Coming Soon: Mobile Themes and More!

Coming Soon: Mobile Themes and More!

Computers are really good at getting in our pants these days. We use our phones for all kinds of stuff now: browsing photos of our friends, making music, reading the news…and increasingly, for buying stuff.

That’s why next week we’ll be making mobile themes available to every Shopify store. In addition to your main theme, you’ll be able to have a separate mobile theme that is only shown to visitors who are browsing your shop with a pocket-sized display. Theme designers will also be able to provide links so that visitors can switch the active theme back and forth between main and mobile.

 Coming Soon: Mobile Themes and More!

Shown above is the same shop as displayed on a desktop computer using the Moderno theme, and on a mobile phone with Ryan's upcoming mobile theme which will be available for free to use with any Shopify shop.

This feature lets designers create first-class experiences for customers on the go, making it easier than ever for people to order your products from wherever they happen to be. As you can imagine, we're really stoked to see what kinds of designs people come up with for their new mobile storefronts!

One Theme, Two Themes...

Until now, you’ve had to make do with just one theme that gets overwritten every time you install a new one. This makes it difficult to know how changes to your theme are going to look with your shop. Now that we've made it so shops can have more than one theme, we can improve the theming experience in another big way: unpublished themes, available starting next week with the mobile themes launch.

One Theme, Two Themes...

You'll be able to edit unpublished themes just like your published ones, and you can preview any of them to see what they look like on your shop before they go live. You get a little overlay in preview mode to remind you which theme you're looking at:

One Theme, Two Themes...

Being able to quickly preview unpublished themes makes theme development a lot easier, especially when working with a live shop. You can easily duplicate one of your published themes to make changes to its templates or settings, then preview those changes before publishing them.

All this is coming next week, and we have more ideas for how these features can be expanded upon in the future. Stay tuned!



  • @Shopify Edward Ocampo-Gooding (@edwardog)
    Edward Ocampo-Gooding (@edwardog)
    July 20 2011, 10:24AM

    Nice work James! This is going to open up all sorts of doors!

    FYI sellers: us Shopifiers have been seeing a big bump of purchases being made over mobile devices recently, so anything to help you make those purchase and cart sizes go up gets us pretty excited.

  • Martin Dufort
    Martin Dufort
    July 20 2011, 10:42AM

    Good first step into the Mobile Space. I’m sure there are more to come !!!!

  • Liz
    July 20 2011, 11:00AM


  • Shopaholla
    July 20 2011, 11:04AM

    Excited to release some themes for this!

  • Matthew Kennedy
    Matthew Kennedy
    July 20 2011, 11:31AM

    Nice one another great idea, please please please let there be someone working on quantity discount so we can manage stock!

  • @Shopify Edward Ocampo-Gooding (@edwardog)
    Edward Ocampo-Gooding (@edwardog)
    July 20 2011, 11:43AM

    Matthew Kennedy: it’s definitely on the roadmap. We’re salivating for the feature and other free-shipping and discount-related awesome as well.

  • Justine Pattantyus
    Justine Pattantyus
    July 20 2011, 12:17PM

    @edwardog Yes to discount-related awesome!

  • Shopaholla
    July 20 2011, 01:01PM

    We’ve just launch a new series called Shopaholla Modern. Its mobile device ready although it’s built into one theme. We’ll separate soon, but feel free to test out the future :)

  • Sean
    July 20 2011, 03:25PM


  • Golf Cult
    Golf Cult
    July 20 2011, 04:26PM

    I have been waiting for this for some time now, very stoked!

  • Golf Cult
    Golf Cult
    July 20 2011, 04:31PM

    I have been waiting for this for some time now, very stoked!

    July 20 2011, 09:29PM

    now i just gotta buy a phone.

  • Rick
    July 21 2011, 05:48AM

    The ability to test changes to a theme for a working live shop without breaking it is great! and much needed!


  • Ryan Foster
    Ryan Foster
    July 21 2011, 10:18AM

    Perfect timing for upcoming project ! :)

  • Woolly Babs
    Woolly Babs
    July 28 2011, 10:50AM

    When are these theme changes coming through?

    I’m hoping they’ll be in time for the weekend. I’m looking forward to a store major overhaul!

  • @Shopify James MacAulay
    James MacAulay
    July 29 2011, 06:25PM

    Deployed! Look out for an update to the theme store in the coming days that will make submitting and browsing for mobile themes a first-class experience :)

  • Linney
    August 03 2011, 12:46PM

    This sounds like a great addition to the store! Now when will the Android version become available for store owners who need to log on to view orders???

  • Jc
    June 03 2012, 07:11PM

    One year later and there are 2 mobile themes in the store. Is there any more action planned on this very important category?

  • Galen King
    Galen King
    November 10 2012, 03:13AM

    JC, we are close to launching an über-customisable mobile theme that should work with most existing Shopify stores. Keep an eye on for details. Hope to have it out this week.

  • Galen King
    Galen King
    December 03 2012, 05:20PM

    Hey folks,

    Those of you following this thread might like to know that our new mobile theme has just gone live in the Shopify Themes Store. Check it out:

    We’ve designed this to be highly customisable to fit with the look-and-feel of existing stores that don’t currently have a responsive design or want something better tailored to mobile.

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