Introducing Online Store 2.0: What it Means For Developers (2023)

Today at Shopify Unite, we announced one of our biggest updates to date: Online Store 2.0.

Online Store 2.0 opens up massive opportunities for developers building themes and apps for Shopify merchants. We’ve rebuilt the online store experience from the ground up, and are introducing a new set of developer tools to help youcreate amazing experiences for merchants and shoppers.

In this article, we’ll take a look at these new tools and features to understand how they impact your work, and the possibilities they present. We’ll also explain the requirements to update your themes and apps to Online Store 2.0 standards.

Let’s jump in.

Table of contents

  • Upgraded theme architecture
  • Flexible store content
  • Enhancements to the theme editor
  • New developer tools
  • A new reference theme
  • The Shopify Theme Store reopening
  • Updating your themes and apps

1. Upgraded theme architecture

We’ve upgraded the theme architecture for the online store, providing easier and more flexible customization options for merchants. There are also new opportunities for developers to build themes and integrations that can be easily customized by the merchant to fit their needs.

Sections on every page

Up until now, merchants have been limited in how they represent their businesses on Shopify, with the flexibility of sections being limited to only the home page. Code edits, elaborate workarounds with blocks, or custom apps were needed to achieve a similar effect across other pages.

That all changes with sections on every page. Now, merchants can add sections to all pages, not just the home page, unlocking a range of new opportunities to personalize every aspect of a store.

How sections on every page works

These changes are achieved by a new approach to how the storefront renders templates. Each page type can now be rendered using a JSON template file, which lists the sections of that page, and stores settings data related to any additional section that is added or edited by a merchant. Stores can have multiple template files that map to different products, collection pages, custom pages, blog posts, and more, allowing merchants to easily have different product, collection, and other pages in the same store.

Within the new JSON template files, you can define which sections should appear by default when your theme is first installed, and which order they should appear in. Once the JSON template is added, a merchant can navigate to the theme editor, and add any section that contains presets—exactly how you would add dynamic sections to the home page previously.

To see a model of how this could be set up, take a look at the /templates directory of our new theme,Dawn, in the GitHub repo, or read our developer documentation on JSON templates.

See below for a demo of templates.

Theme app extensions with app blocks

With the updated theme architecture comes an update to how apps integrate with the storefront. Currently, there’s no structured, end-to-end solution for apps to easily integrate with themes. Developers are left to build integration logic for every existing theme and host assets themselves, making it hard to build features that work consistently across all themes and are fast anywhere in the world.

To solve these challenges, we’re introducing theme app extensions for developers, allowing you to extend apps into merchants’ themes via app blocks.

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Built-in modularity

App blocks represent a radical change in the way apps are included inside of themes. App developers can now build UI components that can be added, removed, and configured directly through the theme editor without having to touch a theme’s code. This means uninstalls are also cleaner, with ghost code automatically removed.

Theme app extensions can be easily created, published, and updated (with versioning) from the Shopify CLI, just like other app extensions.

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This modularity means you no longer need to build integration logic for every existing theme. And since it’s no longer necessary to open up the theme code to manually install your app, you won’t have to worry about breaking changes being introduced. That means less time troubleshooting with users.

To identify if a merchant is using a theme that is compatible with your theme app extensions, you should use the Theme API and Assets API. Knowing which type of theme a merchant is using will help you offer the best onboarding experience for merchants to integrate the app into their theme.

Host and manage assets

You’ll also be able to add your app’s supporting assets to your theme app extensions for fast hosting via Shopify’s CDN, and easily reference those assets from within your theme extension’s app blocks.

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To build your first theme app extensions and make your apps compatible with Online Store 2.0, visit the migration information in our documentation.

2. Flexible store content

With Online Store 2.0, developers don't have to hardcode metafields into themes or rely on APIs to make changes to product pages. Theme developers can now use dynamic sources to insert standard metafields and known resource properties as setting defaults.

Improvements to metafields

The updated theme editor will allow merchants to add metafields and properties without the use of APIs or code. That means merchants will be able to add exactly the content they need to the product page, like introducing a space for buyers to include a size chart or ingredient list. Anything that is unlikely to appear in the core store editor can now be added in via metafields.

