Following the first major feature update for our Flex Shopify theme, Out of the Sandbox has rolled out another big theme update just before BFCM — but this time it’s Turbo’s turn.
Welcome Turbo 5.0.
The latest version of this best selling Shopify theme is focused on responding to customer requests as well as incorporating popular features from Flex into Turbo.
We’re also using this release to introduce a new demo shop and style with a fresh new take on Turbo to inspire your own store building.
For banner, slideshow and video sections, Turbo now offers the option to pick between “overlay” or “below” position for text — one of Turbo’s most requested features.
It’s worth noting that this feature should be used with care to ensure your banner text remains readable on all devices.
Turbo’s cart page, as well as the drop-down mini cart, have been updated to display automatic discounts – a key conversion boosting feature that Flex first introduced:
Displaying these discounts on the cart page or dropdown serves as both a visual confirmation that the user is getting any discounts you may have advertised as well as a way to add a bit of urgency to check out before the prices increase.
It’s worth noting that, because Shopify’s standard flow doesn’t show the discount code field until the first page in the checkout process, these discounts aren’t included in the total savings on the cart page.
Shopify’s checkout pages will, however, update pricing automatically if a customer enters an eligible discount code.
In addition to automatic discounts, we’ve also added a “remove” link to both the cart page and mini cart – a simple but popular request from merchants. The “remove” link makes it easier for shoppers to remove items from the cart, although hopefully, they won’t have to use it!
If an item is sold out or not in stock, you now have the option to display the price on the product page.
The ability to show prices on sold out product pages can often be useful so potential buyers still know how much the item costs.
This feature can be used in conjunction with the “back in stock” notification form.
Since customers who sign up to be notified will have the opportunity to see the cost of the item, it can be a good way to gauge interest in an out of stock product and if it’s worth topping up inventory.
Turbo 5.0 also introduces a feature that will help you get started with your store faster — downloads will now include ZIP files that preconfigure your theme with the placeholder text, settings and section setups shown in our demo stores.
The caveat here is that, at this time, these files do not include the image files like with Flex, but stay tuned!
Finally, Turbo 5.0 also comes with a fresh new look — Tennessee. In our demo store, we’ve used this to showcase high-end barware.
When creating Tennessee, our design team focused on showing off how, with a few theme setting changes, Turbo can take on a whole new look.
In this design, we balanced bold imagery with a clean, white non-fixed header to give Turbo a more refined and nuanced aesthetic.
In addition, instead of the familiar full-width slideshow or image with text overlay homepage sections, we turned off the “wide display” settings so that, on larger screens, these don’t fill the entire viewport horizontally.
This illustrates how a non full-width slideshow or image with text overlay section can still make a huge impact — while also giving your store more elegant white space.
The overall feel of the new style is smooth and sophisticated, with plenty of white space and polished typography.
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