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Shopify has invested significantly in its global hosting infrastructure to ensure that online stores and their GraphQL Storefront API are available to every buyer on the planet within 50 milliseconds. It involves expanding hosting areas to every continent, as well as executing Shopify commerce logic on 100+ server locations that can immediately handle API requests for Custom Storefronts for quicker response times.
Hydrogen, a new React framework for developers to construct bespoke storefronts (coming soon), as well as Oxygen, Shopify’s future hosting platform for custom storefronts, are also being introduced.
Hydrogen provides commerce-specific components like as the cart, variation picker, and media gallery to simplify the process of creating a bespoke storefront. Oxygen offers a quick, global, and commerce-optimized option to run Hydrogen stores directly on Shopify.
“The Internet is the world’s largest city, and Shopify is building its commerce infrastructure,” said Tobi Lütke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shopify. “Especially over the past year, we saw independent businesses succeed by showing up creatively and uniquely in this city. The future of commerce on the Internet relies on creative expression at every touchpoint. Together with developers, we are building the infrastructure to make this possible.”
Shopify is investing even more on API-powered shops, which provide developers access to this feature-rich platform while allowing them to use their own framework and language. The Shopify Theme Store is now accepting new submissions as of July 15th. Shopify is releasing a new set of development tools, including a new Github interface, Theme Check, Development themes, and Liquid enhancements.
Shopify has also introduced Dawn for developers, Shopify’s first open-source theme with built-in Online Store 2.0 capabilities. Dawn would be 35 percent quicker than the most popular Shopify theme, according to Shopify, and it is intended to become the new standard for Shopify theme creation.
Beginning August 1, developers that build for the Shopify App Store will pay a 0% revenue share for the first $1 million they make yearly on the marketplace. This is a decrease from the previous year’s figure of 20%. The $1 million benchmark resets annually. Theme Store developers would be able to take advantage of the same 0% revenue sharing arrangement.
Based in Ottawa, Shopify is trusted by companies such as Allbirds, Gymshark, Heinz, Staples Canada, and others to power over 1.7 million businesses in over 175 countries.