What Is an Application?

Intershop Commerce Management can run multiple applications in the context of a channel or site. An application is a self-contained functional unit, based on an application type. Typically, each application type defines an individual set of functionality in order to support dedicated business processes (like for B2C or B2B) or serve dedicated front ends (for example, mobile devices).

The applications of one channel may share the channel data repositories or may use their own, application-specific data repositories. That is, an application can share, for example, the product data, user data and order data with the channel, but use its own content assets. The effective repository relations depend on the underlying application implementation.

One application must be set as default, which means that it will be launched as the site's standard application if the URL does not include another application's URL identifier.