Shopify Supply Theme Review
Shopify recently released a free, completely responsive theme tailored to stores with extensive inventories. The theme offers a prominent navigation, various homepage collections, sidebar filtering, and simple compatibility with the Product Reviews app (also free). So, I decided to craft this concise Shopify Supply theme review.
The theme was established using Shopify Timber, an open-source development framework. This is a great asset for developers, since Timber is extensively documented and open-source, which means you can always find help in case of any issues.
Shopify Supply Theme: Discovery
When faced with a huge selection of products, it’s important to make sure customers can find what they need. That’s why the Supply theme is designed to make this process easier. It features:
- A versatile menu system for navigating the store.
- A customizable home page with modules to showcase collections.
- Intelligent filtering tools that organize products by tags, type, and groups.
This way, customers can quickly and easily find the items they’re after. With Supply, large inventories don’t have to be a problem.
Shopify Supply Theme: Extensive Theme Settings
As well as being able to customise how you filter product collections the theme settings, now accessible via the big blue “Customize theme” button in the themes admin page, offer store owners the ability to change:
- Typography — base, heading, navigation and button styles
- The Header — custom logo and favicon
- The Footer — quick links menu, social media icons and contact info text
- Product pages — option to enable product image zoom, show/hide quantity selector and product vendor elements, show related products and the ability to integrate the free product review app
- Cart — enable the AJAX cart functionality – this makes it possible to add products to the cart without leaving the product page
- Social sharing — add buttons to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Fancy
Depending on your preference clicking on the cart button will make the cart appear in a lightbox (above), scroll down from the top of the screen or take the customer to the dedicated cart page.
Shopify Supply Theme: Newsletter Integration
Adding a newsletter sign up form to your theme is easy. Just go to the theme settings admin page, click the footer tab, and enter the URL for your MailChimp sign up form. The theme will take care of the rest, and you’ll be good to go!
Integrating your form into the theme is super simple. All you need to do is provide the URL, and the rest is taken care of. You don’t have to worry about a thing.
No technical know-how is required. All you need to do is submit the MailChimp sign up form URL and the theme will do the rest. Setting up a newsletter sign up form has never been easier!
Shopify Supply Theme: Details
The design of this theme is really impressive – the layout switcher (top right) lets you switch between a grid and list view, plus there’s the “sort by” drop down menu. You can also filter the collection with the tag list on the left.
The “Customize theme” screen in the store admin gives you the option to choose which social sharing buttons are displayed on product pages, and in what style.
The menu system is flexible and adapts to the size of the viewport, as seen in this tablet-size screenshot.
All in all, the thoughtful design touches make this theme stand out.
Shopify Supply Theme: Conclusion
Given the fact that it’s built on the well documented Timber development framework, it makes it easy for Shopify theme designers to add their own touches to the theme easily, while the flexibility available via theme settings makes it easy enough to tweak by someone with no development skills as well. The theme also ships in three color palettes – blue, soft-green and dark.
I think it’s an important step for Shopify to accommodate users who don’t want to spend extra money on themes and plugins. Now people have this extremely modern and lightweight, fully responsive theme to play with for $0. And combined with the other free plugins mention above that makes it the perfect solution for someone who wants to open their first online store.
Don’t forget to check my full review of Shopify in case you want to find out more about the ecommerce platform that tops our chart for 2 years. Also, feel free to join the discussion in the comments.