In House Magento Commerce Pricing for your eCommerce Store
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Choosing the best platform for your store is one of the essential steps to start selling. Perhaps Magento is the right choice for your eCommerce stores. It is based on open-source technology that provides you with free software.
Magento is your go-to platform if you want to create an online store and start your own business.
Magento being the base has two versions: Magento Community Edition(CE) and Magento Enterprise Edition(EE).
In this blog, we will discuss what these two editions are and how much is in house Magento Community Edition and Magento Commerce Edition Pricing. By the end of the blog, it would be easier for you to choose the best Magento edition for your store.
Wondering what In-house Magento is? Well, “In-house Magento means hiring a Magento Certified Developer and then getting the work done on the free platform i.e., Community Edition.
What are the two versions of Magento?
The two editions of Magento are:
- Magento Community Edition: This is an Open source platform that is entirely free of cost but without the support of Magento. Magento Community Edition is very friendly for beginners as it does not require vast configurations. The majority of merchants are using it. The reason why this version is preferred is that there are no additional or hidden costs for the website.
- Magento Enterprise Edition: This edition is also known as Magento Commerce Edition or now known as Adobe Commerce. It is a paid version of the Magento eCommerce platform. Magento Enterprise edition comes up with powerful features that are not supported in Magento Community Edition. A few of the features of this version are providing technical support with installation, configuration, usage, and troubleshooting
Magento Community Edition is the most chosen for small and mid-sized businesses meanwhile the Magento Enterprise Edition is a must-have for bigger enterprises.
To serve as a helping hand for small and medium-sized businesses Adobe announced that NO payments will be charged for the first 3 months of new subscription of Magento Commerce, Marketo Engage or Bizible. This important decision was taken amid the Coronavirus outbreak and Adobe is playing a significant part in helping small and medium-sized businesses to overcome these tough times.
Magento Community Edition Cost:
At the end of 2015, when the platform rolled out, Magento continued to offer a free Community Edition (CE). Overall, Magento 2 CE inherits much of the platform-wide architectural improvements made in the Enterprise offerings, with notable exceptions regarding scalability, promotions, security, merchandising, loyalty, and customer support.
Breaking it down:
- Hosting cost = $200 per month x 12 = $2400
- Developer cost- $40 per hour = 40 x 20x 12 = $4800 (considering 20 hours of monthly work)
- Total = $7200 is the approximate cost
Magento Commerce Pricing (Enterprise Edition):
A Magento 2 Enterprise Edition license cost for merchants generating less than $1 million and pricing levels up based on revenue begins at $22,000.00 annually. In other words, the more a merchant generates gross income, their business will expand and the license will cost more.
Magento Commerce Cost Breakdown:
The development of an eCommerce store is divided into the following phases based on the Prices:
- Website Development by an Agency($25 – $200 per hour)
- Freelancer($10 – $200 per hour)
- In house Development Team($40,000 – $120,000 per year)
- Magento Themes
- Magento Extensions
- Graphics and Brand Elements
- Hosting Cost
- Maintenance Charge
Website Development By An Agency: (Starting from $25 – $200/hr)
The most expensive of the three options is to employ a web development company.
On the other hand, you get high quality and competence for the high price tag. You also have the opportunity to work with top Magento developers, who can turn your dream into a refined reality. It also gives the option to get reviews once completed, which will help to add value to your eCommerce shop.
These agencies charge you based on the ‘developer’s expertise’ of their team and the value of their dev portfolio.
Freelancer: ($10 – $200 per hour)
It’s a slightly cheaper option to hire a freelancer, and there’s always a chance you’ll get what you pay for. While you get an account manager in the case of an agency, a freelancer provides direct and faster communication.
Once a project is handed over, professional freelancers provide support as well. However, if you hire freelance developers, you should do your due diligence to avoid a bad experience. A freelance developer’s cost depends on their reputation, skillset, and region.
Freelancer Cost in different regions is:
- Southeast Asia -> $10 – $20 per hour
- Eastern Europe -> $20 – $60 per hour
- US, UK, and Western Europe -> $150 – $200 per hour
In House Development Team: ($40,000 – $120,000 per year)
Many large and medium-sized eCommerce companies prefer in-house development teams to keep up with the rapid improvements and changes at the store level. The important benefit of this type of team is that it has a very fast turnaround time and expanded control over the development cycle.
If you are hiring a junior developer (with less than one year of experience), you will need to budget around $40,000–$80,000 a year. From there, the developer’s cost for each year of experience increases double. The salary expenses for an experienced developer of Magento could go up to $120,000 a year.
Magento Themes: ($0- $200)
It is a serious business to choose the theme because the theme depicts the store’s graphical front-end and UX. The theme is the digital representation of your shop for the guests. You have two options when it comes to themes:
Choose Pre-built Magento Themes-
If you choose to purchase Magento themes, be prepared to spend anywhere between $0–$200. Most store owners start with a basic theme and then employ a customization frontend developer. While this approach benefits from accurate customization, note that a front-end developer with intermediate expertise will ultimately cost you $50,000–$60,000 a year.
