Headless Commerce with Shopify Platform!

Every eCommerce website comprises of two parts: front-end and back-end. The front-end is generally made up for customers (that they see) whereas the latter one is meant for businesses to manage their websites. More often than not, both of these parts are powered by a common system, like Shopify.

No wonder it makes one’s life easier in running eCommerce stores, but it can also lead to complexity of a system (being used for multi-purposes), instead of a single-purpose system for each purpose of business.

Though having one system for each need makes the whole process simpler and easier to run. But sometimes retailers need to have a level of intense flexibility on one part that is not supported by the back-end system.

To attain this, Shopify development agency requires more than one systems that are well-optimized for each function; parsing information via APIs (application programming interface) among these systems. Such concept is well-known as Headless Commerce where an eCommerce platform has no front-end instead it communicates with the same via APIs.

To define Headless Commerce, it is a process of decoupling the back-end and front-end of a web application with each part powered by variant technologies and interconnected through a series of APIs.

What would you get with Headless commerce implementation?

The reconstruction of your existing Shopify store to a headless set up is costly as developers need to code everything from scratch while introducing and managing multiple systems. Thus, it is recommended that you get a closer look at the benefits involved before going down the route of headless commerce.

Increased flexibility in website design/UX

One of the benefits that you will explore with headless commerce on Shopify is an increased level of web design and UX flexibility. However, you need to make sure that you have extreme technical knowledge and expertise at your disposal to overcome the hassles of complex headless architecture.

However, you need not be worried about such complexity as to build exceptional experiences with a headless web architecture some constraints aren’t a bad thing.

Cover more digital touchpoints

With increasing digitalization, people are opting for multiple channels to reach your business. In comparison to previous times, there are more digital touchpoints to consider: mobile apps, social media platforms, progressive web apps (PWAs), voice search, and so forth
And, the rise of headless commerce makes sense while logic re-used across all these touch points for both website content and commerce inclusive of order management and product catalog. So, making your Shopify store headless is a perfect choice if you are aiming to reach audience across multiple digital touchpoints.

Exploit IoT

IoT or internet of things is a trend spreading like a viral. Most of the devices are connected nowadays. In regards to eCommerce industry, IoT can easily relate to supply chain, like tracking packages through GPS to keep the customers aware of their order statuses.
So, there are fair chances of how IoT is going to change eCommerce in the coming future. Going headless is a process of centralizing eCommerce data, features, and different logic like orders, CRM, payments, etcetera.

Adding to these, if you simply achieve extreme performance for Shopify eCommerce. Though exploring a headless commerce approach is a win-win situation in today’s competitive world. But if you wish to keep your Shopify project cost low or you don’t wish to have a high ongoing cost of ownership, headless commerce is not an option for you.

In Conclusion….

Going headless is a great option always. But as mentioned, it involves high investments from the retailer’s side. So, you need to think twice on your business requirements before choosing headless commerce on Shopify store.
Anuj 1 november 2019, 6:41
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