PugSync — Version 3

More than two years after the release of Version 2 on the Shopify App Store, PugSync enters its third era with the biggest update we have ever pushed!

Over the past four years, we have collected feedback from Shopify stores and compiled a list of key features that our users have deemed important. This list includes many new features and improvements to our previous system, as well as a new pricing model that provides more value to users of all sizes.

Join us on a quick walkthrough to discover our new features and pricing model!

A new pricing model

PugSync — Our new plans

Although the introduction of our 7-day trial helped many store owners discover PugSync, it did not provide enough time to fully evaluate the benefits of using our Shopify app.

To address this issue, we have introduced two plans to PugSync.

First, a free plan that allows users to automatically or manually synchronize articles from one source (Medium, Blogger, SquareSpace, Webflow, Wix, WordPress, Shopify, Tumblr). There is no time limit, but users are limited to one active source and four synchronized articles per month.

The second plan is our current paid version, which unlocks all features, including our newest features such as Image Hosting and Analytics. With this plan, users can manage up to 10 active sources at a time and synchronize an unlimited number of articles. Our offer remains the same: you can subscribe to PugSync monthly for $3.99 or yearly for $39.99.

Image Hosting

PugSync — An imported article

As some of you may already know, when importing an article from a source, images contained in this article are still hosted on the original source which can be a problem if you are trying to get rid of your old blog to transition to Shopify Blog.

From now on, when using a Paid plan, images contained in articles synchronized through PugSync are now hosted on our own CDN. Therefore, even if the original source disappears, or if the article is deleted from its original source, the images imported with the article in Shopify Blog will keep working.

This was one of the most requested features, and it is now available in Version 3!


PugSync — Analytics screen

Keeping track of views and read time on your blog articles within Shopify can be challenging. However, with this new version of PugSync, it’s no longer a problem!

When using a Paid plan, all articles synchronized through PugSync now track metrics such as Page Views, Average Read Time, Links Opened, Current Readers, and “Readers Also Read,” letting you know what readers of a particular article also read.

Users can view their analytics globally or for a specific article over a specified period of time.

This feature is likely to evolve visually and introduce more metrics in the future. Therefore, we would love to hear your feedback!

View and Manage synchronized articles

PugSync — List of synchronized articles

Before Version 3, synchronized articles could only be managed through the Shopify Blog Admin interface. It was difficult to differentiate between imported articles and Shopify articles across multiple blogs. This led to the development of a new feature.

Now, all users can view all articles imported by PugSync or view the articles imported from a specific source. Additionally, a quick link to the Edit page of each article has been added, as well as a Delete button with the option to prevent PugSync from importing the deleted article again. You can also easily publish or unpublish your synchronized articles from this new interface.

Users with the Paid plan can also access Analytics for each of their articles via this new page!

Improved Dashboard

PugSync — New Dashboard

After implementing all of these new features, we decided to include some of them directly on our Dashboard to give you quick access to key areas of the app such as Sources, Analytics, and Articles.

That’s why Version 3 introduces a new Dashboard that contains interesting information such as active sources, the latest synchronized articles, and key metrics such as the number of visitors currently reading your articles, page views, and average read time.

We hope you find it helpful!

And that concludes our update, everyone! We hope you enjoy the new features introduced in Version 3. If you are not using PugSync yet, we invite you to try our Free Plan to start importing your blog articles on Shopify today!

We also encourage you to give us more feedback to guide the development of future features and improve our app every day.

If you liked what you saw, please consider giving us a review on the Shopify App Store. It would be greatly appreciated!

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