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Working with themes

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Chances are you might not be happy with the design that comes out of the box here with Magento Go. And lucky for you there are several options available to you inside of Magento Go to actually change that. And so let's explore the Themes Directory that we have available to us inside of Magento Go, I am going to go back into my dashboard here and if you go down to the Design tab and choose Themes Editor that will actually launch up the themes directory. And when you first get to this, you're going to see several different themes. But what you might not realize is that there's actually over 30 of these available to you and you can page through them by clicking this little icon here.

Working with themes

Chances are you might not be happy with the design that comes out of the box here with Magento Go. And lucky for you there are several options available to you inside of Magento Go to actually change that. And so let's explore the Themes Directory that we have available to us inside of Magento Go, I am going to go back into my dashboard here and if you go down to the Design tab and choose Themes Editor that will actually launch up the themes directory. And when you first get to this, you're going to see several different themes. But what you might not realize is that there's actually over 30 of these available to you and you can page through them by clicking this little icon here.

So if you like some of these you can browse through these, or switch to the next one, and keep going all the way through. All types of different designs, catering to all different types of stores. So you just browse through here until you find one that you would like. Once you get to that, if you would like to preview a theme, you just find one that you like, so for instance let's browse back--saw one that I liked, I believe it was on page 3. So let's check out this one right down here at the bottom.

If I want preview that I click Preview, and it will show me what my store would look like with this layout. So if I don't like this one I can just click Quit Preview and it takes me back out. If I want to preview another one I just find it and preview it, it launches it up. And I kind of like that one, so if I wanted to I could go back in, I could Quit Preview now and I could just click on that and that would make that my new active theme. I would then go through the same process I went through when I first set up my theme to give it a name and then make any alterations to it that I wanted to.

But it's pretty easy to find a theme in this directory and then preview it and also apply it to your site. So again you just navigate to this area, find the themes, preview them. If you like what you see inside of the preview, then you can quit the preview, go back in and click on it and apply that new theme going forward on your site to make it look just like that. And if you really want to get into it you can actually customize these with HTML and CSS to make them look even more custom to your needs.

Now if you're not familiar with HTML and CSS you can always hire a web developer or you can simply browse some of the HTML and CSS courses that are available to you in the online training library here at lynda.com. Look for authors like James Williamson, he has several on HTML and CSS, and also Ray Villalobos has some great titles on creating things with HTML and CSS as well. So check out both of those authors James Williamson and Ray Villalobos for some great courses on how to customize with HTML and CSS a little bit further. Otherwise, you'll just be stuck with these default layouts which are perfectly fine and can be customized using your own images, and they're really slick as well.

So remember, the next time you want to change up the look and feel of your site, just navigate to the Design tab, find the Themes Editor and then come right in and start picking away.

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