aesthetically pleasing Magento websites that generate the highest amount of conversions and provide the best ROI. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, or give us a call to learn more about our services.