Webvanta Design Partners can also create their own SmartThemes. (If you aren't a member of our Design Partner program, this feature will not be available to you; we welcome you to join the program. See the Design Partner Program page for more information, or call us at 888.670.6793 ext. 2.)
Custom SmartThemes, which are now in beta testing, enable you to build sites that begin from the exact starting point you want, with just a single click. They're a tremendously powerful tool if you are building many sites with a similar structure. Even if each of your sites is a custom design, you may find it helpful to automatically start out with all of your custom code frameworks and structures already in place.
The process of creating and using a SmartTheme is as follows:
You can create as many SmartThemes as you need, so you can have as many derivatives as you'd like, to provide a highly efficient starting point for whatever site your are building.
Your custom SmartThemes are private to your Design Partner account and are not availble to anyone else. In the future, we plan to add a SmartTheme marketplace, so you can share or sell your SmartThemes.
On your Design Partner master site, you'll find a SmartThemes menu item on the Structure menu. (This will not appear on non-master sites.) Choose this item to manage your private SmartThemes.
On the SmartTheme management page, you can delete any SmartTheme, and you can edit the information that you entered in the form when you created the SmartTheme.
You can also download the entire SmartTheme as a zip file. Hover over the row with the SmartTheme you want to download, and click the download icon. The system will then download to your computer a zip file that provides all the information for the SmartTheme.
All the files in the SmartTheme zip package are plain text files. You can edit them offline to modify your SmartTheme, and then re-zip and upload the modified theme via the SmartTheme management page.
This is a very powerful capability, but it must be done with some care. If you deviate in any way from the required structure and syntax, the SmartTheme may not be uploadable, or it might not behave correctly.
For details on the SmartTheme file structure, see Editing SmartThemes Offline.