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Upcoming Shopify Events April 2015

A tale of two Yorks!
A tale of two Yorks!

Just a quick note on two upcoming Shopify related events in April 2015. It’s a tale of two Yorks, the one in the UK and the New one in the USA!

York, UK – Wednesday 8th April 2015 10am – 4pm

I’ll be running a full day Shopify theme building workshop as part of the DotYork event in the beautiful city of York, UK. We’ll cover everything from all the basic Shopify fundamentals right through to building a custom theme. At the time of writing there are only a few spots left. Tickets are £39 and this includes lunch and refreshments.

Register on the DotYork web site →

New York, USA – Monday 20th April 2015 6:30 – 7:30pm

We, as in Shopify Partners, have teamed up with the folks at General Assembly in New York and together will be hosting an hour long livestream event focused on building a successful ecommerce business.

The session will be hosted by Ross Beyeler, founder of the Boston-based agency Growth Spark. Ross has got a tonne of experience in ecommerce. In fact you might have heard us chat before on our podcast series “The Ecommerce Customer Lifecycle“.

It’s 100% free to register for the livestream. I hope you can join us. Once registered you’ll receive a link one hour prior to the event.

Register on the General Assembly web site →

Layovers Podcast — Fast becoming my new favourite listen. If you are an airline geek, love planes, airports and are generally fascinated by air travel then this is must listen.

2014 Year in Review — I admit bias but I always enjoy the annual Shopify end of year review

The Back to Front Show #038: The Joys & Perils of Remote Working — In a change to the announced billing an impromptu early morning phone call made us think a chat about remote working might be in order. As many of us fight the January blues, and inevitable bout of illness that the new year often brings, it felt a timely opportunity to discuss the good, and the bad, aspects of working from a distance.

Podcast FastTrack — A service that allows you to outsource all aspects of your podcast production, including show notes, leaving you to concentrate on the content.

The Back to Front Show #037: Around the Web — Happy 2015! We are back for the new year with a look at four links that caught our attention over the holiday season. We also spill the beans on some of the topics we’ll be covering this year — in particular a series of discussions called #12ideas.

Thinking of Going Nomadic? — An interesting take on the challenges of going truly nomadic

With this article I’m touching the tip of the iceberg on the reality of what stands between you as a digital professional and your desired lifestyle. About myself: I am a UX designer, digital nomad and founder of What’s It Like. I’m inspired to be part of the growing #Nomad community, I work on the road for more than 5 years now and I’ve been working on What’s It Like from Southeast Asia, South America and Europe.

Upload Shopify themes from GitHub or Bitbucket — A new free service from the folks at Beanstalk that allow you to deploy Shopify themes from a Git or Bitbucket repo

Shopify Myth #03: There’s a Steep Learning Curve

Learning Shopify theme building only takes a few hours
Learning Shopify theme building only takes a few hours

Over the last two and a half years I have run numerous technical workshops focusing on Shopify theme building. One of the most pleasing responses after the session has finished is always “it’s much easier than I thought it would be”.

It’s of course fair to say that learning any new platform/tool/”thing” involves sitting down and putting in a few hours to get started. It’s entirely natural to feel a little uncomfortable at first – especially when it comes to web design and code. Consequently it’s always nice to find out that somethings are easier than others.

Key Concepts

One of the things that you need to learn when starting out with Shopify are a number of key concepts. These mainly centre around products and collections. Once you understand that everything revolves around a product and how you can categorise it everything begins to fall into place. Getting to grips with these key concepts will take between 30 mins to one hour.
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