# Sections overview
Shapes theme includes Templates for building common store pages like the Homepage and Product page. Within each template, Shapes provides reusable Sections and Blocks for adding elements into your store’s pages - refer to Theme structure.
Instead of spending time recreating the same elements for every page, use Shapes’ templates, sections and blocks for a convenient way to build store pages quickly, while maintaining a consistent design across your store.
In the following image, the section settings menu for a store’s homepage is displayed in Theme editor. In the image, the drag icon is selected to rearrange a Featured collection section above a Collection list section.
# Theme structure
A typical store has different types of pages, like Product pages and Blog post pages. Shapes provides a convenient template for each type of page. For example:
the Home page template defines what’s displayed on your store’s homepage.
the FAQ page template defines what’s displayed on the frequently asked questions page, etc.
Shapes’ templates are comprised of sections and blocks.
Section. Within a template, a container for an area of content, like a header or footer, is called a section.
Block. A block is an element of content inside a section, like a product, a video, or an image with text.
To learn how themes are structured, refer to Shopify help: Theme structure (opens new window) and Shopify developer help: Markup and features (opens new window).
# Page templates
Shapes contains default and additional page templates.
Default. All Shopify themes include a set of default page templates for creating common store pages. Shapes provides pre-configured store pages, created from its default page templates, including a homepage and checkout page.
Additional. Additional page templates are used to create store pages that are unique to Shapes. To use Shapes’ additional page templates, you must assign products/ pages to them. Refer to Shopify help: Templates (opens new window).
Shapes’ page templates are listed below.
* Indicates an Additional page template.
- Default product
- Default collection
- Default page
- Default blog
- Default blog post (article)
- 404 page
- Gift card
# Static, content and template sections
By default, Shapes’ templates are pre-configured with sections and blocks that are most relevant to a page’s purpose. Templates can include the following types of section.
Static sections are displayed in a pre-set area on most pages.
Content sections can be added into almost every page.
Template sections are available only on specific pages.
# Static sections
With the exception of the Checkout, Password and Giftcard templates, by default, all templates include the static sections described in the following table.
|Announcement bar||Provides messages for your store’s visitors. For example, to announce sales or special discounts.|
|Header||Provides visitors with a top menu for navigating pages in your store.|
|Footer||Provides visitors with a secondary menu, at the bottom of pages, for navigating your store.|
|Age check||Provides visitors with an age verification prompt for accessing your store.|
Typically, static sections cannot be fully removed or rearranged without altering Shapes’ code (recommended for expert users only). However, you can hide the Announcement bar section by adjusting its settings - refer to Shopify help: Edit a section (opens new window).
# Content sections
The content sections described in the following table can be added into or removed from any page, except the Checkout and Giftcard pages.
|Blog posts ||Displays a selection of blog posts on a store page.|
|Collage||Displays a collage of media on a page, like images, products, stickers and shapes.|
|Collection list||Displays a selection of collections on a page.|
|Comparison table ||Displays a table on a page for comparing items, like product ingredients or features.|
|Custom liquid||Supports Liquid code for advanced customizations.|
|FAQ||Provides visitors with answers to common questions.|
|Feature text columns||Adds text, arranged in columns, with headings, to a store page.|
|Featured collection ||Sets a collection as a featured collection and displays it on a page.|
|Featured product ||Displays a specific product on a store page.|
|Hero slideshow||Displays a series of images, at the top of a store page (hero), overlaid with text.|
|Icon list ||Displays an arrangement of icons on a store page.|
|Image with text ||Displays an image and text, side-by-side, on a page.|
|Image with text overlay ||Displays an image, overlaid with text, on a page.|
|Image with text slideshow||Displays a series of images with corresponding text on a page.|
|Logo list||Displays a list of logos associated with store items.|
|Newsletter ||Displays a newsletter sign-up form on a page.|
|Offset collection gallery||Displays an offset arrangement of items from a collection on a page.|
|Offset gallery||Displays an offset arrangement of selected media on a page.|
|Pattern marquee||Adds an area with a moving/ scrolling pattern to a page.|
|Rich text ||Adds formatted text with headings to a page.|
|Shape slideshow||Displays a series of shapes on a store page, with embedded media.|
|Testimonials ||Displays comments from customers, clients, and staff.|
|Text columns with images ||Adds areas of text with corresponding images, arranged in columns, to a store page.|
|Text marquee ||Adds an area with moving/ scrolling text to a page.|
|Video||Adds a video to a page from a URL.|
|Video with text overlay ||Adds a video from a URL, overlaid with text, to a page.|
* Denotes a content section included in Shapes’ Homepage template by default.
