Shopify Checkout Upgrade: Key Info for Plus Merchants

As e-commerce evolves, so do the tools we use to enhance the shopping experience. Shopify is phasing out checkout.liquid customizations for the information, shipping, and payment pages starting August 13, 2024, and for the thank you and order status pages by August 28, 2025. At Acorn Strategy, we’re here to help you navigate these changes smoothly and leverage the power of Checkout Extensibility to keep your store optimized and ahead of the curve.

Why Upgrade to Checkout Extensibility?

Checkout Extensibility is a robust, secure, and upgrade-safe option for customizing your Shopify checkout experience. It integrates seamlessly with Shop Pay and offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Faster Performance: Checkout Extensibility ensures your checkout process is quicker and more efficient.
  • Enhanced Security: Protect your customers' data with state-of-the-art security features.
  • Seamless Upgrades: Stay current with Shopify’s continuous improvements without manual updates.

Key Features of Checkout Extensibility

  • Checkout Customizations: Tailor your checkout experience with apps that are easy to install and upgrade-safe.
  • Checkout and Accounts Editor: Customize not just the checkout, but also thank you and order status pages.
  • Shopify Pixels: Track customer events and optimize your marketing strategies.
  • Branding API: Enhance your brand's presence with advanced customization options.

Who Can Use Checkout Extensibility?

To utilize Checkout Extensibility, your store must be on the Shopify Plus plan. For stores on the Basic Shopify plan or higher, some basic checkout customizability is available using apps, but the full suite of features is reserved for Shopify Plus users.

Steps to Upgrade to Checkout Extensibility

  1. Review Existing Customizations

    • Go to your Shopify admin, navigate to Settings > Checkout, and click on "View personalized report" to see existing customizations.
    • Download the report as a CSV file if needed.
  2. Assess Thank You and Order Status Page Customizations

    • Review your installed apps and additional scripts by navigating to Settings > Apps and Settings > Checkout.
    • Identify and document any customizations on these pages.
  3. Create and Publish New Customizations

    • From Settings > Checkout, click "Create draft" to begin your new customizations.
    • Add or edit apps and branding elements as needed.
    • Set up Pixels and other first-party features if applicable.
    • Review and publish your changes when ready.

Optional Enhancements

  • Checkout Apps: Consider installing checkout apps from the Shopify App Store to boost conversions and increase average order value.
  • Setting Up Pixels: Replace any checkout.liquid customizations used for tracking customer events with Pixels.

Need Help? Book a Consultation!

Upgrading to Checkout Extensibility can be a complex process, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our team at Acorn Strategy specializes in Shopify customizations and upgrades. Book a consultation with us today or view our custom tailored packages here to ensure a smooth transition and to take full advantage of the new features available with Checkout Extensibility.