Tips & Recommendations

Insights For a Better Store Owner Experience

Set Yourself Up For Success

Below you will find a few tips and recommendations to keep in mind when managing your store with the Good Vibes theme. We hope you find these tips and recommendations helpful, read on:

Get a Second Pair of Eyes

As a store owner you’re already going to have a lot on your plate. As a store owner maintaining your own e-commerce store, customers, orders and also in charge of technical maintenance of your store with relatively little design or development experience can easily become an overwhelming undertaking. This is especially true for the do-it-yourself store owners that eventually find themselves in deep water, store design breaks or something isn’t working as they expected after making a few customizations.

For this reason, one of the first things every store owner should consider, is to bring on board a second pair of eyes, meaning a developer with more experience maintaining the technical aspects of your store and for all practical purposes any complex website operation in general. To provide a little more context, most professional developers bring on a life line for times when they need support and solutions too, it’s not just individuals starting out, because they know it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when, and it’s best to be ready for when issues or more complex customization needs arise.

To summarize, find a developer to help you maintain your store, if at the very least to provide a second pair of eyes or guidance to point you in the right direction when unexpected results or issues come up because they will happen. Use resources that are already available to you, such as the Good Vibes online documentation, the Bigcommerce online documentation, Bigcommerce support phone number and some of the free resources available online by simply doing a search.

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Provide Yourself Some Cushion

Themes and templates come with a set of core files out of the box. These files are the foundation responsible for functionality and design of your store. It would seem only natural to modify these files to make changes to your store. However, unless you are a more experienced developer, making edits to core theme files is not recommended because it will yield unexpected results that could become challenging and time consuming to troubleshoot. A good rule of thumb when wanting to make any edits to a theme or template is to create a separate file(s) dedicated to your changes.

Out of the box, the Good Vibes theme provides a separate cd-styles.css file located in the Styles folder already created for store owners and developers to add their customizations so that they do not have to edit the styles.css file, a core template file responsible for the design of the store. In this way, if something breaks on your store or something goes wrong, you can reference the edits you made in the cd-styles.css file, undo or modify as needed, with the peace of mind that you won’t have to dig into the core template styles.css file to locate where the issue may be coming from. You can also create a separate edit file for javascript code too if you plan to add javascript or jquery customizations to your store. This will allow your developer to add or make changes to your store without affecting template files directly. When you make a separate file for your changes, be sure to reference your file in the tag of your html document so that your customizations are applied.

Test Your Changes Every Step of the Way

For do-it-yourself developers just starting out, as you make edits and customizations to your good vibes theme, test those changes in your browser every step of the way. This is not a fast hard rule, however, browser and code in general are very picky. If one thing is missing, such as a semi-colon at the end of a css property or javascript statement, it’s enough to break a portion of your website or break your website entirely, such as your store. If you test your changes after adding and saving several lines of code, when something doesn’t display right it’s going to be harder to troubleshoot what may be causing the issue. But when you test a step at a time, once an issue does come up, an issue that wasn’t there before you made the last edit, all you have to do is undo that change and determine a more appropriate solution. In this way you help yourself eliminate a lot of the guess work and your customizations become much more manageable.