I have created a clone of the Basic skin re-named the skin directory and edited the manifest.ini with the new skin name.
The cloned template is now styled it the way I want replacing only images and changing only the CSS (colours, header height, header padding etc). No other alterations have been made to the template.
However, the above changes have not been carried out using hooks. Will this have bad repurcussions when upgrading to a newer version of CS Cart in the future? Keep it in mind the original skin has been cloned and re-named.
Thank you in advance!