How to Get Started With Templates

Making a great first impression on your customers is as simple as choosing the right Volusion theme, or template, for your storefront. Once you’ve selected a template that suits your business, follow the installation and activation quick guide below to get it up and running.

Choosing and Installing a Template

Choosing the appearance and layout of your store is an important decision, and we make it easier by letting you test template designs to see which one is best for your site.

Inside the Templates page, you’ll see two tabs: Active Template and Saved Templates.

By default, your store comes with a template already loaded under the Active Template tab and several more available under the Saved Templates tab.

Beneath these tabs in the Template Gallery are many other free and premium templates you can choose from.

Active Template

The template currently in use in your store is called the Active Template. It contains the HTML and CSS used to format the way your site looks. You can click View Storefront to open your store in a new window to see exactly what it looks like.

The Advanced Editing pane on the Active Template tab gives you access to the template's HTML and CSS. Clicking either link will open that file in the File Editor.

Saved Templates

This tab shows all the templates that have been loaded into your store, including the one that is currently Active. You can Preview, Activate, or Duplicate any template shown here.

Previewing a Template

To see how a saved template will look when it’s applied to your store, select one under the Saved Templates tab and click Preview

Activating a Template

Once you find the template you want to use, click Activate. After a few seconds, your new template will be displayed under the Active Template tab and applied to your store.

The Template Gallery

The Template Gallery gives you access to all available Volusion templates. You can search by name or filter by color, cost, style, and industry; preview ones that interest you; and purchase the one you want or download a free template and install it immediately.

Need more information?

See the Templates article for a deeper look at downloading, backing up, and modifying your store template.

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