When Shopify themes first introduced sections and the new theme editor, the feature was primarily aimed at letting store owners create modular homepages — but Out of the Sandbox has leveraged the feature to create new flexible product page and sidebar options as well.
In the latest versions of Parallax, Retina, Mobilia and Responsive (and coming soon to Turbo), you can now activate an advanced product page layout that lets you add the following elements to the space below your product image gallery and description:
Check out this page in our Seoul demo shop to see a live example of a product page using this template with all the elements enabled.
You can find out more about activating and setting up your product page layout here.
There are a few important notes about this new feature:
There’s a wide variety of ways to use the advanced product page layout. Keep in mind that, by default, all products need to have the same advanced product page layout content and all of these suggestions take that into consideration:
The latest versions of the Parallax and Retina Shopify themes introduce the ability to easily create a custom sidebar for your collection, product, blog, blog post and search results pages. This feature is coming soon to Mobilia and Responsive.
Your sidebar can include:
There are a few important things to keep in mind when working with custom sidebars:
To set up your custom sidebars, check out this support article.
The flexibility of custom sidebars adds a great opportunity to enhance your store’s navigation:
Of course, be sure to carefully consider what content you include in the sidebar to prevent it from becoming overloaded and cluttered. Also consider using the “toggle” feature so that each block is collapsed until a shopper clicks on its heading. This toggled state may be especially useful on blog post pages, which tend to be text-heavy to begin with; the toggled format will keep the sidebar tidy and the shopper can click to reveal just the menus or links they’re interested in.
It’s also important to consider the length of the content that appears next to the sidebar. If you have a very long sidebar your pages can look a bit odd if your page content isn’t about the same depth.
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