Headless & API First

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What do the terms mean?

Headless commerce and API-first are two terms used in modern web development and e-commerce. Let me explain them in a simple way:

Headless Commerce

Headless commerce means that the front end (the part of a website that users see and interact with) is separated from the back end (the part that handles data and logic that users do not see). Traditionally, the front end and back end are tightly integrated in an e-commerce platform, but with headless commerce they are independent of each other.
Think of it as having a store (the back end) and a showcase (the front end). In a traditional store, the showcase is attached to the store and they cannot be separated. In a headless store, the showcase can be a separate element that you can change or replace without having to change the store itself. It allows for more flexibility and customization as you can design different showcases (websites, apps, etc.) to present your products without changing the backend system.

API-First

API-first means that developers create and prioritize APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) first and foremost when building software. An API is a set of rules and tools that allow different software components to communicate with each other.
Imagine you are building a house. With an API-first approach, you first make sure all the necessary wiring and pipes (APIs) are in place for all parts of the house to work together before you build walls and furniture. By building APIs first, developers can ensure that all systems can interact efficiently and seamlessly, making it easier to add new features or integrate with other systems later.
When a company uses an API-first approach, it means that they develop APIs that enable their different systems and services to talk to each other from the start. This makes it easier to develop new applications and features quickly and efficiently as they already have a solid foundation to build on.

Correlation between the two

Headless commerce and API-first often go hand in hand. In headless commerce, APIs are used to communicate between the front end and the back end. By prioritizing APIs in development, businesses can create flexible and scalable e-commerce solutions that can be customized and extended as needed.

Headless commerce and API-first often go hand in hand. In headless commerce, APIs are used to communicate between the front end and the back end. By prioritizing APIs in development, businesses can create flexible and scalable e-commerce solutions that can be customized and extended as needed.

Headless Commerce

  • Backend (Store): The blue box on the left represents the backend system where data and logic is handled.
  • Frontends (Web and App): The green boxes on the right represent different frontends (a website and an app) that can be presented to users.
  • API: The arrows between backend and frontend show how APIs are used to connect and communicate between the backend and the different frontends.

API-First

  • API Layer: The purple box in the center represents the API layer, which is the central communication point.
  • Backend Service: The red box on the left represents a backend service that provides data and functions.
  • Frontend Service: The red box on the right represents a frontend service that uses data and functions via the API.
  • API: The arrows show how APIs connect backend and frontend services, enabling them to communicate effectively.