Hydrogen Shopify – a React-based framework

Hydrorogen - a React-based framework

Recently, we have had a tremendous increase in new e-commerce opportunities, which allows us to operate without borders. Shopify itself works nonstop to improve and create amazing solutions for online stores. Recently, Shopify Unite 2021 took place, during which new explosive products were unveiled: Online Store 2.0, Metafields and others. The event combined a lot of information, a fresh approach and a whole lot of great proposals directing you to a simpler way to make your dreams come true in the context of the store and its functionality.


Publication of the Shopify Hydrogen


The big event was the introduction of PWA – Hydrogen, a React-based framework. For us, it’s like a breath of fresh air. Speed ​​plays an important role in the market, which is why this approach is like going from a car to a Formula One car. Not so much time has passed since the event, and we can now take full advantage of Hydrogen, having access to an environment with a powerful suite of components optimized for trading. This effective approach increases our capabilities, allowing us to operate more broadly by integrating different technologies without sacrificing performance. The project built by Shopify is completely open source. Such the most popular engine in the world opens up to developers, giving them the opportunity to conquer the top of a new challenge together.


Shopify Hydrogen – new possibilities


The blocks created at Hydrogen open up great off-the-box trading experiences for us. By using Server Side Rendering (SSR) we have a fast loading page and the built-in caching and data retrieval rules enable the sellers to strike a balance for optimal trading. Shopify works closely with React and Google Aurora, and we also have Vite – to give us the best experience. For detailed information on the Hydrogen architecture, we may review the developer documentation.


Advantages of the Hydrogen Shopify framework


What does Hydrogen really give us? This is a start pack that allows you to go straight to building and designing without thinking about configuration. With basic integration with your Shopify store and file structure, we’ve got a place to start coding. For efficient data retrieval, hydrogen uses the Storefront API. The appearance of the store is important, as it attracts the attention of customers to our sites. To simplify and speed up styling, the project uses Tailwind CSS, and Vite is used to manage builds, modules and reloading for the developer.


Remember that Hydrogen is an open source solution, thanks to which we have access to the entire project that we can find on GitHub. Following this tutorial, you will be able to start creating your custom storefront. Shopify is open to our insights that we can share in this survey. We also have the option of a quick preview on stackblitz. Let’s not forget that the next edition of Partner Town Hall will take place soon – during which we will be presenting new products, we will be able to ask questions live and watch Hydrogen presentations. Let us remember that this is only the beginning, there are new challenges and new opportunities ahead of us.

Tarik Andrukhiv
Tarik Andruchhiv - Senior Full Stack Developer at Brand Active.

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