Understanding Themes

Themes and WP e Commerce

First, can I say right off the bat that “not every theme will work 100% with WP-e Commerce”.

How to Know if you have a theme problem

If you have a problem with the way your store is looking or behaving on the front end the first thing to do is to determine if it’s a theme problem.

You can do this by switching your current theme to the WordPress TwentyTen theme (TwentyTen currently is better than Twenty Eleven for this purpose). And then have a look if the specific problem is still occurring. If it is not then you have a theme problem. This could be an issue with how things are set up in the WP Dashboard.

Different Types of Theme problems

Themes issues seem to fit into four camps,

  1. Themes designed  for WP e-Commerce.
  2. Themes designed as general WordPress themes.
  3. Custom built themes, commissioned, built from scratch or modified from an existing theme.
  4. Themes generated with software (eg Artisteer)

Each approach has its pros and cons – the best way to tackle the subject is to approach each in turn.

Themes designed  for WP e-Commerce

If your theme has been specifically designed for WP e-Commerce and it is not working, common problems may include broken checkout page functionality and broken add to cart buttons. The main reason for this is that the theme was designed for 3.7 or earlier versions of Wp e-Commerce. Contact the author of the theme and ask if they have a 3.8 version of your theme. If they don’t, you may have to hire someone to update the theme, it is probably beyond the scope that premium support offers. If you have a little HTML, CSS and PHP knowledge, follow the advice for upgrading themes to 3.8 (coming soon).

Themes Designed as general WordPress Themes

Custom Built Themes

Themes generated with software

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