Magento is an open-source ecommerce PHP application, created using the Zend Framework. First released in 2008, it has since undergone various structure changes and improvements, allowing it to become one of the most versatile and popular online store platforms today.
The Magento script lets you easily build fully responsive and highly functional websites, centered around user experience. It is available in several different distributions, as listed below:
- Magento 2
The current major release of Magento, a significant improvement over an already well-established ecommerce platform. This is owed in no small part to years of interface and user experience optimization, covering virtually anything from built-in functions to developer tools and overall code architecture. As a result, the backend of Magento 2 is more user-friendly and intuitive than ever, featuring improved overall performance and highly responsive design capabilities, extended to all components of the platform.
- Magento Community Edition
This is the completely free variation of the Magento 1.x release series. It allows its users to easily modify core files and implement third-party modules for added functionality.This variation of the script was intended primarily for start-up companies or new ecommerce projects.
- Magento Enterprise Edition
The paid variation of Magento 1.x releases, which in essence features the same core files, plus extra built-in functionality, potentially eliminating some of the need for third-party software. Direct support services from Magento were also included with the Enterprise Edition, making it optimal for large and fast-growing projects.
More detailed information about any Magento release can be found at the official resource page below: