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Customize Shopify checkout pages

Customize Shopify checkout pages

The checkout is a critical and largely rigid feature in Shopify (for good reason, too). As the platform has refined its checkout security and limited its adjustable aspects over the years, the options to customize the checkout have evolved and expanded.

As always, you can customize your checkout using your theme settings to suit your branding and preferences. Then control specific settings for your customers and the information they provide with the Shopify admin. And finally, extend the possibilities of your checkout’s functionality with approved apps additions.

Let’s explore these customization options available to Shopify merchants like you in 2024.

Match your branding and style

Each theme includes dedicated theme settings. This is your control center for the checkout’s branding, colors, and layout. You can access and preview customizations within the theme editor.


Add a banner, logo, and background image for your checkout page. These elements reinforce the customer’s trust in the checkout, as they have visual cues for your brand’s presence throughout.


Set your color scheme for the checkout by selecting colors for backgrounds, accents, buttons, and error messages. Keeping these colors consistent with your store’s branding makes the checkout experience streamlined and discourages abandonment. Using default or different colors could have the opposite effect since customers might assume they’ve been directed elsewhere and lose confidence in the checkout.


Match your fonts to your store’s branding to keep your customers comfortable and confident. There are settings for the headings and body fonts, both drawing from Shopify’s extensive font library.


Choose between a one-page checkout or a three-page checkout.

What’s the difference?

One-page checkouts on Shopify streamline the buying process by consolidating the entire transaction onto a single page, enhancing simplicity and speed which can lead to higher conversion rates as customers value a rapid checkout experience.

This approach significantly reduces cart abandonment by minimizing the steps required to complete a purchase, thereby simplifying decision-making for the shopper. It's especially convenient for mobile users who can easily review their cart, input shipping, and payment information, and finalize their purchase without navigating multiple pages.

However, for stores offering complex shipping options, gift wrapping, or numerous upsells, the one-page checkout might become cluttered and overwhelming, which could negatively impact the overall user experience.

Three-page checkouts offer a structured and organized approach to completing a purchase, guiding customers through a detailed process that can be especially advantageous for stores needing extensive information from customers, such as shipping preferences or gift options.

This format also opens up greater opportunities for upselling or cross-selling by introducing these options in a non-intrusive manner throughout the checkout stages.

Additionally, the segmented nature of a multi-page checkout aids in better data collection for marketing purposes, as businesses can gather more nuanced customer information. However, the primary drawback of this approach is the potential increase in cart abandonment rates. The added complexity and length of the checkout process may lead to customer frustration or disinterest, posing a risk to finalizing sales.

Gather key data and streamline customer experience

The Checkout portion of your Shopify store’s Settings is your control center for the functionality of the checkout. Use these settings to fine-tune the details and features of your checkout.

Customer contact methods

You can customize how you wish to connect with your customers during the checkout process. This includes allowing customers to checkout using their phone number, email, or both. This flexibility ensures that customers can choose the most convenient way to receive order confirmations and updates, enhancing the overall customer experience.

Customer information controls

This section allows you to decide what information you require from customers to process their orders. You can make certain fields optional, required, or hidden, depending on your specific needs. For instance, you might require a customer's phone number for delivery purposes or prefer to keep the shopping experience as minimal as possible by asking for only essential information.

Marketing options

Shopify gives you the ability to leverage the checkout process for marketing purposes. You can choose to include an option for customers to sign up for marketing emails or SMS messages. This is an effective way to grow your marketing list directly from the checkout, capitalizing on the customer's engagement with your brand.

Tipping features

If appropriate for your business, Shopify allows you to enable tipping during checkout. This can be particularly beneficial for service-oriented businesses or those wanting to provide customers with the option to support their staff or mission through tips.

Address collection preferences

You can customize how you collect shipping addresses to ensure accuracy and efficiency in order processing. This includes setting preferences for auto-completing addresses, which can help reduce errors and speed up the checkout process for your customers.

How (and when) orders process

This functionality lets you define how orders are processed when customers reach the checkout. You can choose to automatically capture payment for orders or manually capture payment at a later time. These settings are important for managing cash flow and order fulfillment processes.

Abandoned checkout emails

Shopify allows you to set up automated emails to be sent to customers who begin the checkout process but do not complete their purchase. This is a powerful tool to recover potentially lost sales by reminding customers of their unfinished purchases and encouraging them to return and complete their transaction.

Order status page

For stores that need a higher level of customization, Shopify offers the ability to add custom scripts to the order status page. This can enhance the post-purchase customer experience by integrating additional features or tracking functionality.

If you’re adding a tracking code (Google Analytics, Facebook, etc.), consider using the Preferences in your Online Store to align with Shopify’s current best practices.

Checkout language

Finally, the Checkout settings include options to customize the language used throughout the checkout process. This ensures that you can provide a localized shopping experience for customers from different regions, making the checkout process as clear and straightforward as possible.

Extend your checkout with apps

There are hundreds of apps available on the Shopify App Store to extend the power and performance of your checkout experience. Unlike custom scripts and code, app-based checkout extensibility is upgrade-safe, better for conversions, and fully compatible with Shop Pay.

With apps you can:

  • add new functionality
  • further customize Shopify features
  • analyze customer behavior
  • extend the buying experience

Check out the full list of checkout-compatible app options by visiting the Shopify App Store.


Shopify's checkout customization in 2024 allows for extensive personalization, from the look and feel to how you gather customer data and interact during the checkout process. Opting between a one-page or three-page checkout, adjusting customer contact and information settings, and enhancing the experience with marketing and tipping options, you can significantly streamline and improve the checkout journey.

Leveraging Shopify's tools for order processing, automated emails for abandoned checkouts, and customization through scripts and language settings further refines the process. Additionally, using apps can expand your checkout capabilities, ensuring it remains efficient and customer-friendly. By focusing on a seamless checkout experience, you're positioning your Shopify store for greater success, making shopping easy and enjoyable for your customers.

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