Shopify is a powerful platform for ecommerce stores with a robust developer community that has created thousands of applications to extend the functionality of your store. Adding these apps and services to your store is easy, but it’s important to be mindful of the potential downsides.
Too Many Apps Can Slow Down Your Site
Did you know that most Shopify apps add code to your site? This code can slow down your website and every millisecond of added loading time can cost you sales! That’s why it’s important to regularly review your apps and consider whether you need them or not.
It’s also worth noting that the number of apps you have installed isn’t the only factor that can slow down your site. The quality and size of the apps’ code can all impact your site’s loading time. It’s important to consider all of these factors when trying to improve the performance of your website.
Conducting an App Audit
When working with new clients, we often audit their Shopify apps to see which ones are still being used and which can be safely removed. We also examine whether an app is needed on every site template or if it can be limited to specific pages. Maintaining a balance between having the necessary apps and avoiding excess code that could potentially weigh down the site is crucial in ensuring optimal performance.
Take Control of Your Shopify Apps
Take a few minutes to review your apps page and consider the following three questions: “Are all of the installed apps being utilized?”, “Is each app necessary for the desired functionality of the site?”, and “Are the apps installed in the appropriate location?” By answering these questions, you can optimize your site’s performance and avoid any potential slowdowns caused by excess code.
Don’t let the ease of adding apps to your store lead you to clutter your site unnecessarily. Instead, take control of your apps and use them wisely to enhance your store’s performance.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of apps on your Shopify store or are unsure about which ones are necessary, consider working with an agency. We can manage your Shopify apps and ensure that you’re using the right ones for your business while optimizing your site for performance. Book a call to learn more.