Magento
Magento
23/09/2014
Magento is an open-source content management system for e-commerce web sites. The software was originally developed by Varien Inc., a US private company headquartered in Los Angeles, with assistance from volunteers.
 
Varien published the first general-availability release of the software on March 31, 2008, under the name Bento. Roy Rubin, former CEO of Varien, later sold a substantial share of the company to eBay, which is now the sole owner.
 
In April 2014, W3Techs estimated that Magento was used by 1.0% of all websites.[3] According to the research conducted by aheadWorks in April 2014, Magento's market share among the 20 most popular e-commerce platforms is about 34%.[4]
 
Magento employs the MySQL relational database management system, the PHP programming language, and elements of the Zend Framework.[5][6] It applies the conventions of object-oriented programming and model-view-controller architecture. Magento also uses the entity–attribute–value model to store data.
 
Overview[edit]
Magento provides three distinct platforms, Magento Community Edition, Magento Enterprise Edition, and Magento Go.
 
Magento Community Edition[edit]
Magento Community Edition is an open-source content-management system. Anyone can modify the core system. Developers can implement the core files and extend its functionality by adding new plug-in modules provided by other developers. Since the first public beta version was released in 2007, Community Edition has been developed and customized in order to provide a basic eCommerce platform. The latest version is 1.9.0.1 which was released on May 15, 2014.[13]
 
Magento Enterprise Edition[edit]
Magento Enterprise Edition is derived from the Magento Community Edition and has the same core files. Unlike Community Edition, this is not free, but has more features and functionality. This edition is designed for large businesses that require technical support with installation, usage, configuration, and troubleshooting. Although Magento Enterprise has annual maintenance fees, neither Community nor Enterprise Editions include hosting. The Magento team develops Enterprise Edition by cooperating with users and third parties. The latest version is 1.14.0.1 which was released on May 13, 2014.[14][15]
 
Magento Go[edit] - magento ecommerce
Magento Go is a cloud-based eCommerce solution, which also includes web hosting by Magento Inc. This was launched in February of 2011 in order to support small businesses as it has no need for software installation. Magento Go still has many built-in modules and can add Magento extensions for more functionality, but is also the least customizable platform. The latest version is 1.1.2.3 which was released on March 28, 2014.[16] On July 1, 2014, Magento Inc. announced that they would be shutting down the Magento Go platform on February 1, 2015.

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