How to change my Shopify theme without losing customization and content?

Hello everyone, I’m currently facing a challenge with my Shopify store and would greatly appreciate your expertise.
I need to update my existing Shopify theme to the latest version, but I’m concerned about losing my customizations and content in the process.

Could anyone provide detailed guidance or tips on how to safely update the Shopify theme without compromising the custom work and content I’ve already integrated? Plus, I’m considering switching to a new Shopify theme in the future.

What are the recommended steps to change themes while ensuring all my content, including product listings and custom design elements, remains intact?

Thank you in advance for your valuable advice!:raised_hands:t2:


Hey there! I totally get that updating or changing your Shopify theme can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially when you’ve put so much effort into customizing your store.

But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some steps that should help keep everything intact:

:white_check_mark: First Things First, Back It Up:

  • It’s super important to back up your current theme and all its contents before you do anything else. Think of it like saving your progress in a video game – you don’t want to lose all the hard work you’ve put in!

:white_check_mark: Make a Note of Your Custom Touches:

  • Jot down all the custom changes you’ve made to your theme. Did you tweak the code or add some fancy CSS? Make sure you have a record of all that, and maybe even take some screenshots for a visual reference.

:white_check_mark: Updating Time:

  • If you’re just updating your current theme, grab the latest version from wherever you got it originally. Don’t forget to read any update notes from the theme developer – those can be super helpful.
  • Test out the update on a copy of your theme first – better safe than sorry!

:white_check_mark: Put Your Personal Stamp Back On:

  • After updating, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and put those customizations back in. Use your notes and screenshots as a guide to recreate your unique look.

:white_check_mark: Test Everything:

  • Check out the updated theme in preview mode. Click on everything and test all the pages – you want to make sure everything works just like before.

:white_check_mark: Switching to a Brand New Theme?

  • If you’re planning to switch to a totally new theme, add it but don’t make it live yet. Move your custom stuff over bit by bit, and keep testing as you go to make sure it all looks good.
  • To change to a completely new theme, install the new theme without publishing it (Shopify Admin > Online Store > Themes > Add theme).

:white_check_mark: Need Help? Don’t Be Shy:

  • If all of this seems overwhelming or if you hit a snag, it’s totally okay to get some professional help. Shopify experts can be lifesavers in these situations.

:white_check_mark: Ready, Set, Go Live:

  • Once everything looks awesome and works perfectly, you’re ready to show it off to the world. Go ahead and make your updated or new theme live!

Just keep in mind that each theme is a little different, kind of like how every car drives a bit uniquely. Getting to know the ins and outs of your particular theme is crucial.

Also, think of updating your theme like a regular tune-up for your car – it’s essential for keeping things secure and running smoothly.

But, as you’re updating, tread carefully to make sure all the special elements and content you’ve added stay just the way you like them.

Hope my answer helps!

Also, here are some helpful blog posts to customize your Shopify theme and its elements:


Thank you so much, Berna!

You’ve been very helpful and enlightening. I will keep these steps in mind 'cause you created such a guide to follow! :star_struck: