Deploying a Vue Store on Shopify

Deliver a sub-second Vue website on Shopify with Layer0

Vue is an open-source JavaScript framework for building single-page applications that has rapidly increased in popularity since its launch in 2014. This framework's primary draw is that it lets developers build fast, scaling JavaScript applications quickly. It’s lightweight and offers robust routing solutions for large applications. Vue offers great runtime performance and is fit to be the backbone for complex, revenue-generating websites with heavy traffic. The framework also offers the following benefits: built-in server-side rendering (SSR), tree shaking, bundling and virtual DOM.

Shopify is a popular eCommerce platform that has attracted some of the world’s biggest brands known to be scalable, flexible, simple to use and 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.

On the other hand, Shopify's API coverage is not complete and throttling issues occur. Moreover, 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 support true SSR on Shopify requires running and maintaining a fleet Node.js servers. While there are customers running portable frontends on the platform, developers have to create microservices between the Storefront API and their frontend in order to optimize the APIs and minimize the amount of client-side logic.

Layer0 lets you deliver an instant loading Vue 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, it's much more for that for frontend developers. It is a Jamstack platform for eCommerce websites. 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, and brings 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 Vue 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 Vue Shopify storefront can deliver sub-second page loads. More importantly, 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. Universal Standard is another great example. This is a Vue store, achieving sub-500ms page loads on  Layer0.

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

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