Headless Commerce

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What Does Headless Commerce Mean?

Headless commerce is a scenario where an e-commerce platform has back-end and front-end systems that are decoupled from one another. This allows the company to make changes without requiring full development updates for a platform.

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Techopedia Explains Headless Commerce

Headless commerce has emerged in recent years as a key technique for flexibility and speed in scaling and changing e-commerce content and outreach. Essentially, companies can create different checkout systems or add fields to customer accounts, or change messaging to end users without overhauling the entire system. Making front-end changes without back-end changes or adjustments adds up to a lot of new customization and personalization for businesses. Headless commerce is an example of efficiency innovation that sidesteps some of the labor-intensive processes of earlier systems.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.