Within these two larger strategies, there are several different approaches you can choose from to go Headless with Magento 1 or Magento 2
In-house from A to Z: You can decide to do everything in-house with custom-built solutions to fit your specific needs. This is generally not recommended as it would require immense manpower, a lot of time and be very costly. You would also miss out on working with best-of-breed technologies that are experts in their exact speciality.
Build a Custom Headless PWA: For those seeking complete control over their frontend and user experience, building a custom headless Progressive Web App (PWA) is a compelling option. PWAs offer faster page loads, improved user engagement, and offline functionality. Although this approach provides great flexibility, it requires experienced developers and longer development lead times. To do this you can work directly with Adobe PWA or opt for a solution like Front-Commerce that can also offer more benefits.
Leverage Frontend-as-a-Service (FEaaS): Businesses looking for a more streamlined and pre-built solution can opt for FEaaS solutions like Front-Commerce. These all-in-one solutions provide a unified frontend layer that connects with best-in-class technologies, including leading CMSs, CDNs, search & product discovery, payment solutions, etc. FEaaS simplifies implementation, reduces technical complexity, and enables faster time-to-market for a headless Magento store.
Embrace a Composable Commerce Approach: Larger-scale e-commerce brands that seek maximum customization may choose a composable commerce approach. With this method, they can retain the Magento backend and build a bespoke frontend from scratch. While it offers complete control over the tech stack, this approach demands significant technical expertise and development effort.