In August 2014 Shopify (platform reviewed here) launched a brand new free fully responsive theme aimed at stores with large inventories. Features include prominent navigation, multiple homepage collections, sidebar filtering, and easy integration with the Product Reviews app (which is free as well). So I decided to write this quick Shopify Supply theme review:
The theme is built on the open source Shopify Timber theme development framework. This is a bonus for theme designers as Timber is a fully documented open-source project meaning there's always somewhere to turn if you get stuck.
Shopify Supply Theme: Discovery
Large inventory stores represent a unique problem – principally how to enable customers to find products. When presented with hundreds, if not thousands of products, it's really important to enable the customer to find what they are looking for. The Supply theme enables this in a number of ways:
- A flexible menu system
- An easy to customise home page complete with modules to highlight key product collections
- Clever collection filtering with tags, product type and advanced group filtering available
This screenshot shows the advanced group filtering in action on the left hand side of the browser screen.
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
Supply also makes it really easy to integrate your newsletter sign up form seemlessly into the theme. By accessing the theme settings admin page and clicking on the footer tab you can simply enter the URL for your MailChimp sign up form and the theme will handle the rest for you. If you intend to run a newsletter you may also wish to have a look at the free Chimpified app available in the Shopify App Store.
Shopify Supply Theme: Details
I mentioned earlier that theme's designers had added a lot of really nice touches to the designs.
The above screenshot showcases the layout switcher (top right) which enables you to view as a grid or as a list and the “sort by” drop down menu. It also highlights the ability to further filter the collection via the tag list on the left hand side.
Via the “Customize theme” screen in the store admin you can choose which, and what style, social sharing buttons to display on product pages.
The menu system bends and flexes depending on the viewport size. This screenshot shows the menu at a typical tablet size.
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.