With the ever-increasing number of people using Shopify, it has quickly become one of the most popular eCommerce development platforms. Shopify has crossed more than $79.5 billion in eCommerce sales across the first six months of 2021. It is without a doubt that the platform is getting bigger.
On June 29, 2021, Shopify announced the release of Shopify 2.0. It consists of a wide range of features aimed to make the platform even more customizable for eCommerce stores. The re-introduced Shopify 2.0 is easy to use for the developers and will allow store owners to add personalized features with ease.
Features of Shopify 2.0
There are various features of Shopify 2.0 that have made it an instant hit for developers and eCommerce store owners. Take a look –
Upgradation of the theme architecture means more customization options for store owners. Earlier, the flexibility associated with sections was only applicable to the home page. In the 2.0 version, Shopify allows merchants to add sections to different pages. That way, complicated block working is not necessary anymore.
Now, you can use the JSON template file to activate the templates on each page. Now, it is easy to list the page sections, custom pages, collection pages, etc. The addition of the template will allow you to include dynamic sections.
Another impressive feature of Shopify 2.0 is app modularity. Here, developers can now remove and add UI components via the theme editor. Accessing the code of the theme is not needed anymore.
As a result, it becomes easy to manage the existing assets. Moreover, it also makes hosting these assets easy and hassle-free.
Theme app extensions with app blocks
In the previous version, there was no way for the developers to integrate apps with themes. In that case, the coding of integration logic was necessary. It led to the rise of various issues that made the situation even more complicated. With the theme app extensions, it is now easy to add extensions and features. As a result, the functionality of the eCommerce site increases considerably.
In Shopify 2.0, store owners can add metafields without using any code or API. This gives them the opportunity to add the content type they want. For instance, if you want to add a size chart to the product list, you can do so easily.
In order to enhance the customization of the store, the metafields have become much more flexible. Moreover, you can also add presentation hints which will allow the merchant to use fewer custom codes.
Liquid input setting
With the latest version of Shopify comes the new Liquid input setting. Now, you can add custom Liquid codes from the editor to the pages. The Liquid setting and HTML setting are quite similar. Here, the main point of difference is that merchants get access to the variables in the Liquid setting. With this feature, you don\’t need to change the code of themes manually. This makes it easy for store owners to make necessary changes without taking the help of a developer.
New developer tools
With the new developer tools, developing, testing, and deploying themes become quite easy for the developers. You can use Theme Check, revamped Shopify CLI tool, and Shopify GitHub integration for theme development.
There are various sections of Shopify that have undergone a massive transformation. For instance, the presence of the in-house editor of the template language is impressive. Moreover, it is easy for the editor to replace different Shopify apps. Apart from this, the updated content management system is interesting. The wide array of features that come with Shopify 2.0 has no doubt made the platform even more popular.