Create a Copy of the Default PrestaShop Template

by Curt Donohue on October 2, 2011

This tutorial was created using PrestaShop

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a copy of the default PrestaShop template.  We'll need to be sure we can do this in preparation for the training to follow that will address customizing a theme.

The only tool you'll need for this tutorial will be an FTP program such as FileZilla.  If you're not familiar with what I'm talking about, please see the FTP section in the Resources tab.  There you will find a quick video on downloading and installing FileZilla

In the next theme related tutorial, I’ll be showing off a very cool web development tool called Firebug.  It’s an addon module for Mozilla Firefox that will be an invaluable tool in your efforts to customize a theme.

In future tutorials, we will look at modifying aspects of our new theme such as:

  • background images and colors
  • adding full width headers
  • adding custom advertising space above the Featured products on the Home Page module, and other goodies.

Curt Donohue

Curt Donohue is a PrestaShop enthusiast and the creator of as well as PrestaShop 1.4 Tutorials.

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David November 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

Curt, In this video, you created the “My Custom Template Theme” and then back in PrestaShop, you chose that as the default. I did start out my first website/store using the basic PrestaShop template. My question is – If I did exactly as you suggested, wouldn’t this conflict with my LIVE website I am not clear about this. I do want to investigate some alternative templates or perhaps make some custom changes myself, but I am not sure how to download the optional templates and “kick the tires” without upsetting my live site. Any advice is most appreciated.

Curt Donohue November 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

Hi David,

You are correct in your concern that changing templates will affect a live website.

To experiment with another template, I would not recommend doing this if you already have a live website. You should consider installing a WAMP server on your local computer (assuming you are a Windows user) and experiment in that environment. Once you’ve got the template the way you need it, you can copy that template and install it in your live site.

You could also create a sub-directory to your website and install PrestaShop there. You would want to give it a really weird name like “SG44tvRTs390Fw” so people don’t accidentally stumble upon it. As an extra measure, put that installation into “Maintenance Mode” as well.

Tony States October 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

keep em comming Curt!!! we need lots more tut’s on how to create a custom theme from scratch!!!!!!!!!!
I am ready to dive in and get after it and start working with the php tpl & css files 🙂 🙂

prestashop templates October 3, 2011 at 5:48 am

nice tutorial, I think that hepls for many preta lovers 🙂

Curt Donohue October 3, 2011 at 5:58 am

Thank you. Glad you liked it.


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