Cart - Use cart attributes to collect more information

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Caution: This is an advanced tutorial and is not supported by Shopify. Knowledge of web design languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Liquid is required. We suggest hiring a Shopify Expert if you are not comfortable proceeding with the following tutorial.


Cart attributes are custom form fields that let you collect additional information from your customers on the cart page. The information that you collect will display in a note on the customer's order in the admin. For example, if you want to ask customers how they heard about your store, then you can add an How did you hear about us? drop-down selection question to the cart.

 

Tip: Cart attributes are different from order notes and line item properties. Order notes, which are available in every free Shopify theme, let you capture special instructions on how to prepare and deliver an order. Line item properties are used to record customization information about specific products in an order. Line item properties are specified directly on the product page.

Sectioned themes and non-sectioned themes

 

The steps for this tutorial differ depending on whether you are using a sectioned or a non-sectioned theme. A sectioned theme is a newer theme that lets you drag and drop to arrange the layout of your store's pages.

 

To figure out whether your theme supports sections, go to the theme's Edit code page. If there are files in the Sections directory, you are using a sectioned theme. Non-sectioned themes were released before October 2016, and do not have files in the Sections directory.

 

If you are using a sectioned theme, then click the Sectioned themes button and follow the instructions. If you are using an older, non-sectioned theme, then click the Non-sectioned themes button and follow the instructions.

 

 

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Sectioned Themes

 

 

Create a cart attribute field

 

 

You can add as many custom form fields to your cart form as you need. You can use the Shopify UI Elements Generator tool to easily generate the HTML and Liquid code for each form field that you want to add to your cart page. This tool was created by Shopify to help simplify the process of adding custom user interface elements, such as form fields and icons, to Shopify themes.

 

  1. Go to the Shopify UI Elements Generator.
  2. In the Set your form field section, select the type of form element that you want to use from the Type of form field drop-down menu:

    cart-att-01.jpg

  3. Enter a label for Your form field label.
  4. If you want your theme to prevent customers from reaching the checkout before they have filled in your form field, check Required.
  5. You can see a preview of your form field in the Preview section.
  6. Copy the generated code from the box in the Grab your code section.

 

 

Add a form field to your theme code

 

 

To add a custom form field:

 

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Find the theme you want to edit, and then click Actions > Edit code.
  3. In the Sections directory, clickcart-template.liquid. If your theme doesn't have acart-template.liquid, then, in the Templates directory, click cart.liquid.
  4. Find the closing </form> tag in the code.
  5. On a new line right above the closing </form> tag, paste the code that you copied from the Shopify UI Elements Generator. You can experiment with putting the code in different places to see where the form field appears on your cart page.
  6. If you set your form field to be required, then you will need to remove the novalidate attribute from the checkout form. Find novalidate, which is inside the opening <form> tag. The code might look something like this:

    <form action="/cart" method="post" novalidate class="cart">

     

    Delete novalidate:

    <form action="/cart" method="post" class="cart">

     

  7. Click Save.

The new field is shown on the order page of your admin in the Additional Details section.

Note: Cart attributes can be added only to a cart page, and are not compatible with cart drawers, or cart popups. To change your cart style, go to the theme editor.

 

 

Show cart attributes in email templates

 

 

You can show cart attribute information for orders in your email notification templates. To add cart attributes to an email template, add the following code to the template in the place that you would like the cart attributes to be shown:

 

 

<h4>Additional details</h4>
<p>
{% for attribute in attributes %}
{{ attribute | first }}: {{ attribute | last }}<br>
{% endfor %}
</p>

 


Show cart attributes in Order Printer templates

 

 

If you use the Order Printer app to print your orders, you can add some code to your templates to show cart attributes on your printouts. To add cart attributes to an Order Printer template, add the following code to the very bottom of the template:

 

{% for attribute in attributes %}
{{ attribute | first }}: {{ attribute | last }}<br>
{% endfor %}

 

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Non-sectioned Themes

 

 

Create a cart attribute field

 

 

You can add as many custom form fields to your cart form as you need. You can use the Shopify UI Elements Generator tool to easily generate the HTML and Liquid code for each form field that you want to add to your cart page. This tool was created by Shopify to help simplify the process of adding custom user interface elements, such as form fields and icons, to Shopify themes.

 

  1. Go to the Shopify UI Elements Generator.
  2. In the Set your form field section, select the type of form element that you want to use from the Type of form field drop-down menu:

    cart-att-01.jpg

  3. Enter a label for Your form field label.
  4. You can see a preview of your form field in the Preview section.
  5. Copy the generated code from the box in the Grab your code section.

 

 

Add a form field to your theme code

 

 

To add a custom form field:

 

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Find the theme you want to edit, and then click Actions > Edit code.
  3. In the Sections directory, click cart-template.liquid. If your theme doesn't have acart-template.liquid, then, in the Templates directory, click cart.liquid.
  4. Find the closing </form> tag in the code.
  5. On a new line right above the closing </form> tag, paste the code that you copied from the Shopify UI Elements Generator. You can experiment with putting the code in different places to see where the form field appears on your cart page.
  6. If you set your form field to be required, then you will need to remove the novalidate attribute from the checkout form. Find novalidate, which is inside the opening <form> tag. The code might look something like this:

    <form action="/cart" method="post" novalidate class="cart">

     

    Delete novalidate:

    <form action="/cart" method="post" class="cart">

     

  7. Click Save.

The form field is shown on the order page of your admin in the Additional Details section.

Note: Cart attributes can be added only to a cart page, and are not compatible with cart drawers, or cart popups. To change your cart style, go to the theme editor.

 

 

Show cart attributes in email templates

 

 

You can show cart attribute information for orders in your email notification templates. To add cart attributes to an email template, add the following code to the template in the place that you would like the cart attributes to be shown:

 

<h4>Additional details</h4>
<p>
{% for attribute in attributes %}
{{ attribute | first }}: {{ attribute | last }}<br>
{% endfor %}
</p>

 


Show cart attributes in Order Printer templates

 

 

If you use the Order Printer app to print your orders, you can add some code to your templates to show cart attributes on your printouts. To add cart attributes to an Order Printer template, add the following code at the very bottom of the template:

 

{% for attribute in attributes %}
{{ attribute | first }}: {{ attribute | last }}<br>
{% endfor %}

 

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