On the development side, we’ve revamped metafields in three key ways:

  • More flexible: Metafields now have a much more flexible type system that will grow over time to become more tailored to commerce data.
  • Standard metafields: We’re introducing standard metafields, which make it much simpler for custom themes to work out of the box on stores across different market verticals.
  • Presentation hints: You will now be able to add presentation hints to metafields, allowing Storefront API and Liquid users to render merchant data in the way the merchant intended, with far less custom code.

Learn more about metafields in our documentation, and watch a demo below.

File picker

Metafields now support media such as images or PDF files. Rather than hard coding an asset into a theme, the metafield file picker makes it easy to upload and select media on product pages. All your images saved in the Settings/Files section are immediately available for use.

For example, if merchants would like to have a product warranty or sizing chart available for download on a product page, the file picker makes it easy to select that file with a simple UX, and insert it where the file metafield is placed on their theme.

Files API

Developers will also gain access to the contents of Settings/Files through the new Files API. This GraphQL API enables apps to upload or select existing media content from Settings/Files. Apps can now benefit from access to this area of the admin, including populating media metafields with content.

This opens up opportunities for apps to use this space for files and images that aren't directly associated with a product, including images used in themes. Learn more about the Files API in our documentation.

3. Enhancements to the theme editor

To empower merchants to take advantage of these improvements and updates—and to make it easier for developers to navigate—we’ve also made substantial enhancements to the theme editor.

Instead of needing to drill down into different sections, the editor now displays a tree view of all the content on a page in the sidebar. From this sidebar, merchants can hide most blocks, with the exception of the header and the footer (which can contain blocks that can be moved or hidden, but can’t be hidden themselves). These changes let merchants easily update the hierarchy of a page.

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Liquid input setting

An additional update to the theme editor is the new Liquid input setting that will allow merchants to add custom Liquid code to pages directly from the editor. The Liquid setting is similar to the HTML setting type, except that it will allow access to Liquid variables, meaning merchants will be able to access global- and template-specific Liquid objects.

This setting will reduce the need for merchants to manually change the code of a theme, particularly when adding code for apps that use Liquid. Developers can learn how to add this setting to a section or block in our developer documentation, or view our new themeDawn’s custom-liquid section for an example of how this can be implemented.

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These changes make it easier for merchants to work with the new features of Online Store 2.0, and make decisions about their online store without engaging with a developer—freeing up your time to focus on building creative integrations and solutions.

Online Store 2.0 introduces a whole new way for developers to build apps and themes for Shopify merchants. To support this change, we’re introducing a suite of new developer tools that seamlessly integrate into Shopify and assist the process of developing, testing, and deploying your themes.

With the introduction of the Shopify GitHub integration, an updated Shopify CLI tool, and Theme Check, you’ll experience more robust theme development with version control, a better sandboxed environment to develop themes locally, and streamlined development with a real-time linter tuned for Shopify themes.

Below, we look at what each of these tools means for you.

Shopify Github integration

We’re launching a new integration with GitHub to make theme development and maintenance easier to track and manage. By connecting your GitHub user account or organization to an online store, changes are both pushed and pulled to a Github repo that is always in-sync with the current state of selected themes.

The GitHub integration with themes will allow developers to collaborate safely when editing themes by introducing native support for version control. When working on a merchant’s store, developers can now implement workflows where changes to themes must be reviewed and merged on GitHub before populating to a live theme.

For those of you that use CI to perform linting, testing, and file transformations before deploying to an online store, such as running Theme Check or compiling SCSS into CSS, the Github integration can be used in combination with Git subtrees to sync the production-ready files. See more on this in our documentation, and watch a demo of the GitHub integration below.

Shopify CLI

We’ve also made some significant changes to the existing Shopify CLI tool. App developers have been using the CLI to quickly generate Node.js and Ruby on Rails apps and app extensions, but we’ve now widened the scope of the tool to include themes.

The Shopify CLI accelerates your theme development because it can now:

  • Safely develop, preview, and test changes to themes inside of development themes
  • Hot-reload CSS and Liquid section changes as you’re developing thanks to the new dev server
  • Initialize a new theme project using our new theme, Dawn, as a starting point
  • Push and publish themes from the command line
  • Run Theme Check on your theme
  • Populate test data for your theme, including products, customers, and draft orders

Development themes

Development themes are temporary, hidden themes that are connected to the Shopify store you’re using for development. When you call shopify theme serve, the Shopify CLI automatically creates a development theme inside the store you’re working on, and will reuse that theme each time shopify theme serve is subsequently run. You don’t need to worry about others viewing or making edits to it because development themes are not visible on the admin/themes page.

