Anyone with knowledge of CSS and image manipulation can create a new theme for PrestaShop.
We recommend using the following tool:
- Firefox: Firebug for easy comparison and debugging between your CSS and the output.
- Firefox/Chrome: Web Developer adds many handy web developer tools to your browser.
- Safari/Chrome: enable the Web Inspector.
- Opera: Dragonfly, a fully-featured debugging environment.
- Internet Explorer 8+: Developer Tools are available through the Tools menu.
Internet Explorer can make use of Firebug lite.
Follow the following steps below to create a new theme for PrestaShop.
1. Copy the default theme
- Locate the
../themesdirectory in your PrestaShop install, and create a copy of the default
- Rename the duplicate.
2. Modify the CSS sheet
- In the new theme folder (e.g.,
../themes/MyStoreTheme/), locate the
- Open the
global.cssfile and modify it according to your needs. This is you are only limited by your creativity – and your knowledge of CSS.
maintenance.cssfile, located in the same folder, controls the layout of the Maintenance Mode page.
- New or modified images must be placed in the new theme's
Tips from the PrestaShop development team
- Where possible, use CSS instead of HTML (e.g., only use tables for tabular data, not for layout).
- Validate your XHTML and CSS code using the W3C tools: HTML validator, CSS validator.
- Reduce images and pictures size by using compression
- Test your theme on several Web browsers, not only Internet Explorer. Firefox, WebKit browsers (Safari, Chrome) and Opera are all to be considered, but you should most of all check that it works well the browsers your website is mostly visited with. If your website has not launched yet, have a look at your country browser stats. For instance, here are the browser stats for France, from 2010 to 2011.
- Keep filenames in lowercase.
- Remember that the homepage text and logo are modifiable directly via the Back Office. Go to Back Office >> Modules >> Home text editor and click Configure.
3. Create a preview screen shot
Once your theme is ready, you must place a file representing the theme, called
preview.jpg, in the theme’s root folder (e.g.,
../themes/MyStoreTheme). This file must be a 100 × 100 pixels
4. Test your theme
- Go to Back Office >> Preferences >> Appearance >> Themes section.
- Select the new theme and click Save..
Share your themes!
Show off your hard work, get feedback, and build your reputation by sharing your theme in the Themes section of our Forum!