2.8.1. Sitecore Experience Commerce

When working with Sitecore Experience Commerce, there are several more services that you could end up posting code or config changes to. These include:

  • Sitecore Commerce Engine roles (Shops, Authoring, Ops, Minions)
  • Sitecore Commerce Business Tools
  • Identity Server

This does add complexity to your solution & deployment - both locally and to your Production & Non-Production environments. The key thing is to remember that this added complexity shouldn’t stop you from following all of the Helix guidelines discussed in this document. The Common Closure Principal states that Classes that change together are packaged together, and that still applies to your Commerce functionality.

The commerce functionality will be split up between the Modules you have throughout your Foundation, Feature & Project layers. Module Structure

Not all of your modules will contain functionality that runs on both the Website & in the Commerce Engine, but it is very common. For example a Product Compare module that stores the list of products in the Engine, and displays this list to the end user on the Website. In this scenario the functionality will be split between the Engine & the Website - however as these two elements are very coherent the Common Closure Principal states that should live together.


You can see that the example Feature module above contains a series of projects, each with its own responsibility. One houses the code that runs in the Commerce Engine, one handles the Unit Tests and the final one houses the code that runs in the website. Crucially however all of this code exists together in same module.

Note also that a suffix on the project name is used to show the subsystem that is being targeted by that project. Commerce Engine

The Commerce Engine is the .NET Core application that provides the commerce functionality to a Sitecore Experience Commerce installation. This functionality is made up of both Feature & Foundation modules. The .NET Core application then references all of these modules to pull all of this together and form the final deployable asset for the Engine roles. As the .NET Core application pulls its functionality from the Feature & Foundation layers it must exist in Project layer.


This ensures that the dependencies flow in the correct direction.