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How AccessAlly Works With Your WordPress Theme

Knowing how AccessAlly works with your WordPress theme makes it much easier to set up and design your membership and online course area.

There are a few important distinctions:

Behind-the-scenes functionality

AccessAlly provides membership site functionality “behind the scenes”, and is virtually invisible to your membership site users.

Site layout, colors, fonts, and menus

The visible parts of your membership site (colors, fonts, layout, menus, etc.) depend entirely on the WordPress theme you have installed.

If you’d like your membership site to look a certain way, you’ll want to make sure you are using a flexible WordPress theme.

For example: With AccessAlly, you can create multi-page courses. However, until you create a dashboard and link to these course pages from inside your membership site, your logged in users would never know they existed.

What Theme Should You Use?

To learn more about choosing the right theme for your membership site, please see this article:

We recommend the following theme:

You can download these pre-styled templates inside your AccessAlly account here.

Clients have also successfully used the following theme frameworks:

  • Beaver Builder Pro
  • Elementor
  • Divi

What Happens If You Switch Themes Down the Road?

This is a theme-specific question. Please refer to your current theme’s documentation to understand what will happen if you un-install a theme.

Because every theme is different, we highly recommend you use a staging site to make sure your theme change is successful. This will allow you to practice in a safe environment without risking the live AccessAlly site that you depend on for revenue & sales.

Some common theme-switching issues include:

  • Custom layouts, theme-specific layouts may be lost
  • Theme-specific shortcodes might have to be manually removed (commonly seen when clients switch from the Divi theme)

What will not be affected:

  • Content, courses, and other AccessAlly functionality will still exist (although your page layouts may look different)
  • If you designed your pages using a page builder plugin (rather than a theme) like Beaver Builder plugin or Elementor, you will not lose your layouts
Updated on January 16, 2024
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