Shopify Theme Blog

See the latest upgrade to the Mobilia Shopify theme

See the latest upgrade to the Mobilia Shopify theme

August 22, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, Out of the Sandbox released version 5.2 of the iconic Responsive Shopify theme — and now it’s Mobilia’s turn for an upgrade! Get all the details about the latest changes and new features in Mobilia.

Get your Shopify theme ready for back to school and fall

Get your Shopify theme ready for back to school and fall

August 09, 2016

As August winds down, the back to school shopping season (which can be quite lucrative for all types of Shopify stores) is quickly approaching — but how can you take advantage of this busy season and make sure yourShopify theme is ready?

How to use your Shopify theme's advanced homepage settings

How to use your Shopify theme's advanced homepage settings

August 05, 2016

One of the biggest updates in our update to the Responsive Shopify theme is a dynamic new approach to controlling the layout and content of the homepage — but this new feature, which is also available in the Parallax Shopify theme, does require a few extra steps to use effectively on your Shopify store.


Responsive 5.2 update packed with new features, improvements

Responsive 5.2 update packed with new features, improvements

July 27, 2016

This week, Out of the Sandbox is excited to introduce Responsive 5.2, the latest version of this acclaimed and iconic Shopify theme — an update that’s packed with improvements and new features.

How to make the most out of your Shopify theme's navigation

How to make the most out of your Shopify theme's navigation

July 26, 2016

Navigation menus are one of the most important elements of your Shopify theme because they help orient and guide the user throughout your shop. These menus affect how shoppers discover your product offerings, as well as any other info they may be seeking.

Make yourself at home: Making your Shopify theme homepage shine (and why you actually have more than one)

Make yourself at home: Making your Shopify theme homepage shine (and why you actually have more than one)

July 19, 2016

Shopify theme's homepage is, rightfully, the pride and joy of many store owners. But how much impact does the homepage actually have? Does investing hours of fine tuning your homepage actually help sales that much or are there other areas where your time is better spent?


Using the blog feature in your Shopify theme: Dos and don'ts

Using the blog feature in your Shopify theme: Dos and don'ts

July 12, 2016

Generating quality content and placing it in an effective way throughout your Shopify theme has huge implications for the success of your store — not only can you use content marketing strategies to draw in new customers, but well-written content such as product descriptions and page copy are key in optimizing your conversion rates.

How to know when it's time for a custom Shopify theme — and how to get one

How to know when it's time for a custom Shopify theme — and how to get one

July 06, 2016

One of the great things about pre-built Shopify themes is that they are easy to get up and running in a short time — however, there are some cases when you may want to consider getting a custom Shopify theme.

How to bring summer into your shop: Seasonal marketing

How to bring summer into your shop: Seasonal marketing

June 30, 2016

Now that temperatures are rising and the sun is shining, many folks are looking to escape the office or malls and head outside for a little Vitamin D. But many will continue to shop online regardless so be sure to take advantage of the relaxed spirit and marketing opportunities that summer offers.


The best logo and imagery strategies for your Shopify theme

The best logo and imagery strategies for your Shopify theme

June 23, 2016

Imagery is one of the most important ways you can establish the look and feel of your brand and store with your Shopify theme, so it’s no wonder that it’s also a common area that store owners want to customize and tinker with. However, as we’ve discussed with both typography and color, there are some areas with imagery that can deliver much better returns on your time and energy.

Shopify Build a Business winner powered by an Out of the Sandbox Shopify theme — and what you can learn from it

Shopify Build a Business winner powered by an Out of the Sandbox Shopify theme — and what you can learn from it

June 21, 2016

The winners of Shopify’s sixth annual “Build a Business” competition have been announced — and among them is an Out of the Sandbox Shopify theme user whose success with a simple and straightforward use of a theme is worth noting.

Effective ways to use color in your Shopify theme

Effective ways to use color in your Shopify theme

June 15, 2016

Designing and setting up a new Shopify theme is exciting — and fun — but it’s also easy to get carried away with over-customizing your store — right down to the color of every button, border and bullet point. Over-customizing the colors in your Shopify theme can be time-consuming and complex to do right.


The best ways to optimize text and fonts in your Shopify theme

The best ways to optimize text and fonts in your Shopify theme

June 06, 2016

When setting up and managing your Shopify theme there are pretty much an unlimited number of options, settings and customizations you can do. However, with so many available to experiment with, it's easy to overdo it.

4 key ways to improve collaboration when building and managing your Shopify store

4 key ways to improve collaboration when building and managing your Shopify store

May 31, 2016

Collaborating is one of the best ways to build and improve your Shopify store. However, how do you keep all the ideas and feedback organized so you can effectively act upon them?

Why it's important to understand the difference between Shopify theme and customization issues — and how to fix them

Why it's important to understand the difference between Shopify theme and customization issues — and how to fix them

May 24, 2016

Last week, we discussed the key differences between common Shopify and theme-related terms that often cause confusion for store owners — however, one important distinction that wasn’t addressed in the earlier post was “theme issues” versus “theme customization."


11 things Shopify users often get confused — and what they really mean

11 things Shopify users often get confused — and what they really mean

May 19, 2016

New Shopify users often find it difficult to get acquainted with the unique language and terminology the platform uses. The terms and jargon often get thrown about without much explanation, so things can get confusing pretty fast.

5 reasons gift cards are a great way to boost your Shopify store's business

5 reasons gift cards are a great way to boost your Shopify store's business

May 12, 2016

Offering gift cards is not only a great way to boost your bottom line, but it’s a great way to make your Shopify store more “gift giver friendly.” Shopify gift cards are a great solution for businesses of all sizes, especially since it makes it easier for shoppers to send gifts to friends, family and loved ones.

8+ great ways to use a Shopify Theme Tweak service

8+ great ways to use a Shopify Theme Tweak service

May 11, 2016

The Theme Tweak service is meant as an affordable way to have someone from the Out of the Sandbox team modify your theme to make a minor update that isn’t achievable simply through the theme settings. As a rule of thumb, tweaks eligible for the service can be completed in 30 minutes or less.


How to know it's time call in a Shopify Expert for help with your Shopify theme

How to know it's time call in a Shopify Expert for help with your Shopify theme

May 04, 2016

Getting your Shopify theme just the way you want it can often be done using your own time and skills, but there comes a point for most storeowners when they need the helping hand of a pro. Fortunately, Shopify has built a solid community of developers, designers and other service providers who can help out with your store.

Must-read techniques for securing your Shopify theme's store and data

Must-read techniques for securing your Shopify theme's store and data

April 27, 2016

After working for countless hours developing products and setting up your Shopify theme, it’s only natural that you want to protect your store as much as possible. Here are some frequent concerns that Shopify store owners have about securing their stores as well as offer some frank and practical advice.