1. Change Theme (and solution if it doesn’t seem to work)
After installing a demo store for a Magento installation, I tried changing the theme just to learn how the system works. There are many how-to’s that explain how to install a theme automagically (http://info.magento.com/rs/magentocommerce/images/InstallingMagentoConnectExtensions4%200.pdf) and manually (http://www.rockettheme.com/forum/free-magento-stuff/131772-installing-the-quasar-template-on-a-fresh-magento-store) among many, but all fail to mention a very important aspect of themes: Once a theme is installed, you have to go to the CMS menu, click “Pages”, select a page (click it) and click “Design” on the left. Then select the new theme from the “Custom Theme” dropdown box. Once you save the selection, the new theme will show for that page.
There are countless forums and pages that I have come across where some commenter had this exact problem and no-where is it answered by the Magento gurus. Astounding! I can just assume that this is so obvious to a seasoned Magento user, that it is ignored. Thanks to user Allysin over here, I finally found this solution.
2. More to follow…