I love E-commerce. And I love Laravel. I also love Symfony and Phalcon, but decided to move to Laravel as the primary framework.
Being an E-commerce developer means our job is to build and maintain quite several webshops, parelelly.
Every client's needs are unique but 80% of the features are actually common. That's exactly why Magento, Prestashop, SpreeCommerce and Sylius were built for.
No E-commerce For Laravel (Yet)
And I'm not the only one, see this reddit:
Why is there no Laravel based e-commerce platforms?
The only "decent" one I can find is Aimeos. Other than that, there doesn't seem to be much else. Is it because It's easy enough to create an online shop from the standard Laravel framework? Is there any demand for such a platform?
Native Laravel E-commerce
What I'd like to have is an E-commerce framework which is very closely related to the Laravel family. If a new Laravel version comes out it should have full support for that on the very first day. If a new Laravel feature is out it should support it immediately. It should deviate from Laravel's common sense as little as possible.
Free and Open Source of course.
Foundations For Vanilo
We're about to build this Laravel E-commerce framework. It's called Vanilo.
I've built and operated many webshops on the battlefield during the years. Amongst which there were shops built with Magento, Sylius and some custom ones built with custom MVC, yii, phalcon and Laravel.
Last year we've built a proprietary solution with Laravel having lots of features using all the experience noted above. Including but not limited to physical/downloadable products, attributes, variants, a very flexible promotion system, a good enough cart + checkout, online payments, highly automated order processing including billing & shipping provider integration, client scoring, campaign tracking & configurable workflows.
We are allowed to transfer source code from that project to Vanilo.
Vanilo's goal is to start with only the basics (catalog, clients, cart, orders) but in a true Laravel way.
Another important thing what we've learnt from Sylius is that we want to provide with a clean upgrade path right from v0.2 upwards for every early adopter. Sylius has already had many live shops built with, but we (early adopters) were left alone with the struggle upgrading v0.x versions. No docs, but manually matching migrations often overlapping between branches. And I didn't care much how beautifully BDD Sylius was in the depth of the
As Lukas Kahwe Smith mentions in his post:
Sylius starting with the use of BDD which is also a great way to document behavior via test code. While initially this perfectionism prevented him (Pawel) building a community, the project has long overcome this and is now quite an active community.
We consider very important to help evolving every shop that chooses Vanilo as a platform.
I Need Your 30 Seconds Help
I could write much longer about this topic, but I think the matter is clean: building a truly Laravel E-commerce platform.
Maybe it's only important for me, which is fine, but I'd like to know if that's the case. Maybe you resonate with me and you'd be happy as well to have such a solution available.
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