Showing custom fields on your storefront

To actually show your custom fields' values on your storefront, you need to edit your Shopify theme. Your theme determines where and how various Shopify bits and pieces go on which pages. "Bits and pieces" also include your new custom fields a.k.a metafields.

There are several ways to edit a theme, but the most straightforward way is to use the built-in theme editor in your Shopify admin:

If you click on "Edit code" under the "Actions" button, you'll be taken to the theme editor.

Editing a theme requires some proficiency with HTML/CSS as well as the Liquid templating language. If you are not comfortable doing this and do not have a developer on hand, we can recommend getting in touch with an ACF Partners or a Shopify Expert. Either way will get you connected with skilled Shopify developers in no time

As you know, you can choose from a wide range of themes from the Shopify Theme Store and also have a given theme customised to your specific needs. Or you can have a theme completely custom built for your store.

As a result, every theme structure is different and every of our customers' field setups and needs are different. 

In this help center, we provide you with small general snippets of code as examples of how to use Shopify metafields in different contexts and leave the actual implementation details (theme changes) up to you as the store owner and/or your developers. Please see Shopify's Editing theme code article on the subject.

Too specific and detailed instructions for which theme files you should edit in your theme could potentially be misleading, but we'll give a simple example here anyway. Just note, that your theme's list of files and the contents of those will almost certainly be different from our examples but the overall principle is the same.

Before doing any changes, it is a good idea to duplicate your theme to create a backup copy. This makes it easy to discard your changes and start again if you need to

Example

In this example, we have created a "Washing Instructions" HTML type field for products called accentuate.washing_instructions (namespace-dot-name syntax) and we want to display it below the product description already present in the theme.

Open your theme editor and it looks something like this:

Click on the product.liquid file under Templates:

This file determines the overall structure of how a product is displayed on your storefront and we can see that it is comprised of a single section called product-template. So we find the product-template.liquid file under Sections and can now see a bunch of HTML code mixed with Liquid instructions:

In this file, we need to find where the display of the product's description is handled. In our example, this is in lines 158-160:

We don't change how the product description is displayed but need to add in our new field, but only where there actually is something to display. 

In this case, we follow the instructions for empty fields as well as instructions for HTML fields and add the following code:

{% if product.metafields.accentuate.washing_instructions %}
 <div>
   {{ product.metafields.accentuate.washing_instructions }}  
  </div>
{% endif %}

making the final code look like this:

Save your changes and that's it! Your products now show washing instructions where these are available.

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