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Should I Build a Private Shopify App?

cartcoder123 February 16, 2021

Yes, because private apps are built only for your Shopify apps. Through the private application, you can add features to Shopify admin, directly access store data using Shopify API’s. Also, you can extend the Shopify store to other platforms using custom storefronts.

Recently Shopify has added some permissions to private applications, but it’s also a risk of something going wrong in the app and damaging the store’s data. Public/unlisted apps can limit their data access, which reduces that risk. Like, it only asks for reading access for orders, thereby preventing you from modifying them on accident.

Follow the below steps to know how to create a private app in Shopify:

  1. Log in to the shop you want to link to and select Apps from the menu, scroll down to the bottom of the right page and click the Manage private apps button.
  2. Click the Create a new private app.
  3. Fill and save the information required. Here permissions will determine what data is private app can access. As per your needs enable only what is necessary for your app to work.
  4. Click, create the app button in the new window.

Congratulations, you have created a private app after completing these steps. You can find the API key and the Password as follows.

Private apps are one of the best options when public apps aren’t getting the job done. A developer can create an app to do exactly what you need when you need it.

  • It can automate complex procedures.
  • Data can be collected and transferred instantly.
  • Reports can be generated and delivered directly to you.
  • Sales can get a boost from email campaigns, shopping cart reminders, and up-selling

It might be time for you to look at a private app if you’re currently using several apps to keep your store running smoothly, or if you’re frustrated by limitations with public apps.

Technical Considerations:

They build private applications to serve only one Shopify store. The reason it can communicate easily with Shopify because they use the same APIs as Shopify, but they use a different authentication API. Now you know why private applications can only work with one store at a time.

Plus, Shopify Private App Developer cannot use the embedded app SDK APIs you can’t embed a private app into the Shopify admin area.

Technical Considerations

In case you are looking for an app to help you manage front-end issues, private apps can’t manage it with grace. However, there is a workaround. A developer can create an unlisted application within Shopify that is only accessible to you with the same APIs, authentications process as public apps, but only you can use it.

Overall, I recommend working with a Shopify partner or creating a partner account, and creating public or unlisted apps. The major benefit is you can use it for your single store, having access to the full set of Shopify APIs including the Embedded App SDK is worth the extra work.

Final Thoughts:

If you’re having trouble, knowing what apps are the best fit for your store, contact a developer you trust to help you navigate all the issues you’re facing. They can help you pinpoint what’s not working for you and determine the solutions that a custom app can provide. Ready for your First Shopify Private App Development? Cartcoders is a leading Shopify Service Provider that offers you Shopify Store Setup service to develop your highly scalable & reliable Shopify store.

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