Among many benefits, flexibility, scalability, and performance are at the top of our list. Specifically:

  • OS 2.0 empowers developers, while at the same time, makes it even easier for merchants to leverage that power and build on their own storefronts

  • Content is still king (even Shopify seems to think so), and it’s now easier and faster than ever to scale branded content across a Shopify store

  • With development and site maintenance made simpler, we’re about to have extra time to focus on the more “fun” parts of commerce, like user experience and excitement generators

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the biggest enhancements and changes included in the launch, and what they mean for your Shopify store.

1) Sections, Everywhere

As one of the first digital agencies to create our own modular design system and Shopify framework way back in 2017, we were thrilled (and a bit flattered) to see Shopify follow suit by rolling out sections functionality on every page.

Sections are modular, customizable elements of a page, which give merchants greater flexibility when designing their online store. Previously, Shopify’s out-of-the-box “sections” were only available on a store’s homepage.

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2) Flexible Store Content

With OS 2.0, developers no longer have to hardcode the display of metafields (extra pieces of data that apps can attach to products, customers, orders, and other objects) into themes or rely on APIs to make changes to product pages.

Instead, theme developers can now add metafield definitions as setting defaults so that merchants can make changes more easily, allowing them to quickly upload things like images or PDFs to product detail pages (PDPs).

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3) Theme App Extensions & App Blocks

OS 2.0 includes huge benefits for app developers (which in turn, benefit merchants), like theme app extensions which will make app installations easier via app blocks.

The theme app extension changes how merchants interact with apps, allowing them to easily integrate apps into their theme right from the theme editor without ever having to touch any code. If the merchant chooses to later uninstall the app, ghost code will be automatically removed from their store.

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4) Shopify Theme Store Reopened on July 15th, 2021

With OS 2.0’s new, more flexible environment, Shopify also announced that they’ve decided to reopen their Theme Store as of July 15th, 2021 (it’s been closed since 2018). This means an unlimited number of new themes are able to be created by theme developers and uploaded for global entrepreneurs.

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