Development themes don’t count towards your theme limit, and are deleted from the store after seven days of inactivity. They are also destroyed when you run shopify-logout, so if you need a preview link that won’t be destroyed when you log out, you should push your theme to the store instead.

Development themes can be used to view changes to a theme that you’re developing locally in real time, and interact with and customize the theme using the theme editor.

These tools are designed to make your development process easier, and get you up and running with Online Store 2.0 quickly.

Theme Check

Theme Check is a language server for Liquid and JSON that scans themes for errors and highlights Shopify theme and Liquid best practices. This tool can integrate with text editors such as Visual Studio Code, and identifies several types of issues within your theme code, including Liquid syntax errors, missing templates, performance issues, and more.

To help you to debug theme issues quickly, error messages include a link to the failed check's documentation. Theme Check is also bundled with the Shopify CLI tool, so you don't need to install it separately. Check out our developer documentation to learn how to install and use Theme Check when testing your themes.

See below for a video of the new code editor in action.

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5. A new reference theme

To accompany the launch of Online Store 2.0, we’re all launching a brand new default theme that ties together all the features described above. We call it Dawn.

Dawn is Shopify’s firstsource-available reference theme with OS 2.0 flexibility and a focus on speed. It is built with semantic markup with HTML and CSS, instead of leaning on polyfills and external libraries, to create great experiences on all browsers. It’s designed to maximize flexibility while minimizing complexity, which means balancing being opinionated with our design with allowing merchants the space to make changes that they deemed fit for their business.

We kept our emphasis on speed as we built Dawn, and the result is that Dawn is fast by default, no matter what—it loads 35 percent faster than Debut, the theme that more than half of merchants use today.

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Since Dawn already has JSON templates for all of its pages, you can use it as a model when unlocking sections on your own themes. It will eventually be the new default theme for all new stores, replacing Debut.

Learn more about how we built Dawn by reading our article on the Shopify UX Blog.

On using minimal JavaScript

Arguably the biggest pursuit with Dawn is that we explored how far can you really get with a JavaScript-only-as-needed approach to development. This is because we are prioritizing speed more than ever, providing a fast foundation to increase the likelihood that merchant stores load quickly.

We knew that building with minimal JavaScript meant we would not compromise on the user experience for merchants and buyers. In some cases, JavaScript is necessary even if it’s not the most performant choice. But where it made sense, we leaned on native browser features instead of JavaScript libraries and polyfills.

We’re encouraging developers to take advantage of native browser functionality where possible to render HTML and CSS layouts.

6. The Shopify Theme Store reopening

We’re excited to announce that in addition to the improvements of Online Store 2.0, we will also be reopening the Shopify Theme Store to partners on July 15, 2021. On that day, you will be able to submit your new themes for review, and approved themes will begin being published.

Even better is that in September, we will be removing all revenue share on the first million dollars you make annually on the Shopify Theme Store. That means that if you make less than $1 million USD, you will pay zero percent revenue share—and those numbers reset every year. When you make more than $1 million USD, you’ll still only pay a 15 percent revenue share on the incremental earnings.

There will be a one-time submission fee of $99 USD per account to submit to the Shopify Theme Store, plus a 2.9 percent processing fee on all transactions. We’ll have more info on this update soon.

With millions of merchants using Shopify to run their businesses, now is the time to build themes for these global entrepreneurs. The Shopify Theme Store has been closed since 2018, so this is an opportunity to get in early and establish yourself as a trusted theme developer.

Learn more about the updated guidelines for submitting your theme to the Shopify Theme Store. If you haven’t already, sign up below for a Shopify Partner account, and start building your first theme.

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7. Updating your themes and apps

To take full advantage of these improvements, you should plan to migrate your themes and apps to the updated requirements of Online Store 2.0 as soon as possible—especially as merchants come to expect the flexibility OS 2.0 provides.

By the end of the year, it will be required that all themes in the Shopify Theme Store and apps in the Shopify App Store use the new infrastructure. Merchants’ existing themes will continue to work beyond this year, but to access new Online Store 2.0 features through the theme editor, merchants will need to make sure their theme is Online Store 2.0 compatible.

