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10 things to ask your Shopify theme developer before buying a theme

10 things to ask your Shopify theme developer before buying a theme

by Michael P. Hill August 17, 2017

Shopping for a  Shopify theme  for your store is one of the most exciting and creative parts of running your online business — but with so many options out there from so many sources, how can you be sure you’re making the right pick? Get the 10 must-ask questions and our answers here.
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Ruh roh: 26 tips for when things go bad while running your Shopify store

Ruh roh: 26 tips for when things go bad while running your Shopify store

by Michael P. Hill August 09, 2017

The world of ecommerce can be fun and challenging. Here’s a list of some of the more unpleasant things you’ll likely face as a store owner — and some ideas on how to either solve the problem or use it as a learning experience for moving forward.

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Customizing spacing between elements in Shopify themes

Customizing spacing between elements in Shopify themes

by Michael P. Hill August 02, 2017

One of the most common design challenges   Shopify theme  users face is the spacing between elements. While all Out of the Sandbox themes come pre-designed with best practices for layout and placement, every store owner has unique requirements or preferences with regards to spacing.

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Anatomy of a Shopify theme product page: Creating more advanced layouts

Anatomy of a Shopify theme product page: Creating more advanced layouts

by Michael P. Hill July 25, 2017

Although premium Shopify themes offer more and more layout options on product pages, there are some surprisingly easy ways you can achieve some intricate layouts that make your product pages more engaging.
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Announcing Parallax 3.3: Now with lazy loading, 'smart' images, new section page and more

Announcing Parallax 3.3: Now with lazy loading, 'smart' images, new section page and more

by Michael P. Hill July 19, 2017

Out of the Sandbox is excited to announced the release of Parallax 3.3, the latest version of our popular  Parallax Shopify theme . Many of these features are designed to improve your site's performance and speed, while others are completely new features.
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Anatomy of a Shopify theme product page: Adding to your pages

Anatomy of a Shopify theme product page: Adding to your pages

by Michael P. Hill July 13, 2017

While a traditional product page features the product image, name, description and add to cart button all high up on the page, many  Shopify themes  have the option to create longer, more engaging product pages that educate shoppers and give them more insight into your company and items.
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Section by Section: 8 tips on using the contact and map sections on your Shopify theme's homepage

Section by Section: 8 tips on using the contact and map sections on your Shopify theme's homepage

by Michael P. Hill July 05, 2017

Providing an easy way for shoppers to contact you can go a long way toward building confidence in your brand and making it easy for customers to find and get in touch with you with any questions or concerns — and the new contact and map sections in the Turbo Shopify theme make it easier than ever to set this up.
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Section by Section: 9 tips for using the multi tag filter sidebar Shopify theme section

Section by Section: 9 tips for using the multi tag filter sidebar Shopify theme section

by Michael P. Hill June 29, 2017

For stores with large inventories, filtering at the collection level can be a great way to help shoppers focus on products that meet their specific needs or criteria and the new multi tag filter sidebar in the Turbo  Shopify theme  takes a huge step forward in adding more advanced filtering to your store.
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Section by Section: 6 tips for using the new search section in your Shopify theme

Section by Section: 6 tips for using the new search section in your Shopify theme

by Michael P. Hill June 28, 2017

Search  is a key part of any Shopify store and it plays a key role in helping customers find the products they need — and now storefronts using the  Shopify theme Turbo  can add a search block to their homepage, to draw even more attention to this valuable feature.
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Shifting into next gear: Turbo 2.1 fueled by new features, sections

Shifting into next gear: Turbo 2.1 fueled by new features, sections

by Michael P. Hill June 20, 2017

After blasting through the Shopify theme world not once , but twice  with Turbo, the Out of the Sandbox Shopify theme team is shifting the ultimate Shopify theme into the next gear — again.  The newest version of Turbo also represents a big shift forward with the theme’s dedication to speed and performance.
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Anatomy of a Shopify theme product page: Getting started

Anatomy of a Shopify theme product page: Getting started

by Michael P. Hill June 14, 2017

It’s one of the most important pages on your Shopify store — but it’s surprisingly often one of the most overlooked parts. It’s also where your customers spend much of their time learning about your store and becoming engaged with your brand. What is it?

