For their technical infrastructure, CHRONEXT chose Frontasic as the Frontend-as-a-Service and Progressive Web App (PWA) provider, commercetools as the commerce solution, Contentful as the CMS and Adyen as the payment provider. “We were faced with a difficult decision back then,“ recalls Schleussinger, “the Frontastic technology was promising, but at a very early stage of development. But because the finished product would meet our needs so perfectly, we were willing to take that risk”
Frontastic scored points with various features such as the site editor, which allows all departments in the company to quickly and easily change content in the shop; the flexible and modern way to build PWAs; the pragmatic and consistent application design; a convincing roadmap, accompanied by a quick reaction to bug reports and improvement requests; a good integration into the shop solution of commerce tools; as well as a convincing price-performance ratio. “If we had built such a solution ourselves, it would have cost us man-years”, Schleussinger knows.
However, the CTO and his development team had reservations about Frontastic’s platform stability, developer friendliness, the rendering speed and the lack of high-class references. Despite those uncertainties, CHRONEXT decided to take the risk as they were convinced that it was more efficient and future-proofed to build their frontend with Frontastic than to custom-build their own frontend solution.