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Conceptual Outline

Conceptual Outline

Our documentation is categorized into the following sections - Concepts, Products, Guides, and Resources. This structure provides different levels of detail, abstraction, and focus.

To give our readers a good experience, we have established writing guidelines for these sections.


This section articulates the core concepts of Shopware. It is an entry point to learn about how the platform is organized. This section rather explains than shows how things work


This section deals with topics specific to a single product of Shopware. Every product shares at least some aspect and serves as an entry point to other sections. For example, the catalog used within our Community Edition and in all commercial plans is technically the same.


This section of the document is home to all the how-to's, examples, cookbooks, and tutorials. In contrast to articles within the Concepts section, Guides show code, give concrete examples, and provide step-by-step instructions.

It is essential to refer back to the concepts section for related topics from the Guides. For example, "How to create a custom cart processor" might contain terms and concepts explained within the "Concepts > Commerce > Checkout > Cart" section and also relate to topics dealt within the "Concepts > Framework > Rules" section. A clear structure allows you to create these cross-references and make the documentation more readable.


Resources contain structured documentation for API references, code references, testing references, tooling, links, SDKs, libraries, etc. It also includes guidelines for contribution and publishing.

Now that you have understood the documentation structure, the following section describes the command over language one needs to use for documentation.