Design Settings

The Design section gives you control over the look and feel of a category, all associated product pages, and page layout. You can customize a category page and its associated products for a promotion, or to differentiate the category. For example, you might develop a distinctive design for a brand or special line of products, or apply an update for a specific period of time.

Design

The Scheduled Design Update section determines the range of dates when a custom design is applied to category pages.

Scheduled Design Update

Field Description  
Use Parent Category Settings Allows the current category to inherit the design settings from the parent category. If used, all other fields in the Design section become unavailable. Options: Yes / No  
Theme Applies a custom theme to the category.  
Layout Applies a different layout to the category page. Options:
No layout updates - By default, layout updates are not available for category pages.
Empty - Use to 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 Lists the available custom layout update files on the server. Choose the custom layout update that you want to apply to the category.  
Apply Design to Products When selected, applies the custom settings to all products in the category.
Scheduled Design Update    
Schedule Update From/To Determines the range of dates when a custom layout is applied to the category.