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Shopify's Web Design and Development Blog in Review: The Top 10 Articles of 2017

Shopify's Web Design and Development Blog in Review: The Top 10 Articles of 2017

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We’ve covered a lot of ground on the Web Design and Development Blog in 2017, producing over 200 blog posts that touched on everything from atom packages and web design trends, to app onboarding and the world of affiliates.

If you didn’t have time to read all 200, we don’t blame you. With this in mind, we’ve selected the best content from the Web Design and Development Blog in 2017. These posts cover a variety of topics, and were our most read articles of the year. Enjoy and see you in 2018 🚀

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Can’t Make Unite? Join Us on the Livestream

Can’t Make Unite? Join Us on the Livestream

Unite Livestream: 2016

Shopify Unite 2018

Tickets for Unite 2018 are sold out! In the coming weeks, we’ll have more information on how you can take part virtually in Shopify’s third annual Partner and Developer Conference, running May 7-9. In the meantime, join our ticket waitlist or relive the magic of last year’s conference.

Watch last year's keynotes

Family obligations? Planned a trip to Machu Picchu? Maybe you’re finalizing a life-changing deal with an important client? (If that’s the case, congratulations!)

Whatever is keeping you from attending Shopify’s first-ever Partner and Developer Conference, you are in luck.

Unite is now officially sold out, but due to overwhelming demand from our partner community, we’ve decided to livestream all of our main stage events.

That means that from the comfort of your office or home, you can listen in on keynote speeches from Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke and COO Harley Finkelstein, and be a part of important product announcements.

The livestream has now concluded

Join in from afar

The overarching goal of this conference is to start a conversation around what the future of commerce looks like with you, our partner community.

And while hundreds of you are set to take part in person, we know there are so many more who can’t make it. So, if we can’t get you all in one room, we’ve decided to at least get you in a virtual one.

Whether online or in real life, you’ll hear insights, highlights, and a vision of where Shopify sees itself in the future.

Now, Unite will truly bring together the partner community that makes Shopify great.

What’s in it for me?

The Unite Partner and Developer Conference happening March 22-23 in San Francisco is the first of its kind for Shopify.

This conference will be a chance for designers, developers, and marketing professionals to come together with our team and take part in two days of interactive workshops and keynote presentations, where we’ll reveal exclusive details about the future of our platform.

It’s the first time Shopify leaders will share their vision for the company with partners. And not only will you learn about what Shopify is building for merchants, partners, and developers, you’ll also get a truly unique opportunity to connect with other partners and form relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.

The details

Tune in on Tuesday, March 22 from 10:00AM to 12:30PM PDT to watch all of the Main Stage events at Unite.  Interested in a specific track presentation? We’ll share the recordings of the track sessions after the conference, so stay tuned for more information.

Also, be sure to keep up-to-date on all the biggest news coming out of Unite on the Shopify Web Design and Development Blog. We’ll also share all the stories, fun, and photos from the conference live on Facebook and Twitter (don’t forget to use #ShopifyUnite).

Need a reminder? Add Unite’s livestream date and time to your calendar (Gmail or iCal).

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How to Submit a Guest Post

How to Submit a Guest Post

How to Submit a Guest Post: 2016So you want to write for Shopify’s Web Design and Development Blog? Well, you’re in the right place!

We empower freelancers and agencies in the web design industry by providing insight, advice, and educational resources for growing their businesses.

We publish four to five long-form articles per week, which are authored by Shopify staff, Shopify Partners, and industry experts.

If you'd like to guest post on the Web Design and Development Blog, please read this page before sending in your pitch. We will not consider submissions that do not follow our guidelines. 

Content standards

In order for an article to be considered for publication on the blog, it must meet the following standards:

  • It must be written for web designers, web and app developers, marketers, ecommerce consultants, and other creative professionals in the ecommerce industry. It should aim to help our audience grow their business, deepen their technical skills, or inspire their work.
  • The article cannot be an advertisement for a service, brand, or product, nor can it be self-servingly promotional. Articles should attempt to present a balanced, well-rounded, and unbiased appraisal of a particular topic or technique.
  • The article should be technically specific, highly detailed, and provide lasting value to our primary audience. A great piece of content offers actionable advice, step-by-step instructions, checklists, or code snippets.
  • The article must be well-researched and fully supported. A great article features numerous case studies or examples; numbers, metrics, and other statistical measurements of success; and links to reputablesources.
  • Content should be timely or address current industry trends.

Here are some examples of quality content:

Guest Post Guidelines

  • We only consider original content. Posts cannot have appeared or been published elsewhere.
  • Use the search box on the blog to make sure we haven't covered your topic already. Your guest post should fill a gap in our content, or present a unique angle on an already covered topic.
  • Articles can range from 1,000 to 3,000 words in length.
  • Consider what visual elements you might include with your post. We expect all submissions to include photos, graphics, and screenshots.
  • Read a few posts on the blog to get a feel for the voice and tone we use.
  • There are over 300,000 entrepreneurs powering their businesses with Shopify. If you're looking for a business to feature or use as an example in your guest post, please remember that we prefer to give the spotlight to one of our own merchants.

We reserve the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, as well as update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness. We also reserve the right to include calls-to-action to Shopify content, including but not limited to email newsletters, guides, and other downloadable content.


Have an idea for an article? Before you start writing, send your Growth Coach or Partner Manager your pitch. Your pitch should include one to two sentences on what the focus of the article will be.

Note: Due to the volume of requests we receive, we will not respond to unsuccessful submissions. If you don't hear back from us within two weeks, feel free to publish your guest post elsewhere.

Successfully pitched? Download our guide on how to actually write a blog post.

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6 Tools to Create Beautifully Designed Mood Boards

6 Tools to Create Beautifully Designed Mood Boards

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Mood boards are a collection of visual elements that are all related to a central design theme, and are a valuable tool used during a web designer’s process. These collections help hone-in inspiration, and make it easy to organize ideas into digestible concepts that help clients understand your creative vision.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • Why mood board tools are vital for creative communication with clients.
  • Six mood board tools that will help you convey the tone and position of your creative concept to a client.
  • Each tool’s collaborative features and costs.

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A Sneak Peek at Shopify Unite 2017

A Sneak Peek at Shopify Unite 2017

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What’s set to grace the stage at Unite 2017 — Shopify’s partner and developer conference — could forever change the course and success of your business.

We can’t keep it all to ourselves any longer. That’s why today, we’re giving you a sneak peek at Unite track details, and a high-level view of what’s on the full two-day agenda.

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