Instructions

How to Change the Theme Settings

In your Highwire dashboard, go to Appearance > Template Editor. Then click 'Launch the Theme Designer'.

All the options are down the left and on the right is a preview of your store. The easiest thing is to try changing a few things and see what happens. Remember this is just a preview. Nothing will change in your actual store until you click the Save Settings button in the top right corner, so feel free to experiment.

Once you are finished customizing your store, click Save Settings in the top right.

Note that some changes will not appear in the preview screen straight away. You may need need to click the Reload Preview button that appears in the top right corner, or you may need to navigate to a different page to see the result of your change. Although the preview screen is a useful tool, it's not 100% accurate, so once you have clicked Save Settings always go to your actual site, click refresh to reload the page and check everything looks right.


DESIGN TIPS

1. Pick colours that are prominent in your logo or products to strengthen your branding. Avoid light colours, as this will make the text very hard to read.

2. How your slides look is entirely up to you, of course, but a single, bold image usually works better than trying to show too much in one go. Similarly, if you are including text on a slide, keep it short and punchy!

3. Choose your product display settings carefully. For products where appearance is most important, show them off nice and big and consider fading in the product details to put all the focus on your beautiful images. On the other hand if you are selling cheap tools and parts, it is far more important to show the price and title and there's no need for large images.


How To Create Your Own Slides

Software: You probably already have some photo-editing software that you use to prepare your product photos (if not, you should probably get some!). Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fireworks are excellent if expensive, but there are plenty of others available.

Dimensions: Your slides need to be 72 ppi and 1000 pixels wide. There is no particular requirement for height – the slides on the demo site are 365 pixels high, but you can vary this if you want. Whatever you choose, keep your slides all the same height!

File Type: Save your slides as jpg images.

File Size: Try to keep the file size as small as possible to minimise load-time when someone first looks at your store. You can do this by setting the jpg quality (or compression) fairly low, just not so low that it makes the image look rubbish.

Maximum Number of Slides: 5.


How To Add Your Own Slides

1. In your Highwire dashboard, go to Appearance > Template Editor. Then click 'Launch the Theme Designer'.

2. Open the Home Page Slideshow tab. You will see the three demo slides already installed. Just click on the Choose File button to upload a new slide and replace the existing one. The preview screen will automatically update to show you the result.

3. Add a headline and a link if you wish.

4. Once you are finished customizing your store, click Save Settings in the top right.


How To Remove the Slideshow

1. In your Highwire dashboard, go to Appearance > Template Editor. Then click 'Launch the Theme Designer'.

2. Open the Home Page Slideshow tab. Unclick the Slideshow On? button. The preview screen will automatically update to show you the result.

3. Once you are finished customizing your store, click Save Settings in the top right.


How To Have a Single Slide that Doesn’t Move

If there is just one slide enabled, then this will be displayed the whole time.