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Shopify Theme Development

4-6 weeks

Build completely custom e-commerce websites using HTML, CSS & Sass, Javascript and Shopify's templating language Liquid.

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What you'll learn

Course syllabus


In this course we'll cover the basics of Shopify and how to get started with designing and building completely custom e-commerce websites using HTML, CSS, Sass, Javascript and Shopify's templating language, Liquid. It also covers everything you need to know about theming.

Shopify is great for multi-page e-commerce sites for your own business, side project or to hand off to clients. Learn how to build your own themes from scratch, customize them around your features, and implement cart and payment functionality. You'll learn how to build a full e-commerce website with homepage, collection page, product page, and search.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who is looking to build e-commerce platforms for themselves, friends, clients or for their job using the amazing Shopify platform. You can be new to Shopify but we would recommend some knowledge of HTML, CSS and Javascript before starting this course since it is advanced level. Reading our Learn To Code Now book or taking either Foundation HTML, CSS + JS will be sufficient.

What do I need?

A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. You'll be good to go!

What you'll learn

Basics of Shopify's ThemeKit, online Theme Editor and templating language Liquid

Build a full e-commerce website with homepage, collection page, product page, blog and search

How to turn your designs into custom themes

How to work with collections of products with multiple variants

How to set up a standard cart, a quick mini-cart with live updating using Ajax and checkout functionality

Advanced functionality including site search, currency switching, color swatch selection, and Shopify Theme Sections

Course syllabus

16+ hours of video lessons

Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning

Access the community

Join our Slack and connect with thousands of SuperHi students and alumni

Continued help

Help from our expert teachers and educators with years of experience in the industry

Extra homework challenges

Test your knowledge!

Real world projects

Projects and code that you can alter and remix to add to your own sites and portfolio


Resources to get you started and going post-course


In the first project of the course, we’ll be building Fitra, a store that sells just one single product: a smart watch. We'll cover the basics of Shopify, and by the end of this project, you'll know how to build a theme from scratch.


For our second project, a store featuring a variety of home goods, we’ll go from a single product store to a site that can handle a collection of products. We'll cover intermediate topics such as working with the Ajax API and changing selector types.


The final project in this course is a full e-commerce platform that includes multiple products and multiple options for each product, such as color, finish and upholstery, so that your customers have full control over the products they buy! We’ll add in the ability to do currency switching, color swatch selection and everything else you’ll need to make a high-performing e-commerce store.

Your instructors

Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.

Joseph Bergdoll

Joseph is the designer + developer behind Extended Play — a New York City graphic design studio for culture and commerce. When he’s not designing and building interactive projects, he’s likely surrounded by cats, watching basketball or soccer, making pasta.

Rik Lomas

Rik is a Mancunian coder, teacher and CEO of SuperHi. He was the co-founder of Steer (a code school in London) and has taught several thousand people to code. He is a bit too old to be posting memes on our social media and recently featured as a Sour Patch Kid in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

The SuperHi Editor

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Course FAQs

Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to hi@superhi.com at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!

If you're comfortable working with a computer, then yes!

Learning new and improving your existing skills is about being patient with yourself, building up your knowledge, developing confidence through practice, and with time. We've seen our students around the world do it, and so can you.

Our beginner courses are designed for people new to the subjects. They grow your understanding so you grasp everything you need to start applying your new skills and will also give you a path to dig deeper if you want.

Our teaching style is practical and straightforward and you'll have support from our expert instructors and community for as long as you need.

Still not sure if learning to code is right for you? Take our free Plan, Design + Code Your First Website course or dive into our First Steps to Code guide.

All our course videos are taught using the SuperHi Editor, but you'll be able to apply everything you'll learn to a code editor of your choice. Many students go on to use other code editors, for example, if their workplace has an existing standard.

Our SuperHi Editor is designed with many smart features to help avoid wasted time looking for things like a typo or missing bracket (which is why we made it!), but the same code concepts apply to any editor.

Yes! You can use your own custom third-party domains and connect them to your sites built with our SuperHi Editor. Additionally, all SuperHi sites come with free SSL Certificates for added protection.

Here's more information on how to connect a third-party domain

At SuperHi, we provide online courses designed for creatives and made for everyone. Take a course on Code, Design, or Project Management 😊

The proof is in the pudding! Our students go on to make their own beautiful sites and some of their stunning work have won digital design awards. Take a look at our Hall of Fame to see some of the sites our students have built, many of which had only taken our Foundation course!

If you're a SuperHi student or alumni and would like to submit your project to be included in our Hall of Fame, please feel free to submit it here.

We have quite a lot of students that join us and have done some coding before but want to build up confidence and techniques.

In order to help get you where you'd like to be, have a look at the sites below to see which course you can make from scratch, without any help at all.

Baker & Brown – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, don't worry! We recommend you start off with our Foundation, HTML, CSS + Javascript course.

Jenna Buchholz – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, it's all good! We recommend you start off with our Javascript for Designers course.

Super Shapes – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, have no fear! We recommend you start off with our Advanced CSS + Javascript course.

All of our courses are unlocked and available for students to start their learning and go at their own pace. We do have a suggested weekly structure for some courses, which helps some students stay on track. However, you're definitely free to jump ahead or take as long as you need!

As soon as you checkout and pay, you'll have all the courses you paid for, in your student dashboard available to you immediately. If you're busy and can't start right away - no worries, you can pick it back up later.