Venture

Venture is a bold yet minimal theme designed for high volume stores with large inventories. Features include an edge-to-edge slideshow, multi-column drop-down menus, and a promotional bar.

Venture banner

Venture is ideal if you have the following:

  • More than 50 products
  • 5 or more collections
  • Large menus

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If you have a smaller product offering, but like Venture's design, check out Boundless or Brooklyn.

You can edit Venture's settings from the Customize theme page of your Shopify admin.

Every theme includes two sections that appear on every page:

  • the Header section, which is displayed at the top of the page, and typically includes your logo and navigation menus
  • the Footer section, which is displayed at the bottom of the page, and typically includes "Search", "About Us", and "Follow Us" social media links.

You can edit the header and footer sections from any page in the theme editor. Unlike other section types, the Customize theme page displays the header and footer sections regardless of which store page you are viewing in the theme editor.

Venture includes several unique settings for header and footer content.

With Venture, you can add a promotion bar to the top of your store:

Venture promotion bar

To customize the header section:

  1. Click the Sections tab.

  2. Click Header.

  3. In the Logo image area, click Upload image to select a logo image from your local computer, or click the select from library link to select an image that you have already uploaded to your Shopify admin.

  4. Enter the logo's width in the Custom logo width (in pixels) field.

  5. Select the navigation menu you want to display in your store's header from the Menu list.

  6. If you want to show a promotions bar, then check Enable promotions bar and do the following:

    1. In the Promotions bar text field, enter the text you want to appear on the promotions bar.
    2. If you want to link the text to a page in your store, then click in the Promotions bar link field and select a page from the list.
    3. If you want to link the text to another website, paste the website URL in the Promotions bar link field.
  7. Click Save.

Tip

To change the color of the promotions bar, click the General settings, click Colors, and change the color for Buttons, links, and promotion bar.

With Venture, you can add the following items to your footer:

  • menus
  • social media icons in a "Follow us" section
  • newsletter signup in a "Be in the know" section
  • text

To customize your store's footer content:

  1. Click the Sections tab.

  2. Click Footer.

  3. Click the Footer content section to expand it.

  4. From the Menu list, select the menu you want to display in your store's footer.

To customize the "Follow us" content in your footer:

  1. Click the Follow us content section to expand it.

  2. Check Show header.

  3. In the Heading field, type the text you want to appear. By default, this is "Follow us" but you can change it to anything you want.

  4. In the Icon alignment area, select how you want to align the social media icons below the heading.

To add another menu to your footer:

  1. Click Add content.

  2. Click Menu.

  3. From the Menu list, select the menu you want to add to your store's footer.

To add text to your footer:

  1. Click Add content.

  2. Click Text.

  3. In the Heading field, type the text you want to appear in the heading.

  4. In the Text field, type the body of the text.

To add a newsletter signup to your footer:

  1. Click Add content.

  2. Click Newsletter.

  3. Select the colors you want in the newsletter field (where your customer provides their email address) and the newsletter text by clicking the color swatch to select a new color from a palette.

  4. In the Heading, type the text you want to appear in the header. By default, this text is "Be in the know".

  5. In the Text field, type the text you want to appear above the signup form. By default, this text is "Sign up for the latest news, offers, and styles".

Customize your home page slideshow

With Venture, you can display a large slideshow on your home page. The slideshow is always located just below the header on the home page. You cannot move the slideshow section around on the page like you can with other sections.

Each slide can have a heading and a subheading, and the text can be linked to any page.

The recommended size for your slideshow images is 1800 x 1000px. Venture's slideshow is responsive, which means it will resize and crop your images dynamically depending on the device your customer is using to view your store. The Shopify Help Center has more info on slideshow images and image cropping.

Venture slideshow

To create your slideshow:

  1. Click the Sections tab.

  2. Click Slideshow.

  3. To upload a slide image, click Slide.

  4. In the Image area, click Upload image to select an image from your local computer, or click the select from library link to select an image that you have already uploaded to your Shopify admin.

  5. In the Heading field, type the heading you want to appear on the slide.

  6. In the Subheading field, type the subheading text you want to appear below the heading.

    Tip

    Leave the Heading and Subheading fields blank if you don't want to display text on your slide.

  7. If you want to link the text on your slide to a page in your store, then click in the Slide link field and select a page.

  8. If you want to link the text on your slide to a website, then paste the website's URL in the Slide link field.

  9. Repeat steps 3 to 8 for each image you want to add to your slideshow.

  10. Click Save.

Show a collection list on your home page

On desktops and tablets, you can show up to six features collections on your home page.

