I recently launched Profit Apps. Profit Apps is a new suite of applications meant to bring a little fun and creativity to the Shopify Platform. You can read more about Profit Apps in the Introducing Profit Apps blog post. To celebrate the launch, I want to spend some time talking about the design and architecture behind the applications. I have read a lot of articles on how to build a Shopify app. Most of the articles focus on getting your app up-and-running. They use traditional server-based technologies such as Ruby on Rails or PHP. But, I was not interested in that. Having a family and a full-time job is a huge commitment. I did not also want to commit to running, managing, and scaling a server (and possibly a load balancer) as the app grew. So, I set out to create a solution based on AWS serverless technology.
I have broken this series into three parts. The first part is about choices. It introduces the overall architecture and talks about the pros and cons of the design choices I made along the way. It is aimed at architects and developers considering a similar architecture for their Shopify App. The second part goes a little more in depth on how to actually build a Shopify App to scale. It talks about what technologies to use and how to deploy them using CI/CD. Finally, the last part is a lessons learned about the whole experience. My philosophy on how to build and maintain these apps is constantly evolving. So, this tries to recap some of the things I wish I knew before I started.
- Part 1: Why I chose AWS and serverless for my Shopify App
- Part 2: Designing a Shopify App to scale with AWS
- Part 3: Things I wish I knew prior to building my Shopify App
The goal is to keep each part short and consumable. I will provide links when I feel like there are better resources to dive into. But, my goal is to write it in a way that if you are new to AWS or Shopify App development, then you can read it without issue.