Should Your Business Go Headless?

By BlueSky Commerce
Should Your Business Go Headless?

BlueSky Commerce Blog


Related Posts

The Sweet Sound of a True Strategic Culture

Composition Culture I have two teenage boys who are REALLY into music. One plays drums and sings. The other plays bass and lead guitar. They get their talent from their mother for sure. I do not have a musical bone in my body. Don’t get me wrong, I love music. I just...

read more

Have Questions?

Get In Touch

About the Author

BlueSky Commerce

BlueSky Commerce

Blending strategy, technology, marketing, and talent expertise to create solutions that fuel your business.
View BlueSky's Latest Articles:

Follow Us

Should Your Business Go Headless?

The way in which consumers make online purchases has evolved dramatically over the last few years.

Not only are consumers making purchases across a variety of devices, they’re also moving across channels before completing a purchase. In 2017, smartphones took a higher share of eCommerce revenue than personal computers for the first time. That alone is evidence of this evolution.

The shift in a buyer’s journey creates challenges for brands that want to engage customers across multiple channels, while offering a unique but consistent experience on all platforms. This is where a traditional commerce solution falls short. In contrast, headless commerce solutions are allowing businesses to quickly provide dynamic content.

Should your business go headless?

So what does it mean to run a headless commerce solution?

To answer this, you first need to understand traditional off-the-shelf commerce solutions. Today, most are full-stack applications with predefined front-ends and admin consoles. The front-end experience and functionality (presentation layer or storefront) is deeply coupled with the back-end (application and database layers) code and infrastructure. The application layer includes things like product catalogs, search, personalization, and promotions. This means that most customizations to the front-end require edits all the way back to the database layer. This can be limiting and time-consuming for a company wanting to keep pace in selling across multiple channels while providing consistent consumer experiences.

A headless commerce solution decouples the storefront from the back-end, providing developers more freedom to customize sites and address the evolving purchasing experience. This detachment is responsible for the coining of the term, “headless.”

Should your business go headless?

Should you use headless commerce?

Today, businesses are driven by the proliferation of connected devices and a consistent consumer experience. If you run a dynamic business with the need to constantly update across channels, your business will need the flexibility that comes with headless commerce.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of implementing a headless commerce solution.

The pros of headless commerce include the following:

  • Headless commerce positions your business as innovative: Headless commerce gives your business the ability to update more quickly across channels, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve and gain a competitive advantage.
  • Headless commerce allows for more flexibility and customization: With headless commerce, business users have the freedom to provide a customized experience without the back-end constraints of traditional eCommerce. This allows for an improved experience across channels without the need for programming changes.
  • Developers often benefit from a headless commerce platform: To make major changes to a traditional eCommerce application or front end, the developer would also have to make the corresponding changes to the eCommerce platform itself. This often involves editing databases and code. A headless commerce platform functions independently, giving developers the freedom to implement customized designs and interactions.
  • Headless solutions allow organizations that have already made large investments in a content management system (CMS) to add ecommerce capabilities to their site, turning their CMS into the presentation layer or storefront. Read more on what a CMS can do for you.

The true power of headless commerce lies in its flexibility and speed. Access to instant gratification is now possible and businesses needing to position themselves as competitive in specific markets could be left behind without headless commerce.

Although running a headless commerce is a powerful approach, there are some cons:

  • Headless commerce can be expensive: Your business may need to invest in developer or infrastructure costs that can add up quickly. If you aren’t looking for a large investment, headless commerce may not be for you.
  • Headless commerce limits native functionality of the eCommerce platform: Some key features, like how promotions are displayed, can be limited with a headless commerce configuration. Functionality is limited to whatever your CMS supports, so be sure to investigate. Confirm that your CMS allows for 3rd party tools, the ability to have federated search with content and product results and the ability to connect to an eCommerce solution for products, catalogs, pricing and promotions.
  • It’s another tool that requires oversight: Headless commerce isn’t just expensive to implement, it can also be costly and complicated to manage. If you are only working with a small team on a limited budget, headless commerce might not be a good choice.

Headless commerce can be truly valuable for businesses with robust teams or the need for dynamic updating across multiple channels. As with implementing any new commerce solution, a detailed review of your business demands is needed.

Need some help? Our experienced consultants will work with you to help you determine whether headless commerce is the right move for your business.

Start the Conversation

BlueSky’s unmatched commerce expertise allows us to help our clients understand how to utilize omnichannel and business solutions to reach, attract, engage, and grow customers.

Related Posts

360 Approach To The Small Business Tipping Point

360 Approach To The Small Business Tipping Point

Small business as we know it has changed forever. Many small businesses that thrived during the pandemic did so because they were already evolving to be more nimble before the pandemic. However, there are many, many more that did not adapt. Those businesses were then...

Overcoming Bad Strategy: Creating a Better Future

Overcoming Bad Strategy: Creating a Better Future

I have been in leadership positions with organizations large and small for the past 25 years. In business, it is often assumed all leaders understand what strategy is and how to develop one for their team, department, or company. More times than not, strategy has been...

Innovation: A Customer-Centric Path to Growth

Innovation: A Customer-Centric Path to Growth

Introduction Like so many industry “buzzwords”, Innovation gets thrown around a lot as a way to appease shareholders, inspire teams and attract customers - However, many companies and leaders use it interchangeably with ideation, which misses the mark completely. ...