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Headless vs Composable vs PWA

What is Headless Commerce?

Headless commerce separates the presentation layer (also known as the website front-end, the part the customers view and interact with) from the e-commerce platform, which is typically the template or theme, and includes the product catalog and associated commerce functions. This gives content management and delivery, UX, and SEO more flexibility. If implemented correctly, it also provides great advantages in page load speeds and accessibility. 


What is Composable Commerce?

Composable Commerce provides a versatile method for creating or "composing" e-commerce applications.
Businesses choose standalone components that are the finest in their respective categories and combine them to create applications that are specifically adapted to their needs, gaining flexibility and development speed along the way.

What is PWA?

Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are web-based applications built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that function similar to mobile apps. PWAs are designed with features such as push notifications and the ability to work offline. They can also build forward with modern APIs, making it simple to provide enhanced capabilities as well as reliability and the ability to install them on any device.

Pros of various approaches

PWA Composable Commerce Headless Commerce
  • Responsive to every device
  • It works on any browser.
  • It works without the internet connectivity.
  • Highly Secure
  • It is discoverable on search engines.
  • It helps to boost the app engagement.
  • No installation process.
  • It can be shared through a link.
  • You can develop a web page and application at the same time with less cost and a shorter turnaround time
  • Flexible future proof solution
  • Fast time to market
  • Superior customer experience
  • Improved developer experience and retention
  • Personalization & flexibility
  • Omnichannel marketing
  • Competitive advantage
  • Enhanced customer experience
  • Lower costs
  • Agile Marketing
  • Improved developer experience
  • Scalability


Cons of various approaches

PWA Composable Commerce Headless Commerce
  • Limited offline functionality
  • Responsiveness issues
  • Higher battery usage
  • Redundant functionalities (for newly born businesses or businesses that require just essential functionalities)
  • Different backends
  • Additional investment
  • Onboarding multiple tool vendors
  • Limitation of certain functionalities
  • Difficult to manage
  • Expensive




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