Just to add to Amal's reply, I wanted to let you know that when I read your feedback, I immediately passed it on to the team that is working on the Online Store. It's extremely valuable to get insights like these, and hear what your real-life experiences are, when we prepare changes to the partner platform and roll out updates. I'm hoping this forum can be an opportunity for you to connect with us, and share feedback that we can use internally to improve the experience of our theme developer community.
I see today that you posted that the online store design experience partner beta is now live. I was super excited to see this, and quickly went to our dev store to preview the new Theme Customizer - or in this case, I clicked Edit store.
I expected to be able to go in and see all of the new UI options, some default sections, etc. However, all I see is this:
Once again, I am disappointed to see a big update from Shopify but still without the ability to test or try out any of the new UI or features unless we are flying blind. When will we actually be able to start working with these new features and UI?
Hey there Very Great,
Currently the partner beta is limited to adding the new sections only to product pages, on the sections-compatible version of Debut. You'll see an option to enable sections on your store when you navigate to a product page. The template-sections are not yet supported by the beta, which is why you're seeing that "Coming soon" message on the home page- but sections can be added to product page, and we also have a set of default content sections that you can try out.
Here's a video where I run through the steps needed to take in order to add sections to a product page: https://screenshot.click/Monosnap_file_bn4nl.mp4 There's also more info on our help docs that collects all the resources for getting started with the online store design experience.
Can you try this out, and let us know if you're still seeing an issue? Also, if you need demo products to import to your store, you can download some from our GitHub account.
Hope this helps,
Just some feedback after watching the video @Liam posted. I can tell that the reason to enable sections is likely performance-related since it would be faster to avoid the extra overhead on pages that don't use sections.
My suggestion is to have the enable/disable flag (assuming there is a flag somewhere in the backend storing this setting) be automatically set on pages that have sections and disabled when there are no sections in the page.
(For reference, I'll use the timecode of the posted video)
00:19 Since there are no sections on the page, the "This page supports sections" setting would be disabled
00:22 You can eliminate the "This page supports sections" setting
00:31 You can eliminate the "Enable for all new product pages too?" popup
00:50 Since a section has been added to the page, the "This page supports sections" setting would be enabled
If for example the testimonials section that was added previously was removed from the page, the "This page supports sections" setting would be disabled again. The logic required would be trivial to add to the adding or removing of a section and would make the entire experience much more intuitive for all users, yet it would still allow for the benefits of actually disabling page section support.
Just my 2 cents :) but it seems very convoluted and unnecessary when you can so easily tell whether there is a section or not. If for some reason you wanted to disable the feature without removing sections, then reuse the setting in "Page settings" and call it "Disable this page's sections support". I think it's pretty obvious that disabling this feature when sections exist is absolutely an edge case and will not be the norm.
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