The headless commerce trend is one that has been making waves in the Shopify e-commerce world for quite some time now. It's an interesting development and something we're all taking note of, but it can be hard to keep up with everything happening. In this series, consisting of three parts, I'll try my best not only to cover what you need to know about this subject matter (which there seems like endless possibilities), but also provide resources where people may find more information on these developments as well!
Why should you familiarise yourself with headless commerce?
For us, it’s quite simple why we’re digging into this subject:
- We get more and more questions from our clients
- We have lots of internal discussion about it
- We see tons of new services and tools popping up
Discussing trends and evolutions is simply interesting.
But the real trigger was when a client told us he was in conversation with another developer who said, and I’m paraphrasing: “It’s simple, these days you should always build headless.” That’s what made our heads spin!
Prior to that one of the most respected agencies in the world concerning headless commerce said this:
“Originally we planned for a headless setup, but Shopify's 2.0 update opened the possibility of staying native to the platform. A multilingual store with a single native back-end. Filter and search features built directly on Shopify, with a wishlist functionality that saves products on customer metafields. None of this was possible before the 2.0 updates and the Filling Pieces store is testament to how far advanced the Shopify platform now is.”- - -
The theory behind headless commerce.
Let’s start by defining headless commerce so that we can reason from first principles. The two most important terms if we discuss this topic are ‘front-end’ and ‘back-end’. I’ll tell you all you need to know about these two terms for now, so you’ll really understand why this headless commerce is quite the rage!