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We will show you in this tutorial how to install a new template design for your OpenCart e-commerce website. When you have the distribution archive file of the new design downloaded you can extract it on your local computer. The next step is to upload the installation files under your hosting account. You can upload the folder containing the theme from your computer to your public_html/catalog/view/theme directory using a preferred FTP client by following the instructions in our ftp video tutorial.
The above tutorial is applicable if the store is accessible via yourdomain.com. If you have the store accessible via yourdomain.com/store the theme files should be uploaded under the public_html/store/catalog/view/theme folder.
Now the template is uploaded and we will set it to load on the front-end of our store now. You should login to your store admin back-end now from:
If you have completed the installation under a subfolder “store” for an example the above URL will change to:
When the back-end is completely rendered navigate to System > Settings tab:
When the Settings page is fully loaded click on the “Store” tab:
Here under the “Template” section you have the option to switch between the themes added to your store using the drop down menu. After you have selected the new design click on the “Save” button on the top right corner of the Settings Page.
You may need to clear your web browser cache and cookies in order to see the new design from the front-end of the store: