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How to Add Product Reviews Shopify Product Reviews App

How to Add Product Reviews Shopify Product Reviews App

Learn how to import product reviews via a CSV file for the native Shopify Reviews App listed above.

This app was created by Shopify for Shopify. There are many paid and free apps on the Shopify App Marketplace so you will want to review each app. In most cases, a free app will do the trick.

You can sign up for a 14-day free trial of Shopify Here: https://www.shopify.com/?ref=after-dark-grafx

RE: https://apps.shopify.com/product-reviews


If you need a Shopify Expert or just want ask some questions, please feel free to contact us!

 

This video assumes that you have already installed the Product Reviews App from the Shopify App Store.

 

STEP 1: Install the Product Reviews App by Shopify

 

STEP 2: Follow the Installation Instructions and add the snippets of code to the suggested pages in Shopify.  For this tutorial, we are using the DEBUT FREE THEME by Shopify.

 

STEP 3: Watch the Video above!

 

 

If you have installed it correctly, a customer can write a review directly on the product page. I always go into the SETTINGS of the APP and make sure that I have to APPROVE the reviews before they are posted. If you just install the app and let it run by default, anyone can post reviews on your website, so be careful of spammers and people who post defamatory information.

 

Shopify Product Reviews Settings

 

If you need help installing or configuring this app, please contact us. It is a relatively quick process ($75) in most cases.

 

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Shopify Developer San Diego

Shopify Tutorial For Beginners – How To Create An Online Shopify Store 2019

In this video tutorial, I show you how to easily create a Shopify Store using the default Debut Theme. Shopify is a great e-commerce platform with a robust set of features to have you selling your products/services in no time.

You can sign up for a 14-day free trial of Shopify Here:

https://www.shopify.com/?ref=after-dark-grafx

 

 


Pros of using Shopify:

– Quickly Start and Launch a Store
– Thousands of FREE Apps to help you sell and run your store – Inexpensive if using free apps but can get expensive if you use a lot of paid apps.
– Low Learning Curve
– No Need for a Merchant Account
– No Need for a Shipping Carrier Account
– Easy to Add Apps, Change Themes and Update
– Easily Add other Sales Channels (ie: Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
– Easily Add a Buy Now Button onto an EXTERNAL website. (You can add a product button called BUY NOW to a website that is not hosted with Shopify but would process the checkout through Shopify Cons of using Shopify:
– There is a 3 option limit for products. Example: If you sell t-shirts and have Size, Color, Material (you can add all kinds of variants to these options like small, medium, large, etc.) but Shopify has a 100 variant limit for these so you would need an app to extend the OPTIONS to get you past the 3 options threshold and the 100 variant threshold.
– You use Shopify Payments, otherwise, if you use your own merchant account, then they add additional fee to your monthly plan plus you will pay a percentage to Shopify in addition to your existing Merchant Account and Gateway Fees.
– If you add another Shipping Carrier (Shopify’s built-in carrier is USPS) if you add: FEDEX, UPS or other carrier there is an additional monthly fee approx $20 per month as of today’s date but this is cheaper than upgrading to the next plan on Shopify.
– No direct access to the Shopify database without an app via Api
– No direct backup mechanism without an app. You can export the products, customers and orders within Shopify but that is it. You would need an app to extend this functionality.

If you need a Shopify Expert or just want ask some questions, please feel free to contact us here at any of the links below.

You can sign up for a 14-day free trial of Shopify Here and Try it out as well as make sales before you even have to pay them their monthly fee: https://www.shopify.com/?ref=after-dark-grafx

 

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Add Side Bar to Shopify Theme - Debut

How to Add a Side Bar to Shopify Theme

If you are wondering How to Add a Side Bar to the DEBUT Shopify Theme with custom navigation, then you are in luck. Please read below. If you do not understand this, we can make these edits for you, just contact us here – Approximately $75 to set this up for you.

I wanted to be able to show two CUSTOM MENUS for the side bar that I could control if I add items to the Navigation Menu in Shopify.

