AWS EventBridge to the Rescue
When our Shopify Development Team is working on an app, one of the aspects we have to consider is the volume of webhook traffic. Most of our enterprise clients generate a large amount of event data. Using direct HTTP webhook traffic is often not sufficient to keep up with the flow of information.
That begs the question, how can we properly scale an app to meet demand? We use the AWS EventBridge integration to receive Shopify webhooks via an event bus.
What is a Webhook?
Shopify provides webhooks as a way to receive event-data in near real time when it happens on a merchant's store. The webhook is an "alert" sent by the shop when a certain event is triggered. The webhook sends a JSON payload with the relevant event information to a standard HTTP endpoint. As a store obtains more customers and orders, the volume of events grows quickly and begins to overwhelm the payload endpoint. This is when an integration with Amazon EventBridge becomes powerful. EventBridge is a serverless configuration that is highly scalable and resilient with the ability to handle a near limitless amount of web traffic. To make it work though, we have to configure Shopify to work with AWS. Let's review the process for connecting Shopify to EventBridge.
Integrating a Shopify app with AWS EventBridge allows us to manage large volumes of notifications without overwhelming or losing data. In order to connect an app to EventBridge, we have to first configure it to point to AWS. The app requires the AWS Account ID, the associated AWS region and a unique name for the source.
Once the AWS details are entered into the Shopify App Setup, the app is ready to connect to Amazon. To complete the integration, the next step is to confirm the Source in EventBridge. This is handled via the Partner Event Sources section in your AWS account.
The Source Name from the Shopify app will now be available from within the Partner Event Sources. The source will be associated with an Event Bus from within this section. Once the event bus is connected, custom rules can be created to handle the incoming traffic.
For more details on connecting Shopify to AWS EventBridge, watch our tutorial video on YouTube:
"How Do I Connect My Shopify App to AWS EventBridge" - Shopify Tutorial
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