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Strategic Content Marketing 101: Creating a centerpiece for your efforts

Strategic Content Marketing 101: Creating a centerpiece for your efforts

by Michael P. Hill May 04, 2017

Using topical content related to your store’s offerings, industry and passion has so many advantages ranging from boosting shopper confidence plus bolstering your SEO and social media efforts, but how do you make sure your Shopify content marketing investment is worth it?
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A big change to the Shopify admin is coming — what it is and how it will benefit you

A big change to the Shopify admin is coming — what it is and how it will benefit you

by Michael P. Hill April 27, 2017

A whole new look is coming to the Shopify admin — and it’s all part of an effort by Shopify announced at Unite 2017 to provide a “guiding star” to make using the platform easier than ever for merchants. What is this new system and how will it make it easier to run your Shopify store?
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Out of the Sandbox and into the Sun: Shopify Unite 2017

Out of the Sandbox and into the Sun: Shopify Unite 2017

by Sharon Austin April 25, 2017

This year, four members of the Out of the Sandbox Shopify theme team had the privilege of attending the Shopify Unite conference in San Francisco. We’ve since returned with new insights, ideas and lots of enthusiasm for the growth we see coming —both on the Shopify platform and for ecommerce in general.

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This is big: Our Shopify theme updater app just got a must-have feature

This is big: Our Shopify theme updater app just got a must-have feature

by Michael P. Hill April 19, 2017

Updating Shopify themes has long been one of the most frustrating parts of running a Shopify store — and Out of the Sandbox took a giant step in making this easier with our free Shopify theme updater app. But guess what? We’ve taken this another step farther.
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Parallax 3.2.0 Shopify theme update adds refined design, new features

Parallax 3.2.0 Shopify theme update adds refined design, new features

by Michael P. Hill April 11, 2017

Out of the Sandbox’s popular Shopify theme , Parallax, has now been upgraded to version 3.2.0! This latest release contains some key new features that make this dynamic theme even more flexible, and which will improve both the design and functionality of your Shopify store.
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Section by section: 13 ways to use the rich text and image and page sections

Section by section: 13 ways to use the rich text and image and page sections

by Michael P. Hill April 04, 2017

Although all of the previous Shopify sections  we’ve covered in this series have specific layouts, there are two section types that are much more wide ranging and flexible — the rich text and image section and the page section. Find out how to use these two section types in a variety of ways.
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Section by section: 12 ways to use the slideshow section in your Shopify theme

Section by section: 12 ways to use the slideshow section in your Shopify theme

by Michael P. Hill March 28, 2017

While you might think that the slideshow Shopify theme section is limited to, well, slideshows, it’s actually a versatile section that can be used for a variety of purposes on your store’s homepage. They are a great way to “tease” your shoppers with an intriguing image and bit of text and get them to engage more.

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Turbo 2.0 is here — here's what's new and how to get it

Turbo 2.0 is here — here's what's new and how to get it

by Michael P. Hill March 22, 2017

It’s finally here — Turbo 2.0 with sections! This is the first major update to our latest and greatest Shopify theme, Turbo. So, what’s new in Turbo 2.0? How do you get the latest version? Learn about the new present theme style and all the great sections you can use now. Find that out and more in this post, plus learn how to save on this premium Shopify theme for a limited time.

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Section by section: 20 ways to use the featured promotions section in your Shopify theme

Section by section: 20 ways to use the featured promotions section in your Shopify theme

by Michael P. Hill March 14, 2017

Featured promotions are simple and straightforward Shopify theme sections that rely on tried and true user interface design principles to pique shoppers’ curiosity into clicking and delving deeper into your site. Learn how to use the section over 20 ways.

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Section by section: 13 ways to use the testimonial section in your Shopify theme

Section by section: 13 ways to use the testimonial section in your Shopify theme

by Michael P. Hill March 07, 2017

The use of testimonials is a tried and true way to build confidence with shoppers and showcase real-life examples of your products in use. It’s a type of social proof that shows potential customers how satisfied your existing customers are, so it can be a powerful form of endorsement in your Shopify theme.
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The new Shopify theme editor — and the one must know concept about it

The new Shopify theme editor — and the one must know concept about it

by Michael P. Hill March 01, 2017

Shopify recently rolled out a new theme editor interface that has some key differences from the earlier Shopify theme settings panel — but the new interface can be a bit confusing for longtime and newbie Shopify users alike.  However, once you’ve gotten the general idea behind the new editor, you’ll be able to use it much more efficiently.
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Section by section: 21 ways to use new product and sidebar blocks in your Shopify theme

