Magento is an eCommerce platform that is ‘open-source’ as well as a CMS or Content Management System. In a nutshell, Magento is a software for building and managing internet-based stores. When it comes to eCommerce store hosting there are two main categories:
- Downloadable as is the case with Magento. In this instance I am only referring to the open source which can be downloaded.
- SaaS or Software as a Service as is the case with Shopify.ie the provider hosts your eCommerce store
In the downloadable category, Magento is pretty unique since:
- It is highly customizable to specific stores’ needs.
- It is mostly geared towards larger businesses.
- It requires eCommerce businesses invest in hosting and developers.