Understanding Scopes in Shopify API Integration with Desmily CRM

When it comes to integrating Shopify with Desmily CRM, understanding the concept of scopes is crucial for a seamless data synchronization process. Scopes are permissions that the Shopify API requires to grant access to specific types of data within a user's Shopify store. In this article, we'll delve into what scopes are, how Shopify uses them, and how we leverage them to sync data using the Shopify API and Desmily CRM.

It's worth mentioning that we have already preconfigured several scopes into the native integration we have built. This article should serve as a familiarization article rather than as a step you must do to launch your own CRM.

What Are Scopes?

Scopes are essentially access rights that are required by third-party applications, like Desmily CRM, to interact with a Shopify store's data. These permissions determine the level of access that the application has to the store's resources. Each scope corresponds to a set of actions that the application can perform, such as reading or writing data related to customers, orders, products, etc.

When a store owner installs an app or permits it, they agree to allow the app to access certain types of data as defined by the scopes it requests. It's important to note that the principle of least privilege should be applied, meaning an app should only request the scopes that are necessary for its operation to ensure the security and privacy of the store's data.

How Shopify Uses Scopes

Shopify uses scopes to maintain a secure environment for both merchants and their customers. When an app requests access to a Shopify store, it must specify which scopes it requires. The Shopify platform then presents these scopes to the store owner during the app installation process, where the owner can review and approve the requested permissions.

Shopify categorizes scopes into two main types:

  1. Read Scopes: These scopes allow an application to view specific types of data. For example, read_products would enable an app to see product information.

  2. Write Scopes: These scopes permit an application to modify or create data within the store. For instance, write_orders would allow an app to create or update orders.

Syncing Data with Shopify API and Desmily CRM

Desmily CRM integrates with Shopify to provide a seamless experience for managing customer relationships and storing data. To achieve this, Desmily CRM utilizes the Shopify API and requests the necessary scopes to sync data between the two platforms.

Here's how the process works:

  1. Authentication: The store owner installs the Desmily CRM app on their Shopify store or connects their Shopify store to Desmily CRM from the integrations page of our CRM. During this process, Desmily CRM requests the appropriate scopes based on the features it offers. The store owner must grant permission for these scopes to proceed. We have listed the scopes we use in the next article.

    1. Scope Approval: Once the store owner reviews and approves the requested scopes, Desmily CRM is granted the access it needs to interact with the Shopify store data. This access is strictly governed by the permissions specified in the scopes.

    2. Data Synchronization: With the approved scopes, Desmily CRM can now sync data between the Shopify store and the CRM system. For instance, if Desmily CRM needs to import customer information, it would require the read_customers scope. To update customer tags or notes within Shopify, it might need the write_customers scope.

    3. Operational Use: Desmily CRM uses the approved scopes to perform various operations that are essential for CRM activities. For example:

      • Customer Data: Syncing customer profiles, including contact information and purchase history, to build comprehensive customer records.

      • Order Management: Importing order details to help with sales tracking, returns, and customer support.

      • Product Information: Accessing product details to assist in sales analysis, inventory management, and targeted marketing campaigns.

    4. Ongoing Sync: Desmily CRM maintains an ongoing synchronization with the Shopify store data, ensuring that any changes in the Shopify store are reflected within the CRM. This includes new customer data, updated orders, and changes in product inventory.

    5. Security and Compliance: Desmily CRM adheres to Shopify's API usage regulations and data protection standards. The CRM system only accesses the data it is permitted to through the scopes approved by the store owner, ensuring that the store's data is handled securely and responsibly.

    In conclusion, scopes are a foundational element in the integration between Shopify and Desmily CRM. They facilitate a secure and controlled environment where data can be exchanged between the two platforms. By understanding and correctly implementing scopes, Desmily CRM ensures that store owners have a reliable and efficient tool for managing their customer relationships and store data, all while maintaining the integrity and security of their Shopify store.


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