Is Reaction live and ready for production? Can I start selling now?
It depends! We do have a few shops in production, but your individual requirements may vary. We're currently in our Beta release, so we're still rolling out features with each new release. For more info, check out our Features page roadmap, or our project board.
How do I sign up for an account, login to my dashboard, and set up my domain?
Currently, Reaction is only available locally via GitHub. In early 2017, we'll be launching the Beta release of our hosted platform, which will allow anyone to set up shop via our intuitive dashboard. Our custom hosting solution, which runs on Docker, will support domains, SSL, and more. Our vision is to allow anyone to customize, extend, and deploy his or her Reaction shop directly from on our platform.
I already have a hosting solution. Can I host a Reaction shop anywhere I want?
Yep! You can host a Reaction shop on any host or virtual machine container that supports Node.js, Meteor, and MongoDB. Our code is fully open source and available via GitHub.
Do you support multiple languages?
We do! We have internationalization support for dozens of languages, including right-to-left formats! We also support currency conversion and localized currency formats.
What's your pricing model?
Reaction is free. Our code, which is licensed under the GPL v3 license, will always be free and available to the open source community.
Is MongoDB/NoSQL best suited for ecommerce?
We think so! We believe that the common SQL schema for legacy ecommerce platforms isn't just unnecessary— it's overkill! There are numerous benefits to Mongo/NoSQL, from speed to simplified code to the customizable schema.
Legacy platforms use the entity-attribute-value lookup that is so complex and slow, and they also try to architect their way around their SQL limitations. By using NoSQL, we remove the very complex layer of looking up and joining attributes, and also the complexity of adding new field/values. We also don't have to deal with the continuous translation of database structure to a code object.
Have you tested Reaction on large shops with thousands of products?
We're always testing! During our Alpha release, we performed extensive tests, deploying shops at scale, and reviewing several database scaling options. We've done performance testing that mimics high-volume shops, and as a part of our Beta release, we will continue to test, test, test.
Reaction is an open source project. How can I get involved?
Additionally, Reaction uses the Meteor spiderable package, which renders a search engine-friendly static page version of your shop using PhantomJS. You can read more about it here.