Knowledgebase: Site Design
How do I Make a Backup of my Site's Design?

Your 3dcart Themes and templates can be fully customized by 3dcart Merchants in order to achieve a certain look and feel..

Because of this, it's usually a good idea to keep a local and backed up copy of your theme folder on your local computer. This way, you can recover any subsequent edits that may have adverse effects on your site and you'd like to revert it back to a previous working version.

To make a backup of your design template, you will need the following:

  • Your account's FTP credentials
  • An FTP client
  • Your Theme's folder name.

Theme Folder Name

First let's find your Theme folder's name. Each of the 3dcart design theme folders has a unique name. The free design templates are usually numbered and any premium templates you may have purchased will have a unique name. So the first step in our process is to find the name of your Theme folder.

    1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager
    2. Go to Settings >Design >Themes & Styles

Once there, click on the "Change Theme" button to proceed to your installed themes page.

  1. Along with your Theme screenshot you will see "Selected Theme:" and your theme folder's name.
  2. Make a note of this name and proceed to the next steps.

FTP to your Site

  1. Using your favorite FTP client, log into your account's FTP service
  2. Navigate to the web/assets/templates folde via FTP.
  3. Select your Theme Folder and transfer it to your local computer.

That's it! Copying the entire theme folder will make a backup of the theme's CSS file, images and any HTML templates unique to your store's theme/design. Store this folder in a safe place and you're all set with your backup

Should the need ever arise to recover your theme folder from back up, simply take the backed up folder and re-upload it (via FTP) back to your web/assets/templates folder to overwrite any subsequent changes made to your design after the back up was made.

Clone the Theme

The following applies to an upcoming version of 3dcart that will release soon.

Rather than storing the back up on your desktop and using FTP, another option would be to simply clone the theme to make a backup of it.

To clone your theme:

  1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager
  2. Go to Settings >Design >Themes & Styles
  3. Once there, click on the "Change Theme" button to proceed to your installed themes page.
  4. Look within the "Installed Themes" section and click on the theme you wish to clone.
  5. Click on the "Clone This Theme" button

The system will bring up a confirmation screen with the a preview of what the name of the cloned theme will be. The name of the cloned theme will essentially be the name of the original theme with a timestamp applied to it. (example [theme-name]YYYYMMDDhhmmss-core)

  1. Click Yes to complete the clone process.

After the theme is cloned, you can use it as a back up to revert any design changes you'd like to make to the store's theme. You can also apply the cloned theme and leave the original version as the "backup" instead. Whichever works best for your needs.

When clicking on the cloned theme, you will also see a button labeled "Re-Install Theme"

This button is present on all of your installed themes and it is intended to give you a fresh reinstall copy of the 3dcart provided theme from its repository.

Be aware however that - due to the timestamped name - this reinstall will NOT work on cloned themes. To reinstall a theme, it should be the original theme.

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