Shopify Liquid for Beginners
Free Shopify Store for Liquid Theme Development
To begin Shopify Development with Liquid, we will need to create a store. The store is free and it is made through Shopify. There isn't a way to spin up a local server on your machine for a Shopify store, we will have to sign up for Shopify Partners to create our Liquid Theme Development store and begin coding.
Adding a test theme to your Shopify store
After you have created a Shopify Development store, it is time to add a theme for Liquid Development. I suggest on starting with the bare minimum of a theme to begin with as we do not want to be distracted about the different elements and functionality a theme can have. I have created a theme with only the necessities.
Best code editor for Shopify Liquid files
There comes a time when a developer needs to find out what the best editor is for the language they will be primarily using. For Shopify Liquid, the answer is easy: Visual Studio Code. This powerful IDE comes with Liquid support after installing a few extensions to enable syntax highlighting and autocomplete snippets.
Local Shopify Theme Development with Theme Kit
Theme Kit is an integral part of Shopify theme development. This tool allows us to use Visual Studio Code with its integrated terminal to run the file watch command, edit our files, and save to upload changes. We will need to create a private app and get the API password and theme id to add to our configuration file.