Shopify Discontinues Its Official Plugin for WordPress

Shopify’s official plugin for WordPress was removed from the plugin directory this week. The plugin allowed users to create “Buy Buttons” for products from their Shopify stores and insert them into WordPress posts and pages using a shortcode. It was built by WebDevStudios and had approximately 9,000 active installations before it was removed.

Shopify’s documentation says the plugin has been discontinued and will not be supported after June 30, 2017. WordPress users who want to display Shopify products on their sites are now instructed to create a Buy Button for a product or collection and paste the embed code into WordPress instead.

The WordPress plugin team would not comment on why the plugin was removed, but a support representative from Shopify said it was outdated and difficult to maintain.

“The reason it was removed is that it was being replaced by Buy Button, which is a better way of selling in WordPress,” Shopify customer support representative Jacquelyn Failano said. “The WordPress plugin was built by a third party and even if we support it, it could break at any time as we make future updates to the Buy Button channel.”

Failano said that by switching from using the plugin to creating Buy Buttons with Shopify, users will have access to updated features, including fonts, colors, layouts, buttons, and multiple images on variants. Merchants will also be in a better position to take advantage of future updates.

“The plugin uses older code and methods that will no longer be updated or supported,” Failano said. “There is no longer a dedicated development team for it. This means that there are no resources to maintain or rebuild the plugin.”

Failano would not confirm whether or not the plugin was removed from the directory by Shopify at the company’s discretion or whether it was forcibly removed by WordPress for a violation of the guidelines.

“I’m afraid I cannot confirm on that part – the main reason why it was discontinued was because the plugin uses older code and methods that will no longer be updated or supported,” Failano said.


16 responses to “Shopify Discontinues Its Official Plugin for WordPress”

  1. Hey everyone,

    I’m currently developing a plugin that will be integrating Shopify directly into WordPress. Unlike the official plugin that was just discontinued, I won’t be using iFrames to display the products or collections.

    I’m using the Shopify API directly and combining it with the Buy Button channel for the front-end. This gives the end user full control over how they want to show their products — especially if you’re a WP developer.

    Anyway for the sake of brevity I won’t go into too much detail, but if you want to learn more feel free to check out the project here:

    The planned release is around the end of May. I’m also currently sending out alpha versions if you want to start trying it out.


  2. The plugin team will never disclose why a plugin is removed from the directory, under any circumstances. It’s not our plugin, we don’t own it, it’s not our place to speak on that matter.

    We do remove a lot of plugins by author request. Several every week. We also remove them for security issues, and bring them back once those issues are fixed. We also remove for guideline violations. Those come back if they fix the violations.

    But, again, these are not our plugins, and so we are not in a position to point fingers for any reason. We don’t judge or attempt to shame people. We work with authors and do what we feel to be best in each individual circumstance.

    So, stop asking why. It’s distracting. ?


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