Introduction to Building Apps
Using BigCommerce’s powerful APIs, SDKs, and toolkits, developers can build apps that are installable on BigCommerce stores. Once approved, apps can be sold (or made available free of charge) to all BigCommerce merchants on the Apps Marketplace. This is the first article in a comprehensive developer’s guide to building BigCommerce apps. It provides a brief, high-level introduction for developers new to the platform. If you already have experience developing for BigCommerce, feel free to skip ahead or check out the quick start tutorial.
About BigCommerce apps
Let’s first take a look how apps are discovered, displayed, and managed on BigCommerce stores.
Approved apps are listed on the app Marketplace for merchants to browse, search, and install.
Apps installed on a store are managed in the store’s control panel under Apps > My Apps. Here, store users can launch or uninstall the app.
When a merchant launches an app, BigCommerce makes a request to the app’s
/load callback and displays the app’s UI in an iFrame.
What can developers do with BigCommerce apps?
Integrate with Business Systems
Use BigCommerce APIs to integrate stores with business systems such as the following:
Connect to Sales Channels
Add and Manage Scripts
Create Custom Widgets
Create widgets for merchants to install and configure.
Here’s how to get started with BigCommerce development:
Start a free trial to test apps against.
Apply to be a Partner to get paid for your apps.
Create a Developer Portal account to register and submit apps.
Join the Developer Community to get help from other BigCommerce developers.
Check out the Marketplace to get inspiration on what to build.
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