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Getting started with your new Big Cartel shop

If you purchased or upgraded your Big Cartel theme after 29th November 2011, please refer to Aarcade Support instead of the following article.

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Your First Log In

When you first log in to your Big Cartel admin, you should carry out the following items:

  • Navigate to the Store > Settings admin area and review all of your store settings, edit as necessary and save. Be sure to include the following items in your review:
    • Description: enter a brief description of your site. Make it accurate and captivating as this is the description that will be displayed in Google searches when no specific page description is available.
    • Store type: This defines the category you will be listed under in Big Cartel’s Store Directory.
    • Google Analytics ID: If you wish to log the traffic to your site, enter your Google Analytics code in accordance with the instructions provided.
  • Navigate to the Promote > Extras admin area and upload a thumbnail image to represent your store in Big Cartel’s Store Directory.
  • Navigate to the Design > Basics admin area and review and change your settings to suit your preferences, refer to How do I use the basic options for my Big Cartel theme? Note that if your shop was custom developed by Aarfie, some or all of these settings may be over-ridden by your shop’s custom code.
  • Review and set your custom options to suit your preferences, refer to How do I use the Custom Options for my Big Cartel theme? Note that if your shop was custom developed by Aarfie, you may have limited custom options as your preferences have been built into your shop’s custom code.

Get Started

To maintain your shop’s branding through the checkout experience, it is also recommended that you log in to your PayPal account and customise your PayPal checkout page, refer to How do I customise my PayPal payment page?

Your initial shop set up is complete. You can now navigate to the Products admin area and start adding products and assigning them to categories.

For details on adding products and setting product options refer to:

For details on adding assigning product categories and sub-categories refer to:

The Importance of Product Image Size

Note that we strongly recommend that you establish a preferred product image size for your shop. This will be the dimensions that you crop all of your product images to before uploading them to your shop. This will will ensure that your shop appearance is at its best. Refer to How do I work with my Big Cartel theme recommended image size?

Don’t forget your Big Cartel support resources if you have any questions:

Last Modified: 5th December, 2012

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