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Lay-out designThe designer offers you the tools and features to personalize the chosen template or theme. It does not offer drag and drop elements or JavaScript / CSS frameworks. Usually these techniques lead to slow and low quality websites which are already abundant on the web. Instead the road of clean and structured code is chosen, allowing you to create a high quality, lightweight, super fast and beautiful website.

Technical knowledge required

We kept the designer as user friendly as possible, but with a lot of features comes a steeper learning curve. It is recommended to learn the basics of HTML and CSS. If you don't want to invest the time and energy required, it's safe to skip this page.

These are the other options for a design that do not require technical knowledge:

Navigate to Settings > Layout and click on the Designer tab. Then click Start. The designer itself is not suited for use on a mobile phone. We recommend using a large screen (at least 1920x900 pixels) to work comfortably with the designer.

Layout designer

The designer consists of the preview in the background, a window with the mobile view of your website and the designer window.

Mobile view

Most people will visit your website with a smartphone. The mobile view gives you an example of how your website will look on a small screen.

Make sure that your website does not become too wide to prevent a horizontal scroll bar to appear. All templates and themes are mobile friendly (responsive) by default, but the designer gives a lot of freedom so this can be disrupted.

The icons at the top allow you to view at different resolutions.

Designer mobile version

The Refresh icon allows you to refresh the scripting in the website to see the latest version.

Design window

Below all icons in of the toolbar are explained. By default only the icons for the basic features are shown. Click the Preferences icon and activate Advanced mode to see all the icons.

Designer toolbar

My designs

The first icon gives you an overview of your personalized designs.

Add design
With this button you can add a new design or copy a design from another webshop.
After publishing, the design will be live and visible for your visitors.
This will allow you to edit the name, comments and copy rights of the design.
This action allows you to delete the design. This action cannot be undone.

You will have to confirm if you want to delete a design. Deleting a design cannot be undone. You will have to create a new design instead.


Elements form the HTML structure of your website. After choosing an element, you will be presented with a web form that allows you to modify the properties of the element.

There are many elements and properties that can be customized with the web form. The main element is Webpages' body tag. This form will automatically modify the underlying CSS selector.

Properties that have already been customized are indicated by a green background in the form field. Leaving the value of a property blank will remove the property.


Some elements contain subelements. Clicking on the links will bring up a new form which can be used to modify the properties of the sub-element.


Properties of elements may only apply for certain screen sizes or in the print version. Clicking on the links adjusts the properties of the element for a particular medium.


Use this icon to save the design. This will not publish the design.

Colors, Images and Font type

These icons are a copy of the features in basic layout management. They are shown here also for easy access.


The structure icon allows you to modify the HTML structure of the website. You can add, move and delete objects.

There are visible objects (search function, shopping cart, language selection, navigation) and invisible containers that are used to structure the website. Containers are typically used to group elements or add backgrounds.

You can make adjustments to the structure by dragging elements or by using the Up and Down arrows. You can add a new element by clicking on the Add button at the bottom. To remove an element, click on the Delete icon.

Your web browser will update the design example automatically. If the update does not happen automatically, click Save in the design window and then Reload in the mobile view.

Customizing CSS

Updating CSS allows you to modify the layout codes (CSS code) of the website and is the most important feature of the designer.

CSS - Cascading Style Sheets is not a programming language but a style language that can be used to define the formatting of website elements.

Customizing CSS, is that something for a layman?

CSS can be easily learned. We recommend this method for users who want to personalize their own website and invest time to learn about CSS.

Useful links with information about CSS:

Help on CSS customization

For CSS code modifications our help desk cannot provide support. Adding CSS support would mean doing custom web design and that would make EasyWebshop much more expensive. We have the Summer of web design for assistance in creating a personalized design.

We don't recommend letting web designers log into your webshop directly or with an administrator account. This sometimes leads to discussions about changes that were not wanted. Only let people log in to your shop that you trust! Instead, the web designer can create a Basic webshop and create the design in this webshop. You can then copy the design to your webshop with the copy feature.

While editing the CSS, extra icons appear for Undo and Redo changes, Smaller and Bigger text and a search function. Enter a text in the search bar to find the text in the CSS code. Press Enter to highlight the text if found and to go to the next instance if any.


Here you can turn on and off the dark mode, full screen and syntax highlighting of the CSS code. There is also an option to make the design window transparent. The preferences relate to the design window; therefore, not to the website.

Designer preferences

How do I change property X?

Changing the background

Choose the element you want, for example Webpage. At Background Image, click the Edit Image icon. Choose an image from the list or Upload a new image.

You can also purchase an image using the Gallery. If you want to use the image on a page, we recommend the Web format. For backgrounds, we recommend a Large format.

Click Insert to set the image as the background. After the background image is set, an icon Delete image also appears.

Changing Buttons

Choose the element Webpage and the sub element Buttons. In the form, properties such as color, size, border style, etc. can be adjusted.

The Buttons mouse-over sub element allows you to change the style of the buttons when the mouse is hovered over them. For example, the button can be given a lighter color.

Customizing colors

The easiest way to change colors is in the CSS code. Color codes look like #ffffff or rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5). With the latter notation, the last parameter (0.5 in the example) is the transparency.

Useful links to compose colors:

Customizing fonts

You can change the font by selecting an element and adjusting Font in the form.

By default, all our templates have one font set for the main Webpage element. It is possible to set different fonts for different elements. We recommend only using one font in order to to keep things uncluttered.

Frequently Asked Questions about the designer

I still see the old version of the website
This is usually because the old images are still in the cache of the web browser. A web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome...) saves web pages and images on your hard disk. This way, at your next visit, the page will load faster. When you visit the page, you will see the old version of the photo on your hard drive and not the live version on your website.

Browser cache example

To solve this problem: clear your browser cache. How to do this depends and is different for each web browser.

Also check that your design is Published.

Next page: Editing texts and webpages

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