Its title says it all: the "Theme & Logo" page enables you to efficiently manage your themes, and this where you go if you want to update your logo. Since version 1.7.4, two new tabs strengthen this part of the back office: "Homepage Configuration" and "Advanced Customization".
Your current theme
The first section of the page serves as a reminder of which theme you are currently using, with its details:
- Theme name and version.
- Theme author's name.
- Thumbnail for the theme.
This section also gives you access to a handful of tools, which helps you to quickly customize the current theme: header logo, mail logo, invoice logo, favicon, store icon and even the navigation pipe can be easily modified from there.
Configure your page layouts
Depending on your theme's options you can customize each kind of page layout: whether it should have columns or not, how many, with different sizes, and so on.
By clicking on "Choose layouts", you will see a new page listing all the kinds of pages available on your site (category, product, cart, ...). For each page, you can change the default layout.
For the default PrestaShop theme, "Classic", the available options are:
- Full width - No side columns, ideal for distraction-free pages such as product pages.
- Three Columns - One large central column and 2 side columns.
- Two Columns, small left column - Two columns with a small left column.
- Two Columns, small right column - Two columns with a small right column.
Click "Save" to keep your changes.
In case you want to revert your modifications and go back to the default settings, simply click the "Reset to defaults" button on the "Theme & Logo" page.
Changing the logo for your shop is often one of the first steps when customizing your shop. You can change your shop's main logo, but not only, thanks to these three different tabs:
- Header logo. The logo that will appear on all the pages of your shop.
- Invoice & email logos. The logos that will respectively appear in your shop's email notifications, and its invoices.
- Favicons. Your shop's favicon. This is the small image displayed at the left of the web browser's address bar and on the browser's tabs.
The default theme uses a "Classic" logo and PrestaShop's own logo as a favicon. It is strongly recommended to change all of the instances of these logos and use yours instead!
In multistore mode, you can apply these changes to all your stores or to a group of stores at one time, using the multistore menu.
Just below the logo section, on the right, the "Visit the theme catalog" opens a new page to the PrestaShop Addons marketplace, where you can find more themes.
Select a theme for your "[name]" shop
This section is only displayed if you have at least two themes installed. It presents you with the other available themes on your PrestaShop installation beside the already-enabled one.
This section simply shows the thumbnails of the available themes, with their names.
Move your mouse cursor over the thumbnail to display a menu with two options:
- Use this theme. This will replace your current theme with this theme.
- Delete this theme. This will delete this theme's files from your web server.
In multistore mode, you cannot apply a theme to all your stores or a group of stores; you must select a single store in the multistore menu, then pick a theme.
Adding a theme
You can import a theme and install it (and its attached modules) thanks to the "Add new theme" button. By clicking it, a new screen will open.
This screen presents you with 3 methods to install a new theme. A final button leads you to the theme creation form, presented in the next section.
Whatever the method, the process remains the same: indicate the location of the theme's Zip archive, then click "Save". The only thing that changes is the source of the Zip file:
- Import from your computer. Use the file explorer to find the archive.
- Import from the web. Indicate the direct public URL to the archive.
- Import from FTP. Using your FTP client, upload the archive in the following folder:
Click "Save" to validate your choice: the theme is now installed.
Click "Save" one last time. A final confirmation page presents you with all the changes applied to your PrestaShop installation. Click "Finish" to end the process.
Exporting a theme
This section is only available when there is at least one theme installed on your PrestaShop site.
Exporting a theme is very useful when you want either to back the theme up for safety and create an archive of the theme for a friend or in order to make it available on the Addons marketplace (http://addons.prestashop.com/). Not only does it generate a complete Zip archive of your theme, but it also adds the custom modules that your theme requires, which is very useful both when uploading to Addons, and when importing to another PrestaShop site.
The export option works only for the current theme. Click "Export current theme" to export the theme used by your shop.
Your theme will be compressed in a .zip file and the confirmation message will tell you where to find it in your theme folder. Save the archive on your hard-drive to be safe.
From there on, you can easily share this theme, and if it is your own creation, you can start selling it on PrestaShop's Addons marketplace at http://addons.prestashop.com/.
Live from PrestaShop Addons!
If you are looking for a new theme, PrestaShop Addons is where you should go! Thanks to this section, you can browse through most popular themes to get inspired. If you wish to see more themes, click "Discover all of the themes" to be directed to the full selection of PrestaShop themes, as available on our official marketplace, PrestaShop Addons.
By clicking "Discover" for a given theme, a new page from PrestaShop Addons will open, with more details are this specific theme.
You can also use the search bar at the bottom of the page to find the theme that best suits your store.
Parent / Child Theme
This is a feature introduced with PrestaShop 1.7 and it is only useful if you want to slightly modify a theme (to add a block for example), but still make sure you can update it easily. Indeed, if you modify a theme directly in its folder, the risk is that when the theme is updated, your changes could be incompatible with the update.
Thanks to the child theme, you are able to customize the parent theme and at the same time, you can benefit from its updates.
Using a child theme can be a bit technical. To see how you can use a child theme in details, please refer the developer documentation: http://developers.prestashop.com/themes/smarty/parent-child-feature.html
Creating a child theme
First, you need to have the theme you want to use as a parent in your store
Then you can create a new folder with a very minimal theme, containing only the following files, which you can copy directly from the Parent theme:
Once you have this, you will specify in your child theme
theme.yml which theme should be used as a parent (in the example below, we chose PrestaShop's default theme, Classic). The value must be the theme technical name (ie: the theme folder name).
Add the following information the
You can now use this theme in your back office and edit it as you wish.
Are you creating themes so good that other merchants could pay money for it? You can sell it on Addons, PrestaShop's official theme & module marketplace: http://addons.prestashop.com/.
Here is one of the feature we're really proud of: the homepage's cartography! As each part of the back office belongs to a dedicated module, every little modification brings back to the "Modules" page to find the right module and finally access its configuration page... not that intuitive, right? Now the cartography allows a double view for a quicker theme customization, and happier merchants!
On the left side, an illustration of the homepage enables you to find the part you want to modify. It creates a simplified version of the PrestaShop front office with this interactive wireframe. On the right side, a mirrored view shows the module selection you need to configure for the modification.
Our homepage is divided into 7 different categories: menu, slider, home products, text block, banner, social & newsletter, and footer. Each category is a tab collapsible to display related features from both core pages and native modules. Features can be either installed, configured or disabled. Be aware that clicking on the "Configure" button makes the merchant redirected to the feature configuration page.
This part is dedicated to technical merchants and developers who want to customize their theme using the Parent/Child theme feature, which has been introduced in 1.7.
By clicking on "Download theme", the merchant will be able to get a zip of the current theme.
2- Edit the child theme
3- Upload the child theme