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A Guide to Node.js E-Commerce (w/ Koa.js Tutorial)

couellet profile image Charles Ouellet Originally published at snipcart.com on ・2 min read

E-Commerce for Node.js Developers [With Koa.js Tutorial]

We've spent a lot of time lately blogging about frontend JavaScript frameworks.

Vue.js, React, Angular... we <3 these.

I thought I'd shake things up for my first post on the blog, and explore the server-side of JS.

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Okay, it's not THAT distressing of a ride.

This State of Node.js article from a few months ago was a good introduction, but today I'm going to focus on Node.js for e-commerce.

I'll first expose what Node can bring to your online store and the ecosystem's e-commerce tools.

Then I'll craft my own demo shop using the neat Node.js framework that is Koa.js. Steps:

  1. Initializing the Koa.js app directory.
  2. Creating the app's entry point.
  3. Reading products data.
  4. Setting up Koa.js routes.
  5. Enabling e-commerce capabilities on your Node.js app

Ready for this?

Why use Node.js for e-commerce?

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Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JS engine. It uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient.

A few of its features make it an excellent choice for your next e-commerce project:

It's JavaScript, and JavaScript is everywhere.

If you ever want to use one of the many popular JS frameworks for your store's frontend, a Node.js backend makes it easy to find code universality across your stack. Plus, it's widely used for server-side rendering to solve JavaScript single page apps SEO issues.

Going with a JavaScript full stack, you can write an e-commerce web app that renders both on the browser and the server seamlessly.

→ Read the full post & technical tutorial here.

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