Important Product Updates for Shopify Partners and Developers — Shopify News (2022)

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In this edition of our monthly product newsletter for Shopify Partners and Developers, you’ll find the most important updates you need to know to continue your work with your app users. 

Read on for more information. If you’d rather receive these updates via email, please sign up for our monthly What’s New with Shopify email below.

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Shopify Flow for Advanced Plan Merchants 

Shopify Flow for more merchants

Every month, over 1 billion flows run on Shopify stores, automating workflows such as marketing processes, improving order and inventory management, and streamlining customer service queries.

Previously exclusive to Shopify Plus merchants, coming soon, Flow will be available to merchants on the Advanced Plan. With a significantly bigger audience there’s never been a better time for developers to build a Flow connector that can kick-off or execute an action from an automated workflow.

Build your connector

Level up your app with theme app extensions 

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As more merchants adopt Online Store 2.0 themes, it’s important for app developers to provide a seamless integration experience with merchants’ storefronts through theme app extensions.

Building with theme app extensions simplifies the process of adopting, managing and uninstalling apps without the need for theme specific solutions, or custom code removal processes.

Build with theme app extensions today

Upgrade to v.18.1.1 of Shopify App Gem! 

Version 18.1.1 replaces the deprecated EASDK redirect with an App Bridge redirect when attempting to break out of an iframe. This happens when an app is installed, requires new access scopes, or re-authentication because the login session is expired. To learn how to update your app, refer to our upgrade guide on Github.

Upgrade App Gem

Shopify Partner Town Hall—2022 Kickoff 

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Join us for the first Partner Town Hall of 2022, on March 10 at 12 pm EDT.

Learn more about our mission to empower Shopify Partners to help merchants succeed. We’ll cover how we’re making app and theme discovery safe, simple and more personalized, how merchants are becoming more global and more mobile, and what partners and developers can expect from us this year.

Check out the agenda and learn more about speakers taking part in our Ask Me Anything.

Register now

New Shopify POS space coming soon to your Partner Dashboard 

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Soon you’ll have access to a new and personalized area within your Partner Dashboard purpose built to help you support brick and mortar merchants using Shopify POS. 

You’ll have access to new resources, new insights, and relevant guidance that will help you drive increased revenue for your clients.

A snapshot view of your retail clients

See which of your clients are using Shopify POS so you can support their ability to drive increased revenue online and in-store.

Resources picked just for you

Your customized Shopify POS dashboard features content and tools to help you grow as a Shopify Partner.

A survey to help us understand how we can help you with Shopify POS

When you unlock this new area of your dashboard we’ll ask a few questions to customize your Shopify POS dashboard for your needs.

Help merchants sell globally, with Shopify Markets in GA 

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Shopify Markets is now in General Availability, meaning merchants can more easily sell to anyone on the internet from a single store.

This means that international storefront experiences now revolve around the customer’s country. It’s important that apps and themes that introduce customer-facing components are aware of the country context in order for the relevant content, currency and pricing details to be shown.

There are two key areas to consider to ensure your app or theme is compatible with country-based contextual storefronts:

  1. Use dynamic URLs to support subfolders. Failing to do so will result in buyers seeing the incorrect currency and price in checkout 
  2. Use country instead of currency

For more information, please view our resources about internationalization at Shopify.dev.

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Improved search experience in the Shopify App Store 

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We’re making search smarter and more personalized to help merchants find the right app for their query. About half of all search queries are for app brand names, with the rest a mix of categories and use cases. Here’s some improvements we’re making to search on the Shopify App Store:

  • Recommending app names: When a user enters the initial letters of a search that matches unique app names with high confidence, those apps may be shown. This allows the user to quickly click directly to the app’s listing page.
  • Improving search term suggestions: We’ve made improvements to increase our coverage of queries, and added better support for non-English search terms.
  • Showing suggested categories: We’ll show personalized recommended categories to merchants, based on various aspects of their business, from tenure to size and industry.
  • Showing past search results: We’ll show past searches for logged in merchants.

We’ll continue to improve the search experience to make it as fast and as frictionless as possible.

Channel Attribution now available in Beta! 

New fields are now being used for sales channel attribution on the Orders, Checkout, and Draft Orders APIs. Passing the correct information to these fields will now improve the accuracy of order source reporting up to the sub-channel level and reduce the time merchants spend organizing and fulfilling orders from marketplaces.

