As per the analysts, it is predicted that the most popular website architecture shortly, for B2B and B2C businesses will be based on headless commerce.
Traditional e-commerce websites, including Magento, have their back-end and front-end tightly integrated, they communicate directly with each other and works with the same code, which makes the website a complete storefront.
With headless architecture, the front-end is developed separately from the Magento backend. It is a stand-alone piece of software, which communicates via an API with the back-end of Magento. Both parts operate independently which can be developed separately and can even be placed on separate servers.
The only link of API is the piece of code that ensures that both parts communicate with each other. The endpoints of the API will have to be linked to each other.
In the Headless approach, front end & the backend gets “decoupled” of eCommerce shop which means that the presentation layer gets separates from business logic and a functional layer. Business logic refers to a part of a program with encodes rules of a real business world about the creation, storage and change of data. Functional layer relates to existing eCommerce stack, integration and commerce management of the website. Its unique factors are making the headless popular.
When eCommerce was launched into the market as a sales channel, websites started getting the majority of traffic from a desktop that made the sales simpler. This results in coupling of websites frontend and backend of all-comprehensive platform solutions.
But to meet the expectations of customers, the technology got evolved, and Omni channel model came into relevance which can satisfy the buyer’s requirements on all modes of devices.
The headless approach is not very much new, since last few years monolithic architecture is making way for micro services architecture-based applications. Let’s try to understand what the basic difference is between the two:
Monolithic Architecture: Monolithic architecture is a traditional way of developing the application in which an entire application can be built with a single codebase which consists of a database, client-side user interface and server-side application. It is one of the most intuitive ways of developing an application and is very popular.
Micro services Architecture: It is an approach of breaking down of a monolithic application into small and independent applications. Each application gets completely separated, having the own logic and database. With the defined methods of APIs, the individual applications can communicate and exchange the information via APIs.
Benefits of being Headless:
As there is the number of applications for different functionalities of a front end and back end maintenance and updating the complete system becomes easy.
We get better performance as we can use the most suited technology for the different micro application.
As front end and back end systems as separate, the developers have the flexibility to update a specific application without worrying about updating the complete application.
Different teams can work simultaneously on different applications without having to wait for one to finish the work, thus reducing the overall development time.
Headless Magento and Katalyst:
A headless approach is best suited for enterprise who have a CMS website and want to add a B2B or B2C storefront. It is also suited to websites which has a high amount of image or video media and need constant updates.
Headless is merely an approach to rethink e-commerce platform as a collection of digital service. It also is all about separating the functions of the application to support the customer’s experience. We can help you better understand about the utilization of the decoupled platforms to deliver a unique and exceptional experience to your customers.
Under its Digital and E-Commerce vertical, Katalyst helps enterprises to leverage technology and create an exceptional brand experience.