Basic theme setup
Select a theme variation
To select your desired variation, go the Variations section of your theme editor. Click on one of the four theme variations. Then click Save Changes. Please note that switching to a new variation will overwrite your previous style settings.
To return the variation to its default state, you can click Reset Theme Variant at the bottom of your theme editor, which will revert any customizations you’ve made on a theme variant.
Upload a store logo
Your store’s logo provides branding for your site and a clickable link to return to the homepage. The logo will appear in the header of your site.
To replace your store title with a logo image, go to Storefront Design > Design Options and then click the Logo tab.
Select the option to upload an image from your computer. Then choose the image file you want to upload under the Logo Upload section. We recommend an image no larger that 350 x 80 px. Once your image is selected, click Upload Logo Image.
If you are unsure whether your image is the right size, enable the Resize Logo option, which will resize your logo automatically, if required.
Set up a carousel
The homepage carousel displays up to five images with a heading, subtitle, and a call-to-action button that can link to any page within your store or an external site. To add images to your Carousel, go to Storefront Design > Design Options and click the Carousel & Social Media tab.
Then click on the slide that you’d like to add an image to, and either drag and drop a file to the outlined area or click the Select from your computer link to upload an image.
You can re-order the slides by clicking and dragging them to your preferred order. All of the information (the text and links) will be moved along with it.
Add carousel text content
Once you’ve uploaded an image, you can add a Heading, Subtitle, and Button Text by typing in the corresponding fields. Then click Save.
You can set the URL for the call-to-action button links by either typing the link directly into the Link field or clicking Browse to choose a Product, Category, Brand, Page, or Blog from the Store Linker. Click Insert Link and Save.
Supported file types and image sizes
We support JPEG, GIF, and PNG file types, but recommend using JPEG files to ensure a balance between image quality and fast loading-time. We also recommend using images at least 1200px wide. But most importantly, you’ll want slide images that are consistent in dimension.
Set carousel autoplay time
Along with the Carousel’s content, you can customize the duration that each slide appears on the screen before automatically switching to the next slide. Type the number of seconds between slide changes under the Settings heading on the right-hand side of the same Home Page Carousel Page. Then click Save.
The carousel can display one full-width image with overlaying text content or one image on one side with text content on the other, side-by-side. Simply use the dropdown under the Homepage section to select Full Width or Split 50/50. You can select whether to display the text content on the left or righ by using the Carousel text position dropdown.
Additionally, you can set the Carousel text background opacity by percentage. This allows you to set a desired contrast for your text content.
The Carousel image transition can either be set to Slide or Fade.
Add a contact page
Our themes have a built-in Contact Page that provides customers an easy way to send a message or question to store merchants without leaving the storefront.
From your sidebar control panel, go to Content > Web Pages and then click Create a Web Page at the top of your Pages list.
Under Web Site Link, enable the Allow people to send questions/comments via a contact form option. Then, under Web Page Details, enter a name for the Contact page. The Page URL will auto-fill based on the page name.
You can also insert content (such as text and images) in the Page Content area that will appear above the Contact Form.
Set up a navigation menu
Your navigation menu will be automatically generated from your created pages and categories.
NOTE: Keep any navigation titles short and concise, ideally one word long, to avoid overlap in your nav menu.
To control which pages are displayed in your menu, go to Content > Web pages. Here, you can deselect the check mark under Visible to hide any pages. Click Save and Exit.
You can hide or show categories by going to Products > Product Categories. Under the Visible in menu? column, select or deselect your categories by clicking on the check marks or ‘x’ marks.
Product images and layout
By default, your product images will not be not cropped in any way. We strongly suggest keeping the dimensions of your product images consistent (roughly, all square, all rectangular, etc.)
Product Collection Options
Collection pages have two possible grid layouts: Alternating Grid and Random Grid. The alternating grid stacks the products while alternating their position on the page, from left to centre to right. The random grid will randomly distribute the products across the page, with two to three products per row, varying in size.
The number of products shown on each collection page can be set with the dropdown, between 5 and 40.
On category pages, you can create an image banner by uploading a category image. From your Dashboard, go to Products > Product Categories and then select a category. Under Category Details, choose a file to upload for Category image.
