Magento Open Source Development

Absolute is an Adobe/Magento Business Solution Partner, with an in-house team of Certified Developers and Solution Specialists. We have the expertise to create your eCommerce website using Magento’s increasingly preferred open-source platform.


Tailored to your exact needs, the result is a site that is fast, robust, user-friendly, and future proof. Our service also extends to Magento support and audits.

Our Magento sites follow the latest industry best practice. This ensures excellence in the process and product, and compatibility with future updates and security installs.

Being an Adobe/Magento Business Solution Partner means we have a deep understanding of Magento. Our M2 Solution Specialists will always consider how to optimise your Magento site, whilst keeping your long-term business objectives and requirements front of mind.

The Magento platform allows superb SEO performance. It supports:

  • Search-engine-friendly URLs
  • Google Site Map
  • Per-page/per-product metadata
  • Plug-ins to provide additional SEO functionality
  • Built-in analytics to provide invaluable metrics on sales and customer behaviour.


Magento powers 163,000 live sites websites globally, with 12,471 in the UK alone (Build With, Sept 2022). Magento is used on 8% of eCommerce websites across the internet.

Does your Magento site need a health-check? We also offer a range of free Magento Site Audits.


Magento Open Source (formally Magento Community) is the free to download version of the Magento eCommerce platform. Adobe Commerce (formally Magento Enterprise) is the licensed version of Magento’s software. Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce share some common features:

  • Integrated checkout, payment and shipping

  • Mobile-optimized shopping

  • Global selling

  • Catalog management

  • Extended functionality via App Marketplace

  • Instant purchase

  • Site search* - *Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source require either Elasticsearch or OpenSearch to be the catalog search engine 

  • WYSIWYG Page Builder (Page Builder from version 2.4.3)



Live Magento sites globally


Magento sites in the UK


of eCommerce sites are Magento
Stats pulled from Buildwith Sept, 2022

Magento Open Source requires on-premise hosting as an additional cost, whereas Adobe Commerce Cloud has a scalable built in cloud hosting solution out of the box.

That said, the license fee for Adobe Commerce On-premise software (especially for B2B sites) is heavily discounted. It’s worth considering if you are happy to manage hosting of your site yourself or via an agency.

Adobe provides a full list of Open Source features and a comparison with Adobe Commerce here.

Plus an interactive product tour here.


We provide a wide range of integrations, from simpler solutions such as flat files exchange, through to sophisticated API integrations with Magento and other platforms.

Typical data exchanged might include product, order, and customer data. We can also undertake bespoke payment integration and link up to warehousing and multi-channel retail solutions. We’ve written APIs for clients and third-party suppliers who integrate Magento with their own external services. Examples include print production workflow solutions for personalisation sites and customer identity verification via Experian. Our bespoke API integrations for apps include video conferencing and customer authentication.

Find out more about the web services integrations we provide here.



We often get asked about web integrations, so have collated the most common questions we are asked into a handy Q&A.

Should I choose Adobe Commerce or Magento Open Source?

When choosing whether to go with Adobe Commerce or Magento Open Source you’ll need to take several things into account, including licence cost, performance, scalability, shopping experience, navigation and analytics, among many others. It will really depend on your organisation’s specific needs, so we’ll be happy to talk to you about what will work best for your organisation.

Bespoke development or a Magento module?

At Absolute, we build full-scale Magento Enterprise developments, sites with the ability to hold thousands of products and to create multiple store fronts using just one backend database.

Our Magento certified developers can also build bespoke sites. Combined with UX design, they create truly unique websites that help you stand out from the competition.

Bespoke eCommerce design or a Magento theme?

We’ve created a whole host of Magento sites with completely bespoke design. User experience is all, so the sites are easy to navigate and customer friendly. You could also choose a Magento template customised with your own logo and branding, a highly cost-effective solution. Our boilerplate template has been crafted perfectly for SEO.

Can you help with third party integrations and APIs?

Yes. We’re fully experienced in API creation, boosting efficiency and removing the need for manual intervention. Creating and using APIs generates seamless integration. We can build your API or help you with your API design.

What information and data can I take from my existing site?

We can help migrate your key content, such as existing products, categories, customers and orders.

Do I need a specially configured server for hosting my Magento site?

We strongly advise you do. Why? We’re your single point of contact for everything from your website design and content right down to its functionality, and we offer hosting specifically geared towards Magento websites. Non-Magento sites are never hosted on our Magento server.


Can you offer ongoing support and security updates for my Magento site?

Yes. We provide a comprehensive Magento Support Service, which requires a minimum monthly commitment of just one hour of billable time. This time can be allocated tactically for any requirement.

Is Shopify a simpler and more cost-effective solution to Magento?

Shopify is a great option if you need a ‘simple’ shopping cart user journey and do not need custom logic, complex third-party integration, multiple storefronts, internationalisation or management of a substantial product catalogue. We can build your Shopify store. Click here to read our article on how Shopify compares with Magento & Woocommerce. If you are still unsure, Shopify offer a free trial for 14 days, so you can test out if it’s right for your business. Want us to completely build your Shopify store? Contact Us today or find out more here.

Learn how Shopify compares to Magento and Woocommerce

What should my digital strategy be pre and post launch?

Using your customer and competitor information, we’ll work out exactly what you need from web design, SEO, PPC and usability updates. Using keyword strategy, we can target your demographic to ensure the right audience is visiting, engaging and clicking through.

I’ve got a Magento website but I don’t know if it’s been built to a high standard...

If your Magento store is a little sluggish or you’re experiencing weak returns on your PPC campaign, a Magento Audit by Absolute could help. Our audits investigate four key areas of a Magento store; technicality, security, digital marketing and migration to Magento 2.

Trust a Magento Business Solution Partner and contact us now to find out more. 

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