Shopify recently held their annual Unite conference. It’s something we always look forward to and are always excited to see what goodies are going to be released for merchants and developers alike. This year was a treat for developers, but one of the main showstoppers was a release years in the making, and one which will be music to merchants’ ears!
Content will get an upgrade, meaning you will now be able to create content types once and publish to all channels. Shopify plan to work with content management platforms to utilize this new feature.
The API has always been one of Shopify’s big strengths, but Shopify has also treated developers to a range of integrations and tools to make it easier to develop on, and outside of, the platform:
Hydrogen – Headless Commerce
A React framework that simplifies the experience of building custom storefronts. Hydrogen includes commerce-specialized components like a cart, variant picker, and media gallery that tackle the complexity of building a custom storefront.
Theme development and maintenance will be easier to track and manage. By connecting your GitHub user account or organization to an online store, changes are both pushed and pulled to a GitHub repo that is always in-sync with the current state of selected themes.
Tooling for theme building
Theme Check is a language server for Liquid and JSON that scans themes for errors and highlights Shopify theme and Liquid best practices. Perfect to help catch those hidden bugs before it’s too late!
This year’s Shopify Unite was a treat for merchants and developers alike, and we’re excited to see how these announcements push the future of Shopify forward over the next 12 months and beyond. If you’d like to find out more about these or some of the other features announced by Shopify this year, head on over to the Shopify blog or YouTube channel, where you can experience the whole event for yourself.