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How do I use the basic options for my Big Cartel theme?

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. Basic Option Controls

The basic option controls for your Big Cartel theme are located in your Design > Basics admin section.

Basic Options in Big Cartel

Navigating to your basic options in your Big Cartel admin area

Before making changes to your basic options, make sure that you have selected the simple controls by clicking the Simple button at the top right of the Basics controls.

Simple Big Cartel Theme Options

Click the 'Simple' button to display the simple style controls

2. Upload a Header Image

To upload a header image, first prepare your image file so that it is the correct size and format for your header. You can ignore the default suggestion of 740px width, as Aarfie’s custom Big Cartel themes are designed to accept varying image widths up to 1000px.

Refer to sections “Image Editing Tool” and “Important Preparation” of the support article How do I insert an image into my page? for more information.

Click the Choose File button, locate your desired header image on your computer and proceed with upload.

Select File for Big Cartel Header

Select image file for your Big Cartel shop header

If the Choose File button is not displayed, this means you have already successfully uploaded a header image. To replace your current header image, click the delete button and then choose the new image file as detailed above.

Delete Header Image Header

Delete current header image before uploading a new image

3. Choose Theme Colours

This colour setting functionality has become temporarily unavailable – please read details

In your Design > Basics admin section, use the Styles controls to set the colours for your Big Cartel theme. To change each colour, click the colour bar and use the pop-up colour wheel to choose a new colour value.

Choosing Colors for a Big Cartel Theme

Using the pop-up colour wheel to select new colour values for your Big Cartel theme

4. Set the Number of Products to Display on Your Home Page

In your Design > Basics admin section, use the Options controls to set the number and order of products displayed on your home page.

Featured Products in Big Cartel

The 'Featured products' settings define the number and order of products displayed on your home page

The value you choose for the number of products should be a multiple of the number of product columns your theme has. For example, if your theme has a 4 column layout you should choose 4, 8, 12, 16, etc. as the number of products to show on your home page.

5. Set the Number of Products to Display on Your All Products and Category Pages

In your Design > Basics admin section, use the Options controls to set the number of products to display per page on your All Products and Category pages.

Setting Products per Page in Big Cartel

Setting the number of products per page for your products and category pages

The value you choose for the number of products per page should be a multiple of the number of product columns your theme has. For example, if your theme has a 3 column layout you should choose 3, 6, 9, 12, etc. as the number of products to show per page.

6. Set General Options and Save

In your Design > Basics admin section, set the general options for your theme and click the Save button when you have finished editing all of your Basics settings.

General Options in Big Cartel

Setting the general options for your Big Cartel theme

Last Modified: 4th August, 2011

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