Aarcade theme license activation
Your order email includes instructions for activating your theme license at Aarcade admin. If this is your first license activation, you will be prompted to complete your account details and then add your Big Cartel account to your new license.
Selecting a theme
To select a new theme to install, navigate to the the Themes section of your Aarcade admin area. Select a theme and click the Install button. You can also Preview the theme or click the More button to access different variations of the theme (if available) and view the theme’s update history.
Alternatively you can select a theme you have previously worked on and saved by navigating to the Install section of your Aarcade admin area, selecting a theme from your list and clicking the corresponding install link.
Editing a theme
In the theme edit area you can:
- Edit the name of your installation for easy future reference.
- Assign the Big Cartel account you will be installing the theme to.
- Review all of the available options, click to expand and set to your preference.
- Save changes as you make them.
- Preview changes as you make them.
- Finally, click the Install Theme button to proceed to the installation instructions when ready.
Installing a theme
At the installation instructions area you are provided detailed steps for installing your theme to your Big Cartel admin area. Be careful to read and follow every step completely and in order.
When you have completed a step, click the Next Step button. The circle icons at the top and bottom of the page indicate which step you are up to in the installation.
Skipping steps / Updating a theme
If, and only if, you are updating an installed Aarcade theme or you have used the Aarcade theme installer multiple times and you are familiar with the preparation procedure - including backing up your existing theme - you may wish to skip straight to the copy and paste section when installing, by clicking the first of the darker page indicator icons. This will ensure that the images uploaded to the customise area of your Big Cartel (e.g. header image), as well as the colour settings in the customise area, are preserved during installation.
Note that the article How do I edit my theme's styles and options? is a better reference for installing theme updates, as it includes instructions to help preserve any additional custom style coding you may have added at your Big Cartel admin.