Magento Community is a free to download, open-source product from Magento. In a sense, you could consider this the bare bones of the Magento platform and it is not for everyone. Who should use the Magento Community product? Here are some things to consider if you think you would like to try it.
- Magento Community is a free download and it is not supported. This means it is best for experienced higher level developers who would not need technical support.
- This product is designed for those who do not need to get their eCommerce platform up and running in a short amount of time. In other words, if you are in a hurry, this platform will be slower than you need.
- This product is designed for those who do not mind spending time developing their site and determining problem solving without any technical help.
- Included with Magento Community, you will have code-level access and web services APIs.
- The product will allow you to make use of extensions and themes from third party sources.
- The product allows you to control pricing in a flexible environment.
- Order management systems for easier control.
Overall, Magento Community should only be chosen if you are a developer or tech-savvy merchant that will be able to modify—and even contribute to—the core code and engage with the community for support and guidance.