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Spree Commerce hosting: Heroku or AWS?

Spree Commerce is a free, open-source ecommerce solution that allows you to build an online store or a marketplace exactly the way you want it in every respect. There is no license cost of transaction fees with Spree. Unlike Shopify, which is a Software-as-a-Service offering, Spree is free of many SaaS limitations: it’s easily customizable and scalable. But it is also self-owned and self-hosted. That means you need to download its code and deploy it to a hosting provider of your choice. You need to host it yourself.  Here’s a rundown of the most common PaaS and IaaS hosting options: Heroku or AWS.

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run your own spree commerce demo on Heroku

Run your own Spree demo on Heroku

If you’d like to run your own Spree demo you may do so for free using Heroku cloud hosting. All you have to do is click on the button below and set up a free Heroku account. This will enable you to test the latest Spree version – both the buyer interface and the admin dashboard.

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fully responsive mobile first mobile friendly Ecommerce

Google switches to mobile first indexing in 2020

Google announced that it will be switching to mobile-first indexing for all websites starting September 2020. “It’s great to see how the web has evolved from desktop to mobile” the announcement reads. Google now officially rewards not only good content and page load speed but also mobile-first responsive web design. Spree Commerce 4.1 delivers all three for E-Commerce projects.

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Spree 4.0 for Rails 6 released 

Spree Commerce in 2019

Spree Commerce is the most complete and up to date E-Commerce framework with Rails 6 support, modern REST API V2 for any headless implementation with a React or PWA frontend, GraphQL support coming soon, API v2 JavaScript / TypeScript SDK, newest Boostrap 4 and a new customizable UX templates on the way.

Spree also has the most up to date 3rd party integrations bulletproofed by high-volume retailers. Spree integrations range from marketing automation solutions (Mailchimp E-Commerce), analytics (hundreds of integrations available through Segment.com), taxation (upgraded Avalara AvaTax extension) to payments (Stripe for online stores and marketplaces, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, AfterPay and many more).

Finally, Spree has the biggest community of users and developers on Slack and the most active community of contributors on Github among Rails based E-Commerce frameworks. Continue reading