What Shopify’s Online Store 2.0 Means For Shogun Page Builder
December 2, 2021
If you are in the Shopify sphere, you may have heard the term Online Store 2.0 lately.
Announced at Shopify Unite this year as one of their “biggest updates to date,” Shopify’s Online Store 2.0 is a redevelopment of how users interact with their themes.
Yet, many stores won’t even know the difference.
With so many Shopify stores utilizing the Debut theme, they won’t see these changes in the day-to-day running of their stores.
In this post, I’ll quickly break down what Online Store 2.0 is and what it means for Shogun Page Builder. (Spoiler: It’s all good!)
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What is Online Store 2.0?
Shopify Online Store 2.0 (OS 2.0, for short) opens up the ability to customize all your store pages, not just the homepage.
If you are familiar with using Shopify’s theme customization editor for making changes to your homepage, you can imagine what the introduction of OS 2.0 means for the rest of your store.
Appropriately referred to as Sections Everywhere, you can now add sections and move them up and down on any page within the editor.
With the help of a developer, you can also add custom sections to use throughout your store.
While this is a huge leap in what you can do with Shopify, the customization capabilities of their editor are very limited, only allowing you to tweak within your theme’s rules.
Nonetheless, it’s a powerful update that means exciting future features from Shogun Page Builder.
The changes are more meaningful for developers. The update has changed the essential structure of theme templates, breaking them into sections and blocks coded in JSON instead of Liquid.
This allows developers and apps to build more effectively for merchants, bringing additional flexibility to the Shopify ecosystem.
What does it mean for Shogun Page Builder?
While the addition of page building capabilities within Shopify might seem like a scary prospect for brands like Shogun, it’s very much the opposite.
Page Builder is built to take your Shopify store to the next level, helping you to stand out from all the other stores using the platform.
Updates like Online Store 2.0 allow the two tools to work hand in hand to make your store rise above the rest.
Page Builder works seamlessly with Online Store 2.0
When big updates like this come up, it’s important to understand whether they will have an impact on your store.
No worries there. Page Builder works seamlessly with all OS 2.0 themes.
As always, you can choose the theme you most love—be it a standard theme or an OS 2.0 theme—and use Shogun to customize it to fit your brand.
The new theme editor is great but…
There’s no doubt that this update is big news. Being able to make small changes to any page through your Shopify dashboard is extremely valuable.
Because your store is bigger than just your homepage.
That said, the new editor only goes so far for customizing your theme.
You can create new sections as decided by your current theme and move them up and down the page. Or you can have a developer build new sections for use on your store.
But, as far as customizing your sections goes, the options are limited.
For many sections, changes can only be made through a handful of dropdown menus, checkboxes, and text fields. Your choices for customization are limited to what your theme allows.
For creating unique store pages that go beyond the limits of your theme, Shogun Page Builder remains the best choice to go custom without the code.
New features on the horizon
With Online Store 2.0, Shopify has opened up their platform in a way that allows Shogun to further enhance the way we can integrate with the platform.
Shogun’s product team is hard at work on new features that will build on the work that Shopify started with OS 2.0.
Stay tuned for exciting new feature announcements in early 2022!
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Andy Fisher is a Sr. Product Manager at Shogun based in Los Angeles, CA.