Build a Single Page E-Commerce App Using Contentstack and Angular

Angular is an application design framework and development platform for creating efficient and sophisticated single-page apps. This e-Commerce app is built using Angular and Contentstack's Modular Block feature. Modular Blocks are reusable components and can be used with other modules to construct a complete webpage.

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Quickstart

Here’s a quick guide on how to create an e-Commerce app using Contentstack and Angular.

Prerequisites

Note: For this tutorial, it is assumed that you are familiar with Contentstack and Angular. If not, please refer to the docs (Contentstack docs and Angular docs) for more details.

Here is an overview of the steps involved in creating our Angular app:

  1. Create and Configure a Stack
  2. Generate Management Token
  3. Import Content Types and Content
  4. Create Delivery Token
  5. Build and Configure the Website
  6. Deploy the Website
  1. Create and Configure a Stack

    A stack holds all the data (entries and assets) that you would need to create a website. Log in to your Contentstack account, and create a new stack. Note down the master language and the stack API key as you will need these in Step 3.

  2. Generate Management Token

    Management Tokens provide you with read-write access to your stack resources. Create a Management token and note it down along with the stack API key. You will need these to import content into your stack in the next step.

  3. Import Content Types and Content

    For quick setup, we have already created a zip file that contains the required content types, content (entries and assets), languages, and environments that you need to get the website up and running.
    You can directly import these resources into your stack by using our command-line interface (CLI)::

    1. Install the CLI:
      csdx auth:tokens:add -a <alias_for_token> -k <API_key_of_stack> -t <value_of_management_token>
      For example:
      csdx auth:tokens:add -a mytoken -k blt1d********** -t cs57e**********
    2. Download the content zip file, extract it, and note down its path to use in the next step.
    3. In the Import content command, pass the management token along with the content location (noted in the above step) to import the content:
      csdx cm:import -a <management_token_alias> -d "<path_where_content_folder_is_stored>"
      For example:
      csdx cm:import -a mytoken -d "C:\Users\Name\Desktop\cli\content\contents"
  4. This will import all the assets, content types, entries, languages, and environments into your stack, and then automatically publish the imported entries and assets to all the environments.

  5. Create Delivery token

    A delivery token lets you fetch published content of an environment. You can create a delivery token for the “preview” environment for testing. We will use the token in the next step. Later, while deploying your site, you can create tokens for other environments.

  6. Build and configure website

    Download the website code

    We have created a sample code for this exercise which can be downloaded from the GitHub repository. Once you have downloaded the code, follow the steps given below:

    1. Navigate to the src/environments/environment.ts file and provide your credentials:

      API_KEY = {api_key_of_your_stack}
      DELIVERY_TOKEN = {delivery_token_of_the_environment}
      ENVIRONMENT = {environment_name}
      REGION = EU //Compulsory param for EU users. For Azure North America users, enter param as AZURE_NA. North America users need not add this param.
    2. Fire up your terminal, point it to your project location, and run the following commands:

      npm install
      npm start

    That’s it!

    You can now view the website at http://localhost:4200/. And you also have the stack that has all the content and resources for the website.

    Try experimenting by creating new entries and publishing on the “preview” environment. You should be able to see the changes on the website at localhost.

  7. Deploy the Website

    The easiest and quickest way to deploy an Angular website on production is to use Vercel. You need a Vercel account before you start deploying.

Note: During deployment, for the REGION variable, pass the value as follows:
North America: NA
Europe: EU
Azure North America: AZURE_NA

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