API? The trend?

An API is an Application Programming Interface, which means that two different types of software can communicate with each other. An API connects business processes, software and data in a simple way. They are agreements (in the form of code) to exchange data between two systems. Examples of interfaces that often occur are interfaces between the webshop and ERP, PIM, Omnichannels, e-Mail Marketing and CRM software.

What does the term “API-driven eCommerce” mean?

It is a mix of e-commerce functionality visible through API (application program interface). An API basically sets the rules for how software should work together and communicate with each other. API-driven e-commerce includes shopping cart, checkout, checkout, and order functions that communicate with another system.

When do you use this?

If you want to use information from one system in the other system, you can enter it manually in both systems or read it in via an Excel file. When it comes to regularly transferring data, it is advisable to have an interface or API made. With our (free) ROI calculator you can calculate how quickly you have earned back such an interface.

A golden tip is to first work out the interface on paper in the form of a design with a mapping. In a mapping you indicate which field in one system matches the field in the other system.

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Is this the same as “headless commerce”?

In headless commerce, an API is placed between the front and backend. That API then controls the data exchange. The big advantage is that the code of the front of the webshop can be adjusted without affecting the backend.

For more information, read the Sana commerce blog