Design and Technology for Enterprise
There are great builders to help design with usable code for Designers, who do not want the cookie cutter "create react app". Multiple layouts, nested data and SEO rich tagging can be done in collaboration with Rich Content Stakeholders.
Secure API first workflows that include: difficult models: SAP, Salesforce, Multi Channel Inventory/Warehouse Systems and links to analog (CSV files) can be managed with Visual Design in Real Time, with fun to use lo-code high impact Design/System tools.
Publish using multiple staging and collaboration environments. Clean and name UI/templates and functions without dependency and time constraints. Design and Writing Stakeholders are effectively able to push rich designs to live without breaking live functions.
Static workflows for Web 3
See strategies and static development for Web 3
Figma to Design Handoff
Enhanced Figma to APP/Web/Mobile/Atomic Design Templates/Animation
Resources and links for Animation Samples
Design Friendly Architecture
See strategies, advantages for setting up Astro Builds
Things that are new
Changes in the last 5 years include: Compliance Rules, PCI / E Com regulation, tax/privacy/wallets. Web 3 emerging with real time API data resolving across multiple channels. GA4 and Data Compliance rules apply to real time Data Syncing.
The shape, update and scaling of data has changed radically in the past 5 years. Has your database, compliance, security for your Enterprise Organization kept up?
How do you future proof?
HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is now a must. "legacy" publishing for a single domain name hosted in a database linked CMS (Drupal, Wordpress, Site Core), will only be able to have a single certificate associated with a single domain.
Modern CMS (Netlify, Vercel, Contentful, Sanity, Webflow) publish SSL by default for free.
Drupal and Wordpress have RESTful endpoints that can support feeds that will publish to REST publishing. These REST based publishing (Gatsby, Gridsome, Svelte, 11ty, Astro) can sync and be designed to work in tandem with as is "traditional" CMS and Page/File system development.
360 Marketing Opportunities: Shoppable emails, Geo Fenced resource/segment referencing, Personalized Entitlement/Gated Content, Automated List Resource/Customer/Cart Tagging, will need "headless" architectures to be built in tandem with traditional services and functional program management.
PCI E Com Rules
E Com needs to be ADA Compliant. Penalties and regulations, include preventing storage of CSV files on Desktop Computers. A Solid system of data governance and real time moderation needs to be simple to use and immediately actionable.
If a customer requests to be removed from data tracking, a record process needs to have a clear documented workflow. Data that is sourced from CSV files, and personal desktop storage, is no longer viable, and will suffer from pretty severe regulatory penalties.
Importance of removing the CSV files of un synchronized data from multiple desktops is a critical path for modern data.
A singular database that is "Enterprise" needs to be supported with solid Real Time API data modeling on client and server functions, roles, composition, and updating. All Data on Client and Server must be synchronized in real time. API first adoption must be adopted. API to backend service logic is Front End / client side. Client / Server and middleware must align with existing on prem "database" and security.
Security rules that are more than 5 years old, might be an Enterprise Organization's biggest vulnerability. The very visible database, that is a clear target can be hardened with distributed unstructured API data storage, that cannot be broken with Single Point of Failure Vulnerability.
Use regular CSS/HTML/JS, to prototype. Webflow, Plasmic, Slice Machine, builder.io, Astro/11ty, exports paired with SSG "Server Rendered" dynamic backends: Sanity, Contentful, Prismic, gives you free to use infinitely scalable SSL secure development environments at no cost.
The reason Wordpress is approaching more than a third adoption for all sites is, because content stakeholder can edit and create new content/design without friction. In spite of a bulky and often insecure database, UI, deployment pairing.
Designing efficient fast loading easily maintained and secure work streams are an after thought. Sites and Databases are often not maintained.
Design Personalization, 3d Animation, Customization with Builders, Swatch Libraries, integrations to Inventory Management in real time, with shippable code.
Upload to real time deployment: Vercel, Netlify, Cloudflare, Github Pages. Utilize non breaking publishing that is secure and role moderated, to CDN to bespoke, Enterprise, Gated, Stand Alone Apps, Personalized Services, CRMs, and "Legacy" CMS. Build cloned UI/UX in Headless Workflows to parallel.
Organize Naming, Image Compression (source sets), ALT tags, ADA compliance and content in real time.
Use best case tools: Angular, Vue, React (Next, Gatsby, Native), Svelte, or just plain static, combinations of Frameworks/Libraries also work, per your use case. There is no privilege or "best" way to approach complex library builds/and compiles. Utilize, open source real time design tools. Unlimited previews and collaboration interaction optimize Design, Strategy and Revenue Generation. Unlimited variations and Data Models can be previewed privately and in public. Asset Optimization and updates are created with SEO/Tagging/Filtering built into page build process. Templates and Themes can be securely in real time, and published with Calendar/Targeting Events. Webhook can link UI/CSS/Templates/Authorization to secure APIs and Publish in Real Time Builds.
Build Personas and link via rich and clean APIs to segmentation and 360 conversion with easy to use tools.
