How To Use Lift Assist™

Lift Assist™ test recommendations do all the heavy lifting for you, and are designed to save you time and money by eliminating many of the requirements for design and development when adding new functionality and customization options to your theme.

You can implement and test Lift Assist™ recommendations by following a few easy steps.

Import your Brand Styles

To use Lift Assist™ recommendations, you first need to import and review your Brand Styles, but this only takes a few minutes.

When you import your Brand Styles, Shoplift will automatically scan your store for your existing colors, fonts, and more to create a set of design combinations, called Patterns, that will style theme sections deployed by Lift Assist™ recommendations.

For a detailed guide on importing your Brand Styles, see Importing your Brand Styles.

If you are on a password-protected store, like a staging environment or test store, Brand Styles and Lift Assist will not work out-of-the-box. Try adding a new pattern in the brand style settings and contact customer support if you need further assistance with this feature.

Browse Lift Assist™ recommendations

Lift Assist recommendations can be viewed from the Lift Assist™ page in the app or from within a specific test draft when you are creating a variant to test.

If you are browsing from the Lift Assist™ page, recommendations for all template types will be available to browse and select. There are a host of high-impact homepage, collection page, product page, and landing page recommendations that can be implemented.

If you are browsing Lift Assist recommendations from within a test draft, then recommendations will be pre-filtered to correspond with the template that you've opted to test.

Implement a Lift Assist™ recommendation

Once you've decided on a recommendation that you want to test, click Test it, and Shoplift will automatically create a variant (by duplicating your original template) and insert the corresponding test asset (theme section) into your variant.

Once the variant is created, edit your new template by clicking the button labeled Edit in Shopify. In the Shopify Theme Editor, you will see that the Lift Assist™ section or block has been automatically added to your template.

Theme sections provided by Lift Assist™ recommendations are highly customizable, but the initial section configuration and order on the page will depend on the recommendation you decided to test.

Lift Assist™ builds a new section on your template but does not automatically add content to this section. Therefore, make sure you click "Edit in Shopify" and add content to your Lift Assist™ section before launching your test.

What themes are compatible with Lift Assist™?

All Online Store 2.0 themes are compatible with Lift Assist™, because templates in these themes are built on the newer JSON template architecture.

If you have a legacy (Online Store 1.0) Shopify theme, which contains templates built on the older liquid template architecture, then either some or all of your templates will be available to use with Lift Assist™ depending on the complexity of the liquid code powering your templates.

Legacy templates supported by Lift Assist™:

  • Homepages: all legacy homepage templates are supported for use with Lift Assist™. When creating either a custom test or Lift Assist™ test with Shoplift, we will automatically create an upgraded JSON version of your existing liquid homepage that retains all of your content and customizations.

  • Collection pages, product pages, and other pages: Depending on the complexity of your theme, your collection pages, product pages, and other pages may or may not be compatible with Lift Assist™. Using Lift Assist™ requires a JSON template architecture, and Shoplift is the only app that provides a dynamic upgrade function to transition your legacy liquid templates to Online Store 2.0 JSON templates with a few clicks. However, if your desired template has a more complex liquid structure that is not able to easily be dynamically parsed, then Shoplift will not be able to upgrade this template to the JSON architecture and it will not be available for use with Lift Assist™.

If you need help conducting tests with Shoplift, our support team is always available to assist. Reach out from within the app using the live chat widget in the bottom right of the screen, or email to get in touch.

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