Quick Start to Build Themes

What is a theme?

A theme determines the way that a Shoplazza online store looks, feels, and functions, which shape the online store experience for merchants and their customers.

What is the theme made of?

Shoplazza themes are built using Liquid, along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JSON. Developers can use these languages to create customized looks and styles to match their clients' needs.
Shoplazza provides several tools and best practices to accelerate the development process.

How developers can take part in theme building?

Theme developers have the option to customize themes for specific merchants, making alterations that range from minor adjustments to complete redesigns to meet their needs. Alternatively, they can create a new theme to sell in the Shoplazza Theme Store  .
To learn more about how to customize a theme to meet a merchant's needs, check out the following quick steps.

Learn Shoplazza's theme architecture

A theme controls the organization, features, and style of a merchant's online store. Theme code is organized with a standard directory structure of files, as well as supporting assets such as images, stylesheets, and scripts.
As a theme developer, you can optimize the organization, features, and style of themes for your merchants.
The organization of each page is determined by the following components.

  1. The layout Layouts  file
  2. The template   assigned to the resource being displayed
  3. The sections  .
  4. The blocks   that each section contains

Themes can incorporate features through Liquid template files, sections, blocks, and snippets  . You can utilize Liquid, CSS, and JavaScript to implement these features. The features present in a theme determine how customers interact with the content on an online store.
To learn more about theme architecture, please visit the pages under the architecture   section.

Building your business with Shoplazza themes

As a Shoplazza Partner, there are several ways that you can earn money when working with Shoplazza themes.

Theme customization

Developers frequently perform theme customization tasks, which involve modifying an existing theme to meet a merchant's specific requirements. These jobs can range from minor adjustments to significant overhauls.
To provide theme customization services, you can request staff access to the merchant's store.

Building themes and stores

Building themes from scratch is a significant task that developers can undertake, typically on behalf of a single merchant with very specific requirements.
As a developer, you can offer theme building services to merchants and agree on a fee for the work.

Submitting your theme to the Shoplazza Theme Store

When merchants start the journey of launching their online store, the Shoplazza Theme Store is often their first step. As a Partner, you can create themes for the Shoplazza Theme Store   and expose them to a vast audience of millions of entrepreneurs worldwide.
However, themes must adhere to rigorous technical, maintenance, and support standards to be accepted into the Shoplazza Theme Store. Therefore, it's important to review these requirements before beginning the theme development process.
To obtain more information on how to submit a theme to the Shoplazza Theme Store, please visit here  .

Best Practices to follow

Shoplazza has established a set of best practices to enhance your theme development experience. These practices include guidelines for designing and coding a theme that ensures an exceptional customer experience while maintaining fast, accessible, and discoverable stores for merchants. Additionally, while working on merchant stores, you should adhere to specific best practices to ensure security and collaboration.

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