Big Cartel Theme Installation

Preliminary Info

  • Unzip your theme download folder. 
    • Mac Users: Open theme files in a web browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.) or in an advanced text application (Text Wrangler).
    • PC Users: Open theme files in a text application such as Notepad.
  • Make sure you're using the default Neat theme in your Big Cartel account. Check out this video for help locating the default theme panel.

Installation Steps

  1. Open the 'CSS' file in your theme folder. Then do the following:
    • Select all content (ctrl+A or cmd+A)
    • Copy content (ctrl+C or cmd+C)
  2. Go to the ‘Customize Design’ page in your Big Cartel admin. Click the <> icon to view the 'Advanced Panel'
    • Accessed by clicking the dropdown menu in the top right of the admin, and then clicking 'Customize Design'.  
  3. Click the 'CSS' tab. Select all content on the page (ctrl+A) and then paste (ctrl+V) the previously copied code from the 'CSS' file, to install the 'CSS' code. Click the 'Done' button.
  4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 for the remaining core theme files and corresponding core pages:
    • layout
    • home
    • productS
    • product
    • cart
    • checkout**
    • success**
    • contact
    • maintenance

      **The 'checkout' and 'success' pages don't need to be installed if you're using Paypal Express or Stripe Checkout.
  5. Open the 'Extra Pages' sub-folder in your theme folder. Open the 'about' page file (or any file in that folder)
    • Select all content (ctrl+A or cmd+A)
    • Copy content (ctrl+C or cmd+C)
  6. Go to the ‘Customize Design’ page in your Big Cartel admin. Click the page icon to view the 'Pages Panel'.
  7. Click the plus sign to create a new page. Then click the 'HTML' button to edit the page in HTML mode.
  8. Give your page a name (ex. About). Then paste (ctrl+V) the previously copied code from the extra page file to install the page code.
  9. Repeat steps 5 - 8 for the other custom pages (faq, lookbook, etc.).
    • Steps 5 - 9 are optional if you don't plan on using any of the custom pages shown in the theme demo.

Now that the theme is installed, you'll need to make additional configurations to get the theme to look as it does in the demo. For starters:

  • Assign links to footer (and other link locations)
  • Upload slideshow images
  • Set up text for slideshow

Theme Installation Service

Rather have us install the theme for you? Purchase our theme installation service ($49). 

Our service includes:

  • One-time, initial installation of all core theme snippets and custom demo pages (as shown in demo)
  • Theme installed within 1-2 business days

Note: You will be responsible for uploading your products, banner images and adding categories / custom pages

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