Would grav work as a CMS for an e-commerce site? I’ve been looking around online and can’t seem to find any info or sites that use grav for e-Commerce. Came here since this seems to be where a bulk amount of grav users online. I began searching for a platform to launch the store on and found Reaction Commerce, an open source e-commerce solution. Not quite sure how to pair Grav and Reaction Commerce together? Can they even be used together? I want to build a scale-able e-commerce shop with a decent blog (articles, videos, etc.). Am I trying to start with the wrong CMS/platform for what I’m looking for? Thanks for reading! If you need more info to better answer anything let me know
There’s a dedicated plugin for eCommerce: GravCart. If you don’t mind (with asynchronous chat like a forum, you’re left without much choice), I’ll quote an answer given to a new Grav user who was in the same situation recently:
eCommerce and reservation-software, in my opinion, is something that should always be considered in terms of scope: If the site is a medium-sized provider of accommodations or seller of goods, a third-party service should be used. That is, a service in which they can administer what they provide outside of the management of the website itself. Thus regardless of how the service integrates, it should be a separate part of the site.
There are two variants to be aware of: Those who provide access to the goods for sale through an API, or those who provide a full front-end. Personally, at this point in time, I would greatly prefer the former because only the public information is treated by the site - which is far more secure than handling administration in the same place. However, eCommerce has not progressed as fast in this direction, and most of the large providers (Magento, ZenCart, Shopify, WooCommerce, PrestaShop, SquareSpace, Wix) lack a comprehensive decoupling between the storefront and administration.
That said, some services stand out as more modern in this regard: Moltin, MarketCloud, and OpenCart. But this approach, targeted at medium-to-large eCommerce sites is not perhaps apt for smaller businesses. These smaller sites basically need simple product handling and easy checkout, where direct integration with the site itself is more admissible.
Grav has such an integration through GravCart (https://gravcart.com/), but other integrations such as Ecwid or SendOwl should work equally well. To reiterate the points on eCommerce: Use a simple, directly integrated service for smaller sites; allow for partial integration (storefront on the same site, but with separate administration) for medium-sized sites (eg., Shopify, Prestashop); invest in an entirely decoupled administration back-end with API-access for larger sites.
For reservations, my impression is that they often have a back-end system hosted locally to handle their business. If that is the case - and indeed their local system is not impeding their ease-of-use - then a small lodge or hostel might only want customers to be able to inquire about availability. In this case a contact-form with times and dates would suffice, which most CSS frameworks accomodates.
For a medium-sized business relying on reservations I would want more direct integration with the system they use locally, but integrate it in the same manner as an eCommerce site: Separate front-end for the reservation/booking-system, hosted alongside the rest of the site. Example services for this include Checkfront or Planyo - both of which seem to have excellent integrations and free-tiers for small businesses. Any large business using reservations will have dedicated systems across the line.
I’m certain that GravCart would not work for me, as I would be selling glass such as water pipes and smoking accessories. GravCart uses Paypal and Stripe, they both state selling any kind of smoking paraphernalia is breaking their terms and conditions. Would Reaction Commerce work as a solution for me, I went to their site but don’t quite understand how to integrate it with grav.
PayPal and Stripe are addons, and you could extend GravCart in the same manner to use a different payment option. I am unfamiliar with Reaction Commerce, but it seems capable enough, though certainly built for scale rather than ease of integration. Given that it has a full API it is definitely possible to use it, but if you are not an experienced developer you will need to outsource the work of integrating it with any front-end.
There are many e-commerce platforms in the online world like Shopify, Wix, Ecwid. You can also choose WordPress by integrating the plugin.