Build Your Own Online Store API

Project Description

The "Build Your Own Online Store API" project aims to create a powerful and scalable API that supports all essential functionalities for a modern e-commerce platform. This API will allow users to browse products, add them to their cart, and complete the checkout process. Additionally, users can create accounts, save shipping and billing information, and track their orders.

Detailed Description

E-commerce has revolutionized people's shopping, providing convenience and accessibility to many products. This project will build an API that facilitates the entire online shopping experience, from product discovery to order fulfillment. Here’s a more detailed look at how users will interact with the app:

  1. User Registration and Authentication:

    • Sign Up: New users can create an account by providing a username, email, and password. A verification email will confirm the account.

    • Login: Registered users can log in using their email and password. Support for multi-factor authentication (MFA) enhances security.

  2. Profile and Account Management:

    • View and Edit Profile: Users can update their profile details, including name, email, and contact information.

    • Manage Addresses: Users can add, edit, and delete shipping and billing addresses. This ensures that users have up-to-date information for order deliveries.

  3. Product Browsing and Search:

    • Product Listing: Users can browse a catalog of products categorized by type, brand, or other criteria. Each product listing includes images, descriptions, prices, and availability status.

    • Search Products: Users can quickly find what they need by searching for products using keywords, filters, and sorting options.

  4. Shopping Cart Management:

    • Add to Cart: Users can add products to their shopping cart, specify quantities, and choose product options (e.g., size, color).

    • View and Edit Cart: Users can view the contents of their cart, update quantities, and remove items.

  5. Checkout Process:

    • Order Summary: Before checking out, users can review their order, including product details, shipping information, and total cost.

    • Payment Processing: The API will integrate with payment gateways to process credit card payments, PayPal, and other payment methods.

    • Order Confirmation: Users receive an order confirmation with a purchase summary and an estimated delivery date.

  6. Order Tracking:

    • Order History: Users can view past orders, including order details and status.

    • Track Order: Users can track the status of their current orders, from processing to shipping and delivery.

  7. Wishlists:

    • Create and Manage Wishlists: Users can save products to one or more wishlists for future purchases.

    • Move Items to Cart: Users can move items from their wishlist to their shopping cart for easy purchasing.

  8. Customer Reviews and Ratings:

    • Submit Reviews: Users can write reviews and rate products they have purchased.

    • View Reviews: Users can read reviews and ratings from other customers to make informed purchasing decisions.

Introduction

The "Build Your Own Online Store API" project aims to develop a robust and scalable API that supports all functionalities required for an e-commerce platform. This API will allow users to browse products, add them to their cart, complete the checkout process, create accounts, save shipping and billing information, and track orders.

Objectives

  • Allow users to sign up, log in, and manage their accounts.

  • Enable users to browse and search for products.

  • Facilitate adding products to the shopping cart and managing cart items.

  • Support a secure and efficient checkout process.

  • Allow users to save and manage shipping and billing information.

  • Provide order tracking and order history features.

  • Enable users to create and manage wishlists.

  • Allow users to submit and view product reviews and ratings.

Functional Requirements

User Management

  • Sign Up: Users can create an account by providing a username, email, and password.

  • Login: Users can log in using their email and password.

  • Profile Management: Users can update their profile information.

  • Address Management: Users can add, edit, and delete shipping and billing addresses.

Product Management

  • Product Listing: Retrieve a list of products with details such as title, description, price, and availability.

  • Search Products: Search for products using keywords, filters, and sorting options.

Shopping Cart

  • Add to Cart: Add products to the shopping cart.

  • View Cart: Retrieve the contents of the shopping cart.

  • Update Cart: Update quantities or remove items from the cart.

Checkout

  • Order Summary: Display the order summary before checkout.

  • Payment Processing: Payments are processed through integrated payment gateways.

  • Order Confirmation: Provide order confirmation and estimated delivery date.

Order Management

  • Order History: Retrieve a list of past orders.

  • Track Order: Track the status of current orders.

Wishlist

  • Create Wishlist: Create and manage wishlists.

