Support product variants
Products can be broken up into a maximum of three options, and a single combination of those options is a variant. For example, if a t-shirt comes in sizes
L, and colors
S/Black would be a variant of that product.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to support product variants in your theme.
To support product variants, you'll use the following:
Implementing product variantsAnchor link to section titled "Implementing product variants"
To support variants in your theme, you need to implement the following components:
- Variant deep link handling: A variant can be linked to directly, so you should ensure that the product information is updated for the "selected" variant when a variant is referenced in a product link.
- Variant selectors: You should build a variant selector to allow customers to easily browse the available variants of a product. Selecting a variant should update the page with variant-specific information.
You might want to add these components to a section that can be included in a JSON product template, or a Liquid product template.
Variant deep link handlingAnchor link to section titled "Variant deep link handling"
Variant deep links are product links that contain a
?variant=[variant-id] query parameter, where
[variant-id] is the ID of the associated variant. This allows you to link directly to a variant. You can add this functionality to a section that can be included in a JSON product template, or a Liquid product template.
When variants are deep-linked, you can access which variant is linked through the
selected_variant attribute of the
product object. However, a product link won't always contain a deep-linked variant. In these cases, you can default to the selected, first available, or first variant through the
After you identify the variant that you want to display, you need to ensure that the following product elements reflect it:
- Product media
- Product price
- Variant selector
The following example assigns a default variant using
product.selected_or_first_available_variant, populates a basic media and price display based on that variant, and selects that variant in a basic variant selector.
Variant selectorsAnchor link to section titled "Variant selectors"
You can use a single variant selector where each option represents a variant. However, products may have more than one option. For a better buyer experience and to avoid future compatibility issues, we recommend that you present each of these options separately in the UI. To achieve this, you can use the
Variant selectors should be added to a section that can be included in a JSON product template, or a Liquid product template. They can also be included in product grid or product quick view snippets to allow customers to view variants on other pages, like collections.