Our New Look & Feel
One of the many projects our amazing design, product and engineering teams have been working on is an improved look, feel and layout for the Bigcommerce control panel. This project is broken up into multiple phases, the first of which is a redesign of the product’s visual elements, along with improved navigation and usability on key screens (such as when adding a product) – and that’s what I’ll give you a preview of in this blog post.
The current design for the product was first created in 2009 – about 3 years ago. It was good back then but as design standards have changed and improved, we felt it was time to really focus on simplicity. To us, that means stripping back complex menus, adding a lot of whitespace, using beautiful typography and a simple color scheme (which is part of our new brand and website, also launching at the same time – Eddie will be blogging about that shortly).
The new design will be something you can opt-in to try when it’s released in August. By taking an opt-in approach, you get time to try the new design, get used to it and give us your feedback – only if you want to, of course.
Here’s a small preview of what you can expect when if you opt-in to try the new design when it rolls out in a few weeks. We hope you love it as much as we do! You can click on a screenshot to see a larger version.
The login screen
The dashboard after your store is up and running
The orders screen
Adding a product
All beautiful online stores include a product promotion or featured offer on their home page which is typically displayed using a carousel that automatically rotates between the different promotions. These could include free shipping, new products, clearance items, etc. Our new carousel builder will make it easy to create a fully customizable carousel that can be added to your home page in just a few minutes. All point-and-click, no coding.
As you can see, the carousel builder is beautiful. You can upload photos using drag and drop, and even add text to the promotion by just typing it into a box. You can adjust the delay between slides and easily link each photo to a specific product, category or of course any web page you like.
Social Media Icons
Another small but important feature coming soon is the ability to add and customize which icons appear in the footer of your store for the various social media sites you may use, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. You can simply drag an icon from the left (pictured below) to right, type in the link to your profile on that social media site, hit save and the icons will appear in the footer of your store. Easy.
Over the coming weeks we’ll also start to roll out new themes. These themes have a big focus on design and user experience and really are stunning. We will also be replacing our current default theme with something more vanilla that acts as a great starting point regardless of what you happen to be selling or whether you’ll be using a designer to customize your store.
New default apparel theme
New default homewares theme
New default arts & crafts theme
New default women’s apparel theme
New default men’s apparel theme
New default sports & recreation theme