Magento 1 development is what has driven us at Web’s The Word since day one. It has established itself as one of the most widely used eCommerce platforms in the world; according to Magento themselves, over 260,000 use the platform, which ‘powers twice as many top retailers as any other provider’.

In a short span of time, it became the go-to eCommerce platform for merchants and developers alike. Our team of certified Magento 1 developers possesses extensive experience in over a dozen other eCommerce platforms, but we know where our strengths and passions lie. That’s why we are a dedicated Magento 1 agency.

Magento 1 is available in two editions:

  1. Open Source (formerly Community) Edition – free
  2. Commerce (formerly Enterprise) Edition – license fee


​Magento Open Source is a free platform that was released in 2008. It comes packed with features that can be pivotal in building and growing online stores from the ground up. It is easy to setup, provides a great level of security and is packed with additional capabilities that help to integrate functionality and take your website to the next level. It’s easy to use and straightforward to manage, making it a perfect platform for developing an eCommerce business.

As a flexible Magento 1 development agency, we have worked on a range of simple and complex custom projects on Magento Open Source, helping eCommerce businesses – small and large – to achieve maximum sales along the way.


Magento Commerce Edition provides all of the features available in Open Source, plus default features which would otherwise require third party integrations including: customer segmentation/personalisation, loyalty benefits, Elasticsearch, instant purchase, gift registry, visual merchandiser, more default payment gateways and integrated B2B functionalities. Commerce Edition users also have access to a dedicated Account Manager that they can rely on for 24/7 support.

Our team of Magento 1 developers possesses in-house expertise and experience in developing and maintaining websites built on both Open Source and Commerce editions; we’re your go-to agency for anything and everything Magento.


Magento is, without question, the outstanding choice of platform for most eCommerce merchants. However, the choice between Open Source and Commerce Edition can be a tricky one, especially because you can’t just ‘upgrade’ from Open Source to Commerce like a subscription service; it requires a full migration. The decision is a crucial one, and ultimately depends on the factors, requirements and business strategy unique to the merchant making the decision.

At Web’s The Word, we can help you to identify and implement the solution which is most effective for your business. We understand that the scalability and broader feature set of Commerce Edition would benefit any business; at the same time, the cost effective solution of Open Source Edition comes with its own benefits. The decision is yours, but we’ll help you in any way that we can.

The fundamental flexibility, scalability and strength of Magento 1 lies in its capabilities to do anything that you can imagine from an eCommerce platform, and distinguishing between Open Source and Commerce is a big part of that.

Open Source vs Commerce Features

Take a look at a quick view of features for both Open Source (formerly Community) Edition and Commerce (formerly Enterprise) Edition:

  • Bulk Image Upload
  • Integrated Product Videos
  • Flexible Deployment Options
  • Customised Admin Panel
  • Touch-Friendly Admin Panel
  • Additional Admin Security
  • Varnish 4 And PhP 7 Support
  • Full Page Caching
  • Easy Personalisation
  • Hassle-Free Installation
  • One-Click Account Creation
  • Quicker Checkout
  • Secure Payments
  • Technical And Account Support
  • Improved Performance
  • Streamlined Product And Attribute Creation/Configuration
  • Lesser Javascript Errors
  • CSS Preprocessor
  • PSR Compliance
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Integrated Email Marketing Automation
  • Magento Shipping
  • Image Loading And Search Performance Enhancements
  • Fast And Accurate Tax Calculations
  • Flexible Payment Options
  • All Features Of Magento Open Source Edition Plus:
  • Customer Segmentation And Marketing Personalisation
  • Elasticsearch
  • Database Scalability
  • Dynamic Rule-Based Product Relations
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Content Staging And Preview

Not sure which Edition is most suitable for your upcoming project? Get in touch and we’ll help you make the decision.

Why Web’s The Word for Magento 1 development?

Whether Open Source or Commerce Edition, Magento 1 development is what Web’s The Word does best. We’re so committed to Magento that:

  • We Only Ever Work On Magento.
  • Every Developer On Our Team Is Magento Certified – No Exceptions.
  • We Bring A Very Active Approach Towards Requirement Gathering And Execution Of ECommerce Strategy.


In July we hired Web’s The Word as our Magento agency and we haven’t looked back. Their quality of work, attention to detail, knowledge and experience in Magento is second to none, as is their ability to turn around work quickly to meet tight deadlines. We feel that they’re an extension of our team and are very happy to have them on board as our agency moving forwards.

-Posh Totty Designs