Shopify recently announced some changes to the Shopify platform whereby they have introduced new theme section capabilities and a new UI for the theme editor. This is all great and definitely a step in the right direction to make the content management experience much better in Shopify.
There are some gotcha's though that people should be aware of:
- The section functionality only works on the home page of a Shopify site and not any other pages you define.
- In renaming the Theme "Preset" functionality to "Theme Style" they appear to have taken away the ability to save a Theme Style with your own settings and name it like you used to be able to eg. https://help.shopify.com/manual/using-themes/using-theme-presets#creating-a-new-theme-preset.
This has been confirmed with Shopify and Shopify support have promised to let me know if it will make a return. Apparently it was a rarely used feature and so wasn't included in this first iteration of changes.
We use this capability a fair bit at Going Square to take snapshot of the updated shop settings for client sites. This way we can quickly restore it to a known state if the client starts fiddling and breaks something or when testing wholesale theme changes, revert back if we need to.
As a work-around you can still download the complete theme with your settings applied and restore it later on if need be but this seems to be a bit more overboard than it needs to be. Especially when all you want to do is some general tweaking in the theme editor.
Stay tuned. I'll update this post when I find out more.
What's your take on this situation? Put it back in or leave it out?
Latest Update 2/11/2016 - Just heard back from the great team at Shopify support and unfortunately it looks like the ability to save a Shopify theme has gone and not likely to come back.