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Your In-Depth Guide to Shopify Polaris

What is Shopify Polaris?

Created in 2017, Shopify Polaris was designed to simplify merchants' design process by maintaining a high-quality user experience through new quality standards and regulations. The Polaris system is made of templates and rules that can simplify the design process by giving the store owner set guidelines to work within. There is little-to-no learning curve, as the system provides the foundation necessary to build apps and channels in Shopify. With Polaris, store owners can spend less time creating their store interface, focusing more on their products and clients.

Shopify Partners can also download a UI kit, a style guide, and various other tools to make the design process simple.

Why Use Polaris?

Create Consistency

No matter the number of new features you add, users should still be able to easily understand how the app works at the end of the day. One of the major upsides to Polaris is the guidelines that are built into the systems. Using Polaris can help you build a clear set of rules to follow throughout your designs. While these restrictions may seem suffocating, they help to create consistency as you scale your business through apps and new features.

Having consistent designs is essential in Shopify, as it improves user experiences and increases efficiency. Polaris prioritizes this through simple APIs that help provide callbacks for buttons. In addition, all buttons have specific purposes defined in this guide, which create a uniform feel throughout the entire store.

Data Tables and Visualization

Polaris also has powerful data visualization tools to help you answer key questions about your business. Unlike other areas of the design (such as form controls) that have stringent rules, the implementation is up to you.

One of these data tools is the data table. These can be used to organize specific information in data sets, allowing you to compare figures easily.

In addition to tables, Shopify has a list of five core traits to help you narrow down the focus of your question. These traits include:

  • Accuracy: How accurate should the visualization be?
  • Intuitiveness: How easy should it be to interpret the results?
  • Engagement: How much attention do you want your visualization to receive?
  • Focus: What do you want your viewer's eyes to be drawn to?
  • Data Granularity: How many data points do you wish to appear?

Along with questions to help guide your data visualization, Shopify provides a list of tips to ensure your graphs are effective.

Easy Organization

Shopify prioritizes organization, and this is abundantly clear in the Polaris interface. Individual order pages and objects are called resources in the system. These objects are organized in groups (eg: products and orders), called resource lists. Resource lists aid merchants in finding and navigating objects by displaying them in collections. This can help you manage inventory and easily navigate resources.

Shopify Polaris also allows you to build custom lists with certain content and labels. This tool can be extremely powerful when niching down on certain ideas, and looking for certain data figures.

In addition, the Polaris UI is constantly being updated to accommodate growing stores. To view all Shopify Polaris updates, check out this documentation page.

Polaris Alternatives

While the Polaris system can be a good choice for your store, the system still has some limitations. If you're looking to build a new framework, we recommend reaching out to Shypyard. Shypyard builds custom Shopify integrations and dashboards for Shopify stores of any size. If you're looking for complete customization and flexibility, click the "Free Consultation" button on the homepage to get started!

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