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How to Customize CommunityAlly Group Settings and User Profiles

This is for CommunityAlly – a new AccessAlly add-on, that has everything you need to connect your members to each other.

Note: After installing both AccessAlly 3.9.0 and CommunityAlly, please go to AccessAlly Settings > Styling. Then hit the “Save” button. This will ensure you have all of your color choices reflected in CommunityAlly!

How To Customize the Cover Image

By default, a cover image is generated for both groups and user profiles.

In a groups page, the title of the group is displayed, and the site title is displayed on user profile pages, on top of a gradient using AccessAlly colors. These colors can be changed by changing the primary/secondary colors in AccessAlly > Settings > Styling. If you are using custom colors, these can be changed by changing Default Course Icon Color 1 and Default Course Icon Color 2 under Course Navigation. However, you can also replace the default cover image that is displayed with an uploaded image of your choice.

To change a group’s cover image, you will navigate to your group of choice, and select Settings > Cover Image.

To change a user’s cover image, you will navigate to your user’s CommunityAlly profile and select Settings. Here you will be able to upload a custom cover image.

How to Customize the Cover Image

If you’ve already uploaded a cover image and would like to revert back to the default gradient. A new Delete Cover Image button will appear for you to do so.

How to Customize the Cover Image

How to Add a Group Template

Site admins can add templates from your WordPress theme to a group quickly and easily from the Settings > Details tab.

AccessAlly Theme Users

Under your group in the details tab, choose the template you would like to use from the dropdown.

Settings Details Tab

For AccessAlly Theme users there are three built-in template styles available.

Default – your groups will use the default template which shows the Offering Sidebar Menu.

AccessAlly Default Offering Sidebar

Page without sidebar: This template will show your group without a sidebar.

page without sidebar

Page with static sidebar: This template allows you to create your own sidebar using WordPress widgets.

Page with static sidebar

All Other WordPress Themes

You can select templates that you have created in your theme or page builder from the dropdown under Settings > Details to apply a template to your groups.

How to Customize the User Profile

The CommunityAlly profiles has three entries by default: first name, last name, and the user bio.

You can customize the CommunityAlly profile in the same way you would customize a profile for a user directory. In the admin dashboard, navigate to AccessAlly > Directories > Profiles.

You will see a new default entry that controls the CommunityAlly profile. Use the ADD NEW ITEM button or the DELETE ITEM button to customize the fields that show up on this profile. You can also add this profile to any page using the shortcode: [accessally_user_profile profile_id="primary"]

How to Customize User Profile

How to Add Profile Items to a Menu

You may want to give users quick access to certain profile items for easier navigation. For example, you want to give users the ability to quickly navigate to their notifications (the notifications tab), or allow them to see a list of the groups that they’re in (the groups tab). There are two ways for you to do this:

  1. Using the built-in menu editor

    1. In the admin dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Menus and select the menu that you’d like to edit. In the menu items accordion, you will see an entry ‘CommunityAlly Profile’.

    2. Each option in the CommunityAlly Profile corresponds with a tab in the user profile. Select the ones you’d like to include and add them to your menu.

How to add Profile Items to a Menu

Using the customizer’s menu editor

  1. In the admin dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Customize or select Customize on the admin bar. In the customizer, select the Menus and the menu that you’d like to customize.

  2. Select Add Items, and in the menu items accordion, you will see an entry ‘CommunityAlly Profile’. Select the one that you’d like to include and add them to your menu.

How to add Profile Items to a Menu

Note: These menu entries will only be displayed if the user is logged in.

Updated on March 28, 2022

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