Content Glass app include built-in sharing tool - CG-Button, that supports multiple widgets that can be shared, and can also be extended with your own widgets.
You can utilize the built-in application framework to create and run widgets and apps that extend your store without need to handle the development process of integrating with Shopify app platform and API.
Content Glass (CG) is a platform and API for creating State Oriented Sharing apps. By installing this application a script will be added to your website. This script loads CG Web Client API (Application Programming Interface) into your website that is used for running CG-Button app on your website and optionally various CG add-on apps.
CG-Button is a Content Glass app that is used for creating widgets that run on top of websites based on some given conditions such as page URL or user properties. CG-Button is also a container for running CG add-on apps.
Using CG widgets and/or add-on apps you can practically add multiple layers of information and user-experience to your website. Your website turn from mere catalog into social service. Value is added to your website that help to increase user engagement with the website. More than that, your website will be integrated with CG services that offer additional levels of engaging with users, for example Interest Groups or Experts Glass services.
Widget can bring value to both, store owner and end-users. As end-user you can share a widget with friends so that when your friend visit the website the specific page the widget will be presented.
Note: Unless you provide special permissions by preferences portal, widgets shared by end-users are private meaning, they are exposed only to owner and the assigned peers-group set by widget owner.
As store owner you can share widgets publicly with all users or privately with certain users. Future CG service will provide the option of sharing widgets with specific groups made of store customers and/or established sharing relations. Sharing widgets does not require you to edit your website so it become very easy to provide ad-hoc information to end-users in various ways (text, image, video, other).
The variety of widgets that can be shared or used on store is practically endless due to the fact that CG let you add custom made widgets into CG-Button. CG-Button provides some basic widgets but new widgets can be developed using CG API. The same concept apply to add-on apps.
CG-Button provides some ready-made widgets you can start with. Here are few examples:
CG Web client API is a container for running web applications. This container can run two classes of web applications:
Add-on may also be used for creating fully functional applications for your website. For example an add-on created for noniades.myshopify.com uses CG API for creating e-cards that combines text message, personal video message and a poem from the collection of products offered by the store.
While CG-Button provides the basic sharing-tool functionality add-ons are the entry point for making your website distinguished!
Width CG is easy to make your website much more than just another products catalog!
This video shows an example of using CG on Shopify. In the YouTube channels you can also find other videos you may find interesting.
For extended documentation please refer to these links:
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1. CG Client API and its primary sharing tool CG-Button will be installed by default on your website. You can later hide it (if it make sense, depending on case).
2. An account will be created for you on www.contentglass.com that will be used for accessing preferences, manage add-ons apps and access other CG services.
3. Your account will be subscribed to newsletter that is used mainly for sending important notifications and updates.
5. Shared information is on user's own responsibility. Rhizome Networks is a software company that deals with software and not with rules. Still, using CG for promoting terror, promoting hate, illegal acts or abuse is forbidden. Use your common-sense, dignity and morality especially when you get the permissions to share widgets related to your business with public group across the web (see Interest Groups). Remember that Content Glass was intentionally created with state-of-mind of not being a spamming tool.
6. You are aware that Content Glass is evolving software and problems may occur from time to time that may affect functionality (for example note you shared as part of campaign is not presented) or may affect your business (for example add-on apps that involve with integrating between widgets and products) for the period until fix. And you are willing to take the risk.
The account is used for setting the application preferences and is accessible from your store app admin when clicking app's preferences link.
Account requires login using the user created for you on first install. This user has a name equals to Shopify domain of your store and Email equals to your store email.
For example if store domain is xyz.myshopify.com than user name for login will be "xyz.myshopify.com", and of course you will have to use a password.
The Email you are using in your store must be valid Email and in the case you are using spam filter you may need to train your spam filter to accept emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
When account is created confirmation email is sent to your store email. The confirmation email include a link you will use to set your password. If for some reason you did not received this email, check the spam quarantine box. If it is not there please contact support for the purpose of manually setting your password. Remember - your store email must be valid or else we can't contact you.
When you click the preferences link of Content Glass app you will be redirected to services portal on www.contentglass.com, where you can set the preferences for your app. If you already logged-in you will not have to login again. If you are not logged-in you will have to login for accessing services portal, using the user/password received upon install.
Your account is of type managed-app meaning it is set with special role that grant permissions for accessing CG services portal and manage the Content Glass application you installed.
If you want to cancel your account you can do it from your user's profile page. To prevent confusions it is recommended to keep your account if you consider to use the application in the future especially if you made custom settings for adding 3'rd party add-ons. When you cancel your account, account state is set to cancelled however a record of your account is kept.
If you want us to delete your account compactly or that you want to re-activate your account after cancelling you can open a support ticket asking us to help you with required operation.
Application preferences is managed on a dedicated portal assigned for your install on www.contentglass.com. We call this CG service: managed-app. Managed-app service is accessible from app's preferences link on Shopify dashboard, but it can also be accessed from the main menu ob CG website (See Services -> managed-apps).
Here are few of this things you can set from managed-app preferences page:
When you first install this app, and if all works fine, you will see a blue tab on the top border of your screen. This tab is the indication that CG-Button sharing tool is running on your website.
As store admin you are the only user that is allowed to shared widgets that will be exposed publicly. Other users can share widgets that will be exposed only with their contacts. Using app preferences you can define pages on which other users can also share publicly. This is optional of course.