Magento is one of the most coveted platforms for eCommerce. In this blog, we would be delving into a very interesting aspect of it known as Headless Commerce. Headless Commerce is a technique where we split the traditional website into two different parts, the frontend and the backend since both the frontend and backend are decoupled and separated from each other it opens up a wide number of possibilities in terms of integration and Omnichannel operations. One of the main reasons why the traditional website is moving into Headless architecture is the fact that it can be easily integrated with any platform. It opens up an enormous number of possibilities in terms of customization and most importantly it is extremely fast when compared to traditional websites and provides a better user experience.
Advantages of Headless Commerce Approach for Magento:
Since the Frontend and Backend are decoupled from each other the process of development and integration becomes much easier. Also, with the modern framework like React JS and Vue JS the larger chunk of code has been separated into multiple components and thus it improves the code readability there by improving the development experience.
Numerous benefits are reaped on the Business front such as:
- Super Fast Websites
- Agile Marketing
- Better SEO Score
- Cost-Efficient Servers
- Seamless Integration
- Better Omni-Channel Experience
- Faster Time To Market
- Increased Audience and Revenue
To know more about Headless Commerce refer to this blog How do we attain more performance from Headless Commerce?
If performance is the key factor that you are looking for then you are at the right place, just with the decoupled architecture multiple integrations become easy and fast but performance is a great question because having the same backend Architecture (Magento) will definitely not help much as Magento by itself is a very heavy framework which a lot of computation in the backend and end up being slow despite eating up a whole lot of server memory.
So how do we overcome this issue and get more performance out of Magento? The answer is by introducing a middleware layer in between the Magento backend and our headless frontend. If we build a strong middleware then we can solve the problem by having the middleware as a middleman which can process the same data much faster and also doubles as a cache server.
What is middleware and how do we build a strong middleware?
Middleware is a concept that was been ideated by the developers of DCKAP wherein we have a server that takes care of data transfer and data synchronization between the Magento backend and the headless frontend. It acts as an intermediary caching server that is responsible for serving the data multiple times faster than the existing Magento server.
We used NodeJS as the backend programming language for designing the middleware server where NodeJS gives the best in class performance in terms of serving Rest API and GraphQl API.
Creating data sync between Magento and Middleware
When we have a middleware that stores the data from the Magento server and serves it to the Headless Frontend, it’s very important to note how often the data gets updated to the middleware from the Magento server. When it comes to data sync we ideally have two options:
– Create a WebHook for real-time data sync
– Create a CRON job for data update
Create a WebHook for real-time data sync
Creating a webhook will be the most efficient and most preferred way for creating data sync because a webhook provides data updates in real-time and also it consumes less memory when there is a requirement for a large amount of data to get updated.
– Create a CRON job for data update
– Creating a CRON job on the other hand is the traditional approach where you schedule a Job in a particular interval of time and get the updated data and store it in the Middleware server.
– Handling Large User Base
– When it comes to user handling the latest frameworks like Nodejs and NextJs handles large users with ease as they are designed to handle a large number of concurrent users by consuming a very less amount of resources when compared to the traditional web framers like Magento, so you shouldn’t be having any trouble in handling thousands of users concurrently.
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