5. How important is mobile responsiveness for my business?
According to a study by Statista, mobile e-commerce sales reached $2.2 trillion in 2023, now making up 60% of all e-commerce sales around the world. So you can’t overlook the importance of mobile commerce. Ensure your potential providers offer a responsive and PWA-enabled frontend.
6. What integration capabilities are essential for my e-commerce ecosystem, such as CRM, inventory management, and payment gateways? And is the provider’s technology stack compatible with your current technology stack?
A robust e-commerce ecosystem relies on seamless integration between various systems, including CRM, inventory management, and payment gateways. To ensure a smooth and efficient shopping experience, your headless frontend solution should seamlessly integrate with these systems. Evaluate the integration capabilities of different headless frontend providers to ensure they can effectively connect with your existing technology stack. This includes checking for compatibility with your CRM provider’s APIs, inventory management software, and payment gateway infrastructure.
7. What is my budget for the implementation, maintenance, and ongoing support of the headless frontend?
As you begin your search for a headless frontend solution, it’s essential to establish a realistic budget that encompasses the initial implementation costs, ongoing maintenance expenses, and any additional support fees. Consider the pricing models offered by different providers, which may include upfront license fees, monthly or annual subscriptions, and usage-based pricing. Factor in the cost of training, onboarding, and any specialized consulting services you may require. Remember that support is crucial for ensuring the smooth operation and timely resolution of any issues that may arise. Don’t underestimate the value of comprehensive support and factor in the ongoing costs associated with it.
Some providers, like Front-Commerce, will include long term training & support as well as code reviews in their pricing packages.
8. What is the learning curve associated with the implementation of the selected headless frontend for your developers ?
Assess the complexity of the provider’s documentation, tutorials, and training resources. Determine if your developers possess the necessary skills and experience to efficiently implement and maintain the headless frontend solution. If extensive training or onboarding is required, factor in the additional time and resources needed to bring your team up to speed.
At Front-Commerce, we’ve adopted React, Node, GraphQL, and the Web Platform and have always tried to build on top of them with the best practices in mind. As such, developing with Front-Commerce feels like working with these technologies outside of Front-Commerce. This allows developers to quickly be efficient on Front-Commerce projects.