BigCommerce
Storefront
Custom Headless Storefronts
Cart and Checkout
Creating Checkouts

Creating Checkouts

This section covers checkout options available to headless storefronts.

Redirecting to the BigCommerce checkout

You can redirect a customer to the BigCommerce hosted checkout page when creating a cart by appending the include=redirect_urls query parameter to the request URL of the Create a Cart endpoint.

POST https://api.bigcommerce.com/stores/{store_hash}/v3/carts?include=redirect_urls
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
X-Auth-Token: {{ACCESS_TOKEN}}

The redirect_urls object returned in the response will contain cart_url, checkout_url, and embedded_checkout_url parameters. You can use the checkout_url URL to redirect the customer to the BigCommerce hosted checkout page.

For example:

"redirect_urls": {
    "cart_url": "https://store-id30h7ohwf.mybigcommerce.com/cart.php?action=load&id=1687e279-6813-44a8-aee7-1cbe4c01297c&token=cb6d14d60b724cd844b3f21ccaaaa69d66f3fdb327baea08dfb176c15e0dcc4f",
    "checkout_url": "https://store-id30h7ohwf.mybigcommerce.com/cart.php?action=loadInCheckout&id=1687e279-6813-44a8-aee7-1cbe4c01297c&token=cb6d14d60b724cd844b3f21ccaaaa69d66f3fdb327baea08dfb176c15e0dcc4f",
    "embedded_checkout_url": "https://store-id30h7ohwf.mybigcommerce.com/cart.php?embedded=1&action=loadInCheckout&id=1687e279-6813-44a8-aee7-1cbe4c01297c&token=cb6d14d60b724cd844b3f21ccaaaa69d66f3fdb327baea08dfb176c15e0dcc4f"
}

It is important to note that when you use the hosted checkout option the shoppers are able to navigate to other pages of your store. The following are some of the methods to prevent this.

  1. Use the Sites and Routes API to create redirects from BigCommerce hosted pages back to the non-BigCommerce storefront (recommended).
  2. Hide non-essential pages by removing the back links on cart and checkout pages.
  3. Add a JavaScript redirect on all pages (except /checkout) that redirects to the non-BigCommerce storefront.
  4. Wrap all content in the theme's layouts in a conditional that only renders the BigCommerce storefront if certain conditions are met (an admin customer group, for example), and redirect to the non-BigCommerce storefront otherwise.
  5. Replace all content in theme layout files with a redirect to the non-BigCommerce storefront.

Embedding the BigCommerce checkout

Embedded Checkout lets you embed the BigCommerce hosted checkout into your headless storefront using an iFrame. It relies on the embedCheckout (opens in a new tab) method of the Checkout SDK to display BigCommerce's PCI compliant Optimized One-Page Checkout (opens in a new tab) on non-native storefronts.

For a sequence of API calls required to create an Embedded Checkout, refer to the Embedded Checkout tutorial.

For a list of supported payment gateways, see Compatible payment gateways.

Using the Checkouts API

If you need complete control over the checkout page, you can use the Checkouts API to build a custom checkout experience.

The Checkouts API allows you to move the cart to checkout and turn it into an order.

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