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How to integrate Drupal and Shopify in 10 easy steps

How to integrate Drupal and Shopify in 10 easy steps

Two things that make any online business boom are a store theme that is super eye-catching, and an efficient and smooth commerce side.

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With a Drupal Shopify integration, you get just that. Sure, both run well enough on their own, but when you combine them, you get even more benefits.

In this article, we will be providing you with a step-by-step guide on how to integrate your Drupal site with your Shopify store. We will also be discussing why a Drupal Shopify integration is beneficial and what you can get out of it for your store. 

What are the benefits of Drupal Shopify integration?

Combining the two allows you to make the most out of both Drupal and Shopify’s features while minimizing both of their drawbacks.

Drupal adds the beauty and the visual aesthetics to your website, while Shopify deals with all the behind-the-scenes processing, sales, and the commerce part of things. The two are a perfect combination. 

It is not a secret that a lot of customers make purchases based on what they see. And while there are plenty of great Shopify themes available, not every e-commerce business owner has the creative eye to make the most out of these themes. 

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While companies like HeyCarson can help you in this regard, Drupal has tools, visuals, and flexibility that aren’t offered with Shopify themes, especially if you’re a beginner.

Drupal is highly customizable, and the aesthetics that it provides can help you to get the most out of what Shopify already provides. 

Unfortunately, the payment portals that Drupal use are not very universal. While Drupal does offer a lengthy list of payment options, they are not methods of payment that are easy to use, or that many people will have set up. 

Shopify, on the other hand, uses payment portals that are very universal and easy to use. Shopify makes use of Apple Pay, Google Pay, credit or debit card, and PayFast. These are generally payment methods that most people have set up so it is easy to use. 

Lastly, probably one of the most notable benefits that come with integrating Drupal and Shopify is that both are user-friendly, even if you’re not tech-savvy. 

If you don’t have vast technological knowledge, you won’t have to worry when you use Shopify to deal with the commerce side of things. 

Unlike Drupal commerce, Shopify can be set up quickly and easily and will run efficiently with no complications. Using the two together makes selling your products the easiest part of your business. 

How to integrate Drupal with Shopify 

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Step 1: Make sure that you have a Shopify account

If you don’t have one already, the first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have a Shopify account. 

If you do, you can skip this step. If you don’t, you need to sign up for Shopify and create an online store.

Step 2: Make sure that you have a Drupal site

Again, if you already have a Drupal site, then this step can be skipped. But, if you don’t have one, you are going to need to create a Drupal site to continue. 

Step 3: Create a private app

Now that you are equipped with both a Shopify store and Drupal website, you need to create a “Private App” that will help with the integration. 

  1. On your Shopify store, go to the Apps page.
  2. Select Private Apps, and create a private app.
  3. Name the app. It isn’t extremely important what the name is, but we would recommend naming it something like “Drupal Site” so you know which one you want to use. 
  4. Once this private app has been saved, it will give you details such as your API credentials, password, and shared secret. 
  5. These are important details that will be used later on in this process, so keep this tab open.

Step 4: Download the necessary apps

Next, you will need to download a few modules before you get started with the integration.  

These modules are Shopify API, Shopify API Library, and Libraries

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Then, install all of these modules.

Step 5: Download and install the Shopify module

Download the Shopify module, install it, and enable it.

Step 6: Integrating Drupal and Shopify

Now you have everything that you need, the official integration process can begin. 

  1. Go to your Drupal site. 
  2. Start by going to Configuration.
  3. Click on Web Services, and then Shopify API.
  4. Now, the information that we referred to in step 3 will come into play. 
  5. Where it says Token you will enter the given password, API code, and shared secret that was given to you.
  6. Where it asks for Domain, you will need to enter your Shopify store’s URL.
  7. Click on Save Configuration.

Step 7: Check for the “Shopify” tab

If all of the above was done correctly, you should see a tab labeled “Shopify” appear in the admin menu. Make sure that this is there to ensure that you have done everything correctly. 

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Step 8: Sync products

The next step is to sync the products across both platforms. 

  1. Click on the Shopify tab in your Drupal store. 
  2. Go to a tab that is labeled Sync.
  3. Select the option Sync Products – be patient while you wait out the import process, it can be quite lengthy.
  4. Once the import process has been completed, click on Sync Collections.

Step 9: Allow Drupal to update your Shopify store

The next thing that you want to do is to allow Drupal to update your Shopify store.

  1. Go to the Shopify tab on your Drupal website.
  2. Select the tab called Webhooks.
  3. Click on a drop-down button called Webhooks Registered.
  4. Select all of the boxes.
  5. Click on the button that says Save Configuration.

This step is technically optional, but we would highly recommend that you do it and don’t skip it. This is because it allows your store to undergo automatic updates and keep it functioning optimally.

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Step 10: Add a theme that is Drupal-friendly to your Shopify store

This is a very important step if you are wanting to get all the visual perks of a Drupal site mixed with the commerce aspect of a Shopify store.

What you are doing in this step is adding a custom theme to your Shopify store that will redirect the customer to your Drupal site when they use any store features. It also disables most of the Shopify store features except for the customer login and the shopping cart. 

With this done, you won’t have to stick to Shopify’s themes and templates and will reap the flexible and customizable aspects of the Drupal site. 

  1. Click on the tab labeled Theme in the Shopify section of your Drupal site.
  2. Select Upload and Publish Automatically.
  3. Go to your Shopify store and click on Themes.
  4. Upload the theme that you have chosen.
  5. Click on Publish Theme.

Conclusion

Integrating Shopify and Drupal is a great step to take if you want to try and get the most out of your e-commerce store and make it look as appealing as possible. 

Having a top-of-the-class content management system paired with an amazing e-commerce platform is something that will help to make your online store stand out.

As you can tell, integrating the two has a lot of benefits, and in many aspects, we see it as being more beneficial than connecting Ecwid to Shopify

Even though the integration is an easy process, we would recommend doing the necessary research before going ahead with it. The proper research is necessary when integrating any platform, such as WordPress or Squarespace, with Shopify to ensure smooth operation.
But, if you decide that integration isn’t for you and that you’d rather stick with Shopify, don’t worry. You can still have a unique theme that fits your needs. If you submit a task with us, we can help you customize a theme to suit your brand and store.

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