Shopify App Development for App Owners

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Shopify App Development

Helping Shopify app developers create, launch, and maintain their Shopify apps.

You deserve custom development that is truly 100% customized for you.

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Shopify API Developer Line

Imagine never having another Shopify API headache.

The Shopify API Developer Line is a premium support service to help and answer all of your Shopify API development questions.

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Case studies

ShopStorm Shopify Platform Case Study

Many app developers waste time trying to code their way out of integration problems when they could be spending this energy creating better app features. Hiring a specialized developer to clean up code and take care of the integration creates immediate and long-term good ROI. Here’s my case study on… Read more

Jilt, Rebuilding the Cart Abandonment App

The Jilt cart abandonment app had a pretty big fan club when ShopStorm acquired it. While it was still functional, it was ready for a huge upgrade on several levels. Here’s what I did to make sure it reached its useful, income-producing, heavyweight potential. Here’s my case study on re-building… Read more

Dripify – Shopify app and case study

Shopify manages your e-commerce sales like a champ. Drip makes email campaigns a breeze. Merging the two for seamless sales funnels can create some pretty ugly hacks, so I built a custom app to smooth out a few rough spots. Here’s my case study on building a Shopify app called… Read more

Open Source Contributions

I enjoy contributing to Open Source software. Due to my experience, most of the contributions are to web based software. Read more


Snippet or HTML: which is the best choice for your Shopify theme?

A subscriber Jeremy asked: I was basically trying to figure out why I’d use the "snippet" thing inside of Shopify instead of just a regular html snippet. Is there any benefit to creating a Shopify snippet instead of just using that directly? A snippet is just a piece of HTML,… Read more

Connecting to Shopify without an app

A reader reached out with a question for me about building a Shopify App: I tried to find out if there was a way to directly connect to a single store without going the app route but I couldn’t figure out how to do so. This question is pretty common,… Read more

Synchronize Shopify Data

Keeping your Shopify app’s data synchronized with Shopify’s API can be confusing at first. Fortunately there are two different options you can pick from. 1. Scheduled cronjobs to pull data An easy way to synchronize your data with Shopify is to make the API calls you need and save the… Read more

Choosing a server for your Shopify App

Is PaaS or a Bare Metal Server the Best Choice? It’s never a bad idea to find ways to reduce your overhead. As costs for website maintenance, apps, software, and other expenses stack up, it’s tempting to think that you can save some coin on a basic server and manage… Read more

List of exceptions in ShopifyApp, ShopifyAPI, and ActiveResource Ruby gems

So your Shopify app has launched, you’re getting customers, and life is good. That is, until you get that email from Honeybadger that there was a Ruby exception in your app. No big deal… until 15 seconds later you get a third, and a fourth, and a fifth. I’ve seen… Read more

Information about the Shopify store you can gather during your app install

Getting the install process correct for your Shopify app can be tricky. I think this is why some developers get stumped after they’ve gotten the permanent access_token. What do they do now? The correct answer is… anything! Post OAuth install After a shop has installed your app, you can use… Read more

How to get the email addresses of store owners who install your Shopify app

One disadvantage of building Shopify apps is that by default only Shopify maintains the list of your app’s customers. That means you don’t really have a good way of knowing who they are or communicating with them. Unless, of course, you maintain your own customer database along with Shopify. Your… Read more

Efficient way to sync data from multiple Shopify stores

Public Shopify apps have to regularly sync data from multiple stores at a time. For example, your app might allow a customer to have multiple stores under one account (e.g. public store, wholesale store, staging store) or you could need to do this to keep your app’s data updated (e.g.… Read more