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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide an open source license?

No.

As a bootstrapped company with a small team, we do not think we could be able to achieve our vision in a sustainable way with an open source business model yet.

That being said, we are open sourcing part of our stack and contributing to open source projects we use as much as possible.

See more information on our license page.

Will I have access to the source code?

A valid license gives you access to our whole codebase.

There are no private dependencies, compiled or obfuscated code. You could browse the code as you wish and use it as an inspiration to learn and build your own endpoints and custom theme.

How to set up a Front-Commerce + Magento2 project?

  1. Install our Magento extension to extend Magento2’s Web APIs
  2. Ensure that your custom extensions expose their services through the Web APIs
  3. Configure the solutions so Magento2 and Front-Commerce connector can communicate together
  4. If needed, add new GraphQL types and datasources to leverage your custom features
  5. Customize your Front-Commerce theme by extending the base theme

More information in our getting started section.

What benefits should I expect?

Backend

Only expose API and you are good to go. You don’t have to work with views, blocks or any display logic specific to your eCommerce solution. It makes development much more simpler and maintainable.

The GraphQL middleware in Front-Commerce allows you to leverage your existing APIs and to combine them in an efficient way, thus reducing the number of endpoints to create.

Frontend

Not depending on your CMS templating system allows you a total freedom to build what you’ll need. By using the Design System we provide, your team collaboration will improve and it will show on your theme.

We estimate that it could make you reduce your development cost of ~20% depending — of course — of your experience.

For your users, you might expect a page load time decrease of 75% in average (see our public demo). For you, it might result in better SEO performances and more sales.

When will the Front-Commerce team step in my project?

Since you have access to the whole codebase of our solution, you are autonomous for your project.

During the onboarding, our team will help you by explaining each steps of the set up. We will also give you an overview of the tools and media you could then use to access our support.

Our technical interaction will be limited to the setup. If you need our team afterwards, it will be either:

  • through the support (part of the license)
  • for additional professional services such as training, consulting, auditing or custom development

Supported platforms

Right now, Front-Commerce is compatible with Magento2.

Depending on feedbacks from partners and potential customers we will support other platforms.

So far, we are considering to support the following platforms:

  • Akeneo
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Sylius
  • Moltin
  • Izberg

What kind of projects is Front-Commerce particularly appropriated for?

Front-Commerce is targeted at teams wanting to leverage modern tools and technologies to improve their online stores. It will shine in an user-centric approach with continuous improvement in mind. Our goal is to empower multidisciplinary teams by providing the technical foundations for building things together.

Like any other PWA platforms, Front-Commerce is also particularly suited to stores targeting mobile users and / or emerging markets.

It can also play a major part in a microservice architecture. When a project is composed of different systems (ERP, CRM, PIM, CMS, Shipping Platform, …), the GraphQL middleware will allow to cut integration costs by reducing the number of interactions between systems.

What are the drawbacks?

The biggest challenge for a team mastering an existing CMS solution is to learn new paradigms. Learning Component based frontend (in React), the GraphQL query language and microservices architecture using REST APIs can be tough in some teams or projects due to existing culture.

Front-Commerce relies on external APIs to « get things done ». Having poor or no API in your existing platforms could be a huge impediment.

For Magento2 stores for instance, you must be aware that most of the extension we encountered so far are not exposing a Web API. If — by chance — it does have a solid Service API you will still have to extend it to expose what you’ll need. It can be an overhead depending on the extension’s quality.

Last but not least, there are some settings from existing CMS that might not be supported in Front-Commerce. For instance, layout and design features from Magento2’s admin area will probably never be supported in Front-Commerce. Due to the current state of our product, it is very likely that some other settings have not yet been supported in the product… but our roadmap is shaped by your needs, so there’s always hope!

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