The Essential List of Resources for Shopify Theme Development

The Essential List of Resources for Shopify Theme Development

Shopify Theme Development Resources and Tutorials: 2016

Whether you are starting out with Shopify Themes or are a seasoned Shopify Expert, there are always new and useful things to learn that will help with your everyday theme development. With so much content available at your fingertips, one of the problems (at least for me) is knowing where to start.

With that in mind, we have pulled together a structured list of articles, videos, and online courses to help you on your way. It’s a work in progress and we’ll constantly be adding new items to keep the list up-to-date and fresh. I strongly recommend you take a moment to bookmark it for future reference.

Naturally, some articles will touch on advice and guidance from others, but each one is packed full of content that will help you learn more about developing themes for the Shopify platform. You can start at the beginning, or dive into an appropriate section — the choice is yours.

Finally if you have an article that should be included in the list, please let us know in the comments.

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Online theme development courses

If you are brand new to the Shopify platform, the following structured online courses will take you from newbie to expert in four and a half hours.

Working with Shopify Themes

Themes are the basis of every Shopify store. These articles will introduce you to the structure of a Shopify theme, explain when each template is rendered, give you a pre-launch checklist, and discuss tools that can help with your Shopify development workflow.

Your Shopify theme toolkit

Take advantage of open-source tools to speed up and streamline your Shopify Theme development.

Designing for Shopify

From a three-part series focusing on how to design home, product, and cart templates, to a free CSV file to get your demo store up and running, these articles focus on the design and UX of building Shopify Themes.

Liquid template language

Liquid is the bridge between a store’s data and its theme templates. These articles and screencasts will cover the basics of how to use Liquid in Shopify Themes. If you are brand new to Liquid, start with the 30-minute screencast to familiarize yourself.

Liquid templates

From in-depth looks at individual templates to discussions on how you can leverage the power of alternate template and layout files, these articles will help you take your theme building to the next level.

Shopify Theme images

Images are the key to a great ecommerce experience. There are plenty of ways to customize images in Shopify — from clever use of variant images to Liquid filters, which allow you to crop and resize.


Leverage the power of the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principle in your themes by using snippets effectively — these articles will teach you how.

Link lists, menus, and navigation

There’s a lot more to menus than you might think. Learn how to extract maximum potential from the humble “link list”.

CSS in Shopify Themes

There are plenty of reasons to add useful CSS hooks to your templates. Learn how, and why, this can help you make your theme building more effective and powerful.

Shopify Themes and JavaScript

Shopify Themes do not require JavaScript — however, by progressively enhancing your templates, you can add functionality that will delight customers.


Learn how to make the most of Shopify’s metafields functionality and bulk editor feature.

Shopify API

Thousands of apps and integrations are available in the Shopify App Store thanks to the powerful Shopify API. Here’s a primer to whet your appetite.

Theme performance

A little can go a long way — especially when it comes to theme performance. Learn how Shopify Experts squeeze gains out of each and every theme they produce. Better performance = happy customers = happy merchants.

Using web fonts in Shopify Themes

Adding web fonts to a theme is a common request. The following article will teach you how to do just that.

Official resources

As well as regularly published tutorials on the Shopify Web Design and Development Blog, we also recommend the following official Shopify Theme-related resources. The Liquid Cheat Sheet is worthy of a bookmark.

Want to learn more about building themes for Shopify or your clients? Check out our comprehensive list of articles on Shopify Theme Development as well as our tutorials on Learning Liquid for Shopify.

About the Author

Keir is based in the UK and works on the Partner Community Team at Shopify. You'll often find him at conferences and running workshops on Shopify theme building. You can subscribe to his newsletter, read his latest articles on his blog, listen to his podcast, and follow him on Twitter.

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