The Shopware 6 Interfaces Guide

04.01.2023
by Meike Müller
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What are Shopware 6 interfaces and what can they be used for? In this article we would like to give you an overview of the interfaces to Shopware 6. Here you will learn for which systems Shopware interfaces can be used and which interfaces already exist. This gives you the opportunity to improve your business processes, expand your sales channels and generally expand the functionality of your e-commerce business.

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What to expect
  1. What is Shopware and what are Shopware interfaces?
  2. Shopware interface vs. Shopware plugins
    1. You can use these interfaces with Shopware
    2. Examples for Shopware interfaces
    3. What a Shopware interface must be able to do
  3. Our conclusion
  4. FAQ
    1. Which technologies does Shopware use?
    2. What kind of system is Shopware?
    3. What is middleware?

What is Shopware and what are Shopware interfaces?

Shopware 6 is the latest version of the Shopware platform and has been designed to be highly customizable and extensible, with a new modular approach that makes it easier for developers to create custom solutions.

In addition, Shopware 6 has been optimized to effortlessly support complex workflows, allowing merchants to quickly set up their online store and start selling products. The software also offers a number of development tools and extensibility options that allow developers to create custom solutions for their stores. There are also numerous interfaces that can be used to connect existing programs to Shopware and integrate them into your Shopware store, such as marketplaces, accounting software or merchandise management systems.

With an interface, two software systems can be connected with each other. Thus data of the Softwares can be exchanged among themselves. The interface is therefore usually data-oriented in order to exchange information. In other cases, the interface can also be functional. In this case, it is usually referred to as a plug-in. We will explain the differences between data-oriented and functional interfaces in the following section.

Shopware interfaces vs. Shopware plugins

For the Shopware store system, there are both plugins and suitable interfaces to extend the functionality of your online store. But what is actually the difference? Interfaces, as they are used in Shopware, are data-oriented interfaces that are used for communication between Shopware and another system. They are usually non-functional. The plugins are also interfaces, but they are functional interfaces, so they can also perform functions themselves. However, there are also plugins that "only" act as an interface to an existing system. They then offer the functions in Shopware itself, but access the existing system in the background. The plugins can not simply work alone and need, for example, as in this case, the store system Shopware.

You can use these interfaces with Shopware

Interfaces for Shopware and other systems can be easily developed by developers themselves. For this reason, there are now countless interfaces and agencies that offer interfaces for online retailers. For a holistic IT landscape, the use of interfaces, but of course also plugins, is essential. This way, you can link all business processes with each other and automate them as much as possible. In addition, you can automatically synchronize item data and documents between two systems. If you want to know more about Shopware plugins, we recommend our article "The best Shopware 5 and 6 plugins for your online store".

Examples for Shopware interfaces

If you want to link your online store with other systems already in use, interfaces to Shopware will help you. Interfaces can be created individually for your ERP system, for marketplaces, various web services, price search engines and more. For some systems, there are already existing interfaces that you can simply use to create a link. For example, you can already connect to these systems without having to program a new interface (they are available either as a pure interface to the system or as a plugin):

  • DHL Paket, myparcel.com and Droppery are already available for shipping your products.
  • Email marketing is possible with the interfaces to Mailchimp or Newsletter2Go
  • With Händlerbund and Avale you can directly clarify legal details
  • HubSpot, a CRM system, can also be easily connected, more info on this can be found in our HubSpot article "Our HubSpot Plugin: Hand in Hand with Shopware" (Link: https://www.exwe.de/de/news/shopware/unser-hubspot-plugin-hand-in-hand-mit-shopware/)
  • Payment providers like Paypal, Amazon Pay and Klarna
  • and many more

Other pure interfaces must first be programmed by a Shopware agency to your needs. The custom-fit development of a data-oriented interface is important so that all relevant data can be reliably transferred between the Shopware store system and the other system.

ERP systems: The structure of ERP systems can be very complex. Therefore, creating a functional Shopware interface is also difficult. This is because ERP systems can bundle and collect a lot of data and enable the management and initiation of numerous business processes. In order for the master data from Shopware to get to the right place in the ERP system, the interface must be programmed extensively and with all the details

Enterprise resource planning: An enterprise resource planning system is essential for most online shop owners to manage inventory and sales without errors. Therefore, it is quite useful if there is a data exchange between Shopware store and merchandise management. The interface must be able to deliver a lot of data to the right place, but this is usually not as complex as an interface for an ERP system.

