Presently, the Shopify App Store boasts over 8000 distinct applications categorized into six major groups: Finding products, Orders and shipping, Marketing and Conversion, Selling products, Store Design, and Store Management.
In 2023, Shopify itself has unveiled its exclusive "Built for Shopify" designation, acknowledging the top-tier applications within the App Store based on performance, speed, and design. As of the time of crafting this article, a total of 80 applications proudly showcase this emblem.
Nonetheless, any brand delving into the App Store to explore the array of available applications will likely encounter questions and uncertainties regarding the necessity of an app and which one to employ. In the following article, we aim to streamline the decision-making process by not only highlighting and describing the applications that should constitute an integral part of any Shopify Tech Stack, but also by providing detailed insights into the associated costs of this recommended Shopify Technology Stack.
The Recommended Shopify Tech Stack
Below, we provide a list and description of the applications that, according to the expertise of the Mushdesk team, should be included in the Shopify Tech Stack, whether for new brands transitioning to Shopify or for those with extensive experience on the platform. The recommendation of these apps is based on the following:
- Essential Apps built by Shopify: These are applications either created by or owned by Shopify, and are offered for free by definition. When a Shopify app proves to be powerful and meets expectations, it earns its place within the Shopify Technological Stack.
- Must-Have Third-Party Apps: These are applications developed by companies within the Shopify Ecosystem, designed to elevate your store to the next level. While Shopify does offer free applications that may seemingly fulfill similar needs, our extensive experience has shown otherwise. Therefore, we will not be endorsing Shopify's own applications based on our assessment
- Essential Channels: These are apps that every brand should utilize to enhance the visibility of their products across various channels.
Lastly, before we embark, it's important to clarify that the purpose of this article is to provide you with a curated collection of applications and save you the effort of comparing tools that address similar needs. With this in mind, we'll be presenting no more than one application per category.