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Developing Your Technology Stack for eCommerce

Developing Your Technology Stack for eCommerce

 
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This article discusses the framework for developing a technology stack, why it's important, and what you need to do when putting it into action
 
Article author: Ronnie Peterson
      Written by Ronnie Peterson
       (3-minute read)

There are numerous software options today that assist owners of e-commerce businesses in managing every part of their online company. But it's frequently easier said than done to build the optimal IT stack for an e-commerce shop.


So here, we take a look at some of the best e-commerce solutions available to help you assemble a tech stack most suited for your business needs.


What is an e-Commerce Technology Stack?

A website or mobile application is developed using an e-commerce technology stack, which is a collection of frameworks, tools, apps, platforms, and programming languages.
You can hire eCommerce developers to create the system by stacking these platforms and tools on top of each other.


Innovative SaaS (Software As A System) based solutions are constantly evolving in e-commerce. These platforms, which have only been widely available since around 2018, give enterprise suppliers all the tools they need to continue doing business successfully and satisfy their clients. Moreover, SaaS-based e-commerce platforms interact better with big companies' back-end systems.



E-commerce Front-End Technology

It's important to get everything right - even page load speeds! When users visit your online store, they are presented with the user interface. They will leave your store without completing a purchase if a product page loads slowly -- a guide is that a website page should load in no more than 2.5 seconds. So you are losing out on potential sales if your online store does not load at least this quickly.

Moreover, the speed at which a website loads affects its position in search results: you can optimize your pages, build your reputation, but if your pages load slowly, this will compromise all your work.


Design comes before development with the front end. Layouts and site prototypes are created by the design team and sent to the development team. The front end of the e-commerce website is then developed by developers using libraries (Angular, Vue, React) for HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.


Back-end Technologies for e-Commerce

The back end creates the project's logic, an invisible component on the web server, enabling the front end to function correctly. The back end houses data from the application, the server, and the database. Data validation, processing, and granting access to particular sorts of website usage are all responsibilities of the back end for e-commerce websites.


Databases, Frameworks, Servers, and Programming Languages provide a stable and reliable foundation for the front-end's operations.


Considerations for Developing an e-Commerce Technology Stack

Cost

The number of essential tools in an e-commerce tech stack might range from three to twenty, depending on the size of your business and how you handle the process.
This means that setting a budget is essential; you should keep it in mind while comparing various options and plan levels. Compare it, if possible, to the return on investment (ROI) for the specific tool or feature set.


Compatibility

You should aim for a digital ecosystem of technologies that integrate seamlessly and send data fast and reliably. You should be able to integrate the capabilities of various solutions with the e-commerce technologies you are considering, either directly or through third-party integration tools.


Ease of Use

Although all e-commerce solutions have a learning curve to some extent, giving priority to user-friendly tools that are simple to install, set up, and operate is a good idea.
Search for a knowledge base with FAQs and tutorials; expert-led training programs may also be helpful.



Why Is a Tech Stack Important for e-Commerce?

The correct IT stack may assist e-commerce organizations in increasing logistical efficiency, automating time-consuming processes, and reducing costs as the e-commerce market becomes increasingly more competitive.


Ultimately, it makes it possible for direct-to-consumer and business-to-business internet firms to create a lean supply chain.


From the consumer's standpoint, brands can improve the customer experience by utilizing automation and other solutions, such as automated order tracking, quick and effective management of returns, and last-mile delivery processes, to guarantee that customer expectations are satisfied.


Conclusion

Establishing a technology stack is now simpler than ever, thanks to developments in e-commerce. But it’s also more necessary as the marketplace becomes more competitive.  However, it’s important to take the process seriously, because not all technologies will integrate well.


So when making your choices, think about every element you want to use so your final infrastructure is the success you want it to be.

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