Add a new page

Front-Commerce comes with a classic set of pages for an e-commerce application. It has URLs for Catalog routes (Categories, Product, Search…), Checkout routes, Account routes, Cms pages…

But when building your own e-commerce experience you will most likely need to add your own pages/routes. And that’s what we will focus on in this guide.

We will take the example of a shop that is selling ingredients. It might make sense for such a website to also present a bunch of recipes to inspire their customers. Thus, we will add the needed routes to display:

  • a page containing the list of all the recipes
  • a page containing the details of one recipe

Add a page using a static URL

First, let’s add the page containing the list of all recipes. To do so you will need to:

  • Create the route file that will be mapped to an URL
  • Declare your module as a web module
This system is inspired by JavaScript frameworks like Next.js, Gatsby, Sapper, Nuxt, etc. If you understand how these work, implementing routing within Front-Commerce will be easier. See Routing reference for more advanced information.

Create the route file that will be mapped to an URL

Create a route file in the folder web/theme/routes/ of your module. If you don’t have any module yet, please refer to Extend the theme.

The url of your route will then depend on the name of the file you’ve created in the web/theme/routes/ folder. Thus, if we want to display a page at the URL /recipes, we will create a file in web/theme/routes/recipes.js which will export the component you want to display on this page.

import React from "react";
import { H1 } from "theme/components/atoms/Typography/Heading"
import RecipesList from "theme/modules/Recipes/List"

const Recipes = () => <div>
  <H1>Discover our recipes</H1>
  <RecipesList />

export default Recipes;
Note that there is a RecipesList component here. It is in fact a business component that you can create by refering to Create a business component.

We have decided here to put the file under web/theme/routes/recipes.js, but it would have still worked if we’ve put it under web/theme/routes/recipes/index.js. The page would still be displayed at the URL /recipes.

Declare your module as a web module

You have now declared that if your module’s routes are loaded, it will display the Recipes component at the URL /recipes. However, your module routes are not loaded yet. You need to declare it in your .front-commerce.js file.

To do so, create an empty file in web/index.js. This is useful for module resolution at the build level. Then add it as a webModule in your .front-commerce.js file.

module.exports = {
  name: "Front Commerce DEV",
  url: "http://www.front-commerce.test",
  modules: ["./my-module"],
  serverModules: [
    { name: "FrontCommerce", path: "server/modules/front-commerce" },
    { name: "Magento2", path: "server/modules/magento2" }
  webModules: [
    { name: "FrontCommerce", path: "front-commerce/src/web/index.js" },
+   { name: "MyWebModule", path: "./my-module/web/index.js" },

Once you’re done, you can refresh your application (npm run start), and you should see your new route if you go to the /recipes URL.


Warning: If several web modules are registered in your application and several of them define the same route, the route of the last web module in .front-commerce.js will be displayed. This can be useful if you want to override a default feature of Front-Commerce.

Add a page using an URL with parameters

Now, let’s add a RecipeDetails page that should be mapped to the /recipes/my-recipe-slug. You will need to create the route file that will match the URL. Since you have a parameter in the URL, you will need to put brackets around it.

Thus, create a RecipeDetails component in web/theme/routes/recipes/[slug].js. This will allow you to display the RecipeDetails component in any url looking like /recipes/.*.

import React from "react";
import { H1 } from "theme/components/atoms/Typography/Heading"
import Recipe from "theme/modules/Recipes/Details"

const RecipeDetails = (props) => <div>
  <H1>You are looking at the recipe matching the slug {props.match.params.slug}</H1>
  <Recipe slug={props.match.params.slug} />

export default RecipeDetails;

What’s interesting to note here is that:

  • anything that is between brackets in your file path will be transformed into a parameter available in props.match.params.slug
  • you can create sub folders in your web/theme/routes folder if you want to have deeper URLs

You can now restart your application (npm run start) and you should see your route RecipeDetails displayed at /recipe/baguette. 🎉

Note: Internally, this works by transforming any /recipes/[slug] kind of routes to /recipes/:slug that is then used by React-Router, a major routing library in React’s ecosystem.

What about dynamic URLs?

If your URL can’t be mapped to a pattern that can be transformed into filenames, do not worry, we have got you covered! There is a second extension point in Front-Commerce that allows you to achieve this: the Dispatcher.

You can learn more about it in our advanced documentation.

How can I share layouts between routes?

You can also wonder how can a route be displayed but use the same layout as the other routes. This is also handled by Front-Commerce by using files like _layout.js or _inner-layout.js in your routes.

You can learn more about it in our advanced documentation.

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