The year that was: Looking back at 2018 in the world of Shopify themes

by Michael P. Hill

The year that was: Looking back at 2018 in the world of Shopify themes

In 2018, Out of the Sandbox continued its mission to give customers practical and useful tips on how to set up and use Shopify themes — as well as run a more successful Shopify store.

Shopify nested navigation

Nested navigation

2018 kicked off with a roundup of a big new feature which Shopify had rolled out — nested navigation. This post focused on how to use the new feature and troubleshoot the transition. Read the post about Shopify nested navigation

Choosing a Shopify theme

Choosing a Shopify theme

We also took a look at tips for picking a Shopify theme — but through the lens of how you approach running your own particular shop. See these tips on picking the best Shopify theme for your store.

Shopify theme piracy

Shopify theme piracy

Also in 2018, we took a look at one of the "dark sides" of Shopify — theme piracy. Our goal with this post was to educate and inform and show you how to protect yourself from using unlicensed Shopify themes. Later in the year, we took a look at Shopify theme registration and specific Shopify theme registration and licensing issues for Shopify developers and experts.

Turbo premium Shopify theme

Turbo 3.0

In March, Out of the Sandbox released Turbo 3.0, which included a new Shopify theme style — Florence. In conjunction with this release, we also took a look at Turbo's user experience and how it accommodates a wide variety of online shoppers. Another post took a look at how Turbo's new predictive search feature can be used to optimize the shopping experience. 

Dynamic checkout buttons compatible Shopify theme

Dynamic checkout buttons

In May, Shopify released its "dynamic checkout buttons," and Out of the Sandbox themes were updated to be fully compatible. In addition, we took a deep dive into how the dynamic checkout buttons work with your Shopify theme. Later that month, we also took a look at Shopify's improved font picker for themes.

 

Selling services with Shopify

Selling services

Mid-year saw a series of tips on how to use Shopify to sell services — either as an add-on to your current catalog or as a standalone business. We also took a look at how to illustrate service products online — which can be a challenge in itself. In addition, we also showed how selling digital products on Shopify can be a way to boost your bottom line.

Artisan new premium Shopify theme

Artisan

In July, Out of the Sandbox released its newest Shopify theme — Artisan. Originally conceived with service-orientated businesses in mind, this flexible theme is packed with features (including custom shapes!) that make it a great fit for any store. We focused on Artisan feature by feature and also tracked its first major update

Shopify Black Friday Cyber Monday

BFCM 

In September, Out of the Sandbox got a jump on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with the first in a series of posts about how to optimize your Shopify theme and store in time for the biggest retail event of the year. 

Responsive Shopify theme update

Responsive 7

Not quite ready to rest before BFCM, in September Out of the Sandbox released Responsive 7, a major update to the ever popular Responsive Shopify theme.

Shopify theme Turbo update

Turbo 4.0

And finally, Turbo also got another big update just before BFCM — including another fab new style, Dubai —  so we took a look at all the new features added to this premium Shopify theme

Michael P. Hill
Michael P. Hill

Michael P. Hill is a Shopify, Shopify theme, content marketing, digital marketing and product management expert based in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelphill or connect on LinkedIn. While comments and feedback are always appreciated, Michael regrets that, due to the volume of inquires received, personal responses are not possible. For specific assistance or support with Out of the Sandbox themes, visit the help center.