What are Page Templates?
Your store's Page templates are the pages that make up your storefront.
A template dictates how your homepage, product pages, collection pages, blog pages, cart, and checkout page look and operate when a customer visits your site.
What are the Different Types of Template?
Your Home page is made up of sections - content blocks which you can customize and rearrange on the page.
To learn more about how to customize your homepage, read our tutorial on Introduction to Sections.
Your Product pages are the lynch pin of your store, displaying all the details of products on your store.
The product page settings include:
- Displaying the 'tax included' message, low stock indicator, shipping policy link, and dynamic checkout button.
- Adding product media (including video and 3D images).
- Changing the variant based on the thumbnail.
- Displaying the product recommendations, recently-viewed products, and product type.
- Adjusting the image position and cart button position.
Note: The actual contents and configurations of a product are set up through the Products area of the Shopify dashboard - click here to read more.
A Collection page is where your products are categorized into a collection, allowing your customers to easily find what they are looking for. The collection page settings include:
- Choosing how many products are displayed per row.
- Adding sidebar content.
- Enabling a collage layout on desktop.
Note: Collections are not controlled by the theme. Instead, they can be created either manually or automatically with your Shopify admin space - click here to read Shopify's help pages.
As collections are a group of individual products, a single product can be featured in multiple collections across your site. Therefore, you do not need to create multiple versions of the same product for different collections.
Your Collections list is where each of your collections is displayed in one place - this is a great way to display each of the different categories and themes your store has to offer.
Your settings allow you to either display all of your collections, or select a chosen few to display in content blocks that you can rearrange.
Your Blogs page lists and previews the posts within your storefront's blog, latest news, or press releases.
Your blogs are managed within your Shopify admin settings under Online Store > Blog posts.
A Blog post - also known as an article - is content from one particular post, such as a blog or a news bulletin. This page template is for one specific blog post, rather than a collection of posts within a blog.
Your Cart - also known as the 'trolley' or 'basket' - is where your customers' products are placed as they shop on your store. This allows them to review the items they intend to purchase, including adjusting the quantity.
Within these settings, you can:
- Adjust your cart's settings to set a default country.
- Enable a shipping rate calculator.
- Add an order message note field where your customers can provide additional purchase instructions.
Note: The Cart is not the same as the checkout. The checkout is where payment and delivery details are processed. This is handled by the Shopify platform, and is therefore outside the theme's control - click here to learn more.
Your Checkout page template is controlled by Shopify's platform. As a result, there are no sections available for you to edit - however, you can customize the visual elements of the checkout through your theme settings.
A 404 error shows when a page is not found - this can occur when a customer has manually mistyped a URL, or clicked on a link which does not lead anywhere on your site.
Links leading to 404 errors commonly appear when merchants send out links to a products or pages on social media, and then remove or alter their locations at a later date.