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How to add Sidebar in Shopify

Last updated: December 01, 2023
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Sidebar or vertical menu help online shop owners and visitors shop around easier because it will catch buyers’ attention to click on related pages. Adding a sidebar becomes an essential part for any sellers to optimize the customer experience.

If you have an online shop on Shopify, adding a sidebar to your Shopify store brings you a lot of benefits. However, some sellers encounter difficulties when adding it on Shopify because they skip steps or do not create enough input to insert the sidebar.

Don’t worry, this article will solve your pain points and guide you to add a sidebar to your Shopify store in an understandable process. The article has three parts: the importance of using a sidebar, steps to add a sidebar and what is you do not establish a sidebar.

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Using sidebar in Shopify

This part explains why sellers had better use the sidebar in Shopify. Certainly sidebar menu brings to merchants a lot of merits. Sidebar can be commonly seen alongside articles or blog posts and contain a lot of widgets with content such as:

  • Social badges
  • Links to recent and popular content
  • Content categories
  • Calls to action and opt-ins
  • Ads blocks

Merchants can choose the location of the sidebar. Some shops place the sidebar on the left or right side of the page while the site navigation is removed. These shops use sidebar as a means of highlighting products and store information. The sidebar can provide quick links to collections and provide space for filters which customers use to narrow down their item search.

If you change your mind: it is necessary to add the sidebar to your Shopify store, please move to the next two sections which guide you to use and edit sidebar successfully.

How to add sidebar to your Shopify store

This part introduces you to five simple steps to add the sidebar to your store:

Step 1: Head to Online Store

The first thing you have to do is click on the Online Store section on the left side of your screen.

Adding sidebar to Shopify store step 1

Step 2: Select themes

When you click Themes, you will see your current theme and theme library.

Adding sidebar to Shopify store step 2

Step 3: Click customize theme button

In order to add a Sidebar to your site, you will need to hit the customize button of the current theme

Adding sidebar to Shopify store step 3

Step 4: Select Collection pages

You click on Home Page to choose Collection Pages.

Adding sidebar to Shopify store step 4

Step 5: Select the type of sidebar filtering

Finally, you need to select the type of sidebar filtering, either by tag or by groups

Adding sidebar to Shopify store step 5

How to edit sidebar in Shopify

Step 1: Navigate to your Themes section

Firstly, login to your Shopify, click on Online store then click Themes in the left menu.

Edit Shopify sidebar step 1

Step 2: Click the blue customize button

Next, move your cursor and click on the blue customize button

Edit Shopify sidebar step 2

This will let you access your current theme.

Step 3: Choose your page to edit Sidebar

In order to choose your page, you click the downward arrow in the upper left side of the window.

Edit Shopify sidebar step 3

Step 4: Find your sidebar settings

Your sidebar options may be seen in the sections area but, the option may be coded into one of the sections. For instance, in Parallax theme, you can’t see the sidebar in the options. Yet when you click on into the Collection section, you’ll find the option to edit the sidebar in Shopify.

In Parallax, if you turn on the sidebar, you can use the Add content option below to add a variety of different content modules to the sidebar. These modules consist of collections, pages, tags, vendors, product types, tags, vendors, product types, text and a designated navigation menu.

Find your sidebar settings

What if your theme has no sidebar function?

What would you do if your theme has no sidebar? Don’t worry, you still have one option to add the sidebar to your Shopify Store. The easiest way is to find and purchase a prebuilt Shopify theme which already includes a customizable sidebar. Shopify theme provides you with a lot of eye-catchy templates, all you need to do is to change the color or content of the template to match with your site.

Theme Store is divided into groups of templates based on different functions, for example, simplified navigation, supporting customization, telling a story and so on. These templates are mobile-ready, integrate with the social network, drive customers through content and emphasize products.

If you do not want to redesign your entire layout and just want to add the sidebar, then Shopify themes are your ideal choices. The steps include editing the individual template section file, editing existing code, adding multiple lines of new code and adding Liquid code to assign sections to your sidebar. Hence managers are able to add and customize codes through your Shopify dashboard.

Because of the variety of one code from one theme to another, from template to template, it is impossible to provide example codes that would work across the board. Instead, you will get used to codes used in Shopify templates including HTML, CSS, and Liquid.


In a nutshell, adding a sidebar in your Shopify Store offers you a lot of advantages. With the sidebar, you are easy to narrow searching results and create a better customer journey. This article introduces you steps of how to add the sidebar to Shopify and how to edit sidebar in Shopify.

If you are a seller on Shopify, you should not miss this article and ignore the benefits of inserting a sidebar on your site. These steps of adding the sidebar do not require any coding skills and change the entire page layout. In case your theme does not provide a sidebar section, you can purchase a prebuilt Shopify theme.

Hope that you will find useful pieces of information from this article.

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Sam Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Avada Commerce, an e-commerce solution provider headquartered in Singapore. Sam aims to support more than a million online businesses to grow and develop.

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