Building an eCommerce App Using Node.js - An Overview

Building an eCommerce App Using Node.js - An Overview

The eCommerce market has been expanding for the past few years and the COVID-19 crisis has provided more impetus to its growth. In fact, it is projected to touch $6.54 trillion by 2022, according to a Statista report.

So, if you are planning to develop an eCommerce application, then Node.js would be a good choice. A cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment, Node.js is known for its high scalability and excellent performance owing to its asynchronous, event-driven architecture. Its capability to handle multiple concurrent users simultaneously makes it the most eligible candidate for eCommerce app development.

Today, we will be discussing how to create an eCommerce app using Node.js. Let’s begin by taking a look at the two main development approaches employing Node.js.

Utilizing MEAN or MERN Stacks

The first option for building an eCommerce web app/website is choosing the JavaScript-based MEAN or MERN stacks. Node.js, along with MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js (for MEAN) and React.js (for MERN) are the key technologies used in these stacks.

Because of the cost-effectiveness and the ease of development, these are suitable for startups and small businesses having a relatively smaller audience (say, about 10,000 users). 

Microservices for eCommerce Apps

For businesses handling millions of users, the combo of Node.js and microservices would be the best option for eCommerce app development. The most popular online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and Etsy, to name a few, have greatly benefited from microservices. 

Microservice-based architecture treats the different components of an app as isolated entities and so, it’s easy to scale, update and deploy them independently. App functionalities are broken down into a smaller suite of services integrated via REST APIs. And, through an API gateway, the client-side communicates with these services.

How to Develop a Node.js eCommerce App?

Although a bit challenging, eCommerce app development using Node.js is a remarkable journey; the end result will be a scalable and highly performing product.

So, let’s get down to work.

Assemble Your Team

First, set up a dedicated team consisting of talented and experienced tech professionals – Node.js developers, UI/UX designers, QA engineers, Business Analyst and Product Manager – who truly understand your product vision. 

Adopt an Agile Approach

Follow the Agile iterative development approach wherein cross-functional teams collaborate with each other to achieve goals. Scrum is a good Agile framework that can be implemented. 

Employ Heroku PaaS

A popular Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, Heroku officially supports Node.js and can be used to deploy, manage and scale apps without any difficulties. It handles all the server administration including third-party API integrations, thus enabling developers to totally focus on coding. 

Install Node.js

Next, download and install Node.js. For this, visit the download page in the Node.js website and check for the platform-specific installers. Using Node Package Manager (npm), install Node.js. The js package manager webpage will help you further.

Select a Node.js eCommerce Framework

Now, you need to choose a framework that will be apt for developing your eCommerce app. The following frameworks can be considered:

  • Koa.js
  • Total.js
  • Meteor.js
  • Ymple
  • Reaction Commerce

Do CI/CD Using Heroku DevOps

Heroku allows for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery with the help of a number of robust tools and well-planned DevOps workflows. This will ensure that you are ultimately creating a high-quality eCommerce app.

Wrapping Up

eCommerce web apps are a rage nowadays; even brick-and-mortar stores have started to launch their own apps. So if you have an eCommerce app idea in mind, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Node.js app development company which will turn your idea into a profitable online marketplace.

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