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The Definitive Guide to Shopify Themes

Master the Design Skills to Build World-Class Ecommerce Sites

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  • First and most up-to-date book on the market to cover Shopify themes
  • Written by Shopify Plus expert Gavin Ballard, author of a number of Shopify-related projects, including Bootstrap for Shopify, Cart.js, and Advanced Shopify Theme Development and reviewed by Keir Whitaker
  • Fully supported with thorough online code examples and repositories

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About this book

Master the design techniques and practical skills needed to build Shopify themes and make you and your clients profitable. An increasing number of businesses use Shopify and all of them need a well-designed theme to turn visitors into customers. Designers and developers that can deliver such themes create value for their clients and customers — and get paid accordingly.

Written by Shopify Plus expert Gavin Ballard, this book teaches you how to apply your existing web development skills to the development of Shopify themes. Along the way, we’ll highlight the differences you will encounter and how you can use Liquid, Shopify’s templating language. You will understand the key tools, workflows, principles and processes that help experienced Shopify developers build amazing themes.

This book is the first dedicated to Shopify theme development and is invaluable for any web or Ecommerce professional looking to add Shopify skills to their tool belt – add it to your library today.

What You Will Learn 
  • Use your existing web development skills to master Shopify themes and new technologies like Liquid and Slate 
  • Apply appropriate Shopify principles to the design of Ecommerce sites 
  • Employ strategies and technical skills to get the most out of a Shopify theme 
  • Examine advanced workflow and deployment techniques for delivering Shopify themes

Who This Book Is For

This book assumes familiarity with common web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) but does not assume any significant prior knowledge of Shopify themes. Anyone with existing web design and development skills will find this book invaluable in bridging the knowledge gap when starting out with Shopify theme development. There’s value for those more familiar with Shopify themes as well - whether it’s learning some advanced workflow and deployment techniques, becoming acquainted with Shopify’s brand new theme framework Slate, or just stepping back to consider Ecommerce design principles at a higher level.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melbourne, Australia

    Gavin Ballard

About the author

Gavin Ballard is a software developer and CEO at Disco, a company that helps businesses succeed on the Shopify platform. He’s the author of the Bootstrap for Shopify framework, as well the courses Mastering Shopify Themes and Mastering Shopify Apps. He writes and speaks about design, development and strategy in eCommerce.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Definitive Guide to Shopify Themes

  • Book Subtitle: Master the Design Skills to Build World-Class Ecommerce Sites

  • Authors: Gavin Ballard

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Apress Berkeley, CA

  • eBook Packages: Professional and Applied Computing, Apress Access Books, Professional and Applied Computing (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Gavin Ballard 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4842-2640-7Published: 09 September 2017

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4842-2641-4Published: 08 September 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 227

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 91 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Web Development

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