Shopify is one of the world's most popular eCommerce platforms.
Providing services to over 370,000 merchants in around 175 countries and counting sales of over $29billion it has grown to be the first choice of many people looking to start an online store.
It was no surprise when Shopify announced in March last year that it would be releasing a WordPress plugin, considering that WordPress is the world's most popular blogging platform and CMS.
However, just over one year since Shopify heralded the release of the shiny new WordPress plugin, an email was sent to Shopify merchants advising that support for the plugin is no more.
The text of the email reads:
“Starting June 30th, Shopify will no longer maintain the WordPress Plugin. You can continue to use the WordPress plugin, but Shopify will no longer be updating the plugin or providing support.”
“We encourage you to login to Shopify to manage your products, orders, and customers. To add products to your WordPress site in the future, you can use the Shopify Buy Button. With the Buy Button, you can customize font, colour and layout to compliment your brand.”
The question begs, why has Shopify chosen to discontinue this plugin? We have reached out to Shopify for comment and will update this article when we get an answer.
UPDATE: Shopify replied to our request for comment. Here is their response below.
“The Shopify WordPress Plugin will no longer be supported after June 30, 2017. This is because we want users to benefit from the most up-to-date features of Shopify, something we can no longer maintain with the plugin.”
“Merchants who already have the Shopify WordPress Plugin installed will be able to continue to use it through Shopify’s Buy Button channel which offers the same capabilities as the WordPress Plugin and more.”