Adding a Shopping Cart to Your Website with JAMstack Technology

published on: February 24th 2020

The rise of the JAMstack has made many complicated and vital functions simple to accomplish in modern website development. The addition of an efficient and effective shopping cart has never been easier. All it takes is the addition of a few lines of code during your website's development, and you can have an e-commerce solution that save time and money. You can sell your products, services, subscriptions, and anything else you can imagine...with ease.

The need for web design agencies to employ back-end engineers to deliver these e-commerce solutions, and many other back-end functions, has all but disappeared. This could save the smart business owner a lot of money. Hire a JAMstack developer.

Until recently, web design and development agencies had to employ two types of programmers. There were front-end developers that built all the things you see when visiting a website - the images, buttons, navigation, layout, and animations - The user interface (UI). Front-end programmers married that UI with the hidden functionality that the back-end programmers put together - the payment processing, search features, databases, authentication, and shopping carts. This was necessary because the two parts of a website are most effectively designed and built using different languages. The UI can be completely built using three technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). More than these three are needed to build databases, servers, and all the things that a website uses. The two teams utilized middleware and complicated languages to communicate between the front-end and back-end creating an uneasy status quo. Then something amazing happened. JavaScript grew up and decided to take over the web.

In two unrelated developments, JavaScript was retooled as a language to work in back-end development at the same time JavaScript libraries popped onto the scene that facilitated the reusing of code (components) in the front-end. Magic!!! Leaving one language that a single programmer could use to do everything. Not only could a single programmer read a back-end with JavaScript he could tap directly into it with ease. The evolution from these new reusable components to reusing entire back-ends was inevitable. That is exactly what happened with shopping carts and all things back-end.

Companies emerged that developed shopping cart solutions that were highly effective and efficient (SnipCart, Shopify, Stripe, etc...). Using only a line or two of JavaScript, a web designer could tap into this fully built shopping cart and deliver a fantastic solution in minutes. It is so simple that one would have to be a mad person, negligent, or a sucker for punishment not to utilize them. The alternative is to build your own and do the maintenance and updating forever.

Okay granted, there are still times where the solution is so unique it has to be built from the floor up. But, even that is quickly coming to an end. The JAMstack has changed web design and development forever. For the better.