When we launched our JS Buy and Mobile Buy SDKs a couple of years ago, we designed the system so that developers would manage their access tokens and any mobile settings through the Buy Button and Mobile App sales channels.
As use of these SDKs has grown, we wanted to make it easier for partners and developers to track which products were being sold through each storefront, and have access to reports that more accurately communicate the performance of each.
To enable this update, we’ve migrated your Buy Button and Mobile App tokens into their own private app. Below we’ll outline what this change looks like, how you’ll be better able to manage products within your custom storefronts, and how to more accurately view earnings and reports.
We’ll be rolling out these changes and migrations to shops starting on January 31, 2018.
Managing your custom storefront access tokens
If you’re currently building custom storefronts using the JS Buy, Mobile Buy, or Unity Buy SDK, you can expect to find them under the private apps section of a shop, instead of in the Buy Button or Mobile App.
Your existing access tokens will still be active and support any storefronts you’ve built using them, since Shopify will automatically migrate them to the Private Apps page and create a new private app for your old Mobile App tokens.
If you’ve built mobile storefronts using the Mobile App, you’ll find all mobile settings such as Apple Pay, App Store ID, or Android Pay right in the Private Apps page.
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Managing products for your custom storefronts
With this update, you’ll gain visibility into how each of your individual storefronts is performing. After the update, you’ll also have a clearer view of each custom storefront’s revenue, products, and orders.
Selecting products for each storefront
Instead of selecting ‘Buy Button’ or ‘Mobile App’ to make a product visible to a storefront, you can now select the exact private app that represents the custom storefront you’re hoping to make the related products visible to.
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Reporting orders and revenue from each storefront
Instead of reporting orders and revenue under the label Buy Button or Mobile App, you’ll be able to view your earnings and orders for each storefront.
Similar to product visibility, you’ll view orders and revenue numbers through the private app that represents the custom storefront. This gives you a more granular view into where orders and earnings are coming from, compared to the previous labels of Buy Button and Mobile App.
It’s even easier to sell and manage sell anywhere
Our Custom Storefront SDKs make it possible to sell anywhere. Now, selling anywhere will be even easier.
Which part of the new reporting are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section below!