The Qwik Way: Accelerating Your E-commerce Store
The same approach, the new outcome. See what the Qwik framework brings to the table and how it differs from popular solutions.
Recently, the Builder.io team announced Qwik v1.0, a full-stack web framework that aims to deliver instant loading of apps of any size or complexity at scale.
In this blog post, we look into the Qwik’s capabilities and the problems it solves. What is more, the team at Amitech went hands-on with the tool, sharing implementation insights.
Popular frameworks have transformed web development, making it more efficient. Despite their speed, scalability, and ease of maintenance, there is a persistent issue: keeping the initial bundle size small. It is a challenge that has never found a proper solution.
Front-end frameworks’ performance compared
That is where Qwik comes in. It brings a brand-new approach with a core goal: delivering instant-on applications that are both scalable and performant, whether on web or mobile.
The challenge: hydration and performance
Qwik provides a solution:
1. Delay execution for speed
2. Resumability for peak performance
In addition, Qwik employs lazy loading, executing the code only upon user actions with a website. By breaking up code into manageable chunks, it is possible to optimize the app’s performance and improve user experience.
Hydration vs. resumability
Why existing frameworks fall short
Popular frameworks do not support resumability out-of-the-box. Implementing these features becomes challenging without fundamentally changing the tools. Furthermore, frameworks would grow incompatible with the existing ecosystem, which adds extra development and operational issues.
Case study: seamless B2C experiences
The need and the challenge
Initially, we had an online store builder for the B2B food service industry. The cross-platform app enabled food businesses to solve niche tasks: quickly create orders/reorders, oversee shipping and payments, handle catch-weight items, manage complex pricing models, etc.
We aimed to go further and extend the functionality to the B2C sector that can accommodate a wide spectrum of e-commerce scenarios.
However, some limitations in the React framework resulted in the app's slower loading on both desktop and mobile. In B2C, this is a crucial factor, as even a slight delay could drive users away.
To ensure an unparalleled user experience, we needed a rapid solution that would seamlessly cater to B2B and B2C segments, addressing technical limitations, improving performance, and enabling a high level of personalization.
Our team evaluated several options in the market and strategically opted for Qwik, as it has all the functionality to boost the solution’s performance and personalization.
“While the framework is relatively new with a lower adoption rate, we saw this as an opportunity rather than a limitation. Being among the early adopters allowed us to proactively engage with the framework, being the first to identify and address emerging challenges”.
Full-Stack Engineer at Amitech Group
Integrating Builder.io as a CMS solution further justified our choice, aligning perfectly with Qwik's features and enabling us to build a functional e-commerce application.
By adopting Qwik, we noticed significant improvements thanks to the following:
Micro Frontends enhanced agility and modularity to effectively manage and customize user experiences on demand. For instance, we could cache different interface views, reducing frequent database queries to display them on the UI.
Additionally, we are optimizing our approach by utilizing static prerendered files whenever possible, and Cloudflare is serving static files for free. This strategic move reduces the amount of CPU calculations, lowers the cost of infrastructure, contributing to overall performance.
Personalization capabilities provide means for delivering unparalleled user experiences, responding swiftly to market demand, fostering user loyalty, and boosting conversions rates.
The architecture of a B2C accelerator built with Qwik
Qwik demonstrated its capability to boost web applications, improve SEO, and enhance user experiences, making it a valuable framework for building fully functional B2B/B2C web apps. The application now loads in 3 seconds on mobile devices with a slow network and milliseconds on desktops, delivering a seamless and lightning-fast user experience.
As a result, we delivered a white-label solution optimized for the current digital landscape of B2C commerce. As Amitech continues to evolve in the online food service industry, we eagerly explore new possibilities with Qwik and Builder.io.
About the authors
Valeryia is a proficient Technical Content Writer adept at crafting engaging and user-friendly copy for B2B audiences. With a proven track record, her expertise spans across diverse subjects, including software technology, cloud computing, and e-commerce development. During her career, Valeryia led commercial projects in partnership with industry leaders, such as Amazon Web Services and The Linux Foundation.
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