MERN stack application of the e-commerce market place for product search

MERN stack application of the e-commerce market place for product search

Making a MERN (MongoDB, Express.js, React, Node.js) stack app for an online store needs a backend for managing product info, user sign-in, and database interactions. Here's a simple example showing how to organize your app. Remember, this is just a basic example. In real life, you'd need to take care of security, user sign-in, permissions, and more.

Backend (Node.js with Express)

  1. Setting Up Express Server (server.js):
const express = require('express');
const mongoose = require('mongoose');
const bodyParser = require('body-parser');
const cors = require('cors');
const productRoutes = require('./routes/productRoutes');

const app = express();
const PORT = process.env.PORT || 5000;


// Connect to MongoDB Atlas
mongoose.connect(process.env.MONGODB_URI, {
  useNewUrlParser: true,
  useUnifiedTopology: true,

app.use('/api/products', productRoutes);

app.listen(PORT, () => {
  console.log(`Server is running on port ${PORT}`);
  1. Product Routes (routes/productRoutes.js):
const express = require('express');
const router = express.Router();
const Product = require('../models/Product');

// Get all products
router.get('/', async (req, res) => {
  try {
    const products = await Product.find();
  } catch (error) {
    res.status(500).json({ message: error.message });

// Other routes like create, update, delete, etc. can be added here

module.exports = router;
  1. Product Model (models/Product.js):
const mongoose = require('mongoose');

const productSchema = new mongoose.Schema({
  name: String,
  description: String,
  price: Number,
  // Add more fields as needed

module.exports = mongoose.model('Product', productSchema);

Frontend (React)

  1. Create a React App:
npx create-react-app ecommerce-frontend
cd ecommerce-frontend
  1. Install Dependencies:
npm install axios
  1. Product Search Component (src/components/ProductSearch.js):
import React, { useState, useEffect } from 'react';
import axios from 'axios';

const ProductSearch = () => {
  const [products, setProducts] = useState([]);
  const [searchTerm, setSearchTerm] = useState('');

  useEffect(() => {
    // Fetch products from the backend
    axios.get('/api/products').then((response) => {
  }, []);

  const handleSearch = () => {
    // Implement search logic based on searchTerm
    const filteredProducts = products.filter((product) =>

  return (
        placeholder="Search products"
        onChange={(e) => setSearchTerm(}
      <button onClick={handleSearch}>Search</button>

export default ProductSearch;

MongoDB Atlas

MongoDB Atlas is Atlas is a user-friendly cloud database service from MongoDB. It makes deploying, managing, and growing MongoDB databases simple. Here's how to begin:

  1. Create a MongoDB Atlas Account:

  2. Create a Cluster:

    • After logging in, click the "Build a Cluster" button.

    • Pick a cloud provider, region, and cluster setup. Follow the steps to make the cluster.

  3. Configure Security Settings:

    • On the MongoDB Atlas dashboard, find the "Database Access" area.

    • Add a new database user with the right permissions.

  4. Whitelist IP Address:

    • In the "Network Access" area, put your IP address on the IP Whitelist.
  5. Connect to Your Cluster:

    • Go to the "Clusters" area and click the "Connect" button for your cluster.

    • Follow the steps to connect with the MongoDB shell or a MongoDB driver.

  6. Set Up Environment Variables:

    • In your Node.js backend, save the connection string using environment variables. You can use a library like dotenv to handle environment variables.
    // Example .env file
  • Be sure not to reveal private details, such as the connection string, in your code.
  1. Connect the Node.js backend to the MongoDB Atlas:

    • In your server.js file, change the MongoDB connection line to:
    mongoose.connect(process.env.MONGODB_URI, {
      useNewUrlParser: true,
      useUnifiedTopology: true,
  • Make sure the MONGODB_URI variable can be reached in your Node.js environment.
  1. Deploy your application:

    • Put your Node.js backend and React frontend on a hosting service (like Heroku, Netlify, or Vercel).

Don't forget to use good security practices, manage user authentication, and think about performance improvements for a real-world setup. This example gives a basic structure, but in a real situation, you'd probably add more features, handle errors, and increase security.

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