Learn more about migrating your themes to OS 2.0 and building theme app extensions to make your apps compatible with OS 2.0 themes.

Updated documentation

To help support you in updating your themes and apps, we’ve overhauled the developer documentation for the online store. Our documentation now includes:

  • How-tos for developer workflows and processes with themes
  • Best practices for commerce components with semantic web best practices
  • How apps should integrate with the new online store architecture, including how to make your app work withlegacy themes

Visit our new documentation to learn more about updating your apps and themes. Stay in the loop with updates on all things development at Shopify by joining our monthly What’s New for Developers newsletter.

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Building for the future of commerce

Online Store 2.0 marks an end-to-end overhaul of how themes are built at Shopify. With sections on every page, app-powered blocks, flexible data storage, and robust developer tools, the process of building a theme on Shopify is easier than ever before. The extensibility offered to app developers means more opportunity to build integrations for merchants and surface your solution directly in the online store.

Update your themes and create theme app extensions for your apps to take full advantage of these updates, to continue building for merchants around the world.


What does Shopify 2.0 mean? ›

Shopify's Online Store 2.0 brings sections to every page of a Shopify store, meaning merchants can add, remove and re-arrange sections throughout the entire site.

Does Shopify 2.0 cost more? ›

No, Shopify 2.0 is an update to the platform and has the same base price as a Shopify Vintage store. However, you may pay more if you need to buy a new theme or your theme's developer charges for the update. But the subscription fee to use Shopify is the same regardless of which version you use.

When did Shopify 2.0 come out? ›

PRO TIP: When Did Shopify 2.0 Come Out? Version 2.0 of Shopify was released on October 1, 2019. This version is a major update and includes many new features and improvements.

Is Shopify good for developers? ›

Overall, Shopify is a good option for businesses that want an easy-to-use platform for creating an online store. However, developers may find it to be less developer-friendly than some other eCommerce platforms.

What is the latest version of Shopify? ›

Version 2.19. 0
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29 Aug 2022

What is a Shopify online store? ›

Shopify is a subscription-based eCommerce platform that helps businesses of all sizes sell physical and digital products. You can build a Shopify store or sell through an existing website. You can also sell through social media, guest blog posts, emails, and in-person with a Shopify buy button.

Which ecommerce platform is best? ›

The Top 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms
  • Shopify – Best all-around ecommerce platform.
  • Zyro – Best price for a full online store.
  • Wix – Best for stores with fewer than 100 products.
  • BigCommerce – Best for large inventories.
  • Squarespace – Best for cornering a niche market.
  • Bluehost – Best for WordPress users who want to sell online.
20 Oct 2022

What percentage does Shopify take? ›

For instance, Shopify offers three pricing plans: Shopify Basic costs $29 per month, with 2.9% + 30¢ per online transaction. The main Shopify plan costs $79 per month, with 2.6% + 30¢ per transaction. Advanced Shopify costs $299 per month, with 2.4% + 30¢ per transaction.

What happens if you don't pay Shopify? ›

If you missed paying your Shopify subscription bill or if a payment fails three times, then your store is frozen until you settle your bill with Shopify. Your store does not freeze until your bill's due date. If your store is frozen, then you can't access your Shopify admin and customers can't view your store.

Is Shopify 2.0 headless? ›

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that plays nicely with a headless setup. Merchants can use third-party applications to build the front-end presentation layer and pull data from Shopify via the GraphQL Storefront API.

How much does Shopify cost after free trial? ›

Shopify Basic costs $29 per month, with 2.9% + 30¢ per online transaction. The main Shopify plan costs $79 per month, with 2.6% + 30¢ per transaction. Advanced Shopify costs $299 per month, with 2.4% + 30¢ per transaction.

How do I make a theme for Shopify? ›

  1. What you'll learn.
  2. Before you start.
  3. Step 1: Install Shopify CLI.
  4. Step 2: Initialize a new theme using Dawn.
  5. Step 3: Authenticate with Shopify CLI.
  6. Step 4: Preview your theme.
  7. Step 5: Push your theme to a new GitHub repo.
  8. Step 6: Install the Shopify GitHub integration and connect your branch to your store.

