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Marketplace Theme Updates

Theme updates are improvements for your Stencil theme that either incorporates a new feature or fix a known issue. Keeping your theme up to date ensures that your site performs optimally and takes advantage of the latest BigCommerce features.

Updates apply only to themes purchased from Stencil Theme Marketplace and are available even if the theme is not yet live on your storefront. To see if a theme needs updating, go to Storefront › My Themes

Update Available


Updates will not be delivered to uploaded custom themes, copied themes, nor to custom themes from third-party marketplaces.


How to Update a Theme

A majority of updates will ask you for permission before applying the update. To preview how the update will affect your store, click the Customize Update button. This will open Theme Editor and show a preview of your storefront.



Don't see any changes when you preview an update? This is normal since most updates will affect only features on the back end of your store. The preview allows you to confirm that it does not affect your storefront.

To apply the update to your theme, click the Update button. This will not undo any changes made in Theme Editor. 


Restoring an Earlier Theme Version

Theme Editor saves versions of your theme every update and after every publish. If you preferred how your theme worked or looked prior to an update, you can switch to an earlier version in Theme Editor

1. Go to Storefront › My Themes, then click Customize.

Customize button

2. In Theme Editor, click History. This will display a list of the theme’s previous versions.

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3. Click the version you want to restore. You will then see the theme in the preview panel.

4. To apply it to the store, click Apply Theme.


Updating Custom Themes

If you are using an uploaded custom theme or a copied theme, you will need to get in touch with the theme’s developer for updates. If you copied a theme and edited with Edit Stencil Theme Files, it is considered a custom theme. BigCommerce cannot push updates to custom or third-party themes.

If you have edited a Marketplace theme using Theme Editor, you will still receive updates. This restriction applies only to uploaded custom theme – themes that you or your developer have customized using developer tools, then uploaded or copied themes.

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