  1. I start off by adding a NEW NAVIGATION menu. In the Shopify Admin, click on ONLINE STORE on the left then select NAVIGATION.
  2. Select ADD MENU
  3. I named my menus  Shop By Brand and Shopy By Beauty.
  4. I then added navigation items for the collections I wanted to display to each menu. Taking note that the HANDLE or NAME OF THE MENUS would now be shopy-by-brand and shop-by-beauty. I will need these in the next section.
  5. Once my menus are created, I click on ONLINE STORE on the left, then click on the dropdown called ACTIONS and select DOWNLOAD THEME FILE. Always backup your theme before making changes. It is just good practice.
  6. Next select ACTIONS again and select EDIT CODE
  7. On the left side you will scroll down to TEMPLATES and click on collection.liquid ( DEV NOTE: we always make another backup of the original file then work on the main file)
  8. You should see this code{% comment %}
    The contents of the collection.liquid template can be found in /sections/collection-template.liquid
    {% endcomment %}

    {% section ‘collection-template’ %}

  9. next add this line of code {% section ‘sidebar’ %} above {% section ‘collection-template’ %} so it will look like this{% comment %}
    The contents of the collection.liquid template can be found in /sections/collection-template.liquid
    {% endcomment %}

    {% section ‘sidebar’ %}
    {% section ‘collection-template’ %}

  10. SAVE the new template (top right)
  11. We will now need to CREATE the page called  sidebar.liquid that will contain the navigation and other items for the sidebar.
  12. On the left now scroll down to SECTIONS and select ADD NEW SECTION.
  13. Paste this code into the new section.  Notice the BOLDED ITEMS in this code. It the only information you need to change so that your correct menus display where they should. If for example you called your menus  Custom Menu One and Custom Menu Two then I would need to use  customer-menu-one and custom-menu-two in the code below. Also notice the CLASS that is in RED. This is what we will style in the CSS to make it a sidebar.

    <div class=”left-side”>

    <div class=”shop-by”>
    <h2>Shop by Brand</h2>

    <div id=”nav” class=” nav-align–{{section.settings.menu_alignment}}
    nav-border–{{ section.settings.nav_border }}
    nav-separator–{{ section.settings.nav_separator }}”>
    <ul id=”menu”>
    {% for link in linklists.shop-by-brand.links %}
    {% if linklists[link.handle] == empty %}
    <li><a href=”{{ link.url }}” {% if link.active %}class=”active”{% endif %}>{{ link.title }}</a></li>
    {% else %}
    <li class=”dropdown”>
    <a {% if link.url == ‘http://’ or link.url == ” or link.url == ‘/’ or link.url == ‘https://’ or link.url == ‘#’ %}
    class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %} slicknav_item” href
    {% else %}
    href=”{{ link.url }}” class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %}”
    {% endif %}>
    {{ link.title }}
    </a>
    <ul class=”animated fadeIn”>
    {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}
    {% if linklists[link.handle] == empty %}
    <li><a href=”{{ link.url }}”>{{ link.title }}</a></li>
    {% else %}
    <li>
    <a {% if link.url == ‘http://’ or link.url == ” or link.url == ‘/’ or link.url == ‘https://’ or link.url == ‘#’ %}
    class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %} slicknav_item” href
    {% else %}
    href=”{{ link.url }}” class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %}”
    {% endif %}>
    {{ link.title }}
    </a>
    <ul class=”animated fadeIn”>
    {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}
    <li><a href=”{{ link.url }}”>{{ link.title }}</a></li>
    {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    </li>
    {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    </li>
    {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    </div>

