I am good at creating pages in Photoshop, but HORRIBLE with code. And I am tired of paying developers for small changes. I am ready to learn. Where is the best place to start? I want to slice those images and get them working on my website. Currently it is custom, but I want to make changes. I am a little disappointed with Shopify themes and their restrictions, I will give it another year and move on if I can't get my site the way I want it.
No need to answer these questions here - perfectly fine if you answer them for yourself.
If you answered mostly NO then stop here.
Next ask yourself whether you would enjoy
Don't mean to discourage you. By no means, I've been in software engineering for around 20 years and love it above all else (and my wife too should she read this) so I am only happy to share this passion with others. But I didn't get in to it because I was annoyed with some supplier or some product. That to me is an important distinction.
Great, here is a list of resources where you will find free and paid courses. Of course, YT is full of random tutorials too as are many web sites dedicated to web technologies.
I have used or still use Pluralsight, Egghead, and Udemy and can personally vouch for the quality of Pluralsight and Egghead with Udemy being a hit and miss on occasion.
I think the mobile version looks pretty cosistent in look & feel to the desktop version. Which is good to begin with.
However, there are a few minor hiccups here and there
I am sure that none of the issues I mention above are related to Shopify platform or Shopify theme - rather some work has been done to add some apps, make some changes here and there and now it's slightly off in some places. Nothing that cannot be fixed and I am sure in time you could do this yourself, or alternatively you could look out for a reputable Shopify Expert with good references to have these sorted quickly and reliably.
Best wishes and best of luck whichever way you decide to go!
Really appreciate this. It is always good to have an exta set of eyes to check things out. SO...
I fixed the download. You are right.. Made mobile pretty bad.
I made the font size smaller on the sections, it does look better, but I need to figure out how to make the headings looks better for mobile ( assuming that most people look at the web vertically)
At first I did not know what you meant by tags, but soon realized there are similar tags on the blogs. So yes, I get it. Thanks again.
I did have some help with a developer, so I had NO idea what firebase or service worker errors were, BUT I think it was Google Shopping. I erased Google Shopping and it appears this is the error. Again.... Thanks.
Still working away, I really appreciate your help. Your feedback is valuble.
Sorry for the multiples, need some advice here.
I totally agree. I want to make these product pages shine, but I don't know how! I need custome HTML on the product descriptions? I don't know how! OUCH! Not having the site look good on mobile, or consitent, does bother me.
By the way, I love your picture. It's hilarious.
Here is a link to a mostly blank shopify theme with minimal functionality:
Hamburger menu is just a regular menu, usually a drop down or slide out menu style, so called because of the icon often associated with it: the 3 horizontally stacked lines reminiscent of a hamburger. Developer jokes ;-)
As for mobile and consistency - I'd really not worry that much. Put it this way, what do your stats say? How many visitors are on mobile and how many desktop? How many desktop visitors convert and how many mobile users convert? Who is your target audience? Does your target audience buy from their phone while traveling on the tube? What I am trying get at is that having a decent mobile presentation that isn't broken and loads fast is important, mobile is hyped. Seriously, it's hyped! And I really couldn't care less what all those technology vendors and app pedlars starting with Google and ending annually recycling phone manufacturers say. In the end it's simply so: do you buy a car from your phone? Do you buy professional cleaning detergents from your phone? I know I don't so I am okay with checking it out, but I'll buy when I am back at my desk, thank you very much.
So don't worry to much and beat yourself up about it. Like Ninthony wrote, learn the stuff you need and makes sense to tackle first.
Take the product descriptions where you have side by side columns of image, video and description. Try to improve that by using the CSS that's already in your theme and offers media queries with breakpoints for medium-up, small etc. You'll be amazed once you see the flexibility in that and how you can have 3 columns next to each other on wide screens, 2 on smaller ones and tablets, 1 and stacked on mobile. It's super useful to understand CSS grid systems.
Then try small improvements such as the home page hero sections where you have 3 titles on one slide and the slide links away from your store on to Youtube. Try sliding those 3 heading to add some movement. With restraint, don't want wiggly shaky bits and bobs flying all over the place. Most importantly, try and change that external link to be a video element on your slide - you DO NOT want visitors leaving your store by kicking them off to Youtube intentionally. You know how Youtube is... start here and an hour later end up watching mating habits of west African termites or cats on coffee.
Further, you got your green colour scheme going but there still remain some subtle differences in hues. Try to keep those consistent from logo, to links, buttons etc. Define some brand, primary, secondary colours or similar.
So there really are plenty of small, easy tasks do improve upon that have a great visual and bottom line impact while helping you ramp up on the tech side and skills. Mobile can and will follow, but can wait for later unless your sales figures dictate different priorities.
Best wishes and sorry for replying with some delay - I was down for a while to focus and then the forums were down too to rise from the ashes in a brand new amazing look & feel.
Hope all is well and best wishes!
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