  • Move to Cart: Move items from the wishlist to the cart.

Reviews and Ratings

  • Submit Review: Submit a review and rating for a product.

  • View Reviews: View reviews and ratings for a product.

Non-Functional Requirements

  • Scalability: The API should handle a growing number of users and transactions.

  • Performance: The API should have a fast response time and handle concurrent requests efficiently.

  • Security: Implement authentication and authorization mechanisms to protect user data.

  • Reliability: The API should be highly available and handle failures gracefully.

  • Usability: The API should be easy to use and well-documented.

Use Cases

  • User Sign Up and Login: New users sign up, and existing users log in.

  • Browse and Search Products: Users browse and search for products.

  • Manage Shopping Cart: Users add, update, and remove items from their cart.

  • Checkout Process: Users complete the checkout process.

  • Order Tracking: Users track their orders.

  • Manage Wishlist: Users create and manage wishlists.

  • Product Reviews: Users submit and view product reviews.

User Stories

  1. As a user, I want to sign up for an account so that I can manage my orders and save my preferences.

  2. As a user, I want to log in to my account so that I can access my saved information and track my orders.

  3. As a user, I want to browse and search for products so that I can find items to purchase.

  4. As a user, I want to add products to my cart so that I can purchase them later.

  5. As a user, I want to complete the checkout process so that I can place my order.

  6. As a user, I want to track my order so that I know when it will be delivered.

  7. As a user, I want to create a wishlist so that I can save products I am interested in.

  8. As a user, I want to submit reviews for products so that I can share my feedback.

Technical Requirements

  • Programming Language: Choose an appropriate backend language (e.g., Node.js, Python, Ruby).

  • Database: Use a database to store user, product, and order data (e.g., PostgreSQL, MongoDB).

  • Authentication: Implement JWT for secure user authentication.

  • API Documentation: Use Swagger or similar tools for API documentation.

API Endpoints

User Management

  • POST /signup: Register a new user.

  • POST /login: Authenticate a user.

  • GET /profile: Get user profile details.

  • PUT /profile: Update user profile.

  • POST /addresses: Add a new address.

  • GET /addresses: Retrieve a list of addresses.

  • PUT /addresses/{id}: Update an address.

  • DELETE /addresses/{id}: Delete an address.

Product Management

  • GET /products: Retrieve a list of products.

  • GET /products/{id}: Retrieve a single product by ID.

  • GET /products/search: Search for products by keyword.

Shopping Cart

  • POST /cart: Add a product to the cart.

  • GET /cart: Retrieve the contents of the cart.

  • PUT /cart/{id}: Update the quantity of a product in the cart.

  • DELETE /cart/{id}: Remove a product from the cart.

Checkout

  • POST /checkout: Complete the checkout process.

Order Management

  • GET /orders: Retrieve a list of past orders.

  • GET /orders/{id}: Retrieve details of a single order.

  • GET /orders/track/{id}: Track the status of an order.

Wishlist

  • POST /wishlist: Create a new wishlist.

  • GET /wishlist: Retrieve the contents of the wishlist.

  • POST /wishlist/move-to-cart: Move items from wishlist to cart.

Reviews and Ratings

  • POST /products/{id}/reviews: Submit a review for a product.

  • GET /products/{id}/reviews: Retrieve reviews for a product.

Security

  • Use HTTPS to encrypt data in transit.

  • Implement input validation and sanitization to prevent SQL injection and XSS attacks.

  • Use strong password hashing algorithms like bcrypt.

Performance

  • Implement caching strategies to improve response times.

  • Optimize database queries to handle large datasets efficiently.

  • Use load balancing to distribute traffic evenly across servers.

Documentation

  • Provide comprehensive API documentation using tools like Swagger.

  • Create user guides and developer documentation to assist with integration and usage.

Glossary

  • API: Application Programming Interface.

  • JWT: JSON Web Token.

  • CRUD: Create, Read, Update, Delete.

Appendix

  • Include any relevant diagrams, data models, and additional references.

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