Magento 2 Community vs. Enterprise

Our best guess for reading the piece is that you opted for a Magento-based store. See no distinction between Magento 2 Community and Enterprise versions? The post may become a life-saver for the future e-commerce business. The difference between the Magento community edition vs enterprise is not self-explanatory, thus you are offered the insider information. 

We have many Magento 2 modules released in two versions - community and enterprise e.g. Layered Navigation, so you won’t stay without support whatever you choose.

Magento 2 cost: CE vs. EE

The difference that strikes the eye at once is the price. While Magento 2 CE is free the EE version is paid and the price depends on your business value.
Magento 1 EE license cost starts at $18.000 per year. Magento 2 EE license cost is based on a revenue model. In other words, the price depends on how much your store revenue is.
Here is the Revenue X License Cost X Percentage for Magento 2 EE table:

Revenue (USD) License price (year) Percentage
0-1 M $22.000 2.2%
1-5 M $32.000 3.2% – 0.64%
5-10 M $49.000 0.98% – 0.49%
10-25 M $75.000 0.75% – 0.3%


So, if you don’t own enough investment capacity for a startup project, the CE version is what you need.
You can recompense the missing features with the use of 3d-party extensions. As a rule, Magento builders offer CE and EE extension versions where the modules for CE (magento enterprise edition) cost less than for EE.

Magento 2 Community vs. Magento Enterprise Edition Features

The two versions will be compared here by similarities and differences. Feel free to skip the common Magento 2 enterprise feature list if you are already on the subject. 

Common features

Extra features

Magento 2 CE/Magento 2 EE

Magento 2 EE

Improved SEO;

Customer Segmentation, Targeted Promotions & Merchandising;

Dynamic Rule Based Product Relations;

Site Management;

Persistent Shopping;

Automated Email Marketing Reminder;

Catalog Management;

Private Sales;

Gift Registry;

Catalog Browsing;

Gifting Options;

Rewards Points;

Product Browsing;

Store Credits;

Multiple Wish Lists;

Checkout, Payment and Shipping;

Add to Cart by SKU;

Return Management Authorization (RMA);

Order Management;

Content Management System;

Scheduled Import/Export Functionality;

Customer Accounts;

Backup and Rollback;

Staging, Merging and Rollback of Content;

Customer Service;

Customer Attribute Management;

Administrator Permission Roles on Website and Store Levels;

International Support;

Price and Promotion Permission

Logging of Administrator Actions;

Analytics and Reporting;

Category View and Purchase Permissions per Customer Group (Limited Catalog Access);

Order Archiving;

Mobile Commerce;

Elastic, Solr Search;

Configurable Order Tracking Widget;

Full Page Caching;

Support for Alternate Media Storage – CDN and Database;

PA-DSS Certification/Payment Bridge.

Native Device Applications;

Strong Data Encryption, Hashing and Key Management.


Marketing, Promotions and Conversion Tools;



Optimized Indexing.




To take a decision you need to weight up the pros and cons. CE suits emerging projects with small investment capacity but a tech-savvy team and you can always upgrade Magento Community to Enterprise. EE is not a cheap variant but it helps to save time on customization and tailoring extra features. 
Performance is an x-factor for any merchant. And Magento 2 EE is more profitable in this connection. Enterprise edition offers three key characteristics that influence performance directly. These are database scalability, search and job queue. In Magento 2 Community version, only one master database is used. With Magento 2 EE, you achieve data backup and analysis with the master database left untouched, as well as scalability:


Only the 3 constituents can essentially boost the performance of your webstore.  However, the flipside is that a CE owner can gain the same showings with the use of extensions.

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