Awesome Crystal Class

I remember building my first website when I was a university student looking for a summer internship. In an era before LinkedIn, I thought putting my resume online would be an easy way to impress recruiters. After a week of late-night googling, I had created a single web page with text that looked almost identical to a word document. Needless to say, my site didn't land me the internship of my dreams, but I was impressed with my work and began to secretly liken myself to a website developer. Eight years later, I'm blown away by the beautiful websites I see everyday while working at Shopify. While a simple website with text used to impress me, websites these days are dynamic— they move, change colours, and elements pop-out and recede into the background as you scroll.

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It seems as though building a website has gotten significantly harder. When we decided to redesign this website last month, my first instinct was to ask a team of professional designers and developers here at Shopify for some assistance. The advice they gave shocked me so much that I decided to write about it. Not only is it possible to build a beautiful website on Shopify with no professional experience, but Shopify recently released a new feature called Sections that takes its simplicity to a whole other level. Download Summary