On mobile devices, the featured collections section will show your store's main menu by default. This makes it easier for customers on mobile devices to access your store's entire inventory.

Venture featured collections

You can check the Stretch collection image box to have your collection images fill their entire tiles. If you choose to stretch your collection images, it might be necessary to change the Featured collection titles colors in your Colors theme settings.

Venture featured collections stretched

To add collections to your home page:

  1. Click the Sections tab.

  2. Click Collection list.

  3. In the Content area, click Collection to expand it.

  4. Select a collection to display from the Collection list.

  5. If you want to add more collections, click Add collection.

  6. To stretch collection images to fill their titles, check Stretch collection image.

  7. Click Save.

On desktops and tablets, you can show groups of featured products on your home page.

In this section, you can select collections whose products you want to highlight and how many rows of products you'd like to show from each collection.

  1. Click the Sections tab.

  2. Click Featured collection.

  3. From the Collection list, select the collection that contains the products you want to feature.

  4. From the Rows list, select the number of product rows to display.

  5. Click Save.

Add an image with text to your home page

Venture includes an Image with text section that lets you show an image with a custom message to your customers.

  1. Click the Sections tab.

  2. Click Image with text.

  3. To add the image, do the following:

    1. Click to expand the Image area.
    2. In the Image area, click Upload image to select an image from your local computer, or click the select from library link to select an image that you have already uploaded to your Shopify admin.
  4. To add the text, do the following:

    1. Click to expand the Image with text area.
    2. In the Heading field, type the heading text you want to display.
    3. In the Text field, type the text you want to appear below the heading.
    4. In the Text alignment area, select how you want to align the text with the image.
  5. Click Save.

Change the layout of your product pages

With Venture, you can show the available stock for a product when there are less than 10 items left. This will only work for variants that have their inventory policy set to Shopify tracks this product's inventory.

You can also prevent the cart page from automatically opening when a customer adds something to the cart, and you can display links for customers to share products to their social media sites.

  1. Navigate to a product page in the theme editor.

  2. Click the Sections tab.

  3. Click the Product pages section.

  4. If you want to prevent the cart page from opening when products are added to the cart, then check Stay on current page when item is added to cart.

  5. If you want to show remaining stock when inventory runs low, then check Show stock when less than 10 products available.

  6. If you want to let your customers share products on social media sites, then check Enable product sharing.

  7. Click Save.

Change the layout of your collection pages

You can enable collection filtering and sorting to your collection pages to help your customers find the products they're looking for.

Enable filtering by product tag adds a menu to the top of your collection page. Customers can use the menu to see only products in the collection that have the selected tag:

Venture collection filter

The Shopify Help Center has more info on filtering by product tags.

Enable collection sorting adds a Sort by menu to the top of your collection page. Customers can use the menu to sort the products in the collection by:

  • Featured
  • Best selling
  • Alphabetically, A–Z
  • Alphabetically, Z–A
  • Price, low to high
  • Price, high to low
  • Date, new to old
  • Date, old to new

Tip

You can select which products are "featured" on the Collections page in your admin, by selecting a manual sort order and dragging the product to the top of the list.

To enable filtering and sorting on your collection pages:

  1. Navigate to a product page in the theme editor.

  2. Click the Sections tab.

  3. Click the Collection pages section.

  4. To add a Filter by menu to your collection page, check Enable tag filtering.

  5. To add a Sort by menu to your collection page, check Enable sorting.

  6. Click Save.

Enable order notes on cart pages

Order notes let your customers include special instructions with their orders. The Shopify Help Center has more information on order notes.

To enable order notes:

  1. Navigate to the cart page in the theme editor by adding a product to the cart.

  2. Click the Sections tab.

  3. Click the Cart pages section.

  4. Check Enable order notes.

  5. Click Save.

Show a collections sidebar on blog pages

Venture's sidebar can show featured products from a collection of your choice when customers are viewing pages and blog posts in your store:

Venture sidebar featured collection

To show a collections sidebar:

  1. Navigate to a blog page in the theme editor.

  2. Click the Sections tab.

  3. Click the Featured products section.

  4. From the Collection list, choose a collection whose products you want to have featured in your store's sidebar.

Colors

With Venture, you can choose the colors for your store. Some color options will affect more than one section of the theme.

