Important Product Updates for Shopify Developers

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In this edition of our monthly product newsletter for Shopify 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 Partner Town Hall: Building the best in commerce

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Shopify Partner Town Hall is back on Thursday, April 15 at 12 pm EDT. Learn more about what’s new at Shopify, and meet the 2020 Commerce Awards winners. Plus, tune in for an exclusive fireside chat with leaders of Shopify’s developer tools and education team, who will discuss what it takes to build high quality apps in 2021.

Partner Town Hall is an extension of a long standing tradition at Shopify known as Town Hall, where we gather to listen, reflect, and stay aligned on what’s happening at Shopify. Join us to stay up to date with the most recent Shopify news, updates, and product launches. Register now.

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New partners added to the Shopify Plus Certified App Program

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We are excited to welcome a new cohort of apps to the Shopify Plus Certified App Program! The new members are:

  • Carro (affiliate and influencer marketing)
  • Impact (affiliate and influencer marketing)
  • Stamped.io (reviews and user-generated content)
  • Bluecore (marketing automation)
  • Gladly (customer support)

The Shopify Plus Certified App Program supports the largest Shopify merchants by helping them find the apps and solutions they need to build and scale their business. The program is available specifically for Shopify app partners who provide a level of product quality, service, performance, privacy, and support that meets the advanced requirements of Shopify Plus merchants. Once certified by Shopify, a partner app is made available to merchants globally using the Shopify Plus Certified App Directory and the Shopify App Store.

Applications are now open to join the Shopify Plus Certified App Program. Demonstrate your dedication to performance, security, privacy, and support to be included in our exclusive Shopify Plus directories. Apply at the link below.

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App charge overview page in the Partner Dashboard

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App partners can now see app subscriptions, one-time app charges, and usage charges made to merchants in the Partner Dashboard, on a brand-new Charge Overview page. This information will help you access key information about app charges to quickly answer merchants’ billing questions.

Learn more about this new page in our documentation.

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Subscription APIs now support Scripts

Shopify Plus merchants using Scripts will now be able to use subscription apps that are directly integrated into Shopify’s checkout. When merchants sell subscription products, those products are assigned a selling plan by the subscription app. When you write scripts, you can use the line item object .selling_plan_id to identify when a product is being bought as a subscription.

Learn more about how to use Scripts on subscriptions in our documentation.

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Stay in the know

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 for updates as they happen. Or, sign up for our What’s New with Shopify email below.

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January 2021

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

Developer updates

Learn more about all the platform updates from Shopify for developers.

Partner Town Hall: 2021 Kickoff

Shopify Partner Town Hall is back on Tuesday, February 2 at 12 pm EDT and Wednesday, February 3 at 12 pm AEDT/2 pm NZDT. In this edition, we’ll learn more about what’s new at Shopify this year. 

Join us virtually to get timely product knowledge and practical advice on how to better support merchants. Register below!

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New Partner API

With the new Partner API, you can programmatically access data, such as app events and earnings, that was previously only available through the Partner Dashboard. This allows you to download this information to your respective reporting and analytics systems and make your business operations more efficient. 

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More granular permissions for the Partner Dashboard

Two new staff permissions have been added to the Partner Dashboard, giving you more granular control over what your organization’s staff members can access.

  • View referrals grants access to the Referrals page.
  • Manage affiliate campaigns grants access to the Affiliate tools page, and affiliate tools on the Referrals page. Staff members with this permission can also manage affiliate campaigns. This permission is available only to organizations that are part of the Shopify Affiliate Program.

Access to these features was previously controlled by the Manage shops permission. Staff members in your organization who have the Manage shops permission are granted View referrals as part of this update. If you are part of the Shopify Affiliate Program, then staff members who have the Manage shops permission are also granted the Manage affiliate campaigns permission as part of this update.

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Polaris v6.0.0, style guide, and Figma UI kit

Polaris v6.0.0 is shipping, making the new design language the default. The updates in v6.0.0 include a reduced bundle size, accessibility fixes, and an updated style guide. 

In addition, a new Figma UI kit is now available based on the updated Polaris guidelines. This kit offers more flexibility and speed in a cross-platform browser-based design tool. Previously, the UI kit was available in Sketch. 

Specific changes include:

  • Refreshed visual styles. A clean, simple style makes things feel approachable and efficient.
  • Variants added to improve usability and add functionality to most components.
  • Large- and small-screen components listed as respective variants of the same component.
  • Auto layout added to simple components.
  • Rebuilt, better quality components .
  • New color system.

With these tools, you can work directly in Polaris v6.0.0, streamlining your design process with the new style guide and UI kit, and speeding up your development process. 

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