Marketplaces or price search engines to expand the sales channels: You have the option of offering the products from your online store on another marketplace as well, so that you don't just offer your products on one sales channel. To avoid the hassle of maintaining all your products and product details, there are suitable interfaces that transfer the data automatically. Marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay or price search engines such as Idealo are ideally suited for this. For eBay, for example, there is the "eBay Order Import", a plugin that serves as an interface to eBay.

Other web services that are relevant for your online store: Interfaces can also be useful for other web services. Depending on you may want to connect to a payment service provider, a newsletter tool, etc.

What a Shopware interface must be able to do

Four different aspects are important for interfaces between, for example, an ERP system and Shopware. If these aspects are present, nothing stands in the way of a successful connection. The Shopware interface should fulfill the following aspects:

Functionality: essential for the success of the interface is that it can transfer all data flawlessly between Shopware and the system to be connected. Relevant data can vary depending on the purpose of the system. As a rule, it is all article and customer data.

Security: Of course, all data must be transferred securely. It must not be possible for third parties to view it. To ensure this, the interface should be able to regularly adapt to emerging updates.

Adaptability: In order for the interface to fulfill all your wishes and serve the purpose you have chosen, the interface must be able to adapt to your store and the system.

Automation: The connection of a system usually has the background to automate certain processes. You no longer have to manually transfer important data such as price lists, receipts, item data and order status or initiate certain workflows yourself. This should be taken over and imported fully automatically by the interface.

Our conclusion

All in all, interfaces are a very good way to make your everyday work much easier. They are an essential step towards automating your online store and help you to pass on all data correctly to other systems without having to do a lot of work each time. We can only recommend you to use interfaces to build your IT environment around your online store seamlessly.

As an experienced Shopware agency, we offer our clients the best in custom online store integrations and layouts. Our expertise extends to fulfilling all individual wishes required for an optimal web presence. This includes extending functionality through APIs that can streamline various processes. We develop individual interfaces that complete the functionality of your online store. For more information, feel free to contact our experts.

 

FAQ

 

Last but not least, we will answer a few questions about Shopware 6, which will help you to get an overview of the store system. If anything is still unclear to you or if you have any further questions, we at EXWE will be happy to provide you with help and advice at any time.

Which technologies does Shopware use?

The following technologies are used for Shopware 6: Symfony 5.4, Twig, Bootstrap 4 and Vue.js. They ensure very good performance and are easy to update and maintain. In addition, the Shopware store system is based on PHP. PHP is a programming language that is best suited for web applications and websites.

What kind of system is Shopware?

Shopware is a powerful and versatile modular online store system that was released in 2004 by Shopware AG as open source software. Its users get a wealth of features that allow them to design their own online store with maximum flexibility and creativity. Since then, the platform has been continuously developed thanks to the support of a large community that provides an incredible range of modules and themes - from e-commerce solutions to marketing tools. In addition, Shopware also offers various payment methods and even personalized customer service. Thanks to its intuitive design and advanced architecture, merchants can quickly create an interactive shopping experience for customers that can be accessed from any device. In addition, Shopware's comprehensive reporting tools provide necessary insights into customer behavior and product performance, helping merchants make informed decisions to maximize profits and efficiency.

What is middleware?

Middleware comes into play when there are multiple software and cloud solutions that need to communicate with each other and exchange and match data sets automatically via interfaces. To ensure that this does not lead to confusion, a middleware can be used. The middleware is either cloud-based or on-premises software. It is effectively the central interface for all requests from the deployed systems. It receives the requests and forwards them to the application required for that request. In this way, all the required data can be transmitted correctly.

 

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Meike
Meike
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Hello, my name is Meike. I take care of the EXWE back office and am responsible for our social media channels. All of our articles are meant to make your life easier and help you make decisions. Nevertheless, it can happen that something remains unclear, so: If you have questions about this article you can easily reach me at +49 231 93149827.

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