As Shopify developers, your innovation, problem-solving, and new technology drive business for millions of brands around the world—including ours. We’re constantly updating our platform to give you the tools you need, but with dozens of updates every year, we know it can be hard to keep up. After all, it’s not easy to keep track of every API update and new feature release while you’re busy building highly performant apps, themes, and custom storefronts.
We wanted to fix that. So today, we’re launching Shopify Editions, a brand-new way to explore the products and services that merchants need to grow their businesses and the latest APIs and integrations to help you get them there.
Twice a year, we’ll release a new Editions experience, highlighting all our latest product releases with context and guidance to help you quickly understand the updates that matter most to you and your clients.
To help you accelerate your building, we’ve made a dev mode just for you, with features designed specifically for devs to build best-in-class commerce experiences anywhere. (Be sure to check out the full Edition, too.)
Be the first to know about the latest product releases
For our first Shopify Editions release, we’re highlighting the importance of building meaningful relationships between merchants and customers. We call it Connect to Consumer (C2C): the natural evolution of D2C commerce. Businesses need to know how to create unique, personalized experiences that keep customers returning again and again, and we’ve got just the tools to help.
New ways to build great apps
Our goal is to make the best commerce apps in the world, and we can’t do that without you. That’s why we created our Built for Shopify program, so you’ll have all the necessary tools and docs to create an app that feels like it’s part of Shopify. Our App Design Guidelines will show and tell you exactly what a high-quality Shopify app should look and act like. And once you’ve created an app that meets these enhanced standards, it’ll be eligible to be featured on our highest-converting surfaces in the Shopify Admin and App Store. It’s a win-win—your apps get more visibility, and merchants get access to the best commerce apps imaginable.
Shopify Functions give you the flexibility to extend Shopify in ways never possible before and fast enough to scale up for the largest flash sales in the world. Although we’re starting with discounts, shipping and payment method Functions, we plan on adding support for order routing, shipping rates, checkout and cart validations, return validations and more in the future. Functions are distributed in an app and easily configured directly in the Admin, so merchants never have to touch a line of code. In the past these kinds of customization capabilities were locked to Plus, but they’re now available to all merchants via the Shopify App Store.
We’ve added new capabilities to the Selling Plans APIs that allow for deferred payment collection and deposits. Pre-orders help merchants predict demand so they can better manage inventory production, increase sales by letting customers reserve in advance, and build excitement for a new or existing product. Pre-order demand continues to grow as merchants look to streamline their inventory. Help merchants succeed by taking advantage of new purchase options like pre-orders and try before you buy.
Starting June 27th, Shopify is majorly upgrading the way merchants sell wholesale. B2B on Shopify is integrated into the core, and includes a new set of B2B APIs to provide better ways to connect with wholesale customers, with new primitives like company profiles, price lists, and net payment terms. Merchants can now harness the full power of Shopify with access to our most customizable features for their B2B ecommerce business (such as themes, discounts, and Functions) and personalize the buying experience for their wholesale customers.
You asked, so we’re building it! Return APIs, now open for early access beta, will help your clients manage orders more efficiently by giving them greater visibility into essential returns data across platforms.
Improved dev tools
Looking to build your first Shopify app? We’ve simplified the writing and pushing of an app in our CLI and also improved the navigation and app distribution process in the Partner Dashboard. We also shipped new getting started app templates as well as a sample app, so you can build faster.
We’ve shipped huge improvements to make apps look, feel, and perform like they’re a part of Shopify. App Bridge apps now load nearly two times faster on mobile devices, their navigation can be integrated into the Shopify admin, and they can leverage full-screen mode, to showcase advanced functionality.
We’re shipping changes to help you build apps for an increasingly privacy aware world—with secure access to the data you need. In the 2022-10 release, APIs will redact customer personal data by default and allow you to apply for necessary access to customer personal data throughout the life of your app. These changes enable your app to better support a business’s path towards compliance with privacy and data protection rules.
Next-level storefront building
Build fast, headless storefronts with a React-based framework built by Shopify, for Shopify. From pre-built components and starter templates to hooks and utilities that map directly to Shopify’s APIs, Hydrogen gives you the tooling you need to accelerate development. When you're ready to get your storefront in front of customers around the globe, deploy directly to the edge with Oxygen: a built-in global hosting solution that’s just a simple “git push” away.
Explore Shopify Editions
Shopify Editions is live now, so head over to learn what you can build with our latest releases.