Opting in to Stencil

All BigCommerce stores are eligible to opt in to the new BigCommerce theme marketplace, featuring all new Stencil-based themes. To gain access to BigCommerce’s new theme platform, follow these steps.

1. Go to Storefront Design › Design Options.

2. Click Explore new themes in the banner at the top of the page to be taken to the new BigCommerce theme marketplace.

Stencil opt-in banner in the control panel

3. The banner at the top of the page provides a summary of the new theme marketplace and its benefits.

Click Show More on the right side of the banner for more information.

Stencil Theme Marketplace overview

4. Click the thumbnail of any Stencil theme to be taken to the theme details page where you can view:

  • a live demo
  • available styles
  • features and optimizations
  • links to documentation and release notes, and support

5. Click Add Theme (free themes) or Buy (paid themes) to view a list of Early Access Theme Limitations.

Stencil early access information

6. Click Continue to purchase or add the theme to your “My Themes” list, and be given the option to:

  • Apply Now — Immediately applies the theme to your storefront
  • Apply Later — Saves the theme to your "My Themes" list

Apply Later and Apply Now buttons

If you choose to Apply Now, you will be asked to confirm your selection. Click Confirm to continue.

Confirm button

You now have access to the new BigCommerce theme marketplace. For more information on browsing, viewing demos, adding, and applying Stencil-based themes to your store, visit our documentation on the BigCommerce theme marketplace.

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