Magento Commerce, 1.14.x

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Custom Design

The Custom Design tab gives you control over the look and feel of a category and all assigned product pages, including the content blocks and page layout. You can customize a category page its assigned products for a promotion or to differentiate the category from others and increase sales. For example, you might develop distinctive design for a brand or special line of products.

Custom Design
Custom Design

To create a custom category design:

1. If the parent category of the selected category has already been customized and you want to use same settings, set Use Parent Category Settings to “Yes.”
2. To apply the custom design to all the products assigned to the category, set Apply to Products to “Yes.” Otherwise, the customization applies to only the category page.
3. To apply a different theme to the category, select the theme you want to use from the Custom Theme list.
4. To apply the category design to a specific range of time, click the calendar to select both the Active From and Active To dates. Otherwise, the design will take effect when you save the changes to the category.
5. Click the Save Category button to save your changes.
  • Field Descriptions




    Use Parent Category Settings

    Store View

    Inherits the design settings from the parent category. Options: Yes / No

    Apply to Products

    Store View

    Applies custom settings to all products in the category. Options: Yes / No

    Custom Theme

    Store View

    Specifies a custom theme to be used for a period of time.

    Active From

    Store View

    Determines the beginning date of the period of time when a custom theme is active.

    Active To

    Store View

    Determines the end date of the period of time when a custom theme is active.

    Page Layout

    Store View

    Applies a different layout to the category page. Options:

    No layout updates

    This option is preselected by default and does not apply layout changes to the category page.


    This option lets you define your own page layout.(Requires an understanding of XML.)

    1 column

    Applies a one-column layout to the category page.

    2 columns with left bar

    Applies a two-column layout with a left sidebar to the category page.

    2 columns with right bar

    Applies a two-column layout with a right sidebar to the category page.

    3 columns

    Applies a three-column layout to the category page.

    Custom Layout Update

    Store View

    You can further customize the theme by making layout updates in XML code.