Section by section: 21 ways to use new product and sidebar blocks in your Shopify theme

by Michael P. Hill February 23, 2017

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.
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About Out of the Sandbox's support bot Sandy

About Out of the Sandbox's support bot Sandy

by Michael P. Hill February 17, 2017

As of Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, Out of the Sandbox's support bot Sandy has been disabled. 
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'Like' us on our new Facebook page

'Like' us on our new Facebook page

by Michael P. Hill February 15, 2017

Out of the Sandbox is now on Facebook! Our new Facebook page will offer a steady stream of Shopify theme tips and tricks, plus the latest theme updates and even special offers. To make sure you don't miss anything, join us on Facebook by "liking" our page here.

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Section by section: 16 ways to use the image with text section

Section by section: 16 ways to use the image with text section

by Michael P. Hill February 08, 2017

This week we continue our look at Shopify theme sections and how you can use them to create dynamic and exciting homepages. This week, we’ll take a look at the “Image with text” section, which offers a wide variety of opportunities to include content in a dynamic and flexible layout that’s also mobile friendly and doesn’t require any coding.
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Section by section: 15 ways to use the logo list section

Section by section: 15 ways to use the logo list section

by Michael P. Hill February 01, 2017

Since introducing support for Shopify theme Sections  across our Responsive, Retina, Parallax and Mobilia Shopify themes , Out of the Sandbox decided to include some brand new sections that weren't previously available, such as logo lists, testimonial and homepage galleries.
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What is SSL and how does it affect your Shopify theme?

What is SSL and how does it affect your Shopify theme?

by Michael P. Hill January 26, 2017

Having a “secure” Shopify store sounds like a no brainer and with Shopify now supporting free SSL, it’s not onlyeasy, but can be quite important for your business — however, making the switch over to SSL on your Shopify theme can be tricky at times.
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Shopify theme shopping advice to ensure you get the design and functionality you need

Shopify theme shopping advice to ensure you get the design and functionality you need

by Michael P. Hill January 16, 2017

Searching for and buying a Shopify theme is exciting — but it also can be confusing and challenging to ensure you get everything you need from your theme investment.
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Section by section: How the newest Shopify theme feature brings flexibility to your theme

Section by section: How the newest Shopify theme feature brings flexibility to your theme

by Michael P. Hill January 04, 2017

Sections are the newest feature of the Shopify theme ecosystem. So, what are sections and how can you use them to create an awesome Shopify store?

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How to turn your passion into a content marketing plan for your Shopify store

How to turn your passion into a content marketing plan for your Shopify store

by Michael P. Hill December 28, 2016

Creating a quality content marketing plan for your Shopify store may seem like a daunting challenge, but it’s actually easy to do if you funnel your passion for your products into your content brainstorming.
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Making a list, checking it twice: Our new year checklist for Shopify store owners

Making a list, checking it twice: Our new year checklist for Shopify store owners

by Michael P. Hill December 22, 2016

As the holiday shopping season winds down and we look forward to an exciting new year in ecommerce, most Shopify merchants have a long list of “to do” items for 2017.

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No need to customize: 7 ways the Turbo Shopify theme can look great without customization

No need to customize: 7 ways the Turbo Shopify theme can look great without customization

by Michael P. Hill December 15, 2016

Customizing Shopify themes is not only often a bad idea , it’s often unnecessary — and that holds true with Out of the Sandbox’s newest Shopify theme, Turbo, as well as most other premium Shopify themes .
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Use your Shopify theme's signup forms and popups to build your email list

Use your Shopify theme's signup forms and popups to build your email list

by Michael P. Hill December 06, 2016

Along with blazing fast speed , the new Turbo Shopify theme introduces key new features that let you easily integrate email newsletter signup forms in eye-catching ways to expand your marketing efforts. Plus, get pro tips on how to best gather emails from customers.
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Using your Shopify theme's password page as a marketing tool

Using your Shopify theme's password page as a marketing tool

by Michael P. Hill November 30, 2016

Building and setting up your Shopify theme and store can often be a long, strategic process, but there are some ways you can put your Shopify theme to work before you even launch by using the built in password page feature that comes with the Shopify platform.
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