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E-commerce in platformOS

Last edit: Jun 10, 2019

platformOS is fundamentally well suited for building e-commerce solutions. Initially, platformOS started out as a solution for building marketplaces, and then evolved into a flexible framework that can serve a wide variety of business needs.

E-commerce use case

Our e-commerce use case includes a tutorial series that shows you how to build a standard online shop, with product catalogue, shopping cart, orders, and everything else you might expect from a typical e-commerce experience. The use case also gives you some insight into the process of building projects on platformOS, but doesn't contain everything you need to build a project from start to finish since:

  • There is no branding involved. You use an out-of-the-box version of the Bootstrap framework to get some basic styling. There is no build process, no automated tests, no performance optimization, etc. These topics are explained in separate tutorials.
  • The aim of this project is to show you how to achieve certain functionality within platformOS, and not how to build the most usable or accessible e-commerce site.

Determining the project scope

Before you begin writing any code, you should determine what you want to achieve. In this scenario, your sample store will sell T-shirts.

The final solution should allow you to do the following:

As a client you should be able to:

  • browse T-shirts based on a few categories you put them in (brand, type)
  • apply filters to drill down to more specific results when browsing
  • see price, detailed description of any T-shirt, available sizes, and uploaded photos
  • add selected items to a shopping cart and perform checkout, finished with payment
  • register a new account, where you can enter your billing and shipping information
  • manage your shipping and billing addresses
  • receive an email confirmation for your order
  • browse the history of prior orders and check the status of the current ones
  • receive Email Notifications whenever our order's state changes

As the shop owner/staff member you should be able to:

  • manage all T-shirts - add new and edit existing ones
  • update stock levels for all products
  • update pricing without affecting prices of existing orders
  • browse and update status of orders
  • browse clients database

Example code

Find all of the files in the project's GitHub repository: GitHub - mdyd-dev/e-commerce: Sample e-commerce site powered by platformOS.

Find static HTML templates you can use as a starting point for your site in the templates folder.

Related topics

The tutorial series consists of the following topics:

  1. E-commerce in platformOS
  2. Setting Up the Instance
  3. Configuring the Data Schema
  4. Building the Admin Section
  5. Using Shared Partials
  6. Seeding Configuration Data
  7. Creating Product Management Forms
  8. Adding Photos to Products

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