Blog / Shopify

Getting to 100 paying customers for a SaaS product

July 12, 2017

We've recently passed 100 paying customers for one of our Shopify apps, EZ Exporter.

Shopify apps are technically SaaS products. We maintain the app and the servers it runs on and provide it as a service to Shopify store owners. You can set different types of pricing: from one-time fees, usage-based, or recurring monthly or yearly subscriptions.

EZ Exporter is our first paid app which got published on the Shopify store last December. It ...

Forming an LLC in the US using IncFile.com

June 1, 2017

My business partner and I had finally decided to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) a few months ago for our software company Highview Apps, where we focus on building Shopify apps. We intentionally took our time before forming a company as we weren't sure if we'll actually get anywhere with our app ideas.

We started working on our first app, Slacky (integrates Shopify and Slack), last year to test the Shopify ecosystem ...

Re-designing HighviewApps.com

May 21, 2017

I just finished re-doing our main site for Highview Apps, a software company I started with a friend of mine that makes Shopify apps. We've been thinking of re-doing the site for some time now and I was finally able to allocate a couple of days to work on it.

Initially, we just wanted to have a company site up and running quickly so we just picked a very simple one-page, free Bootstrap 3 ...

Generating a signed URL for an Amazon S3 file using boto

April 9, 2017

I was refactoring some code for EZ Exporter, a data exporter app for Shopify, last week as our customer base has been growing pretty steadily these last few months. I figured it's time to do some optimization to make sure the app is ready for future growth.

One of the functionalities that we needed to optimize is how we handle manual downloads. Initially, I just made it very simple by returning the data as ...

Easily export your Shopify orders to CSV with EZ Exporter

October 28, 2016

EZ Exporter Shopify App

Our latest Shopify app, EZ Exporter, just got published in the Shopify App Store yesterday (currently in beta status)! This is our second Shopify app and our first paid app.

With EZ Exporter, we aimed to build an exporter app that is easy to use and flexible at the same time. Right now, we're just focusing on order exports. We have plans to include options to export customer and product data as well in ...

Automatically generating and renewing Let's Encrypt SSL certificates with the certbot client and Ansible

August 11, 2016

I just finished updating my ansible-django-stack project and added tasks to automatically issue a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate and set up a cron job to auto-renew the certificate.

We're now using it for all our Shopify apps which are built in Django. Let's Encrypt certificates are only valid for 90 days, so if you have a bunch of web apps like we do and have more planned in the future, automating this ...

SSH tunneling and dealing with webhooks that require a trusted SSL certificate when developing locally with Django

July 15, 2016

I'm currently working on version 2 of our Shopify app where we'll be adding custom Slack slash commands. When adding slash commands to a custom app, Slack requires the receiving server to have a trusted (not self-signed) SSL certificate.

Normally, what we do is simply create a reverse SSH tunnel to our stage server which is publicly accessible to receive webhooks, for example:

ssh root@stage.example.com -R 8000:localhost:80

The ...

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