Change your theme and color palette
The Design Studio tab in the blue Admin Toolbar allows you to edit site-wide design elements including your website's theme, color palette, and page layouts.
eCatholic offers several free themes you can use to design your website. This article explains how to easily change your website's theme and color palette in the Design Studio.
How to change your website's theme
Open the Design Studio
To begin, click on Design Studio in the blue Admin Toolbar. The Design Studio will display your site in Preview Mode with the theme and homepage layout that are currently selected.
Click the Theme button to browse free themes
Click Theme at the bottom of the Design Studio to open the Select a Theme dialog.
The Select a Theme window displays thumbnails of all the free themes and color palettes available to you. Click on any theme, then select a color palette to view the preview thumbnail.
As you browse themes, your currently published theme and color palette will be marked as illustrated below.
Once you’ve found the theme and color scheme you’d like to try, click Save.
Preview your site's new design
After you've selected a new theme and/or color palette, you can preview your site with your new design settings before publishing. Use the Device Display icons to preview your site on screens of different sizes (desktop, tablet, and mobile).
Publish your new design
You can continue experimenting with different themes and color schemes by repeating steps 2-3 outlined above. Once you're ready for your website to be live using your new design settings, click the green Publish button at the bottom of the Design Studio.
NOTE: If you're not ready for your new design settings to be visible on your live website, no problem! You can click Edit Website in the blue Admin Toolbar to leave the Design Studio. Then, edit your site with the design settings you've selected. Just return to the Design Studio to publish your new design settings whenever you're ready.
If you already have an idea of the sort of design you’d like to achieve, you can filter the themes based on your preferences. Filter by dominant color, the size of the homepage slideshow, or specific background options using the panel on the left side of the Select a Theme dialog.
Customizing your website
If your organization has specific brand colors you’d like to use with a free theme, you can use the custom colors feature in the Design Studio to customize your theme. If you’re finding yourself wanting a more customized theme or homepage layout, you may want to consider teaming up with our custom design coordinator to build a design completely unique to your organization.
Next step: Change your homepage layout
Learn how to use the Design Studio to: