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Three Easy Steps – How To Build Shopify Theme From Scratch

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Shopify is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms on the Internet that allows small businesses and individual sellers the chance to create their very own online shop without any fuss or hassle. Shopify helpfully organises your products, customise your storefront, and it helps you to track your orders.

Speaking of customisation! Shopify allows you to take complete control of the way your online shop looks. It can look as amazing as you like! But only if you know how to build a Shopify theme from scratch. To ease you into the process and help you to build a Shopify theme, let’s take a look at the three steps you need to know all about.

Use Liquid To Build A Shopify Theme From Scratch

What is Liquid? Liquid is a programming language, and theme developers use it to tell Shopify what to do. Therefore, it’s pretty much essential for custom theme development.

You will noticed there are two Liquid tags:

  • {% %} – logic tag. Nothing appears on the screen visually.
  • {{ }} – output tag. Something appears on the screen visually.

When you want to display your shop’s name, you need to use the following:

<h1>{ { shop.name }}<h1>

When you use brackets, visuals appear on the screen. If you use {% %} nothing appears on the screen!

Use Templates To Help You Build Your Shopify Theme

Templates are fundamental for Shopify theme development; they control the feel and look of your shop and its contents.

Let’s say one of your consumers wants to take a look at one of your products. Shopify will then use the product.liquid template to display your product page.

Likewise, if a consumer want to take a look at your shop’s blog, you will use the blog.liquid template to display it.

You will find your templates in the templates folder. Go to assets > theme editor.

What is Logic?

These are conditional Liquid statements.

For example, if you are working on product.liquid, you may want to render the message “Free Delivery” – but only on products with a price greater than $50.

Because your products will be priced either higher or lower than $50, the “if” statement needs to be used:

{% if product.price > 50 %}

Free Delivery

{% else %}

No free Delivery

{% end if %}

Thank you for reading our tutorial to the basics of Shopify. To learn more about how to build a Shopify theme, feel free to take a look around our website.

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