The Future of Custom Commerce: The shift from Shopify Scripts to Shopify Functions

The Future of Custom Commerce: The shift from Shopify Scripts to Shopify Functions - XOVAK STUDIO

I. Introduction

In the ever-evolving landscape of e-commerce, staying updated with the latest tools is paramount. If you've been relying on Shopify Scripts for your custom commerce needs, it's time to turn your attention to the next big thing: Shopify Functions.

II. Understanding Shopify Functions

Much like its predecessor, Shopify Scripts, Shopify Functions empowers developers to craft bespoke commerce experiences. However, there's a twist. Shopify Functions are integrated as part of an app, allowing merchants to make or modify customizations without diving into code. Thanks to the WebAssembly platform, Shopify Functions boasts superior performance, executing code in a flash (under 5 milliseconds!). This ensures that even during high-traffic events like flash sales, performance remains top-notch.

III. Why Make the Switch?

With the impending deprecation of Shopify Scripts on August 13, 2024, the transition is not just recommended—it's essential. But it's not just about staying updated. Shopify Functions offers a more streamlined experience. Developers can code in their local environment, distribute customizations via apps, and significantly reduce timeout and CPU memory issues.

IV. Making the Move to Shopify Functions

Starting your migration journey? Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Review Your Scripts: Head to Apps > Script Editor in your Shopify admin. Examine your scripts and compare them with Shopify Functions capabilities.
  2. Choose the Right App: If a script aligns with Shopify Functions, explore the Shopify App Store for suitable apps. For those on the Shopify Plus Plan, consider crafting your own custom app. Handy tutorials are available to guide you.
  3. Test Before You Rest: After selecting a Shopify Functions-based app, install and configure it. Test rigorously to ensure it mirrors the functionality of your original script. Once satisfied, deactivate the replaced script.

Note: Custom Functions-based apps need the Shopify App Bridge. Such apps should be crafted via the Partner Dashboard and then linked to your store.

V. Can Shopify Scripts and Shopify Functions Coexist?

Absolutely! Until the deprecation date, both can be used simultaneously. If a script doesn't have a Shopify Functions counterpart yet, continue using it. It's essential to understand their interaction:

  • Line Item Scripts: These kick in post Shopify's discount logic, which includes Shopify Functions-generated discounts. However, they can only tap into the first discount code applied.
  • Shipping Scripts: They operate post-delivery customizations by Shopify Functions but have limitations.
  • Payment Scripts: Similar to shipping scripts, they function after payment customizations by Shopify Functions with certain restrictions.

VI. Conclusion

In the digital age, agility is key. As Shopify Scripts make way for Shopify Functions, merchants have a golden opportunity to enhance their e-commerce operations. And if you're seeking a partner for this transition, look no further than Xovak Studio. Together, let's redefine custom commerce for the future.