Shopify app versus template - general questions

New Member
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Hi, new to shopify apps.

Goal is to understand the differences between apps and templates?
Would like to build an app using node js etc.

Is it possible to create a front end that interacts with customers using an app?  Or do I need to use a template instead?

Are apps for admin / backend users only?

Shopify Partner
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Apps have a front end and backend component to them. So you will have an admin backend that only the authorized users can access. Then embed javascript to the front end of the store that allow the customer's to interact with.

The embedded javascript should be self contained and and should be installed when the app is installed using Script Tag attribute


Shopify is built to make it easy for customers and have a low technical learning curve for it's customers. So I suggest it's probably best to find your target audience and see what best suites their requirements.



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