Under the Typography section of the theme editor, you can change the fonts of your storefront. The dropdown for Primary Font applies things like section titles and product titles; Secondary Font applies to subheadings and body text; Tertiary Font applies to meta content and text.
Under the Colors section, you’ll find color options for virtually every element of your store. You can see the changes in real-time within your theme editor’s preview.
A favicon is the small graphic that appears to the left of the page title at the top of your browser window.
To upload a custom favicon for your store, first create an image 16 x 16px or 32 x 32px in dimension. The image must be saved in ICO, JPG, GIF, or PNG format.
Go to Store Design > Design Options, then click More > Favicon. Click Choose File to select the favicon from your computer. Click Upload Favicon.
Featured, New, and Popular Products
The featured, new, and popular products sections are automatically displayed on your home page. In your theme editor, under the Homepage section, you can use the dropdowns to control how many products are displayed (4, 8, 12) or disable them from being shown.
Recent blog posts
By default, your most recent blog posts are displayed on your home page. Under the Homepage, you can choose to show 2, 4, or 6, posts or you can disable them from being shown.
Banners allow you to add promotional links and images throughout your store to advertise special deals and discounts to your shoppers.
Go to Marketing > Banners to begin. Banners can be added to the Homepage, a specific category or brand, and the results page. Use the rich text editor to add text and links. You can enable your banner or schedule it to display between specific dates.
Your footer contains menus and contact information that you can toggle on or off. Menus for Pages, Categories, and Brands will be auto-generated, and you can also show your Shop address/phone number.
Please note that the brand menu list is limited to the first five brands and the category menu list will only show the top-level categories in your theme (child categories will be hidden).
The contact info in your footer can be edited from your control panel under Settings > Store Profile in the available fields.
For your logo image to work best in both the header and footer, upload one with a transparent background in .png format.
Post updates on products, upcoming events, and other news in your shop’s built-in blog. Navigate to the Blog settings by clicking on Content > Blog.
Set up a blog
To name your blog, click on the gear icon under the Published tab. Name your blog in the Blog Title field, and set the URL in the Blog URL field. You can also enable or disable Disqus Comments on this page. Click Save Settings to save the Blog name and URL.
Create a blog post
To add a post, navigate back to the main Blog Settings page by going to Content > Blog and click the + icon under the Published tab. Give your post a title in the Title field, write the content and add images in the Body Text Editor, and enter the Author of the blog in the Author field. You can also add tags for each post in the Tags section. To add a tag, type a tag in the Tags field, and hit Enter on the keyboard to separate the tags.
To upload an image that will appear as the post’s Thumbnail, choose a file and clicking Upload in the Summary thumbnail image section.
You can also customize each post’s URL in the Post URL field, and add a Meta Description to help improve your blog’s SEO. Click Save Draft to save the post without publishing, or click Publish to publish it immediately. Make sure your Blog Visibility is set to On.
For your blog featured image, we recommend using an image both wide and short. The minimum width is 1020px and is ideally within the 1020 x 420px range.
Social media and Newsletter
Link your social media profiles to icons on your homepage so customers can keep up to date with your other social platforms.
Go to Store Design > Design Options and click the Carousel & Social Media tab. Scroll down to the Social Media section, and input the your social media profile links to the corresponding icon beside Available Networks. Make sure you include http:// before the link.
You can also re-order your social media links to display in a particular order by clicking on the dotted grid to the left of the icon and dragging it to rearrange the order. Click Save.
The Newsletter will appear in different places depending on your theme, but its functionality will be the same. To set this up, go to your Marketing > Settings > Email Marketing.
Under General Settings, find the Email Integration Settings, and enable the email campaign monitor that you want to use for your Newsletter. Big Commerce supports Constant Contact, iContact, Interspire Email Marketer, and MailChimp. You can still enable Newsletter Subscriptions if your chosen Integration Provider is not on this list.
To do this, click the Export Only tab at the top, enter in the number of emails you’d like to export in the Subscriber Count field, and click the Download to CSV file link. This will export all of the subscribers’ emails to a CSV file, which you can then upload to your chosen email campaign platform.
You can also click the Delete all subscribers to remove everyone on your newsletter subscription list to start fresh.
Make sure that the Allow Newsletter Subscriptions? box is enabled, and click Save.
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