What does a Shopify developer need to know? ›

First and foremost, a Shopify expert worth hiring needs to have in-depth knowledge about PHP, JavaScript, and jQuery. In addition to that, they must also understand and know how to work with Shopify APIs. They must also be familiar with using version control for Shopify theme development.

How do I become a good Shopify developer? ›

Skills You Need to be a Shopify Developer

Complete know-how of Shopify's Admin System is mandatory. Expertise in diverse programming languages and Full-Stack Web Applications will come in handy. Strong programming knowledge of “Liquid” for Shopify Stores and Shopify Themes is a must-have.

Can you make money as a Shopify developer? ›

On average, Shopify developers earn $93,000 a year, according to ZipRecruiter. On the low end, six percent of Shopify developers earn between $43,000 to $56,000 per year. On the high end, three percent of Shopify developers earn between $173,000 to $186,000 per year.

Why is Shopify 2.0 better? ›

Expect faster load time and bounce rate improvements. Building and editing your Shopify store is overall faster, more fluid, more efficient and more rewarding. Opening up time for newer innovations and a better eCommerce experience. *Note that the theme editor is the same even for merchants with old themes.

Who is Shopify's biggest competitor? ›

Competitors and Alternatives to Shopify
  • BigCommerce.
  • Salesforce.
  • Oracle.
  • SAP.
  • eComchain.
  • Kibo.
  • Intershop.
  • commercetools.

What does Shopify use for payments? ›

These include credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, Apple Pay, Amazon Pay, even cryptocurrency. US businesses can accept these credit and debit cards through Shopify Payments: Visa. American Express.

How successful is Shopify? ›

Most estimates coincide that the Shopify success rate is about 5-10%.

Why is Shopify so popular? ›

Shopify is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms on the planet. And it's not hard to see why. Shopify has everything you need to start, run, and grow your online store. It's easy to use, scalable, and has a huge ecosystem of apps and services that can help you customize your store exactly the way you want.

How do I create a website to sell things? ›

How to Build an Online Store in 9 Steps
  1. Find your perfect ecommerce website builder.
  2. Choose the best plan for you.
  3. Get a domain name for your store.
  4. Pick your ecommerce template.
  5. Customize your ecommerce template.
  6. Add your products.
  7. Set up payment methods.
  8. Sort out your shipping settings.

How do I build a good eCommerce website? ›

How to build an e-commerce website in 5 steps
  1. Choose a name and get your domain.
  2. Pick your e-commerce platform.
  3. Plan and build your e-commerce website.
  4. Set up payment, tax, shipping and marketing tools.
  5. Test and launch your e-commerce website.
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What is the number 1 eCommerce site? ›

Corporate Access
#Online-StoreFirst party net sales 2021
Total revenue Growth '20/'21, Inc.> US$20,000m 8.4% Walmart, Inc.> US$20,000m 12.4% Apple, Inc.> US$20,000m 78.3%
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What is the easiest eCommerce platform? ›

The Best Ecommerce Platform for Beginners: 9 Solutions to...
  1. Shopify. Shopify is easily one of the better-known ecommerce site builders in the world, offering an excellent blend of simplicity and flexibility. ...
  2. Squarespace. ...
  3. Wix. ...
  4. BigCommerce. ...
  5. Square Online. ...
  6. Branchbob. ...
  7. Sellfy. ...
  8. Ecwid.
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How much is Shopify per month? ›

Show plan features Hide plan features
Plan featureBasicShopify
Monthly price$19$19 per month USD /mo$49$49 per month USD /mo
Online Store Includes ecommerce website and blog.YesYes
Unlimited productsYesYes
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Is selling on Shopify profitable? ›

The common question that every e-commerce merchant asks when setting up their Shopify store is whether selling on Shopify is profitable. The quick answer is: yes.

How much does the average Shopify store make per month? ›

The average Shopify store makes about $2,000 per month. This may vary depending on the products sold, the niche, and a number of other factors. However, with a bit of effort, it is possible to make much more than this.

Is Shopify payment free? ›

Shopify doesn't charge any extra transaction fees when you use Shopify Payments. However, you still need to pay the “standard” credit card processing fees that all processors charge.

How do I avoid paying taxes on Shopify? ›

Steps: In your Shopify admin, click Products, and then click the name of the product. In the Pricing section, uncheck Charge taxes on this product. Click Save.

