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What's the difference between an existing and custom product layout?
What's the difference between an existing and custom product layout?

Existing product layouts pull in information from the product template in your theme. Custom layouts allow for a unique experience.

Updated over a week ago

When importing a product page into Shogun from Shopify, you have the option to use either a "Custom Layout" or an "Existing Layout."

This guide will cover the difference between the two layouts. For information on how to import and edit your product pages, please refer to the guide below.

Custom Layouts

The Custom Layout option does not use your theme's product page layout. This layout allows you to create a completely custom product page. When a product page is created using the Custom Layout you will be presented with a basic set of Product Box elements for demonstration purposes - these can be modified or removed. This will make use of the product.shogun.custom  liquid template file in your theme.

You can use Shogun elements to build your product page from the ground up! By dragging Shogun's Product fields into the page, you can display the product's details anywhere within the page's content area.


  • The Custom Layout page type starts with a Product Box already on the page. Because of this, dragging additional Product Boxes into the content area is unnecessary, unless you'd like to display additional products within the same page.

  • The Custom Layout does not use the theme's default template nor contain the theme's product components. Third-party product applications (swatches, bundles, subscriptions, etc.) will not automatically appear in this layout type. In some cases, it is still possible to include third-party applications in the Custom Layout if an all HTML embed code is available for that app.

Tip: Once you've created a Custom Layout you like,  you can save it as a Snippet to quickly & easily re-use that layout on other imported product pages. 

Existing Layouts

The Existing Layout option leverages the theme's default product template, the product.liquid  template file. This allows the product page to retain its original layout upon importing. The existing layout option also retains any third-party app functions specific to Shopify product pages (swatches, bundles, subscriptions or third party applications such as Recharge, Alireviews or reviews).

When choosing the existing product layout, Shogun adds a drop zone in the product description area and two custom drop zones above & below the main content area.

The "Main" dropzone is what's known as the theme's product description. The "Above" and "Below" dropzones are custom full-width regions that allow you to add extra dynamic content into your product page.

You can also view the contents of each dropzone using the Layout panel in the right sidebar. Please note that the "Above" and "Below" sections will only appear in the Layout panel when an element is placed in them.

Note: The location of the product description and drop zones may vary based on your theme's default product template. With the assistance of a developer, it is possible to change the locations of these drop zones by modifying your theme. 

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