React offers some benefits compared to the other popular frontend frameworks out there, including:
HCL Commerce, previously known as IBM WebSphere, is built specifically for enterprise level B2B eCommerce. It offers great scalability, flexible catalogue management, deployments and personalization on multi/macro sites. HCL Commerce is a cloud-based, API-first (REST and SDKs) platform that offers two proprietary frontends: React Reference Storefront and Java JSP Storefront. The Reference Storefront is a new, closed-source proprietary frontend meant to keep you on the platform.
HCL Commerce supports both headless and monolithic/traditional architectures. HCL's Standard Architecture is designed to separate individual frontend storefronts from the backend servers, leading to increased security, scalability, flexibility and improves the ease of development and deploys. This Standard Architecture uses traditional Java JSP server-side rendering (SSR), while the second architecture, React Store Architecture, does not. React Store Architecture is based on a Single Page Application (SPA) model, which is a client-centric headless Store which makes API calls. but does not currently support SSR. Furthermore, neither architectures support PWA or AMP out of he box, significantly hindering website performance.
Moovweb XDN lets you deliver React stores on HCL Commerce for sub-second speeds with every load. The average website on Moovweb XDN sees median page loads of 399ms, measured by Largest Contentful Paint (one of Google's three Core Web Vitals). However, Moovweb XDN is much more than a website accelerator. It is a Jamstack platform for eCommerce at scale. Moovweb XDN makes websites faster for users and simpler for frontend developers to maintain. Built specifically for large-scale, database-driven websites (such as eCommerce and Travel), it brings the following benefits:
With Moovweb XDN, your React Magento store will run in sub-second speeds and your developers will be empowered to control edge caching and reduce rework using the various developer productivity tools that come with the platform.
Check out J.Jill, a sub-second HCL Commerce storefront on Moovweb XDN. The retailer delivers 390ms average page loads across its site. Kate Spade, Planet Blue, and Shoe Carnival are more impressive examples, as these are React stores delivering sub-500ms page loads on the XDN.
Moovweb is also a contributor to React Storefront, an open source eCommerce framework which powers over billion dollars in eCommerce revenue a year. Check it out if you are looking to re-write your eCommerce site into a blazingly fast site. Or if you're currently using React for your frontend, use the this guide to deploy your React application on Moovweb XDN and get sub-second loads in as little as 1 hour of work.