Commonly Asked Question: How much does Magento Cost?
One of the most frequently asked questions a customer looking to either start a new online store, or migrate to the Magento platform first asks is “how much does Magento cost?” This is a completely reasonable question when trying to figure out your initial overhead.
The short and simple answer to this question is that Magento Community Edition is completely free – it is an open source software that anyone can download, use, and modify, free of charge. However there are many factors you have to take into account when starting a new Magento store, and even when utilizing the community platform it is highly unlikely that you will have zero cost associated with using Magento.
Magento Community Edition is a free, open source piece of software that anyone can use and modify free of charge. However Magento’s Enterprise platform comes at a much steeper yearly price. Right off the bat – the platform you choose will begin determining your costs. While the Magento Community platform is free, is does come with less features out of the box than the Enterprise platform. Depending on the needs of your business this may mean significantly more time and cost spent developing features needed for your store with a development team.
Domain and Servers
An on-going cost associated with any online venture is the cost of your domain name and servers. This is the actual URL and online hosting space where your website will live. The larger your store, the more server requirements (learn how Magento handles larger stores) you will have and the larger your on-going upkeep costs will be. The team here at Customer Paradigm can help you choose the best web hosting options for your Magento website.
Most Magento stores will require some sort of development. Whether it is building out and customizing a theme, creating a custom module or more – typically you will need to work with a Magento development agency to get your store looking and functioning the way you want. It is important to remember that every hour of custom development required for your store comes with a pricetag.
Depending on the type and size of your store, you also have to take into account the upkeep. This is includes, maintaining stock, shipping, and any staff required to keep your store running (even if it will only require you – your time needs to be taken into account!)
If you are looking to dive into the world of Magento store ownership, our knowledgeable and dedicated sales team can help guide you through the process and cost to create the store of your dreams. Call 303.473.4400 or visit here to have a real person contact you now >>