Alternate Layout Overview


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Sometimes a certain category or product page needs to look different than other pages on a store. There are many reasons why you would want to change the display of a particular page. Reasons such as a special event, displaying alternate information, or even just for funsies.

Think of layout as a theme level page with different HTML and settings. For example, you have a default category layout that all your categories display with. You can create a different HTML layout and apply it to a category. The benefit is that this category can display different.

For example, we can remove the subcategory display from the layout. After applying the layout to a category, you will no longer have the subcategories displaying on the category page.

Section 1 - Setting up your alternate layout. 

Go to the Theme Settings page for the page type you wish to change. For example the Product Details page.

In the More Actions menu there is an action called "Layouts".


Clicking this will open an overlay with a list of all the layouts for this page.

The default layout is indicated. To work on a different layout, click the name. The page will refresh and the settings/HTML  editor will now apply to that layout.

Tip: The CSS editor will still apply to all layouts. The CSS editor for a page extracts from the main stylesheet to allow for quick editing.


To add a new layout Click the New button. To edit an already created layout, click the layout name or the layout path.

The name will shown in the interface and the filename is what it will  save as. Do not include .html in the filename as it is added automatically.

You can achieve alternate styling by wrapping the HTML contents of the page in a div with a different class. Then target this new class with CSS.

NOTE: Any html needs to go within the <ac:pagelayout> tags. Anything outside of this other than <ac:templateoverridearea> will be removed.


Section 2 - Applying this layout to specific pages.

All Products, Categories, Content Pages have Layout/Template Picker control on the page.


For products go to the Product Editor and go to the "Theme" tab.

For categories go to the Category Editor and it is at the bottom of the page.

For content pages it is at the bottom of the General Tab.

You are only able to select EITHER a Layout OR a Template for the page.

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