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Previous months

Read previous editions of our monthly product updates to stay in the know with everything happening at Shopify.

February 2022


In this edition of our monthly product newsletter for Shopify Partners and Developers, you’ll find the most important updates you need to know to continue your work with your clients and app users. 

Read on for more information. If you’d rather receive these updates via email, please sign up for our monthly What’s New with Shopify email below.

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How we’re improving discoverability on the Shopify App Store

We’ve started rolling out a series of updates to make the Shopify App Store experience even better for merchants and developers. This includes more app education and storytelling, a stronger visual point of view, and additional surfaces for apps to get discovered.

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Merchant Tech Stack Series

The first in a series of features in Modern Retail has been published. These will showcase Shopify merchants and the apps they use. In the first feature, learn how specialty bike helmet maker, Thousand built an ecommerce tech stack that powered global growth. 

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The Future of Commerce 

Download The Future of Commerce in 2022 report and get an exceptional peek into the commerce trends that will shape the year ahead.

Want to learn more about how your merchants can thrive in the new retail landscape? RSVP for The Future of Commerce Trends Briefing, a digital event featuring a live Q&A with Shopify and merchant experts.

Register Now

Updates to Facebook and Instagram order and fulfillment workflows

A new checkout experience on Facebook and Instagram rolled out to merchants on January 31. To ensure your app is compatible, update order and fulfillment workflows to capture payments

As Shopify merchants transition to Shopify Payments for checkout on Facebook and Instagram, orders placed on checkout that were previously processed by Facebook Payments are now transitioning to Shopify Payments as the payment gateway. As a result, how orders are processed will be changing and we are recommending changes to your app to minimize order automation issues arising following the migration.

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New ways to refer customers to Shopify Plus and Shopify POS

There’s an easier, faster way to refer merchants to Shopify. Now all referrals are located in one convenient place. Navigate to the Referrals tab in your Partner Dashboard to get started.

Make a Referral

Migrating templates to Online Store 2.0

Online Store 2.0 is an end-to-end overhaul of how themes are built at Shopify. With sections on every page, app-powered blocks, flexible data storage, and robust developer tools, the process of building a theme on Shopify is easier than ever before. We recently launched three free new themes built with Dawn that layer in significantly more customization settings and new sections onto the Dawn repo. To unlock the full advantage of these improvements, migrate your themes to the updated requirements of Online Store 2.0.

Find additional resources for building fully-featured themes below and speak to your merchants today about the best option for their business.

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Channel Attribution is now available in Beta!

Channel Attribution is here. Passing the correct information to these fields will now improve the accuracy of order source reporting up to the sub-channel level as well as reduce the time merchants spend organizing and fulfilling orders from marketplaces.

This feature has been highly requested by merchants and will allow them to more accurately tie orders to the sales channels they are coming from.

Learn More

That’s all for this month. To stay up to date with changes that impact the Shopify platform and app development, subscribe to the Shopify developer changelog by email or by RSS for real-time updates as they happen. 

January 2022

In this edition of our monthly product newsletter for Shopify Partners and Developers, you’ll find the most important updates you need to know to continue your work with your clients and app users. 

Read on for more information. If you’d rather receive these updates via email, please sign up for our monthly What’s New with Shopify email below.

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Revenue share reset

Shopify reset the revenue share for registered app and theme developers on December 31st at 11:59 pm ET. This means regardless of what you made in 2021, Shopify will not be taking any revenue share on the first million dollars of revenue earned in 2022! If you haven’t registered for the new revenue share plan yet or want to learn more, please visit the partner help center.

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More information about new payout methods and associated fees

Shopify recently introduced new payout methods in collaboration with Hyperwallet, with industry-leading currency conversion fees secured to benefit Shopify Partners & payout coverage for more than 200+ regions & countries around the world. 

Select between Local bank transfer, Wire transfer & PayPal, and receive your payout in another currency, including your local currency in most cases.

Payout method availability depends on your region & payout amount. Since Shopify always issues payouts in USD, non-USD payouts are subject to a fee applied & retained by Hyperwallet. Read more about the payout methods & fees in our updated Partner Help Documentation.

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App challenge showcase

The App Challenge 2021 is officially in the books and we wanted to share some of the apps that really blew us away. 

Last Month we re-launched the app challenge page to showcase those apps for everyone to see. 

Take some time and go check it out. Don’t forget to sign up for the next challenge while you’re at it!

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