Revert to default version of a theme

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There are a few reasons why you may want to start over with a theme.

  • Some theme or feature updates will require a reset to get the newest bells and whistles (especially if you’re running an old version).
  • Maybe you’ve customized your code a lot, don’t love the results, and just want to start with a clean slate.

Whatever the reason, you don’t want to lose any code changes or customizations you’ve poured your time and energy into, right?

Read on to learn how to back up any custom changes you want to keep (and how to add them back in) to a fresh version of your theme.

Bye, old themes

Heads up: our oldest (and we mean OLD) themes, Sexy and Blocks, are no longer supported. If you want to use the latest Big Cartel features in your shop, like product option groups, and have your shop be fully accessible on mobile devices, switch to any of our other new themes.

Once you switch away from Sexy or Blocks you won’t be able to switch back, so make sure you’re ready! (We promise it’ll be worth it.) 🙌


  1. Head to Customize design > Customize in your admin.
  2. Save your header, slideshow and background image files if you don’t already have them on your computer (right-click or Ctrl+click > Save Image).
  3. If you love your current color scheme, jot down the hex values (color codes) for each element.
  4. Make a note of any font selections you’d like to keep.
  5. If you’ve customized your theme’s HTML or CSS code, you’ll want to be sure to back up your current theme.
  6. Now you’re ready for the update! Click Themes in the top left corner and choose your theme.
  7. Go back to the Customize tab to add your images back, update your fonts and color scheme, add your custom changes back in one at a time, and tweak any new settings. Hit Save when you’re finished.

Don’t need to hang on to any code changes and want to jump right into a default theme? Head to the Customize design > Themes area of your admin, choose the theme you want, and (as long as you’re ready to permanently wipe out your existing changes) hit Save. Done!

Sorry, right now this can only be done on the web.

Sorry, right now this can only be done on the web.

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