How to Add a Blog to Your Big Cartel Store

How to Add a Blog to Your Big Cartel Store

Joshua Joshua
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Big Cartel was built for creators. It offers independent artists a platform to display and sell their work. Since 2005, Big Cartel's focus has been on helping creators get their products in front of the masses by giving them an easy-to-use e-commerce platform designed specifically for them to promote the sale of their art.

The thing about creatives, though, is that they also have a voice! Sure they express themselves through their tangible artistic products... but many artists have a lot to say, too. That's when the need to add a blog to a Big Cartel website comes in.

Within the Big Cartel store builder, a blogging option doesn't really exist. This is why I present to you, DropInBlog. DropInBlog allows you to pair robust blogging software with your Big Cartel store. Together they become the perfect platform to represent both your art AND your voice.

Let me walk you through how to quickly add a blog to your Big Cartel store.

Big Cartel Store Setup

Please note that in order to integrate DropInBlog's code, you'll need at least a Platinum-level Big Cartel account.

Big Cartel Plans

Once you've signed up for a Big Cartel account, you need to edit your shop details. This includes your shop name, a short description of your shop and what you plan to sell, and the shop URL. After you fill out these details, make sure to save all the changes.

Big Cartel Shop Info

You’ll also need to select your site's theme. I personally like the simplicity of the LUNA theme. I particularly like how my Blog link shows in the main navigation at the top of this theme.

In this tutorial, we'll name our shop "Joshua's Art Store," and we'll use the following URL:

Creating a Blog Page

Now, we're going to need a new, separate page where we will put our blog content.

First, log in to your Big Cartel account, scroll down and click on Go to shop designer.

Big Cartel Shop Designer

In the Pages tab, click on Add a new page to create a new page.

Add a New Page in Big Cartel

Simply name the page Blog and leave it open while we grab our code snippets from DropInBlog.

Name Big Cartel Page

Adding the DropInBlog Code Snippets

Navigate to DropInBlog's Code & Layout page in your user account panel. Under Blog Code, you'll find two handy dandy code snippets for connecting your blog to your Big Cartel website.

Copy the code from both Step 1 and Step 2 and hop back over to your new blog page.

How to Add a Blog into Your Big Cartel Store in 2 Minutes

Paste Code Snippets into Your New Blog Page

On your new Big Cartel blog page, click on the three-dot icon located at the far left. A dropdown menu with more options will appear, where you should click on the Edit HTML (< >) icon.

Edit HTML in Big Cartel

A new pop-up window will appear. In this window, paste both of the code snippets you copied from DropInBlog. Once you have done this, click on Done to add the code to the Blog page.

Paste the Code in the HTML Editor

After creating a Blog page and adding the code, click on Publish (located at the bottom right) to save these changes.

Publish Big Cartel Blog

Once you’ve saved all these changes, your newly created Blog page will be added to the menu. You can access the Blog page just by clicking on Blog.

Menu Blog Page Link

Here's a preview of our blog page.

Big Cartel Blog Page Preview

One Last Step

Now that your new blog page is looking good, we just need to update one setting in DropInBlog to tell it where our Big Cartel store is located. 

On the Settings page, paste in your shop's website URL followed by “/blog.” This tells DropInBlog where to render your blog and allows for the creation of unique URLs for each of your posts.

How to Add a Blog into Your Big Cartel Store in 2 Minutes

Design Customization 

With DropInBlog, you have the freedom to tweak several design elements to your liking.

These include adjusting the link color and underline options for better visibility, selecting the primary font and heading font family for a cohesive look, adjusting the image frame settings, and setting the number of posts per row for a neat layout.

DropInBlog offers a preview feature, allowing you to see and fine-tune these customizations in real time, ensuring your blog not only reads well but also looks stunning.

To access design customizations in DropInBlog, go to the Code & Layout section, scroll down, and click on Advanced. Here, you can personalize various design elements of your blog.

Design Customization

Big Cartel Blog Examples

Take a look at some Big Cartel blogs below and discover the capabilities of DropInBlog for yourself.

Teri Hendrich C. Art

Teri Hendrich C. Art

Love Margot

Love Margot

Joolree by D

Joolree by D


Yes! While Big Cartel doesn’t offer a native blogging functionality, you can certainly add a blog to your store! The only way to do this is via third-party integrations.

All you need to do is paste the code into the HTML editor and proceed to set up your blog once the integration is done! This is really easy to do with DropInBlog, so we hope you give it a try!

Big Cartel is great for beginners because it’s simple to use and doesn’t overwhelm you with many customization options. You can do basic tweaks to the design and even edit the HTML if you want to take things further, but generally, it’s not a complicated platform.

Big Cartel will be good for you if you have a small inventory because it offers some functional e-commerce features that will acquaint you with the e-commerce world before you’re ready to move on to a bigger platform if you ever need to.

Closing Thoughts

Integrating DropInBlog with Big Cartel was far simpler than some of the other platforms we've covered so far, like Webflow and Kartra. In just a few minutes, we were able to change a platform designed solely to display and sell creative products to now give artists a voice to promote themselves and their craft.

And don't forget, this process works seamlessly on every theme Big Cartel offers, so feel free to experiment, make it your own, and go crazy!

If you have any integration issues feel free to reach out to us on chat or tell us about it on our contact page. Happy blogging!

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