Fetch (Server to Client Side Data Calling - GraphQL, Groq, Vanilla Fetch)
-Source Set Image Hosting
-Non Destructive Multi Channel Site/App Refreshes
Security / Gated Membership setup
-Token Managed (oAuth) - you can set up oAuth with secure Data Store in Webflow Export with process.env in a filesystem
-Magic Link single link email link
-Web 3 (Metamask Wallet)
-Human Centered Identity Verification
Code Version Control and Rollback
Moderation and BI (GA4, Event Hooks)
Scaling and Deployment with SSL
Webflow (Builder.io, Plasmic, or handbuilt/Tailwind) Vanilla Export - can include oAuth/Membership and PCI/HIPAA compliant Stores (Retool, Xano, Supabase, n8n-has prebuilt adaptors to Salesforce API).
If you purchased Salesforce Marketing and or Commerce Cloud, with the assumption, that a CRM would be included and don't want the expense or technical debt of a full out Salesforce Build, build an equal to Salesforce with GREATER security utilizing API Swagger based endpoint/type modeling like Xano, with unlimited/nested APIs *and* background tasks for the APIs (Enterprise) that rate limit. If you also want to add a form to E Commerce (Shopify, Magento, SF Commerce, a custom app like a bundler/variant swatch image/custom css color PIM) utilize free to use "headless" data stores: I love the team at Xano. They will help you out with hands on sessions. Even if you cannot code, attend one of their Tuesday/Thursday work shops.
Security Risk and Data Breaches in E Commerce are related to insecure ORM data passed via Plugin Systems. If you are engineering E Commerce "guardrail" plugins and dependencies to trusted API secure data, with PCI/HIPAA compliant data tools: cloaked Tokens, curl based gateways, nested data, real time moderation, security logic (if this breach, moderation, condition occurs, run this logic/function). Even if you are depending on "legacy" security: passwords, 2 factor authentication, anything that is machine based 1 size fits many access, with intent a sentient machine algorithm will be able to disable it. Utilize Human Based "unbreakable" UX. Magic Link with 1 time passcodes, Twitter based proof of verified human access request-like koii coin request (a great request for token system).
2 Factor Authentication is only as secure as the identity of your weakest link, and subject to breach with ever increasing "hacked personal accounts" or "shared" logins/membership gating. If your centralized database is broken, the damage is irreparable. If you break an API/Headless based data stream, you are only breaking the security to the single IP, that has shared data machine to machine. Decentralize, entitlement and utilize membership best in class curation methods.
Utilize Code Sandbox (Parcel compile). This is a IDE in the cloud with secure "deploy" to Headless Serving (Vercel, Netlify) and load node dependencies on the fly. Share and test Frameworks, examine architecture, without code/syntax/familiarity. Great Learning tool. Excellent for collaboration. Free to use. Can be utilized for Prototyping and then push to Enterprise Gated Code Shipping AGILE workflows works with (Private, Personal, Enterprise).
Database - Data Type Modeling - "Store"
If you have an E Commerce (Magento, SF Commerce, Shopify) and need a CRM or EDI Endpoint convert static to 11ty (Supports Liquid and Go Templates-with CSS, JS, HTML watch and minification) with Collections: Users, Transactions, UPC/GTIN, hooks to Google OAuth/Data Layer, Stripe APIs.
Model Data in Client Packages with Sanity or Webflow and secure key cloaking in Xano. Manage gated file system with oAuth.
There are non destructive ways to minify and streamline compact code. Utilize collaboration and review program management with Code Sandbox, Webflow with linked APIs exports to 11ty/Next, Netlify Graph, Groq in Sanity, Addons and Functions in Xano. All lo code and integrates to CI CD.
Setting up API based PCI/HIPAA grade Entitlement
Randomized with personalization for greater security
Utilize combination of gated content access for randomized "human" verified logins. Combination of oAuth and single use Magic Link prevents imposter / shared or hijacked password access to gated content. Share with timed and IP specified access role moderation for LOCK Tight, security.
Human Verify with single use links/event hooks to prevent shared or compromised password access to gated wrapper for secure transfer of highly private content.
Link to Xano
Build connectivity UX in Webflow/Builder export to Vanilla, use everywhere (Salesforce, AEM, Pega, Shopify, React/VUE/Svelte/Astro Stack....)
vue based caching app dev
Use this as a persistent "store" for applications/guardrails that do not allow external data: Shopify, SAP, AEM, Salesforce. Build token secure EDI and CRMs without full buildout of the duplicate feature stack: Salesforce, ERP, SAP.
Legacy to Modern
Database, APIs, CMS
"Legacy" (the Wordpress, Drupals, Site Core, "Enterprise" Database Fortress Defense) is not perjorative, although some of the blunt force fear and methods of protecting the "standard". The idea that guardrails and defending the On Prem Database is "privileged" is a daunting task to overcome.
You don't have to throw out the baby with the bath water. You just need to add extra toys to the bath.
A Database and UI/UX that is in a "protected" On Prem Container or in a "secure" Cloud, has been the norm for the past 20 years.
10 years ago the "Legacy" CMS and WMS/ERPs systems started slowly adopting, REST based services. Wordpress added a Graph QL enabled plugin in 2016. SAP and Salesforce APIs added GraphQL endpoints as recent as the last year.
