Ecommerce API vs Frameworks de Ecommerce

June 18, 2021

With ecommerce platforms growing in popularity by the minute, we ask ourselves: What is the difference between an ecommece platform with API and ecommerce frameworks? How do I know which one can be better for my plans? Which one will better support my business plans?

 

Frameworks

 

With frameworks, we can think of popular solutions like Magento, Drupal Commerce, and Shopify. These solutions are usually not service-oriented and may have more modules available for reuse, as well as higher re-implementation costs in the backend field than an API solution.

 

APIs

 

For projects connected to APIs, we are talking about projects that occur within a web service. With API-oriented projects, the company does not have to redo logic every time it is interested in innovating towards mobile or web since everything is saved in the backend. In addition, this increased security and API reusability by web services also allows the company to innovate quickly, as with the implementation of wish lists or other similar aspects.

 

As with API everything remains in the web service, this means that one does not have to duplicate the work, which saves time and money. Yes it is true that the price increases with web services, but in the long term it is cheaper, since the cost of re-implementation is less because it allows one not to have to re-implement the logic for two and for three.

 

By connecting ecommerce platforms with APIs, we are talking about greater security and reusability with APIs for web services, in addition to scalability. In addition, APIs help standardize your flows, views, screens, and functionalities on mobile and web. Which is also a huge pro in terms of effort and money.

 

Functionalities in Architecture

 

With ecommerce connected to APIs the data lives in the client table or on an indexing server, while on platforms like Shopify and Magento the data lives in the average solution. This applies to products, product variant functionality, product finder, and recommended products based on a product profile.

 

With remarketing topics by product type and integration by Google Ads, it is the same for both (frameworks and API) and does not depend on where exactly the data lives. The same goes for push notifications of new products and promotions and the implementation of an anti-fraud system.

 

Definitely all these options are perfectly good, but choosing which is the perfect one will depend on the needs and future plans of each company. If you feel ready to implement these ideas, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss which ecommerce solution may be the best for your company.