What is Adobe Commerce Cloud?

Considering that Magento managed to achieve a reputation as one of the best open-source eCommerce platforms, Adobe decided to expand the opportunities for the merchants by creating a more advanced product — Adobe Commerce Cloud. The primary purpose of Adobe Commerce Cloud is to be a platform-as-a-service (PaaS), allowing more merchants to create and launch their stores on cloud infrastructure. Nevertheless, there are many more aspects of Adobe Commerce Cloud that make it attractive for merchants. 


Adobe Commerce

Adobe Commerce Cloud, in some aspects, can be compared to the SaaS platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, etc., because it assures all the tools to build a website, provide security, and ensure the infrastructure and servers to maintain the performance of a site. Unlike open-source Magneto, a merchant can create a website using the theme templates and available elements, customize the crucial aspect of a store, add products, and deploy the site without the need to buy the servers, and have the opportunity to manage a website from any place on a cloud. Besides the convenient management of a store, Adobe Commerce offers tons of additional features that can be installed on a store with ease and improve the conversion rates for B2C and B2B operations. The pricing for the launching store with adobe commerce varies because it depends on the revenue of a store and the services that merchants need. However, a merchant can expect the same level of features as with other eCommerce platforms and even more because Magento (foundation of Adobe Commerce Cloud) is highly-flexible, has an open-source nature, and already has tons of integrations developed specifically for the platform. 

Pros and Cons of Adobe Commerce

Like other platforms, Adobe Commerce has its advantages and disadvantages that can be decisive for the merchants depending on the scale of a store and business goals. In this regard, let’s review the most appealing pros and cons of Adobe Commerce Cloud.

Advantages of Adobe Commerce Cloud

  • Powerful servers and optimized performance. Adobe Commerce Cloud provides solid cloud infrastructure with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that ensures the secure and fast performance of a site. Moreover, AWS is scalable according to the needs of a store and can accommodate a store of any scale.
  • Extended customization opportunities. Magento’s default theme Luma can be customized not only with the help of the development team but also with the convenient page builder. The drag-and-drop customization of the pages and the variety of elements that can be added makes the creation of a perfect eCommerce site much easier. However, the con of this section is the fact that a big portion of work with storefront has to be done with the help of technical specialists. 

Magento Page Builder

  • Variety of extensions and plugins. Considering the open-source nature of Magento, a merchant can add any application and plugin for the store that would meet the specific needs. However, there are numerous software solutions for a site on Magento Marketplace, where a merchant can install the ready-to-use tools and use them right away. Magento marketplace provides tools for social media integrations, payment getaways, and email marketing. All services like RabbitMQ, OpenSearch, MySQL, etc can be installed with the help of support without the need to hire DevOps for this.
  • 24/7 support. The merchants who opt-in for the Adobe Commerce Cloud can receive answers to any questions from the support team, including the resolution of technical issues. This notion is especially crucial for the merchants who do have a large development team which can set up any feature and resolve technical problems. 

Disadvantages of Adobe Commerce Cloud

  • Cost of launching and running a store. The price for the Abode Commerce license and use of cloud infrastructure depends on the revenues of a store, and it is considered to be a reasonable solution only for large-scale stores which have the resources to launch and maintain such stores. Also, the customization and the best extensions are usually pretty expensive. As a result, the cost of running an Abode Commerce Cloud store turns out to be really high.
  • Complexity compared to SaaS platforms. Unlike Shopify or BigCommerce, Adobe Commerce requires some technical expertise in the setup of a store and deployment. Moreover, the customization of the advanced features and overall navigation in the settings is not as accessible for the users who just got into eCommerce. Thus, despite the convenience of the Cloud Commerce feature, this platform still needs the help of experts to run and customize a store.  

Bottom line 

All in all, one may agree that although Adobe Cloud Commerce aims to become a more accessible yet highly customizable eCommerce platform, it remains to be relatively complex for new users and requires significant financial resources. Nevertheless, it offers hosting, optimized performance, and almost endless customization for merchants with large-scale stores. The primary appeal of this platform is the idea that it provides a powerful cloud infrastructure and all the tools for running a store, while merchants can build a store according to the needs of a business with the help of developers and endless customization capabilities of the platform.

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