  1. Click the General settings tab.

  2. Click Colors.

  3. For each type of text or background, click the color swatch to select a new color from a palette.

    Tip

    Clicking the checkered square sets the color to transparent:

    Color picker transparent

  4. Click Save.

Typography

The Typography settings let you specify how text will appear on your site. You can choose the text size and font for body text, headings, and navigation links and buttons.

To specify how text will appear in your online store:

  1. Click the General settings tab.

  2. Click Typography.

  3. In the Accent text and Body text sections, select a font and font size for your store's text.

  4. In the Navigation and buttons section, select a font and font size for navigation link text and button text.

  5. To increase letter spacing in link and button text, check Space letters.

  6. To capitalize menu links and button text, check Capitalize letter.

  7. Click Save.

Social media

Venture includes several options for integrating your store with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

To enable social media settings for Venture:

  1. Click the General settings tab.

  2. Click Social media.

Accounts

In this section, place the URLs to your store's social media accounts in the related boxes. Be sure to start each URL with https://. Venture will place links to each of your social media accounts in your store's footer:

Venture social media buttons

Sharing

Check Share on Facebook to enable the Facebook sharing button for products or blog posts.

Check Tweet on Twitter to enable the Twitter sharing button for products or blog posts.

Check Pin on Pinterest to enable the Pinterest sharing button for products or blog posts.

Favicon

You can upload a favorites icon, or a "favicon", which can help brand your online store by displaying your logo in the following locations:

  • your web browser tab
  • your web browser's history
  • icons on your desktop
  • next to your online store name when it is bookmarked.

The recommended favicon size for Venture is a square image that's 128 x 128px or larger.

To upload a favicon:

  1. Click the General settings tab.

  2. Click Favicon.

  3. In the Favicon image area, click Upload image to select a background image from your local computer, or click the select from library link to select an image that you have already uploaded to your Shopify admin.

  4. Click Save.

Checkout

This section lets you customize your store's checkout. Click here for more information about your store's checkout page.

Theme styles

Venture comes with three theme styles:

  • Snowboards — A black and blue preset that enables featured collections with two rows each, emphasizes large collections, and shows links for customer accounts.
  • Outdoors — A dark green and orange preset that enables featured collection product rows and a few collections.
  • Boxing — A black and red preset that enables the promotional bar and a masonry effect for featured collections.

Tip

Theme styles were previously called presets.

To select a theme style:

  1. Click the General settings tab.

  2. Click the Change theme style button.

  3. Click the theme style you want to use.

  4. Click Change style.

Featuring collections in your navigation menu

Venture's navigation menu lets you show some of the products in a collection before the customer clicks the link to view that collection. This way, if a customer sees an item they like, they can go straight to the product page without having to find that item in its collection.

Note

Linking to a collection in the menu is the only way to display product images from the top navigation links. If you link to another menu type, the top navigation menu will display links instead of product images.

To create a collection menu that shows products:

  1. Create a menu for the collection you want to feature in your main navigation.

  2. Add at least one link to your new menu. Since you're featuring a collection, it can help to link to individual tags within that collection.

    Create collection menu
  3. Click Save menu to save your new collection menu.

  4. In your main menu, create a link with the same name as the collection menu that you just created.

  5. Set the collection link in the main menu to point to the collection that you want to highlight in your collection menu.

    Main menu collection link
  6. Click Save menu.

Your main navigation should now show the collection links that you created along with the first few products in the collection:

Collection menu

Disappearing main menu

If the links in your main menu cannot fit onto a single line, the menu will be replaced by a Menu button. Customers can click the button to open a slide-out panel with all of your main menu links.

Menu button

If you don't want your main menu to collapse into a button, you can try a few things:

  • Remove some links from your main menu. Removing items from your menu is a quick way to reduce clutter and free up some space.
  • Rewrite your main menu links to use fewer characters. For example, you could change "Frequently asked questions" to "FAQ".
  • Use a narrower font for your menu items. You can choose the font used for menu items by editing the "Body text" option under Typography on your Customize theme page.

Using text in your slideshow

People will view your theme on devices of all different sizes. Based on their browser size, customers might only see part of your slideshow images. For this reason, you shouldn't use images with text in them in your slideshow. If the text in the image gets cropped, or parts of the text are obscured, your customers won't be able to read it.

If you want to add text to your slideshow, enter it as Heading text and Subheading text.

To add heading and subheading text to a slide:

  1. Click Customize theme on your Venture theme.

  2. Click the Sections tab.

  3. Click Slideshow.

  4. For each slide in your slideshow, you can add Heading text and Subheading text. Add any text that you want to show on your slideshow images.

    Slideshow text
  5. Click Save.

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