Shopify is a popular eCommerce platform that has attracted some of the world’s biggest brands known to be scalable, flexible, simple to use and easily customizable. Shopify offers a plethora of plugins and APIs, including "Storefront API" which is Shopify's modern GraphQL API that can be used to implement shopping, account management, and checkout flows in a portable frontend. The platform also offers multiple responsive themes out of the box, including Debut, Brooklyn, Narrative and others based on Liquid templating. Shopify's APls are robust, consistent, have a modern GraphQL format, and are well documented, making it one of the easiest platforms to take headless.
On the other hand, Shopify's API coverage is not complete and throttling issues occur. Moreover, the platform does not have any out of the box tooling for a headless frontend or server-side rendering (SSR). In fact, the built in Liquid templating language is not suitable for SSR. To support true SSR on Shopify requires running and maintaining a fleet Node.js servers. While there are customers running portable frontends on the platform, developers have to create microservices between the Storefront API and their frontend in order to optimize the APIs and minimize the amount of client-side logic.
Moovweb XDN lets you deliver an instant loading Vue website on Shopify in a matter of hours. The average website on Moovweb XDN see median speeds of 320ms loads, as measured by Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), a critical metric in Core Web Vitals. While Moovweb XDN is a certainly a website accelerator, it's much more for that for frontend developers. It is a Jamstack platform for eCommerce websites. Moovweb XDN makes websites faster for users and simpler for frontend developers. The platform was built specifically for large-scale, database-driven websites, such as eCommerce and Travel, and brings the following benefits:
With the XDN, your Vue Shopify storefront can deliver sub-second page loads. More importantly, 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 Tie Bar, a sub-second Shopify website on Moovweb XDN. This mens' retailer delivers 500ms page loads and ranks #1 in the search engine for key phrases on Moovweb XDN from instant page loads. Universal Standard is another great example. This is a Vue store, achieving sub-500ms page loads on the XDN.
If you're currently using Vue, use the this guide to deploy your Vue application on Moovweb XDN and get sub-second loads in as little as 1 hour of work.