How long does Shopify hold your money? ›

PRO TIP: If you are using Shopify Payments to process your payments, please be aware that they may hold your money for up to 21 days. This is to protect against fraud and to allow them time to process the payment. If you need access to your funds sooner, we recommend using another payment processing method.

What coding does Shopify use? ›

Shopify uses its own coding language called Liquid. Shopify's code is based on Ruby, and the platform has been designed to be user-friendly and easy to learn. Shopify's Liquid code is written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The code is compiled into a Ruby on Rails application.

Is headless Shopify free? ›

The Admin API lets you manage your shop's data, and the Storefront API lets you access that data to build your own frontend. PRO TIP: Headless Shopify is not free. There is a monthly subscription fee for using the platform. Additionally, there are transaction fees for each sale made through the platform.

Can I have 2 Shopify stores? ›

The answer is that you can have as many Shopify stores as you want — it all depends on what your business needs. There are various reasons as to why a business would have Shopify multiple stores. It could be that they sell vastly different products, or one store is B2B and the other a B2C.

Do you need hosting for Shopify? ›

Shopify is a fully-hosted e-commerce solution, meaning every brand on the platform is hosted on Shopify's servers. Those opting for Shopify will benefit from this in a number of ways.

What is the cheapest Shopify plan? ›

Starter plan is the easiest version of Shopify. At $5 USD a month, you can create a Starter store in minutes powered by Shopify's industry-best checkout experience. Starter plan is ideal for selling products through social media, email, SMS, WhatsApp, and anywhere else you might want to share a link to a product.

How long does it take to build a Shopify theme? ›

If you already have the design built in Photoshop and know how to use HTML – it won't take long to build your Shopify Store. In that case, packaging a Shopify theme and getting it up and running can take 3-5 hours. If you're starting from scratch – it's more like a day and a half.

How can I create a theme? ›

How to Develop a Theme for Your Story
  1. Seek Universal Themes. ...
  2. Choose a Theme That Sticks With Your Reader. ...
  3. Start With Another Story Element. ...
  4. Create an Outline. ...
  5. Weave Your Theme Throughout the Narrative. ...
  6. Include Multiple Themes. ...
  7. Don't Limit Yourself.
26 Aug 2021

Can you make money selling Shopify themes? ›

On average, Shopify themes earn up to $11,000 per year for their creators. They're a great way to make money, as you're able to earn 100% of the revenue until you make your first one million dollars. After you make your first million then you will make 85% on the Shopify theme store.

What skills should a Shopify developer have? ›

What Does a Shopify Developer Do?
  • Understand PHP, JavaScript, and JQuery.
  • Have deep knowledge of working with the platform APIs.
  • Use version control for Shopify theme development.
  • Possess excellent soft skills, such as communication and teamwork.
  • Have an extensive portfolio and testimonials of happy clients.
7 Aug 2020

What do Shopify developers do? ›

A Shopify developer is a software engineer who builds eCommerce websites using the Shopify platform. They are usually experienced in front-end development and have a sharp eye for pixel-perfect design and UX. They also develop apps or functionality for eCommerce websites built on the Shopify platform.

Are Shopify developers in demand? ›

As an experienced Shopify developer, I often get asked if Shopify development is in demand. The answer is yes! Shopify is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms and businesses are always looking for ways to improve their online stores. There are many reasons why businesses need Shopify developers.

Who is the full stack developer? ›

A full stack web developer is a person who can develop both client and server software. In addition to mastering HTML and CSS, he/she also knows how to: Program a browser (like using JavaScript, jQuery, Angular, or Vue) Program a server (like using PHP, ASP, Python, or Node)

Is it hard to learn Shopify development? ›

There is a lot of code involved in creating a Shopify store, and unless you are already familiar with coding, you will likely find it difficult to learn. Even if you are familiar with coding, Shopify's code can be challenging to work with.

Is it hard to become Shopify developer? ›

Once you have a solid understanding of the platform and how it works, you can start building custom applications for businesses using Shopify's API. There are also many resources available online that can help you learn more about Shopify development. In conclusion, yes – it is easy to become a Shopify developer.

Is Shopify good for developers? ›

Overall, Shopify is a good option for businesses that want an easy-to-use platform for creating an online store. However, developers may find it to be less developer-friendly than some other eCommerce platforms.

