You can create options for your theme so users can change some aspect of your theme just for their site. Let’s create an option that allows users to set the header to 100% or to a fixed width of 1024px. Options are implemented in the manifest. You can read more about options here.

  1. If you’re not in the Code Editor, from the Theme tab, click Edit HTML/CSS.

  2. Open the manifest.json file. ​
  3. After the color-presets entry, enter the following (don’t forget to add a comma to the end of the preceding line):

"custom-options" : [
    "name" : "banner-full-width",
    "title": "Full Width Banner",
    "type" : "toggle",
    "default" : true,
    "is-body-class" : true,
    "is-less-var" : false

This code gives the name banner-full-width to the option and will be used to create classes that set the banner to full width or a set width. The title Full Width Banner will display in the editor. The type toggle means that a switch will be used to turn the option on and off.

We’ve set the default to true, which means the option will be turned on by default. We’ve set the is-body-class to true so we can use the body.full-width-banner-off and body.full-width-banner-on classes in the LESS stylesheet to change the banner

  1. Let’s use the body.full-width-banner-on class to make the header full width. ​ Open the main.less file, scroll down to the header area, and enter the following: 
    width: 100%;
    max-width: none;
    padding: 0;
  1. Let’s use the body.full-width-banner-off class to give the header a max width, instead of full width. 
body.banner-full-width-off {
    max-width: 1024px;
    margin: 0 auto;
  1. Click Save.

In the editor, you’ll now see a Theme Options menu. Click it and you’ll see that the Full Width Banner option now appears. Click it to Off and note that header displays at a 1024px width.

Turning the option on and off changes the display width of the header

What Just Happened?

You used the manifest to create options that the user can turn on and off for their site. These manifest entries create new style classes that allow you to control the display in the LESS file.