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Shopify theme 911: What do when your Shopify theme breaks

Shopify theme 911: What do when your Shopify theme breaks

by Michael P. Hill June 06, 2017

It was a dark and stormy night.  You are just about to try a new app or add a customization to your Shopify theme . It seems simple enough, but one click later and your entire store is broken. While no one wants to be trapped in this scary story, it's bound to happen — but here are some strategies to use.
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A definitive guide to using and troubleshooting your Shopify theme's search feature

A definitive guide to using and troubleshooting your Shopify theme's search feature

by Michael P. Hill May 31, 2017

Offering an effective search tool is an important way to help your customers locate your virtual store “shelves” and luckily most premium Shopify themes come with a search feature ready to go — but there are some ways you can make the feature work more effectively.
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Strategic Content Marketing 101: Fueling your blog, social media and SEO efforts

Strategic Content Marketing 101: Fueling your blog, social media and SEO efforts

by Michael P. Hill May 26, 2017

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look at how you can pick a topic for a content marketing guide , how to write and design it and use it to build your email list — now it’s time to come full circle and see exactly why I refer to it as “centerpiece content.”
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Strategic Content Marketing 101: Using your centerpiece content to build your email list

Strategic Content Marketing 101: Using your centerpiece content to build your email list

by Michael P. Hill May 16, 2017

Once you’ve completed writing and designing  your centerpiece content on the topic of your choice , it’s time to put it to work for you — helping you build your business by generating leads and building your email marketing list.
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Strategic Content Marketing 101: Writing and designing your centerpiece content

Strategic Content Marketing 101: Writing and designing your centerpiece content

by Michael P. Hill May 10, 2017

Creating centerpiece content is a great way to share your passion for your products and industry while also integrating your SEO, social media and content marketing strategy for weeks or even months to come — but how can you create a dynamic and informative content piece?
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Strategic Content Marketing 101: Creating a centerpiece for your efforts

Strategic Content Marketing 101: Creating a centerpiece for your efforts

by Michael P. Hill May 04, 2017

Using topical content related to your store’s offerings, industry and passion has so many advantages ranging from boosting shopper confidence plus bolstering your SEO and social media efforts, but how do you make sure your Shopify content marketing investment is worth it?
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A big change to the Shopify admin is coming — what it is and how it will benefit you

A big change to the Shopify admin is coming — what it is and how it will benefit you

by Michael P. Hill April 27, 2017

A whole new look is coming to the Shopify admin — and it’s all part of an effort by Shopify announced at Unite 2017 to provide a “guiding star” to make using the platform easier than ever for merchants. What is this new system and how will it make it easier to run your Shopify store?
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Out of the Sandbox and into the Sun: Shopify Unite 2017

Out of the Sandbox and into the Sun: Shopify Unite 2017

by Sharon Austin April 25, 2017

This year, four members of the Out of the Sandbox Shopify theme team had the privilege of attending the Shopify Unite conference in San Francisco. We’ve since returned with new insights, ideas and lots of enthusiasm for the growth we see coming —both on the Shopify platform and for ecommerce in general.

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This is big: Our Shopify theme updater app just got a must-have feature

This is big: Our Shopify theme updater app just got a must-have feature

by Michael P. Hill April 19, 2017

Updating Shopify themes has long been one of the most frustrating parts of running a Shopify store — and Out of the Sandbox took a giant step in making this easier with our free Shopify theme updater app. But guess what? We’ve taken this another step farther.
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Parallax 3.2.0 Shopify theme update adds refined design, new features

Parallax 3.2.0 Shopify theme update adds refined design, new features

by Michael P. Hill April 11, 2017

Out of the Sandbox’s popular Shopify theme , Parallax, has now been upgraded to version 3.2.0! This latest release contains some key new features that make this dynamic theme even more flexible, and which will improve both the design and functionality of your Shopify store.
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Section by section: 13 ways to use the rich text and image and page sections

Section by section: 13 ways to use the rich text and image and page sections

by Michael P. Hill April 04, 2017

Although all of the previous Shopify sections  we’ve covered in this series have specific layouts, there are two section types that are much more wide ranging and flexible — the rich text and image section and the page section. Find out how to use these two section types in a variety of ways.
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Section by section: 12 ways to use the slideshow section in your Shopify theme

Section by section: 12 ways to use the slideshow section in your Shopify theme

by Michael P. Hill March 28, 2017

While you might think that the slideshow Shopify theme section is limited to, well, slideshows, it’s actually a versatile section that can be used for a variety of purposes on your store’s homepage. They are a great way to “tease” your shoppers with an intriguing image and bit of text and get them to engage more.

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Turbo 2.0 is here — here's what's new and how to get it

Turbo 2.0 is here — here's what's new and how to get it

by Michael P. Hill March 22, 2017

It’s finally here — Turbo 2.0 with sections! This is the first major update to our latest and greatest Shopify theme, Turbo. So, what’s new in Turbo 2.0? How do you get the latest version? Learn about the new present theme style and all the great sections you can use now. Find that out and more in this post, plus learn how to save on this premium Shopify theme for a limited time.

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