How much does it cost to develop a Shopify app? ›

A Shopify app usually costs $20,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $15,000 or as high as $25,000. A Shopify app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

How many Shopify developers are there? ›

As of 2019, there are over 1 million Shopify merchants worldwide. Shopify is a platform that enables businesses of all sizes to create an online store.

How do I use Shopify Metafields? ›

How to use metafields in Shopify
  1. Go to Setting > Metafields.
  2. Choose Metafields type. In this guide, we will choose the “Products” metafields type for demonstration.
  3. Click Add Definition.
  4. Fill in name, namespaces, key, and choose content type. ...
  5. Hit Save to successfully create one metafield definition.
2 Jun 2022

How much does Shopify cost after free trial? ›

Shopify Basic costs $29 per month, with 2.9% + 30¢ per online transaction. The main Shopify plan costs $79 per month, with 2.6% + 30¢ per transaction. Advanced Shopify costs $299 per month, with 2.4% + 30¢ per transaction.

What is Metafield? ›

Metafields enable you to customize the functionality and appearance of your Shopify store by letting you save specialized information that isn't usually captured in the Shopify admin. You can use Metafields for internal tracking, or to display specialized information on your online store in a variety of ways.

How do I update my Shopify theme? ›

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Settings > Apps and sales channels.
  2. From the Apps and sales channels page, click Online store.
  3. Click Open sales channel.
  4. Click Themes.
  5. Find the theme you want to update and click on the version notification.
  6. Click Add to theme library.

How many Metafields can you have in Shopify? ›

You can have up to 250 metafield definitions.

How do I get meta field values in Shopify? ›

From your Shopify admin, go to the part of your store where you want to add a Metafield value. For example, a specific product, collection, or customer. Click on the rating metafield, and then enter a value. Click Save.

How do I display Metafield on a product page? ›

Displaying Metafields
  1. Go to your Themes code in your Shopify Admin. You can locate your themes code going in your Shopify Admin -> Online Store -> Themes -> Actions -> Edit Code.
  2. Locate product. liquid. ...
  3. Add code to display your Metafield. ...
  4. Save and go check any product in your store.

Is Shopify free for developers? ›

A development store is a free Shopify account that comes with a few limitations. You can use a development store to test any themes or apps that you create, or to set up a Shopify account for a client. Setting up a development store and transferring it to a client gives you a recurring commission.

Can I have 2 Shopify stores? ›

The answer is that you can have as many Shopify stores as you want — it all depends on what your business needs. There are various reasons as to why a business would have Shopify multiple stores. It could be that they sell vastly different products, or one store is B2B and the other a B2C.

How much is Shopify per month? ›

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Plan featureBasicShopify
Monthly price$19$19 per month USD /mo$49$49 per month USD /mo
Online Store Includes ecommerce website and blog.YesYes
Unlimited productsYesYes
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What is metadata in Shopify? ›

A meta description is the brief bit of text that is shown in search engine results after the title tag. The meta description can be set for webpages, product pages, collection pages, and blog posts in Shopify. Make sure each page has a unique meta description that uses plain, direct language.

What is dynamic source in Shopify? ›

Dynamic sources link the data stored as a metafield to section input settings, which allows merchants to add metafields to pages straight from the theme editor. Once a metafield is created for a specific resource on the Shopify admin, you can access it as a dynamic source from the theme editor.

How do I create a custom field in Shopify? ›

To add custom form fields to your template:
  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Find the theme you want to edit, and then click Actions > Edit code.
  3. In the Templates directory, click product. customizable. ...
  4. Find the code type="submit" in the file. ...
  5. Click Save.
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Can you change Shopify theme without losing content? ›

While you won't lose your navigation, pages, blog posts, products, or collections by changing your theme, you will lose any revisions made to your Edit HTML/CSS and Customize theme pages.

How much are Shopify themes? ›

Shopify Themes and Shopify Experts Review. Shopify offers 80 themes in total, nine of which are free. The rest will cost you a one-time fee ranging from $140 – $180.

Are Shopify themes a one-time purchase? ›

Yes, you only need to purchase a theme once for your shop. Manual theme updates and support are always free. Using the same theme for multiple storefronts requires the purchase of one theme license for each storefront. Also, keep in mind that Shopify's subscription plans and most added apps are not one-time fees.


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