You will need a FRONT END/CLient and Server Side Middleware to Resolve and Utilize these resources.You will also need a file stack naming publishing and secure storage of tokens in an .env publishing flow, to be secure.
APIs and server calls can utilize Free to Use open source Fetch and Data Enabled modeling and Transformation Services. GraphQL, Groq (Sanity), Add Ons (Xano). Fetch and Axios will retrieve query and model "Feeds". Subscribers to the "Feeds" include Inventory Managers like: WMS services, EDI endpoint and delivery alerts, Customer ORM data and connectivity to Payment Gateways like Stripe, Authorize.Net, Fraud Protection like Stripe Fraud Automation.
In order to customize UX with Front End Template system you will need CI CD Pipeline (AGILE code management: Github and Deployment - Vercel, Netlify) Heroku recently pivoted to a paid deployment and is no longer recommended. The assessment for Enterprise Grade resources are:
Code can utilize AGILE principles and version control ("ledger" with time stamp and moderated usage)
Is free to use (upsell like private/shared team management and scaling in background features should be assessed when evaluation of resources)
Can deploy at "edge" globally to where the data will be consumed
Can utilize webhooks to trigger scaling, security, token management and data transformation/sync
Netlify/Vercel will publish with auto deployment linked to Github/Asset Filesystem with PCI compliant SSL. (Drupal, Wordpress, Site Core, do not natively publish with SSL)
Can Version Control with Moderated Role Based Usage
Great tools like Vercel, Netlify, Github, Supabase, Sanity, Xano are "free" to use, and have nominal upcharges, that enable: security, collaboration, scaling with background tasks.
When evaluation of Middleware consider the API tools that are free to use with your "as is" system prior to going to a middleware service that will lock you into APIs that will prevent you from leaving paid services. This is especially recommended for E Commerce dependent work flows. Avoid Pay to play services. If you utilize ERP that only takes and API handler that costs an additional $500,000, there are MUCH CHEAPER alternatives, that will give you A LOT more secure data.
It is IMPORTANT to understand, it is not an "either or choice" of Wordpress, REST, or Headless. They work together. Utilize what is free to use and what efficiently scales, without cost or effort. Compromise for Design, Marketing, Tech can be avoided if all tools are collaboratively utilized.
Best practice and strategies
Great Connectors (Wordpress to Headless) are pre built and only require API keys to be served up in minutes
Globalization can be added to API and then exported (ACF in Wordpress) and Collections in 11ty/Next Content Models. Content Strategies, Image ALT translations. Page and Design Templates and version controls that are global. Exports can include Wordpress, Next JS, 11ty, and Headless UI/UX Forms. APIs and data "typing" travel with the content, marketing, e commerce model. Webflow UI/Figma styles convert to Wordpress, 11ty, Shopify converters with API Collection Dynamic Content Styles and Naming Conventions intact.
Workflows can include utilizing Wordpress for API endpoints, Static Publishing Platforms, Asset Management with ALT/Tagging metafields population. Advantage of identical UI in Legacy and API enabled endpoint with horizontal scaling for Personalization/Globalization are endless, and free to use. Set up is immediate without capital cost.
Fantastic for Personalized, Vendor, Prototyping, Marketing, Commerce Initiatives that need SSL publishing and data syncing in real time.
Translations and Image Tagging can be done with Globalized Commerce, Translation and Usability Triggers set up in publish/deployment that occurs in real time.
This blog is a Webflow Publish that triggers a Next JS deploy. (it can also pivot to: Wordpress, Netlify CMS, Stripe, Form and any API connected to any CMS, with a simple configuration redirect and repo duplication)
you can use headless structured data / stores that is enterprise friendly with Netlify Graph
This new feature allows secure - .env links with key management to APIs. Link to ERPs, CRMs, Asset Management, with "low code", simple to manage within large organizations "CMS" middleware setup.
Prebuilt secure (token based) connectivity are created to link front end to back end with flexibility and affordable free open source tools.
Box - Warehouse Program Management Copy Deck, Functional Spec, Design Guidelines, Proof Reading Versions and AGILE documents. Key Access and integrate real time update notifications
Cloudflare - Automate/Minify/Distribute Code and Deploys Protect Moderation of code base. Notifications and updates with redirect in real time sub domains
Github - Deploy with secure (token based) repositories that can be versioned and branced. Securely and effectively set up AGILE program management
Stripe - Connect ORM and secure (token based) PCI Compliant Commerce Data (Magento, Shopify, Commerce Cloud, Woo Commerce). Manage Returns, Payment Status, Fraud in real time
Headless CMS-Sanity, Contentful set up live and unlimited streams and publishing templates for non technical content holders that can be easily maintained without disruption to PCI/HIPAA protected publishing workflows. Publish unlimited versions and prototypes (with scheduling) in real time, with automation and metrics. Unlimited versions and geo based contingency are great for building and deploying Globalization/Personalization, with ease. Proof of Concept and Design Ideation, is super easy to execute. Easily integrate to any Client/Server managed stack.