Craft Commerce comes in two editions: Lite and Pro. Each can be trialled for free in a local development environment for as long as you’d like.

# Pro

Commerce Pro is for professional ecommerce sites that typically include a cart customers can update and a multi-page checkout flow.

# Lite

Commerce Lite is for sites that need only the basics, where one-off product sales, complex tax and shipping rules, promotion management, and shopping carts would be overkill.

The Lite edition only allows for a single line item in the cart. Whenever a customer adds something to the cart, it replaces whatever item was in the cart. If multiple items are added to the cart in a single request, only the last item that was submitted is added to the cart.

Although technically a cart always exists, a customer’s experience with Lite would probably not include a front-end cart UI. The checkout flow should not include a cart icon, but rely instead of a single “buy now” button leading straight into collecting email, shipping, and payment information on a single screen.

# Feature Comparison

Checkout Lite Pro
Front end cart
Add products/purchasables to cart
Attach arbitrary data to line items
Update line item quantity
Add multiple line items to cart
Promotions Lite Pro
Coupon codes
Shipping Lite Pro
Single shipping cost+price for orders
Unlimited shipping methods, categories, and zones
Customer shipping method selection
Taxes Lite Pro
Single tax rate for all orders
Unlimited tax categories and zones
VAT Business ID validation for tax rates
Orders Lite Pro
Create orders in the control panel
Custom PHP adjusters for modifying tax, shipping, and discounts