Computers are really good at getting in our pants these days. We use our phones for all kinds of stuff now: browsing photos of our friends, making music, reading the news…and increasingly, for buying stuff.
That’s why next week we’ll be making mobile themes available to every Shopify store. In addition to your main theme, you’ll be able to have a separate mobile theme that is only shown to visitors who are browsing your shop with a pocket-sized display. Theme designers will also be able to provide links so that visitors can switch the active theme back and forth between main and mobile.
Shown above is the same shop as displayed on a desktop computer using the Moderno theme, and on a mobile phone with Ryan's upcoming mobile theme which will be available for free to use with any Shopify shop.
This feature lets designers create first-class experiences for customers on the go, making it easier than ever for people to order your products from wherever they happen to be. As you can imagine, we're really stoked to see what kinds of designs people come up with for their new mobile storefronts!
One Theme, Two Themes...
Until now, you’ve had to make do with just one theme that gets overwritten every time you install a new one. This makes it difficult to know how changes to your theme are going to look with your shop. Now that we've made it so shops can have more than one theme, we can improve the theming experience in another big way: unpublished themes, available starting next week with the mobile themes launch.
You'll be able to edit unpublished themes just like your published ones, and you can preview any of them to see what they look like on your shop before they go live. You get a little overlay in preview mode to remind you which theme you're looking at:
Being able to quickly preview unpublished themes makes theme development a lot easier, especially when working with a live shop. You can easily duplicate one of your published themes to make changes to its templates or settings, then preview those changes before publishing them.
All this is coming next week, and we have more ideas for how these features can be expanded upon in the future. Stay tuned!