Build Your Own Theme-
This is a classic case of “You Get What You Pay For.” All you need is a front-end developer team and a clear understanding of what you want from the theme. The price of a custom-built theme depends on the set of features you are looking for and the effort taken to turn your dream into a working Magento theme.
Extensions: ($50 – $500)
Extensions are standalone modules that extend the Magento platform’s functionality. Some extensions are cost-free, while others might cost thousands of dollars.
A word of caution: Connect developers to check version compatibility and potential conflicts with existing extensions before finalizing and buying any extensions. There is always a risk that an extension can cause errors, or it may slow down the loading speed of your website. Therefore, the expert advice is to limit to an absolute minimum the Magento extensions on the store.
Magento extensions will cost you between $50 to $500, with the price varying from development agency to agency and the extensions feature set.
As with themes, you can choose from scratch to build the extensions. It needs, however, a design team with expert Magento knowledge and expertise to work with the heart of Magento. Custom-built Magento extensions are generally more expensive than custom-built themes.
Graphics and Brand Elements: ($10,000 – $18,000)
To differentiate them from the competition, online stores need a brand image. It includes a color scheme, logo, and associated visual elements (collectively referred to as the Product Collateral). Similarly, a store needs high-resolution product images and videos in this age of visual media to attract visitors and convince them to make a purchase. All of this includes a professional graphic artist’s services, which usually charge $23 – $25 an hour.
Brand photographs play a crucial role in boosting an online store’s traffic and sales. A high-quality picture provides the finer details and enhances the level of confidence that ultimately leads to a sale.
Video is the leading eCommerce trend these days, and no store can ignore the value of a well-produced video.
Domain: ($10 – $500)
The domain name for owners is the store’s name. Therefore, you need to spend a lot of time choosing the name of the store and finding a domain name that accurately reflects your preference. Make sure the name (and therefore the domain) is attractive, catchy, and easy to remember.
There are two ways you can procure a domain name: purchase a brand-new domain name or look for an Expired domain. Both options have their benefits and a direct impact on your online store’s Magento pricing.
Brand New Domains:
In general, brand new domains cost you $10 – $15 a year.
The value of expired domains ranges from $20 to $500.
Magento Hosting: (Starts from $10)
At this point, I assume you’ve selected a theme, the line-up extension, and your store’s domain name. The store has also been fully developed and is ready to be live.
This brings us to the important and critical price factor of the entire pricing process of Magento Commerce: choosing your store’s hosting solution. At this point, whatever your decision is, it will directly impact your store’s fate. Your primary focus as a store owner is to grow your business. This is a full-time job that leaves little time for challenges such as server administration and security. My recommendation is to go for a hosting solution managed by Magento that will take care of server management and security.
Another significant benefit of hosting is the on-demand scalability managed by Magento. You can scale up (increase) server resources whenever you see fit or when it is available. This is especially useful when eCommerce stores experience more than average traffic loads during the Holiday Sales season.
Search Engine Optimization: ($60,000 – $80,000/yr)
In today’s time, eCommerce is a very competitive business, and Google is the battlefield where everything takes place. If your store is not in the top ten keywords results, the competition simply doesn’t matter. This is, therefore, an important item in the pricing list for Magento eCommerce.
To join the Top Ten rankings of Google, you need to up your game and the one thing that is going to help you is: Search Engine Optimization (SEO). To do this, you need to hire an agency or freelance SEO specialist with a proven track record of being ranked high in Google search results by Magento stores. The services usually cost around $44,000 per year.
SEO experts generally provide Magento with a host of related services including:
- Website Audit
- Keyword Research
- Competitor Analysis
- Revise and Redo Product Pages
- Page Speed Optimization
- Google Analytics integration and reporting
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Magento Store Maintenance: ($80 – $125/hr)
Your Magento store would require fixes and routine maintenance to ensure smooth performance during the course of daily operation. This means that for scheduled and on-demand maintenance, you need to spend the budget.
Maintenance contributes to the profitability of the store and prevents potential problems from interrupting the operation of the store. Maintenance generally includes the use of updates and security patches. The price of these tasks depends on the job’s reach, intensity, and skills.
Support: ( $30,000 – $40,000/yr)
Regardless of the size, if things go wrong, the store requires active help. Help operations typically overlap with maintenance, and both services are provided by the same provider.
The customer service that you would have to provide to consumers is an essential factor to consider. This is a multi-channel and multi-activity area. Typical customer support professionals from Magento would cost you around $40,000 a year.
Magento’s cost varies widely depending on whether you go for free or the paid route. It’s excellent that Magento still offers a free version of their eCommerce platform, albeit somewhat limited. With the improvements to their Commerce Edition pricing, as well as new Enterprise Cloud Edition offerings, Magento hopes that more retailers can update and invest in the paid options.
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