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What is Headless Commerce?

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Building a high-performing eCommerce store is a challenging task. There are always trade-offs to be made depending on the platform chosen. eCommerce SASS platforms like BigCommerce and Shopify are reliable and have numerous benefits over self-hosted solutions.

Still, there are some significant limitations around these platforms’ design and content aspects. They are great for catalog management and taking orders, but they are not built to excel at things like blogs or highly flexible layouts while remaining easy to manage.

Some businesses will leverage apps, whether custom-built or from a marketplace, but even those have limitations. Custom apps can add extra complexity that is only ideal for some situations. Sometimes, a blog may exist on one domain or subdomain on a different platform like WordPress, and then the eCommerce store will live on Shopify or BigCommerce.

It’s beneficial to have a more blog-and-content-friendly platform. However, separating the two sites can actually have a negative effect on your SEO. This negates one of the major positives of blogging in the first place.

What’s a company to do? Lucky for you, there is a thing called Headless Commerce.

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What is Headless Commerce?

Headless Commerce is a decoupled solution. It allows you to seamlessly integrate your eCommerce platform with a different front-end platform, such as WordPress. Combining the two platforms through Headless Commerce allows you to maintain your existing content site and seamlessly integrate the power of an eCommerce platform while not separating out your content between a different subdomain or domain.

Simply put, your CMS will manage the entire front-end user experience, and BigCommerce will run in the background to manage all of the products, customers, and ordering.

What are the benefits of Headless Commerce?

eCommerce platforms are great at providing all the tools, services, and security required to scale and take orders. On the other hand, content CMS platforms are good at content management and unique user experiences while having full access to source code. By leveraging Headless Commerce, you can have the best of both.

If you have an existing content website, you can add a robust eCommerce solution to that experience without rebuilding your website in Shopify or BigCommerce. Both of these offer Headless Commerce, but our pick is BigCommerce (we are certified partners for both). BigCommerce is a true leader in this space. In addition, they provide a fantastic integration and API access that Shopify currently can’t match.
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Is Headless Commerce right for my company?

Headless Commerce isn’t for everyone, but everyone should consider it. If you already have a WordPress website and are running a solution like WooCommerce, you could benefit from a more secure and scalable solution. BigCommerce can handle your eCommerce duties, and the WordPress site handles the user experience.

If you currently use a SASS eCommerce platform and are looking to redesign your website or find the template frameworks available hard to work with, now might be the time to evaluate Headless Commerce for your needs.

You won’t have to worry about moving your customers, products, and orders anywhere. That will continue to live where it does, and the front-end user experience will be redesigned to align with your brand and better convert customers.

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