Shopify Integration coming soon

In this month's newsletter, we will be going over the latest ecommerce integration available to our cloud customers with a Shopify site.  With the ever-increasing importance of online commerce in the current world, Shopify and WooCommerce should give users plenty of options for their sites.
Shopify

Setup for the Shopify integration will be relatively straightforward.  You will need to be on the Cloud version of the software, first, and you'll need to talk to us to get the feature.  You'll also need to have a Shopify site.

First, in your Shopify site's admin panel, you'll need to go to apps, then 'private apps' along the bottom.  Since the integration works with both the website and the windows client portion, the app is considered a private app by Shopify.


You can name the app whatever is convenient for you, but it will need read-write access to the Admin API.  Once you've created this, it will give you a customer key and a secret key.  We only need the secret key for access.

Log into your thunderpos.net account and go to settings.  Under the Shopify tab, you'll find various settings for controlling how Shopify syncs, including the website address and the secret key.  These settings are the most critical - fill in your website address (by default, <whateveryouputin>.shopify.com) and the secret key created above.



For Shopify, their groupings system in navigation can be done based off of tags, rather than anything like a category or a department.  We offer the option to send a variety of fields as the tags for help in building these out; we will not automatically create any kind of navigation to these, so that's something you'll want to do once you've synced some products by setting them to sync to website.  An uploaded product will look like this on the admin panel:



For the customer when browsing, they'll see the product like follows on your site.



Whenever an order comes in to your site, you'll receive a notification and the product will be deducted automatically from your inventory.  In the event the order is cancelled, the quantity will be added back in.  




Shopify and WooCommerce

Our integration with Shopify will allow you to sync up inventory and pull out quantities based on orders, similar to the integration with WooCommerce.  

The biggest difference between WooCommerce and Shopify is not with how the integration with the point of sale works; this will be very similar, with some differences we will go over.  Rather, the biggest difference is in which you want to use.

WooCommerce can be set up on any WordPress site, and this offers a wide variety of possible choices for setup.  This can be good if you are wanting to customize what you are doing with your site more, and can potentially get you better pricing overall, but may also mean more work for you.

Shopify, on the other hand, is a single source product.  You will have to buy your site through Shopify, and it comes preconfigured with their recommended payment gateway and other default settings.  This can make it easier to get up and going, but may not allow for all the options you would get through WooCommerce.

We're offering these two because they are the two most popular ecommerce platforms; which you choose should be a decision you make based on which is better for your business.

The current version of the software, available for supported users, is 5.7.1.  To get back on support, or to upgrade to phone support from email support, contact sales at (919) 387-7597 x100.  If you are not on phone support, and you call, a response will be sent to the email address on file.  You can also buy a support incident from our website.

 

We will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

 

As a reminder to users of Windows 7, Microsoft's support of this version of Windows has ended as of January 14th, 2020.  We highly recommend getting onto Windows 8.1 or 10 if you are on Windows 7.  Versions of ExtremePOS, Musicware, Praiz, and ThunderPOS 4.0 and above should all be compatible with Windows 10; versions before 4.0 were sunset for support as of the end of 2019.

 

If you are on a version older than 4.0 that has been sunset, you can contact sales for information on purchasing an update.

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