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How do I add a custom home page to my 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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1. Navigate to Home Page Edit Controls

In your shop admin area, navigate to your Design > Pages section, and click the page title Home in your page list. If you have renamed your pages and do not see the page title Home, click the title of the page that has only a forward slash as its location.

Big Cartel Home Page

Your Big Cartel shop Home page has "/" listed as its location

2. Save Your Current Home Page Content

If you do not see a text box on the following Home page edit controls, select the Custom option for the HTML setting.

Click anywhere inside the Home page text box and select all of the text inside the box by clicking Select All in your computer’s Edit main menu or using a keyboard shortcut (e.g. command + A for Apple or control + A for Windows). When all of the text is selected, copy the text to your clipboard by clicking Copy in your computer’s Edit main menu or using a keyboard shortcut (e.g. command + C for Apple or control + C for Windows).

Open a new plain text file with a simple text editing application, e.g. “TextEdit” for Apple or “Notepad” for Windows, and paste the copied content into the new file. Save the text file to a suitable location (creating a back up of your current home page content) on your computer and close your text editing application.

Option A: Replacing All Of Your Home Page Content

Return to your Big Cartel admin Home page edit controls, confirm that all of the text inside the text box is still selected and then delete all the content. You should now have an empty text box ready to create your custom home page content.

Option B: Inserting New Home Page Content

Return to your Big Cartel admin Home page edit controls. Depending upon whether your new home page content is to go before or after your existing home page content (featured products, etc.), place your cursor at the absolute start of the text or the absolute end of the text inside the text box.

Press your Return key to create a number of new lines before or after the text. Then use this space you have created to insert new content as described below.

3. Create Your Home Page Content

You can now enter plain text and HTML into the text box to create your Home page content. We recommend starting out with a containing div element, that will create a “box” to contain your new home page content, i.e.

<div>

Your new home page content goes here.

</div>

You can then set the margin and text alignment of the “box” to position your new home page content as required. For example:

<div style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 30px; text-alignment: center;">

Your new home page content goes here.

</div>

Finally customise the content of the “box”. Using the support article How do I insert an image into my page? for reference, an example of code to display an image that links to the All Products follows:

<div style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 30px; text-alignment: center;">

<a href="/products"><img src="http://aarfiefiles.com/aarfie.png" alt="Aarfie" width="386" height="188" /></a>

</div>

For more information on inserting page content, refer to other help articles in the Big Cartel category, e.g. How do I insert an image into my Big Cartel shop page?, How do I add a newsletter subscription form to my Big Cartel theme?, How do I insert a video into my page?, etc.

For information on using HTML tags, visit w3schools.

Always click the Save button after making your home page content changes.

4. Restoring Your Original Home Page Content

If you wish to restore your original home page content:

  1. Navigate to your Big Cartel admin Home page edit text box as described in step 1 above.
  2. Delete all of the custom content you created in your Home page edit text box.
  3. Locate and open the backup text file created in step 2 above.
  4. Copy all of the content of the text file and paste it into your Home page edit text box.
  5. Click the Save button.

Last Modified: 27th December, 2010

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