Shopify Theme Blog

Fonts, glorious fonts — a new and easier way to use fancy fonts in your Shopify theme

Fonts, glorious fonts — a new and easier way to use fancy fonts in your Shopify theme

June 07, 2018

Typography, along with on-screen imagery, is one of the most important ways you communicate with your customers — and Shopify has now made it easier to use a wide variety of fonts in your Shopify theme.
Going beyond products — how to use Shopify themes to sell services

Going beyond products — how to use Shopify themes to sell services

June 05, 2018

Shopify is a great way to sell products, but the platform can also be leveraged to sell an exciting additional category of commerce — services. Services are typically non-tangible goods that involve selling your time or expertise rather than a physical product.

The bottom line on autoplaying video in Shopify themes — plus how to use video better

The bottom line on autoplaying video in Shopify themes — plus how to use video better

May 31, 2018

Audio and video can be a strong way to engage customers, tell your story and even increase conversion rates, but recent trends by the companies that develop browsers have made it more difficult to use video and audio in your Shopify theme — especially if you want it to play automatically.

A key point about GDPR — and it's not what you might think

A key point about GDPR — and it's not what you might think

May 23, 2018

Love it or hate it, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is pretty much going to affect anyone in the ecommerce world who sells internationally — in particular to the European Union — but there’s a key point that many Shopify theme users overlook when it comes to compliance.
Shopify Unite 2018: Key takeaways for Shopify theme users

Shopify Unite 2018: Key takeaways for Shopify theme users

May 16, 2018

Shopify Unite, Shopify’s annual partner and developer gathering, brought plenty of exciting announcements about the future of the platform. Some of these have an effect on Out of the Sandbox, as a Shopify theme developer, and you, as a Shopify theme user.

The must know features of Shopify's new dynamic checkout buttons

The must know features of Shopify's new dynamic checkout buttons

May 03, 2018

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase conversions and make checking out from online stores as quick and easy as possible, Shopify recently introduced dynamic checkout buttons.

Fueled by lots of hard work and caffeine — tons of Shopify theme updates

Fueled by lots of hard work and caffeine — tons of Shopify theme updates

April 23, 2018

Out of the Sandbox has released several key updates to its premium Shopify themes that add key features and enhancements to its already popular portfolio of Shopify themes.
Hitting a milestone: Out of the Sandbox hits 800+ positive Shopify theme reviews

Hitting a milestone: Out of the Sandbox hits 800+ positive Shopify theme reviews

April 12, 2018

Shopify theme designer and developer Out of the Sandbox hit an impressive milestone this week — reaching the 800 positive review mark on the Shopify theme store
It starts with search: How Shopify theme features can improve product discovery

It starts with search: How Shopify theme features can improve product discovery

April 04, 2018

Out of the Sandbox’s Turbo 3.0 Shopify theme added a great new feature — predictive store search — which, combined with navigation, is a great way to make your products easier to find. Find out how to go beyond search to boost product discovery — and sales.

How people shop online — and how the Turbo Shopify theme is optimized for each

How people shop online — and how the Turbo Shopify theme is optimized for each

March 27, 2018

Out of the Sandbox’s release of the Turbo 3.0 Shopify theme adds a new predictive search feature that expands Shopify’s built in search feature, but this is just one of the unique ways visitors explore your store.

Turbo 3.0 adds predictive search feature and elegant new 'Florence' style

Turbo 3.0 adds predictive search feature and elegant new 'Florence' style

March 15, 2018

Out of the Sandbox has released Turbo 3.0, the latest high profile release in its most advanced Shopify theme — and with it comes key upgrades to the store search feature, a new style and even more options to the already advanced product page layout options.
Newbies welcome: How to get started with Shopify simply and easily

Newbies welcome: How to get started with Shopify simply and easily

March 05, 2018

One of the great things about Shopify and prebuilt Shopify themes is that they significantly lower the barrier to entry for creating an ecommerce business — but how much can you expect to do yourself if you’re a novice and beginner?

Ultra Violet: Get inspired by Pantone's color of the year for your Shopify theme & products

Ultra Violet: Get inspired by Pantone's color of the year for your Shopify theme & products

February 22, 2018

It may look like just an ordinary shade of violet — but Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, can serve as inspiration for your Shopify theme’s look and product offerings.
Buying a Shopify theme: Why setting your expectations is important

Buying a Shopify theme: Why setting your expectations is important

February 16, 2018

When shopping for a new Shopify theme, there are a variety of strategies and ways to use when shopping, but there’s another important factor to consider — what, exactly, should you expect from a Shopify theme?
Fresh is better: The best tip for updating your Shopify theme — plus more update advice

Fresh is better: The best tip for updating your Shopify theme — plus more update advice

February 13, 2018

We’re well into 2018 — past the busy holiday season and its aftermath — so now is the perfect time to update your premium Shopify theme. Before you jump in, however, there are some important things to note about Shopify theme updates.


What Shopify theme piracy is and why it's bad — plus how to avoid it

What Shopify theme piracy is and why it's bad — plus how to avoid it

January 31, 2018

A growing problem in the Shopify world is Shopify theme piracy — but what exactly is it, why is it bad for the entire Shopify ecosystem and how can you be sure you’re not inadvertently part of the problem?
How to select a Shopify theme using the same tactics you do in building your store

How to select a Shopify theme using the same tactics you do in building your store

January 24, 2018

As a merchant, shopping for a new Shopify theme is an interesting juxtaposition — it suddenly puts you, a store owner or manager, in the digital shopping cart.

Secrets to tweaking and customizing Shopify checkout pages

Secrets to tweaking and customizing Shopify checkout pages

January 16, 2018

As any experienced Shopify theme user knows, one of the main restrictions of the Shopify platform is that there is limited changes you can make to the checkout pages — but there are some “secret” ways to tweak the way these pages look.

Tips and troubleshooting for using the new nested navigation in Shopify

Tips and troubleshooting for using the new nested navigation in Shopify

January 09, 2018

Navigation is one of the most important parts of your Shopify theme — after all, without links and menus, shoppers can’t find their way around your store or locate all the great collections and products you offer — and the new nested navigation is a key part of that.
2017 in review: A look back at the year that was at Out of the Sandbox

2017 in review: A look back at the year that was at Out of the Sandbox

January 04, 2018

2017 was a banner year for Out of the Sandbox. Following on the release of our most ambitious Shopify theme ever, Turbo, in fall 2016, the company continued this momentum with numerous product releases, new features, Shopify theme updates and more.