Described as "the biggest and boldest upgrade" to date, Online Store 2.0 is a massive enhancement to the Shopify merchant experience. Themes are a key component of this platform shift and our developers are currently adapting themes to the latest Theme Store standards.
Is my theme compatible with Online Store 2.0?
Empire versions 6.0.0 and later are compatible with Online Store 2.0.
Editions versions 11.0.0 and later are compatible with Online Store 2.0.
Startup versions 11.0.0 and later are compatible with Online Store 2.0.
Grid versions 5.0.0 and later are compatible with Online Store 2.0.
Other themes are not yet compatible with Online Store 2.0—although it's important to note that this only means your theme is limited to pre-2.0 features. In other words, transitioning to the new editor won't break your current theme, but you're unable to use 2.0 features until the compatible theme version is set up in your store.
When will compatible themes be available?
While we aim to provide fully compatible themes well before the deadline set by Shopify, merchants can expect the first compatible theme releases by end of summer.
Will I have to make theme file modifications again for 2.0 themes?
Custom modifications made to the theme files would need to be adapted to the new theme version. This is the case when updating themes in general, but especially challenging considering the new theme file structure required by Online Store 2.0.
The Online Store 2.0 enhancements include a variety of customization options, so it's possible that code-based modifications could be achieved with potentially baked-in features.
Why does the theme editor look different?
Many merchants have already transitioned to the new theme editor interface (Customize). This is an automatic platform change and cannot be reversed. Pre-2.0 themes can still be customized using this editor, but there are some key differences to note: