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What Is Stencil?

An introduction to BigCommerce's new theming engine

[block:html] { "html": "Stencil is a new approach to theme and front-end development on the BigCommerce platform. This theming engine allows you to create beautiful, dynamic, and powerful storefronts.<br><br>\n<table style=\"border:none\">\n <tbody>\n <tr></tr>\n <tr>\n <td class=\"\" style=\"border: none\"><img src=\"https://files.readme.io/1f2a9bb-Thumbnails-composed-3-vars-298w-x-184h1-26-16.png\" alt=\"A Stencil Theme\" height=\"184\" width=\"298\">\n \n <td class=\"\" style=\"border: 0\"><br><br>You can offer merchants multiple variations on each theme.<br><br><br>You can also provide options for merchants to customize their storefront's look and feel, with no coding.</td>\n </tr>\n </tbody>\n</table>\n<h2>Stencil Framework and Components</h2>Stencil provides certain key components for both theme developers and merchants. These are summarized in this diagram, and are fully described in the remainder of this documentation.\n<img src=\"https://files.readme.io/azmVqA3SnGgoYhit3udw_Stencil-Func-Diag3~912x600.png\" height=\"450\" width=\"684\"><br>\n\nThese key components are:\n<ul>\n <li><b>Stencil Framework (Stencil CLI)<!--and Developer Toolkit-->:</b> The Stencil CLI framework enables developers to design and iterate themes locally, with full access to all assets – but with no impact on the merchant's live storefront.</li><br>\n <li><b>Theme Marketplaces:</b> Third-party marketplaces like ThemeForest enable developers to distribute themes to multiple merchants.</li><br>\n <li><b>Theme Editor:</b> This graphical, browser-based tool enables merchants to rapidly customize their themes' look and feel – and their storefront's function – with no coding. Theme developers' configuration choices determine which theme aspects merchants can customize, with what range of choices.)</li><br>\n <li><b>Storefront:</b> Merchants acquire themes, apply them to their storefronts, and customize them – creating an elegant user experience that resonates with their brand, and makes it easy for customers to find and purchase the products they want.</li>\n</ul>" } [/block] [block:html] { "html": "<H2> API or Legacy Framework Documentation </h2>\nLooking for information on BigCommerce's first-generation (Blueprint) themes framework, or documentation for our API?\n\n<ul>\n <li> <a href=\"https://developer.bigcommerce.com/themes\">Themes</a> &gt; <a href=\"https://developer.bigcommerce.com/themes/blueprint/\">Blueprint</a> reference. </li>\n\n<li> <a href=\"https://developer.bigcommerce.com/api\">API</a> reference. </li>\n</ul>" } [/block]