Over the past few years at Elastic Path we've observed that "Reference Experiences" are crucial to the success of partners, customers, and all developers who wished to build upon their own front-end initiatives using our capabilities.
It all started with our JAMStack Elastic Path Commerce React PWA Reference Storefront, which gained traction for its headless eCommerce platform and full PWA storefront with various scenarios of B2C/B2B eCommerce, AR/VR shopping, partner integrations and full component library leveraging Storybook. We expanded further into Voice Commerce with our Reference Alexa Skill, then into Conversational Commerce with our Reference Chatbot and Reference Conversational Interface.
In a continuation of these investments, we are excited to announce the release of our new React PWA Reference Storefront for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud. The Elastic Path Commerce Cloud REACT PWA Reference Storefront is a flexible eCommerce JAMStack progressive web application (PWA) built on Elastic Path’s RESTful eCommerce API. While our existing Gatsby storefront will continue to exist, we encourage all users to leverage the new storefront as it has an even more robust feature set.
Some key additions regarding the new functionality available in the Commerce Cloud React PWA Reference Storefront:
- The implementation of our Algolia partnership to offer search, filtering, faceting, and sorting functionality.
- Upgrades to make our storefront a full PWA (Progressive Web Application) for our Commerce Cloud platform leveraging some of the modern developments of PWAs from the past couple years.
- Enhancements to Accessibility as a standardized best practice for the application and all contributed code (Code scans with react-axe ensure we remain WCAG 2.0 AA compliant).
As we continue to develop our storefront, SDK, and ShopKit over time to incorporate our new features, we'll also continue to evolve with our tried and tested practices from all our Reference Experiences.
With all of our Reference Experience projects being open source, we welcome any contributions to our new React PWA Reference Storefront.
Also, check out the interactive live demo available here!