Navigation is how merchants move from task to task. A good navigation structure enables merchants to complete tasks easily and without friction. Build your app’s navigation around what merchants need to do.

Navigation elements display in the following areas:

  1. App nav
  2. App header
  3. Page header
The Shopify admin with numbered indicators for the app nav (labeled 1), the app header (labeled 2), and the page header (labeled 3). The Shopify admin with numbered indicators for the app nav (labeled 1), the app header (labeled 2), and the page header (labeled 3).
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Information architecture (IA) is the practice of organizing sections so that they make sense as a whole.

IA shows merchants where they currently are, and how to navigate the rest of the app. It should be obvious what previously happened and what will happen next.

Rely on the relationship between the app nav and app body components to guide merchants where they need to go.

Use the fewest possible categories to define what your app does.

App pages that are linked together to form a cohesive information architecture. Users can navigate between pages by clicking on links in the app nav and on breadcrumbs.
The title of a page called "Create template" with a breadcrumb to the previous page, which is called "Template".

Must Do

Merchants must be able to return to the previous page without using the browser button. To achieve this, your app can provide breadcrumbs or a Back button on the page.
A dialog card containing a button that's labeled "View free image", with an icon that indicates it sends the user to an external page when clicked.

Do Not

Don’t send merchants outside of the Shopify admin for key actions or during primary workflows. This can be a frustrating experience.

The app URL specified in the Partner Dashboard should point to your app homepage. This page is the default view when your app’s name is selected in the Shopify admin.

If you're building an app that's made entirely of extensions, then a default app home URL and homepage is provided.

An app’s homepage with the app’s name highlighted in the app nav.

Must Do

Use the app name to point at your app’s homepage. This is controlled in the Partner Dashboard, under App Setup > App URL.
An app's homepage with a link to the homepage in the app nav.

Do Not

Don't duplicate the app homepage's URL in your navigation.

The app nav gives merchants a way to move between pages of your app.

The app nav is located in the sidebar in the Shopify admin and in the header in Shopify mobile.

The Navigation Menu App Bridge component as rendered in the Shopify admin's app nav. The component is showcased next to its code equivalent.

Must Do

If your app has different sections, then use the App Bridge NavigationMenu component to integrate the sections into the Shopify admin and Shopify mobile navigation.
An app nav with concisely-labeled items like "Templates", "Photos", "Puzzles", and "Examples".

Must Do

Make navigation items short and scannable. Use nouns instead of verbs to keep the navigation menu concise.
An app nav with so many items that they get truncated into a section called "View more".

Tip

When you use more than seven items in the NavigationMenu component, item seven and above are truncated into a View more button.
A card in the app body that replicates app nav links to other pages of the app.

Do Not

Don’t replicate the app nav content in the app body. It creates unnecessary repetition and makes navigation confusing.
Buttons being used as navigation links in the page header.

Do Not

Don’t place the main navigation in the page header. This can mislead merchants. The page header is reserved for in-page actions.
Tabs being used as primary navigation in the app nav.

Do Not

Don’t use tabs as primary navigation for your app, since Tabs are used in the Shopify admin as filters on index tables. Use the App Bridge NavigationMenu instead.

The app name represents a way for merchants to identify your app across multiple touchpoints in the Shopify admin.

The app name can be shorter than the Shopify App Store listing, so that it fits into the app nav.


Info

To change your app name, in the Partner Dashboard navigate to App setup.
The app name, which reads "Puzzlify" and is entirely visible.

Must Do

Keep app names short, with no more than 20 characters. Anything beyond 20 characters is truncated and might be confusing for merchants.
The app name, which reads "Puzzlify, an easy to use jigsaw puzzle app", but the latter half of the text is truncated by an ellipsis and isn't visible.

Do Not

Don’t put a description in the app name. Put the description in the Shopify App Store listing instead.

Submit a navigation icon that displays in the app nav. The navigation icon is gray when it’s inactive and green when it’s active.

To learn more about designing your navigation icon, refer to the visual design guidelines.


Info

To change your navigation icon, navigate to App setup > Embedded app in the Partner Dashboard.
An image of PNG and SVG Puzzlify icons. The two icons look similar, though not identical.

Must Do

If you're using an SVG icon in the Shopify admin navigation, then it must look similar to your app’s App Store icon. It's not mandatory to have an SVG icon.
A guideline illustrating the icon crop radius.

Tip

Navigation app icons are cropped with a 4px border radius. You don't need to submit your icon with rounded corners.

The app header contains main structural pieces for your app. It’s the header that merchants will interact with throughout the entire app experience.

The app header contains the following elements:

  1. App icon and name
  2. Pinning icon
  3. Overflow menu
The app header, which represents the topmost part of an app. Included in the image are the app icon and app name (labeled 1), the pinning icon (labeled 2), and the overflow menu (labeled 3). The app header, which represents the topmost part of an app. Included in the image are the app icon and app name (labeled 1), the pinning icon (labeled 2), and the overflow menu (labeled 3).
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The overflow menu is reserved for additional support information about your app.

The overflow menu includes the following content:

  • About this app
  • Support

At this time, the overflow menu isn’t customizable.


Info

On mobile, the option to pin the app is collapsed into the overflow menu.
The app header, which focuses on the overflow menu. There's a visible selection box with links to learn about the app and get support. The app header, which focuses on the overflow menu. There's a visible selection box with links to learn about the app and get support.
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The page header contains titles and actions for a specific page.

The page header should, at the very least, contain the page’s title. You can optionally add more elements, such as buttons.

The page header with a code block showcasing the App Bridge TitleBar component.

Tip

Use App Bridge’s TitleBar component to integrate with the Shopify admin’s navigation. This helps your app stay within recommended guidelines.

The page title should be short and describe the general purpose of the page.

Try to limit each page to a single purpose. Merchants prefer focusing their attention on specific tasks, and splitting their attention might damage the user experience.

The page header with the current page title, "Templates" in focus. The page header with the current page title, "Templates" in focus.
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The primary and secondary buttons in the TitleBar component initiate a page-specific action.

Primary and secondary button labels should have the following attributes:

  • Clarity and predictability: Merchants should be able to anticipate what will happen when they click a page action.
  • Action led: Button labels should always lead with a strong verb that encourages action. To provide enough context for merchants, use a {verb}+{noun} format.
The page header with a primary button that's labeled "New templates" and a secondary button that's labeled "Export templates", in focus. The page header with a primary button that's labeled "New templates" and a secondary button that's labeled "Export templates", in focus.
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A primary button that's labeled "New template" and a secondary button that's labeled "Export templates".

Must Do

Offer merchants clear and predictable action labels.
A primary button that's labeled "Upload image" and a secondary button that's labeled "More actions". The secondary button has a dropdown menu with two items, "Export templates" and "Preview all".

Tip

TitleBar accepts one primary action and multiple secondary actions. When more than one secondary action is present, they're truncated into a More actions dropdown.