Shopify announced a set of new features that made some radical changes to the platform. The changes spanning from the way themes are built and used, to the way apps interact with the themes and new tools for developers and merchants to make it easy to use the platform.

What is there for Shopify merchants:

In Shopify online store 2.0, Merchants will find it much easier to customize their shops and have new features that will help them sell more.

Admin updateable sections on every page: Earlier the sections were available only on the homepage. now the sections are available on all the pages. It is much earlier to customize the shop pages from admin now without any developer help.

Meta Fields: Add custom attribute to the products with meta field available right in the Shopify admin, without any third-party app. Let’s say, you want to add 2 new attributes to your product. Height & material. You can now add it using the meta fields without any third-party app.

Faster load timesThe new Shopify 2.0 themes load much faster. The faster web page helps merchants retain more customers and reduces bounce rate. This helps merchants pay less attention to the speed of the pages and focus more on sales.

Theme Editor Updates – Much easier to usein Shopify 2.0, the theme editor has been upgraded which makes it easy to find the right sections to add to the pages.

Customize checkout pages – for non-plus merchants
All package merchants (not just PLUS merchants) can customize the checkout through the checkout apps. Earlier the checkout pages could not be customized at all by non-plus merchants.

What is there for developers: 

The Shopify developers are a major part of the Shopify platform. The developer helps shop owners to set up professional shops, and make use of Shopify APIs to build the apps which helps provide those features that are not offered by the Shopify native platform. Shopify 2.0 has a lot for developers.

Meta Fields Now, the developers can use the newly available meta fields directly in the theme to customize the theme functions & to build dynamic sections.

App blocks – Theme app extensions The integration of the Shopify apps with the Shopify online store 2.0 themes, is much earlier and standardized now. The developers can now use the Shopify theme app extensions and make them available in the theme customizer to be added to any page or selected pages. This is a much-improved way for apps to integrate with the themes.

Standardization of the themes with JSON files. / Sections The themes have JSON-based sections. These sections can be dragged and dropped on any page of the Shopify theme using the Shopify theme customizer. The developers can now build the themes in sections and with much flexibility.

Summing it up: 

Finally, Shopify 2.0 is a set of features that Shopify has released gradually with the intent to upgrade the platform for merchants as well as developers. Every Shopify merchant must make use of the new features to upgrade their shops to focus more on selling & increase revenues. In case you need any information on Shopify 2.0 for your standard, advanced, or plus store – we are an expert Shopify development services team working on the Shopify platform for 10+ years, get in touch with us, and we will be happy to serve you.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

We advise that you should upgrade, Shopify themes have to be compatible with Shopify 2.0 guidelines. it is better to upgrade. There are a number of Shopify 2.0 themes that can you use on your store to easily upgrade it. It will not much time to upgrade unless you have a custom design in your store. You can also keep using all your existing apps in Shopify 2.0 store.
The older themes can be converted to Shopify store 2.0 by making them sectionized using JSON templates. You will need developer support to do it. The exact time depends upon the way your theme is coded. You can get in touch with us for a free Shopify store assessment for an upgrade to Shopify store 2.0
yes, many of the above-discussed features are available to all Shopify merchants including the Shopify basic merchants. There are some features like Shopify checkout features which are available only to the Shopify plus stores.
You have to upgrade your app to use the Shopify app extensions if your app has front facing component. You can get in touch with us for free Shopify consultation for an upgrade to Shopify 2.0 store
Yes, there are a number of Shopify 2.0 themes that you can use on your website. To help in the selection of the best theme, get in touch with our Shopify development team.
Yes, you can now use the native meta-fields instead of using the app. However, you will need to migrate your meta fields to the Shopify native meta fields, which may require developer help.
Checkout UI extensions are used by developers to create new apps that allow the Shopify plus stores to extend the checkout with new offers and discounts. however, the non-plus package merchants can use the Shopify post-checkout apps & Shopify functions to extend the checkout functionality. To know more about this, you can get in touch with our Shopify consultant
Yes, We are an expert Shopify development services team. We have helped a number of merchants to upgrade their stores to Shopify 2.0. We will be happy to help you to migrate your Shopify store to Shopify 2.0 online store. Get in touch with us and we will contact you soon.
Yes, Shopify store 2.0 upgrades have no extra charge from the Shopify side. There are some features that are only available to the Shopify plus plan. The rest of the features are available to all Shopify plans. You can upgrade to Shopify 2.0 online store without any worry about upgrading your Shopify plan.