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GraphQL for eCommerce

Easily build endless shopping experiences with Elastic Path and GraphQL, a modern API implementation approach that simplifies data manipulation.

Do I really need GraphQL for my eCommerce solution?

GraphQL and REST are both API design architectures which can be used to build web services for data driven applications. Overall, Rest and GraphQL are very similar, however GraphQL has made some small changes that alter the developer experience of building and consuming an API.

In addition, GraphQL can be very beneficial in complex circumstances for example, when there are a 1000+ endpoints working in your backend, your frontend developers need a system where they can easily call on specific resources in the backend. Facebook is a great example of business that would greatly benefit from GraphQL. However, for most eCommerce businesses, it’s highly unlikely that it will get to that level of that complexity and GraphQL is NOT needed.

Elastic Path primarily leverages REST rather than GraphQL. Elastic Path was developed to be developer-first centric and thus, we have designed our APIs with developers in mind. We provide RESTful APIs for developers to learn and use, which eliminate complexity while also providing maximum flexibility. 

At the end of the day both REST and GraphQL can achieve the same end results, and it will all come down to preference.

At Elastic Path you can choose to adopt REST or leverage Elastic Path GraphQL starter kit.

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GraphQL FAQs

Still unsure if you need GraphQL for ecCommerce? Get answers to your top questions.

GraphQL Server for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud

Explore the GraphQL Server and Playground in the GraphQL Repo.

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