Deploying an Angular Store on Shopify

Deliver a sub-second Angular website on Shopify with Layer0

Angular is a frontend framework created by Google. It is a popular solution for large enterprise websites that plan to scale their site quickly. All in all, Angular offers great runtime performance and is fit to be the backbone for complex, revenue-generating websites with heavy traffic, such as eCommerce and Travel websites.

Angular comes with a bunch of built-in capabilities, including:

  • Code generation: Angular generates code that's highly optimized for JavaScript virtual machines, providing the benefits of hand-written code. HTML templates combined with JavaScript open the door for optimizations that are simply not possible in other frameworks, for example React.
  • Code splitting: Angular apps load quickly, delivering automatic code-splitting. This way, users load code required to render the view they request.
  • Real DOM: Angular uses real DOM, making the framework best suited for websites that do not change frequently. However, the framework is not the best choice for large websites, or those that make frequent updates, such as most eCommerce sites.

Shopify is a popular eCommerce platform that has attracted some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Tesla and Staples, for the scalability, flexibility, and simplicity that comes with the platform. Not to mention, it's 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.

Unfortunately, the API coverage is not complete and throttling issues occur. Furthermore, 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 truly support SSR on Shopify, requires running and maintaining a fleet Node.js servers. While some customers are running portable frontend on the platform, microservices between the Storefront API and their frontend must be created to optimize the APIs and minimize the amount of client-side logic.

Layer0 lets you deliver an instant loading Nuxt.js website on Shopify in a matter of hours. The average website on Layer0 see median speeds of 320ms loads, as measured by Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), a critical metric in Core Web Vitals. While Layer0 is a certainly a website accelerator, is it so much more for that for frontend developers. It is a Jamstack platform for eCommerce. Layer0 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, in order to bring the following benefits: 

  • Jamstack for eCommerce via both pre and just-in-time rendering
  • Zero latency networking via prefetching of data from your product catalog APIs
  • An edge that can be configured natively in your Angular app (CDN-as-JavaScript)
  • Edge rules that run locally, in pre-prod and production environments  
  • Automated, full-stack preview URLs from GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket with every new branch and push
  • Performant split tests at the edge for A/B tests that do not slow down the site, canary deploys, and personalization
  • Serverless JavaScript that is much easier and more reliable than AWS Lambda

With Layer0, your Angular Shopify storefront can deliver sub-second page loads in a matter of hours. Not to mention, 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 Layer0. This mens' retailer delivers 500ms page loads and ranks #1 in the search engine for key phrases on Layer0 from instant page loads.

If you're currently using Angular, use the this guide to deploy your Angular app on Layer0 and get sub-second loads in as soon as 1 hour of work. 

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