One thing I’m asked often when developing Shopify stores is:
How can I change the text on the checkout page?
Some clients want to include specific wording; others want to mention currency; some want something else.
Shopify’s official answer is that the checkout page can’t really be modified. But they also recommend a sneaky way of getting around the ‘you-no-customise-the-checkout-page’ rule: translations.
Officially, translations are meant for exactly that: translating between languages. (By the way – we speak Spanish, German, Japanese and French, so any multilingual questions are welcome!). However, the translations function can also be used to change the hard-coded wording in various areas of your shop. Here’s a recent example.
Craig’s Milspec.tv store requires display in multiple currencies. We wanted to show a message saying “Your order will be processed in US Dollars, but you’ll pay in your local currency. Don’t worry”. Or something to that effect.
Shopify’s checkout page text is usually locked to this:
Create your order.
By creating a custom translation, we were able to change it to:
Your order will be processed in US Dollars.
This avoids any nasty backlash from unsuspecting customers seeing USD on checkout when they were seeing the store in other currencies. In short, it’s honest.
How to edit your checkout page
1. Go to Preferences > General >
2. Under “Adjust your standards and formats”, choose “Checkout Language”, and hit “Inspect”. This will get you to a translation screen.
3. Give your translation a name. You might call this the name of your shop (in my case: Eco Gadget Covers).
4. Scroll down to the piece of text you want to change. In this example, let’s change “Create your order”. Type in the text (‘translation’) that you want to appear on your cart page.
5. Scroll to the bottom and hit “Use this for my checkout language”.
That’s it. You’ll now see that appear on your checkout page.
Another final tip: Your “cart” page is another good place to add information about shipping, taxes, and currencies. You can edit that via Theme > Theme Editor > Cart.liquid.
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