Switching Themes

Can I change my theme while a theme test is live?

Yes! Shoplift will automatically update your original theme to the new theme that is published.

That being said, there are some things to know to ensure that you don't run into any issues when publishing a new theme while a theme test is active.

How to change themes while a theme test is active

If you need to publish a new theme while a theme test is active, you'll first need to make sure that your new theme contains all of the templates required by your store, so that it matches the previous theme.

For example, if you have a "hats" product that is assigned to a "product.hats.json" template, then the new theme must contain that template, or else the associated page may present a 404 error to your shoppers.

On theme variants, prior to, during, and after theme tests, Shoplift proactively prevents merchants from testing themes that are missing templates. We run periodic "compatibility checks" on all themes on your store, and if a theme is marked as incompatible because it is missing an essential file, then we will disable it for testing.

To learn more about theme compatibility as it pertains to theme tests, see theme compatibility.

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