Welcome to the first in a series of posts I will be publishing on the theme of “What is Headless E-commerce?”. I will start here with some basic definitions. As the series develops, I plan to elaborate on particular use cases and flavors of headless e-commerce. And to help shed some light on how the term is being used commercially in different circles.
I’m going to start at the very beginning and define e-commerce, to give us a solid foundation to build upon.
noun, often attributive
: commerce conducted via the Internet
You might notice that this definition, from…
Headless architecture will democratize the talent pool for front-end e-commerce developers. That is my prediction. I was inspired to write this post and to put down in writing some of my reasoning for this prediction after I saw this tweet from Phillip Jackson and inserted myself into the conversation:
For many years front-end e-commerce developers have worked in silos. The e-commerce developer world itself is siloed from the larger world of web development. And e-commerce developers are further siloed by platform. A front-end developer who has 4 years experience coding Shopify sites starts from scratch when their client requests a…
Over the past months, I’ve had more conversations than I can count with business owners, marketers, developers, and others about headless e-commerce architecture and the major paradigm shift I see happening.
One of the most common questions I’ve fielded is “I’d like to see an example of a headless e-commerce site, can you share a link?”. So I’ve been collecting examples. Actively seeking them out even. With some strong encouragement from a certain e-commerce dev and podcaster, I decided this would be a valuable resource for others.
Thus Headless.page was born. Pilon will be doing our best to keep the site updated as we discover new sites. If you’ve worked on a headless or PWA implementation on an e-commerce, please let us know and we’ll feature it on Headless.page.
There has been a lot of talk about implementing PWA (Progressive Web Application) features in e-commerce for several years now, but adoption has been slow. I’m seeing some signs though, that today, at the beginning of 2019, real-world adoption is starting to accelerate and we may be at a tipping point.
Simply stated, PWA is a set of guidelines and technologies for making websites more app-like. The term originated in 2015 when “…designer Frances Berriman and Google Chrome engineer Alex Russell coined the term…to describe apps taking advantage of new features supported by modern browsers…”