Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Select a theme, part of Shopify Essential Training (2018).
- [Instructor] In the previous video, we talked about what you can look for in a theme and we started exploring the themes available to you on Shopify. For our theme, I selected Small Catalog and High Definition Images. And because we're starting a new store, I thought I should also add Free. There are a number of excellent-looking premium themes, but you might as well start looking at free themes. At this point, it's a good time to try some of these out. I recommend opening up these themes in tabs. Each theme has a few styles and they're sort of like starting points.
You can customize the individual colors later. But with these different styles, you should hopefully get a bit closer to your perfect store. For Blue Sky Kites, I really like the Debut theme, which is free, and I like the Default style. But before we install this theme, let's open up the demo. The demo is great to see all of the other pages, like the product page, the about page, the contact page, the blog posts, etc. So, this way, you can make sure that they look good for you. So, I'll click View Demo and, up top here, you can load this in desktop or in mobile view.
All Shopify themes should be responsive, so they should look good on mobile, but it's still worth spending a few extra seconds double-checking. I'll go back to desktop mode and then I'll look at some of the product pages. You'll want to check the product page. I'll go to Catalog and Laptop Sleeve. That'll look good for my store. You'll want to check the blog page, so I'll go to News. Giant image up top and some content here. You want to check the Contact page, which has everything I need.
And, so far, I'm really liking this theme, so let's close the preview and install this. So, I'll go back to Debut. And you can now either click Default and Start With This Theme or Light and Start With This Theme. I really like the Default styles, so I'll click Default and Start With This Theme. You may have to reenter your Shopify URL at this point. I'll type in the name of my store. And once you do this, you'll be prompted to publish the theme or add it to your store unpublished. Basically, do you want this theme to be public before customizing it? Since we haven't launched our store yet, we can press Publish.
However, if you do have a live store, I'd add it to your Shopify site as an unpublished theme, so that you can customize it before publishing it. I'll click Publish and that's it, we've selected and installed a theme. You can have 20 themes installed on your Shopify site. So, if you want to customize a couple themes side by side and swap them out, you can do that. If you want to switch themes, you can do so from this page here, which is under admin and then Themes. If you have other themes installed, you can scroll down, hover over Actions, click on it, and then click Publish to activate a different theme.
Before I started recording this video, I picked out this theme and I'm pretty happy with it, so we're going to move forward with the Debut theme.
- Using Shopify as an online store
- Setting up an account
- Listing products for sale
- Best practices for adding images
- Configuring shipping settings
- Defining shipping zones and rates
- Integrating with other services
- Setting up payment settings
- Adding Apple Pay and PayPal
- Customizing the site
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Shopify
2. Getting Started
3. Setting Up Products
5. Set Up Shipping
6. Set Up Payment
7. Collect Taxes
8. Customize Your Shopify Theme
9. Add Shopify Pages and Blog Posts
10. Manage Orders
11. Manage Your Site
12. Adding Apps
13. Sales Channels
14. Launch Your Store
15. Sell in Store
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