# Template sections
A template section provides a special content area to a particular template. Each template section is only available on specific pages. For example, only Shapes’ 404 page template includes the 404 page template section.
The following table describes Shapes’ template sections and the specific templates they belong to.
|Section name||Description||Corresponding template name|
|Call to action sticker||Overlay the home page with a sticker that links to a URL or store page/ item.||Home page|
|Collection banner||Display a banner image above a collection on a collection page.||Collections > Default collection|
|Collection product grid||Customize collection pages by adding features like a grid layout, or product filtering and sorting.||Default collection|
|Collection list - collage||Display collection images arranged in a collage on the Collections list page.||Collections list|
|Collection list||Set how collections are displayed on the Collections list page.||Collections list|
|Product||Set what’s displayed on a Product page when a visitor selects a product from your store.|
|Product recommendations||Display related products on a product page.|
|Pages - contact||Set how your store’s contact form is displayed on the contact page.|
|Article featured image||Set how the featured image is displayed on a blog post (article) page.||Blog posts > Default blog post|
|Article page||Set how page content displays on a blog post (article) page.||Blog posts > Default blog post|
|Cart||Set how your store’s cart is displayed.||Cart|
|Password||Provide “Opening Soon” information, on the password page, about store content that’s pending release.||Others > Password|
|404 page||Provide a message that’s displayed whenever a visitor follows a link to a store page that cannot be found.||Others > 404 page|
|Search||Set how search results are displayed on the search page.||Others > Search|
|Gift card||Set up a Gift card section on your store’s gift card page to allow customers to purchase prepaid store credit.||Others > Gift card|
To customize your store’s pages, you can add, edit, remove, show, hide and even rearrange sections and blocks. Refer to Configure blocks inside a section and Shopify help: Sections and blocks (opens new window).
# Configure blocks inside a section
The names of the blocks inside a section generally correspond to the name of the section that contains them. For example, a default Faq section contains Question blocks, and a Testimonials section contains Testimonial blocks.
Some sections have more than one type of block. For example, by default, a Product section is pre-configured with blocks for (product) Title, Price, Variant picker, and Buy buttons. Optional blocks can also be added into some sections, where relevant.
To learn about the available blocks in each section, refer to Static, content and template sections.
# Configure, add, remove, hide, or move a block
To configure, add, remove, hide/ show, or move a block inside a section:
In Customize theme, select a template that contains the section with the block you want to configure.
From the side menu, select the required section.
From the section menu, choose one of the following tasks.
To configure a block, select the required block, and then apply the corresponding block settings. For example, the following image shows a selected Image with text slideshow block inside an Image with text slideshow section.
To add a block to a section, select Add
block, and then choose a block to add. For example, the following image shows the Add block option to add an Image with text slideshow block inside an Image with text slideshow section.
To remove a block from a section, choose a block to remove, and then select Remove block. For example, the following image shows the option to remove an Image with text slideshow block from an Image with text slideshow section.
To hide/ show a block inside a section, select the eye icon beside the block. For example, in the following image, the option is enabled to show an Image with text slideshow block inside an Image with text slideshow section.
To move a block above/ below another block in a section, select the drag icon beside the block. Then, drag the block to the required position. For example, the following image shows moving one Image with text slideshow block above another inside an Image with text slideshow section.
# Section theme settings menu
In Theme editor, the (section) settings menu for some sections includes an expandable Theme settings menu. Expand the menu to access applicable theme settings for the current section.
For example, in the following image, the expandable Theme settings menu is included inside a Product section. Refer to Shopify help: Theme editor (opens new window).
Each theme setting can apply to multiple sections and pages. Changing a theme setting from inside a section can affect other store sections and pages.
For example, by using the expandable Theme settings menu inside a Product section, you can adjust the Cart type. Adjustments to the cart type theme settings, made inside the product section, are also applied to other store areas that use the cart.
When configuring a section, if you’re unsure about an option in the expanded Theme settings menu, access the setting from Theme editor’s standard Theme settings panel instead. Refer to Settings overview.