The Fundamentals of Liquid and Shopify


Liquid is essential for making the best use of Shopify. It is the primary template language you will have to get to grips with. Web designers, and even humble shop owners, should learn about this language and how to wield it. It can bring many significant benefits in terms of flexibility and fluidity.

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to get started with understanding the Liquid language in Shopify.

Step 1 – Understand the Basic Construction

The easiest way to get started with this coding language is to understand that it is a template language. This is essentially a bridge between the data found on the Shopify dashboard and the HTML templates that go to the browser.

You can ignore the majority of the language. What you need to know about are the variables you have access to in the template.

These placeholders are changed by Liquid when the template is sent to the browser. The two placeholders you need to know about are:

  1. Double parentheses, which denotes output.
  2. The percentage sign is a denotation of logic.

Placeholders, including the ones not mentioned here, are the only parts of this language that matter to you. That’s the foundation of Liquid construction.

Step 2 – Manipulate the Basics on Liquid

Output – The output may have something simple like {{ }}. To change an output, just alter that with the name of your store, this placeholder would be replaced with the name of your store.

Logic – Defined by the ‘%’ sign. This controls what is rendered. For example, you may have a logic flow that states if X amount of Product A is sold ‘A is sold out’ will appear. This is what makes your site interactive.

Loops – A loop basically allows you to output the same code multiple times in a template. It may be used, for example, to show every image associated with a single product.

This may sound tough at first, but they are easy to understand when you first get started working with them.

Step 3 – Using Liquid

The reason learning Liquid is so important is that it gives you the most control over your theme. We believe that this will best allow you to make the store you want. To get started with actually putting these lessons into practice, use Liquid to dissect a template theme.

Take a random theme from Shopify and begin dissecting various parts of it. You can use the Shopify previewer to see what you are doing without hurting your live store.

Is Using Liquid for Shopify Practical?

There is no denying that building a Shopify theme from scratch can take some time. You do not have to do this, though. For the ordinary online shop owner, learning the basics of Liquid can allow them to make minor changes to a standard theme.

Even a little change can go a long way to making an online store unique. And studies show that this can make all the difference when it comes to sales.

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