Spree is an open source e-commerce platform powered by the popular Ruby on Rails framework. It was designed to make customization and upgrades as simple as possible. Spree Commerce is in only one edition and truly free. One will pay only for front end customization and additional functionalities one develop on the backend. The architecture of Spree Commerce is simpler than that of Magento due to its smaller codebase. Nevertheless, the structure of this Ruby on Rails storefront is intricate. Spree Commerce has a well-documented and convenient API which allows one to work with orders, shipments, products and their specifications, and other basic elements of an online store. Spree Commerce offers around 60+ plugins. If there’s no extension available for some functionality one have to develop their own modules. It is Ruby on Rails engine and community has developed a great ecosystem of prebuilt tools that one can freely use to build advanced online stores.
Spree Commerce is best variant if:
- We need a simple ecommerce solution.
- We want to rapidly develop their online shop
- We want to avoid paying additional fees for Magento Enterprise Edition.
- We want to customize our store in many ways.