Mini-documentary with Saucesome

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Meet Cory and Ryan, the guys behind Saucesome: a small company born when two traveling musicians bonded over Mexican food, and—finding that musical notes and flavors had quite a lot in common—partnered to craft the perfect hot sauce.

We’re completely humbled that after 8 years and 500 thousand stores, we’re still the right solution for pals like Cory Gray and Ryan Stively to follow a passion and try something new. We especially loved investigating their process, learning how they got started, and figuring out how to make their lives a little easier.

So sit back, grab a burrito, and hit play. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the hot sauce.

New Field Guide: Custom Domain

We’ve launched a new guide to help walk you through the wonderful world of custom URLs. A custom domain takes your brand from to, creates a professional first impression, and is one of the best ways to stake your claim on the internet.

Ready to get started? Our latest field guide will give you specific tips on where to purchase your new domain, and the simplest way to connect it to your Big Cartel shop. All that’s really left is to enjoy the new home that you’ve made for your business.

Read the new field guide now »

Updated Mobile Admin

The Big Cartel Mobile Admin keeps getting better. In addition to improving the navigation, we’ve added dashboard data, including numbers for Weekly and Daily Visitors.

To see the updated Mobile Admin in action, log in from any mobile device at Pro Tip: Save the link as a shortcut on your home screen for faster access.

Snakebite Styles (Part 2)

We just couldn’t help ourselves and went ahead and tried out a few more options with our new theme, Snakebite. In addition to the work that was put into making this theme perfect for mobile devices, the variety of fonts and little details like the View Badges can make a big difference in how your store looks.

“Branded” on Shed Labs

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #222222
  • Highlight: #00ADEE
  • Accent: #EDEDED
  • Header font: Open Sans
  • Text font: Open Sans
  • View Badges: checked

“Pastel” on Jon Knox

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #BB92D4
  • Highlight: #D3FFFE
  • Accent: #FFFCD3
  • Header font: Copse
  • Text font: Overlock
  • View Badges: checked

Matching the Snakebite theme colors to your logo or a product collection makes the shop look cohesive, but never boring. Check it out in your admin.

Snakebite Styles (Part 1)

To show off the versatility of our new theme, Snakebite, we worked with Fuzzco to dress some of our favorite shops in this unconventional new theme and came up with a list of styles that’ll give you a head start in working with Snakebite to refresh the look of your storefront.

“Minimal” on Herriott Grace

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #333333
  • Highlight: #E9E9E9
  • Accent: #FFFFFF
  • Header font: Playfair Display
  • Text font: Montserrat
  • View Badges: unchecked

“Far-from-minimal” on Crowns Guam

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #FF00A8
  • Highlight: #FFB128
  • Accent: #82CECA
  • Header font: Vampiro One
  • Text font: Chewy
  • View Badges: checked

Whether it’s simple sophistication, or the neon colors from your old Trapper Keeper, Snakebite is up for the challenge. Give it a test-drive in your admin now.

New Theme: Snakebite

We’re extremely proud to announce another brand-new theme to add to our growing list. Introducing the first of many commissioned, creative, highly-customizable themes: Snakebite!

Snakebite is a colorful, extremely flexible, new theme brought to you by our good friends at Fuzzco. We approached Fuzzco with a blank canvas and asked for a theme that broke from our norm and gave shops a fresh, incredibly unique take on the typical Big Cartel theme. They came back with a theme full of personality (the intentionally-askew product grid makes an instant statement), packed with features, and ready for a shop looking to make a visual statement. And oh yeah, as if the design wasn’t exciting enough, they went and named it Snakebite, the coolest theme name we’ve heard in a while.

Here’s what Fuzzco had to say about working on Snakebite:

“We wanted to create a theme that works for a broad range of users without being too generic, a theme that allows users to express individual personality without looking undesigned or unthoughtful. Snakebite’s customization allows for an enormous amount of energy or subtle elegance. We believe strongly in freedom, flexibility, and giving power to individuals and Snakebite covers all of those bases.”

Sounds great, gimme the details:

  • 100% mobile-ready. Extremely easy to navigate on tablets and smartphones
  • Slideshow galleries on product pages. (swipeable on mobile devices)
  • Social share buttons on all product pages (tweet, share and pin with ease)
  • Drop-down menus for artist categories, pages, and product types
  • Customizable, quickly-uploaded background and accent images

Check out the Fuzzco shop to see Snakebite in action, or hop in your admin and give it a spin yourself.

Announcing Image Slideshows


We’re very pleased to announce custom image slideshows: a simple feature that lets you upload a gallery of beautiful images to give your products the stage they deserve.

Ready to try it out? You’re in luck, we’ve already updated the Luna theme with a spiffy homepage slideshow available now in your admin. We’re really excited to see how you use this new feature, and for those of you with a little CSS know-how, you can completely customize these slideshows, or even create a custom page to showcase a new collection.

See the new slideshow in action:

Our Luna theme currently showcases this great feature exclusively, but we’ll start using it in more and more themes down the road. Theme designers will soon have the ability to add image sets directly into their theme settings, giving shop owners (you!) the ability to upload a full gallery of your own custom images. Perfect for things like: a slideshow promoting new products on the home page, a custom lookbook page for a new apparel line, or just a simple gallery of images —the possibilities are endless.

Things you need to know:

  • Stores currently using Luna will need to revert back to the default version of the theme to access the new slideshow feature. You’ll lose any customization changes so make sure you note those before you revert.
  • Using the free Gold plan? No sweat. The free plan allows for up to 5 images, while all paid plans support even more!

Recap: The Makers Summit

Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to attend the Maker’s Summit in Greenville, SC and boy, did we have a good time. The fine folks at Indie Craft Parade sure know how to throw a party. The day-long workshop was packed from sunup to sundown—from the get-go we were surrounded by an inspiring community of makers and doers. We had the chance to hold down Resource Row along with some of the best toolmakers in the biz: MailChimp, Virb, Square and more.

The super supportive community in Greenville came ready to learn. We presented the Big Cartel story at a panel on “The Virtual Marketplace” with Michelle from Square Market and Jarod from Scoutmob. Our message was simple: We Believe in the Artist. We believe that given the right tools, creative minds will make unique goods that thrive in a world of mass-produced junk.

A majority of the attendees were shop owners just starting out (our sweet spot) and put us through the ringer trying to find the best solution for their young brands. We always come away from these things recommitted to making our product better, and reminded of just how dedicated the army of sellers is that calls Big Cartel home.

New Field Guide: Customer Care

Big Cartel’s shiny new field guide walks you through the best practices of world-class customer care. From tips on open and honest communication, to setting up simple, time-saving policies for your store, this guide has it all.

Having issues with shipping? Be open about it. Frustrated customer leave a negative comment on an Instagram post? Address it clearly and sincerely.

Take a little time to read through the guide and apply some of the practices in your own shop. Your fans will thank you for it and probably even spread the word about the gold-star service they received.

Read the new field guide now »

Welcome Sarah Anderson

As you’ve probably noticed, our team has grown more than ever before over the past few months and we’re continuing that trend as we welcome Sarah Anderson, our new Community Coordinator!

A Utah native, Sarah just returned to her motherland after a two year love affair with New York where she worked for Tattly. Before her time in the Big Apple, she studied English, worked at the local letterpress studio, The Mandate Press, and started City of Industry. Creative, enthusiastic and full of sass (don’t worry, it’s the good kind), Sarah is a jack of all trades and isn’t afraid to jump right into things and get her hands dirty, which is exactly what she’s been doing her first week here at BCHQ.

We’re pleased as punch to have her join our staff, so let’s all give her a a proper welcome, shall we?