Big Cartel Theme Support

How do I know what my shop will look like with an Aarcade theme?

How do I know what my shop will look like with an Aarcade theme?

Our theme preview engine renders themes exactly the same as the Big Cartel platform. This means that your shop will look identical to the preview once your Aarcade theme is installed, with the exception of:

  • Your page and category menus will differ based upon the number of pages and categories you have created for your shop.
  • Your image grid may differ based upon the quantity, quality and dimensions of your product images.
  • Your options (such as image grid size, fonts, colours, social network links, etc.) will differ depending upon your preferred theme settings.

After installation, our Getting Started support article walks you through using your theme options and features to create the optimum appearance for your shop header, menus and content. Additionally, each of our previews includes a “This Preview” page where you can obtain detail and code to precisely recreate any preview’s custom content if desired (this is also covered in the Getting Started article).

Can I see a live installation of an Aarcade theme?

Using our theme preview engine is our preferred system for showcasing our themes; we do not currently have any plans for changing this system.

We may consider the addition of a customer quotes section to our site in the future. The quotes would include links to the customers’ shops with working Aarcade theme installations. While we have the means to locate shops using our themes, we will never share or publish links to customer’s shops without their consent. Such an examples section would therefore require some development time to obtain quotes / consent and to continue monitoring each customer’s shop to ensure our themes are correctly used. We rarely dedicate any development time to items outside of support and theme development, however, if the examples section does eventually proceed, it will be announced at Featherweight updates.

How do I find shops using your themes now?

If you Google the exact term "Made with Aarcade. Powered by Big Cartel." (including the quotes in your search term matches the phrase exactly) you may find shops that are using our themes, and that have opted to leave the acknowledgment links to Aarcade and Big Cartel in their footer. Do note that this list is uncontrolled and many of these shops will be using our older theme versions.

How do I know your themes work and are bug free?

As explained above, our theme preview engine renders themes exactly the same as the Big Cartel platform. Additionally, thousands of shop owners rely on our themes to deliver optimum appearance and functionality, every day, without issues or bugs.

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