    </div>

    <div class=”shop-by-space”>
    <h2>Shop by Beauty</h2>

    <div id=”nav” class=” nav-align–{{section.settings.menu_alignment}}
    nav-border–{{ section.settings.nav_border }}
    nav-separator–{{ section.settings.nav_separator }}”>
    <ul id=”menu”>
    {% for link in linklists.shop-by-beauty.links %}
    {% if linklists[link.handle] == empty %}
    <li><a href=”{{ link.url }}” {% if link.active %}class=”active”{% endif %}>{{ link.title }}</a></li>
    {% else %}
    <li class=”dropdown”>
    <a {% if link.url == ‘http://’ or link.url == ” or link.url == ‘/’ or link.url == ‘https://’ or link.url == ‘#’ %}
    class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %} slicknav_item” href
    {% else %}
    href=”{{ link.url }}” class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %}”
    {% endif %}>
    {{ link.title }}
    </a>
    <ul class=”animated fadeIn”>
    {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}
    {% if linklists[link.handle] == empty %}
    <li><a href=”{{ link.url }}”>{{ link.title }}</a></li>
    {% else %}
    <li>
    <a {% if link.url == ‘http://’ or link.url == ” or link.url == ‘/’ or link.url == ‘https://’ or link.url == ‘#’ %}
    class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %} slicknav_item” href
    {% else %}
    href=”{{ link.url }}” class=”sub-menu {% if link.active %}active{% endif %} {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}{% if link.active %}active{% endif %}{% endfor %}”
    {% endif %}>
    {{ link.title }}
    </a>
    <ul class=”animated fadeIn”>
    {% for link in linklists[link.handle].links %}
    <li><a href=”{{ link.url }}”>{{ link.title }}</a></li>
    {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    </li>
    {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    </li>
    {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    </div>

    </div>

    </div>

     

  14. Now that the menus are added and the side bar is created, we have to add a CLASS to the collection-template.liquid from step 9 above in order to have the side bar on the left and the collection page on the right.
  15. On the left under SECTIONS find  collection-template.liquid . Scroll to the very top of the page and add a beginning  <div> tag  like this   <div class=”right-side”>
  16. Code should look like this

    <div class=”right-side”>

     

    {% case section.settings.grid %}
    {% when 2 %}
    {%- assign max_height = 530 -%}
    {% when 3 %}
    {%- assign max_height = 345 -%}
    {% when 4 %}
    {%- assign max_height = 250 -%}
    {% when 5 %}
    {%- assign max_height = 195 -%}
    {% endcase %}

    {% if section.settings.layout == ‘grid’ %}
    {%- assign limit = section.settings.grid | times: section.settings.rows -%}
    {% else %}
    {%- assign limit = 16 -%}
    {% endif %}

    {% paginate collection.products by limit %}

    ETC ETC more code ….

  17. Be sure to scroll to the very bottom of this page and add the closing </div>
  18. SAVE THE PAGE
  19. Last Step: Edit the Theme.scss.liquid file Scroll down to ASSETS and click on themes.scss.liquid.  Be sure to backup or copy this file so that you have the original.  To make things easy, I add CSS to the end of this file so that it is easier to find.
  20. Add the following code: (you can, of course adjust as needed but this is the basic code)

    .left-side {padding:0px 15px;display:block;float:left;width:25%;}
    .right-side {float:left;display:block;width:75%;}
    .shop-by {}
    .shop-by-space {margin-top:30px;}
  21. Then for some mobile styling add this code and adjust as need for browsers and device sizes.

    @media screen and (max-width:600px){
    .left-side {padding:0px 15px;display:block;float:none;width:100%;}
    .right-side {float:none;display:block;width:100%;margin-top:40px;}
    .shop-by {}
    .shop-by-space {margin-top:20px;}

    }

  22. SAVE THE FILE
  23. Lastly, the below screenshot is what you should end up with.

Add Side Bar to Shopify Theme - Debut

Final Thoughts:
Every theme is different. Some themes have the side bar built in. You can usually find it if you select the CUSTOMIZE BUTTON in the theme. Then click on a collection page on the preview THEN click on the left side of the screen and it should say COLLECTIONS PAGE. If you click on this collections page, there will be options in some themes to show or not show the side bar. If your theme doesn’t have it, then it will need to be addd.


Author:
James Byrne is the Owner/Operator of After Dark Grafx and a certified designer/developer for Shopify, Miva, BigCommerce, WooCommerce and more. Over 30 years experience – contact me today at 619-702-7377.