Understanding The Difference Between Private And Public Shopify Apps

Before diving into making a final choice. What is vital between focusing on the features or the architecture of Shopify apps?

Understanding The Difference Between Private And Public Shopify Apps

If you need a smooth, solid tech fix that can help you improve your Shopify functionality, choosing between public or private apps will be a hassle. So, you must know what the Private And Public Shopify Apps mean and how different are they from each other. 

There are hundreds of apps developed by different developers to help you manage content, merchandise, customers, social media, and more. Even after you know the exact app that can perform your tasks, how do you choose the correct app for your Shopify store?

However, knowing the differences and definitions of various apps such as private and public can help you to evaluate those apps that will integrate best in your store. Moreover, it also gives you the performance and flexibility you need.

Let’s get started on Public vs Private Shopify Apps…

Private Shopify Apps Overview

Private Shopify apps are those built exclusively to use on your Shopify store. Public Shopify apps, on the other hand, have been built such that they can work on other stores. Choosing private Shopify apps allows you to add store specific features to extend your online store, or access the store’s data directly with Shopify’s APIs.

Private Apps Have Different Uses, Such As:

  • They can integrate your store’s data using a custom solution when using to manage products, orders, or inventory.
  • You can migrate your data from other solutions like, Magento, Woo-Commerce, Salesforce and more.
  • You can display your store products and allow users to purchase from your other platforms like websites, apps etc.

These types of apps are custom projects that have been designed specifically for only one store.

Private apps, can streamline the functionality of your store and then automate processes depending on specific needs and systems. This is, therefore, a great deal to most stores and especially those having multiple apps that support your business.

Private apps can be trusted. Your trusted developer with your specifications will develop these apps. So you can have faith with a high-quality developer.

These apps are not available in shopify app marketplace so , not everyone can use them on their store. Only those who are having access to your store can use the private apps. To connect them, you use your store’s private app section found at the admin panel. You can also create a private app  by going to the shopify partner dashboard and selecting private/custom app.

Public Shopify Apps Overview

Public Shopify apps interact with Shopify’s API in multiple stores. These apps are created and authenticated from the Parther’s Dashboard. You can create a public app there, generate credentials, set rules and can then use it in implementing OAuth.

These types of apps are those that Shopify merchants will recognize. These apps are verified by Shopify and then are made available in the shopify app store for genral public. The cost of these apps will vary and can be frequency billed, such as monthly, yearly, etc.

There are few standards set by shopify for creating a public app. If a developer submits the app to Shopify’s team for evaluation, they verify it against the rules set by them. One they approve the app, it gets displayed in Shopify app store for everyone else to view and install on their store. The drawback of these apps are,, since they are made for the public it is difficult to customize each and every public app as per your need. The code is hosted on cloud and you don’t have access to it, so customization becomes difficult. Also you have to depend on the app created for any sort of issue fix or customization as only they can access the codebase.

Moreover, everyone can access these types of apps. That is because they have been made so that they can work with various stores. After they have been posted on the Shopify app store, all people can use them.

Differences Between Private And Public Shopify Apps

There are differences between private and public Shopify apps. Here are the differences:

  • Private apps are store specific and can be build only for a particular store. They include some specific requirements that are only for that particular store. Public apps, on the other hand, are those that are developed to be distributed, so that anyone can use them.
  • Another difference is that for private Shopify apps, they don’t have to pass Shopify’s app approval process. The public apps, on the other hand, should be accessed and done thorough processing before being approved for use in the Shopify store.
  • If you’re a private Shopify app developer, you don’t sell the apps in the Shopify store. So, as a user, you won’t have to buy private apps for your Shopify store. However, for public Shopify apps, they are allowed to be sold in the app store.
  • The other difference is that the private apps are created and have to be managed via the merchant’s Shopify admin or in partner’s dashboard under private/custom app section. However, for public Shopify apps, on the other hand, it will be created and then managed from the partner’s Dashboard.

The Final Thought

The choice is always yours. You can opt for any app type depending on your requirement. If you wish to create something for a specific store you can create a private app and if your purpose of creating an app is to make it available for others, then you should go with the public app.  If you are an app developer, consider creating a partner account and work with Shopify to develop both private or public apps. However, even when you aim to use the apps for only your one store, it is beneficial if you can access the full set of your Shopify’s APIs such as the Embedded SDK.

Before diving into conclusions, remember that all apps that have been listed in your Shopify app store will function with the same official APIs that are provided by Shopify. It, therefore, means no need to figure out whether they use PHP, Ruby, or Python. All the apps you see outside the app store are different. However, they still have to use Shopify APIs and with only a few differences.

What is vital between focusing on the features or the architecture of Shopify apps?

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