What can we do to make it easier to design with Wild Apricot?

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  • Rick Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Here is our WA site: http://choice.agingmissouri.org

    We have done quite a bit javascripts mods to get it functioning exactly how we needed it. Very nice CMS but it can still be customized. We also have some mods to the template/theme.

    We have implemented the API on the site for an employees only portal running custom pages for some simplified entry and processing.

    We wish it had some additional features but overall it works well. We see it almost as a platform.

    We will be moving our main website to WA in the near future

  • Dan Salcumbe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks Guys,

    I appreciate the kind words.

    Dmitry, Researcher Apricot, Frank emailed me and I've replied to him already. Sounds great!

    Thanks again for the kind words Evgeny. You're right, no heavy coding whatsoever.

  • Evgeny Zaritovskiy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is very impressive, thanks for sharing! I spent at least 15 minutes just navigating through your site and enjoying the experience. A lot details are well done, very good job. And no "heavy artillery" used like Theme overrides or CSS customization, just new version 5 CMS capabilities and a new theme. Thumbs up!

  • Frank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks Katie! I know quite a few clients use or want to use Wordpress, so I think they'll find this quite helpful.

  • Katie Fritz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This year I launched a multi-site network (my baby!) built on WordPress for my organization. Wild Apricot functions are incorporated via widgets; I used dynamic iframes, shortcode embedding http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_embed_register_handler (so non-admin users can override WP's restrictions on iframe embedding) and lots of CSS customization

    If you are using widgets, I found this code to be pretty helpful for dynamic cross-domain iframes (automatic resizing without scroll bars): http://npr.github.io/responsiveiframe . I had to add some extra space to the bottom to make it work. For some reason this doesn't work for the member directory, but it does everywhere else I've tried.

    I realized recently that Google was indexing all of our widgets as pages, so I used Google Webmaster tools to tell Google to stop crawling anything in the members.cedam.info domain (our WA pages). We have to be careful to include good keywords on the container pages for our iframes, as the contents of the iframes are no longer searchable. The WordPress SEO plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo has been helpful for this.

    While occasionally the iframe model makes for a confusing user experience, on the whole I'm much happier with having a single integrated site than two separate sites - and my members seem to be too.

    Home page (cedam.info) http://cedam.info , member application http://cedam.info/join , events list http://cedam.info/resources/training , newsletter signup http://cedam.info/news/e-news , member directory http://cedam.info/membership/directory .

    (PS I know that the site is buggy in IE8 and on mobile devices. Hoping to release a 1.0 version of my theme soon!)

  • CWilkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is great - I would love to see a similar gallery of newsletters to see what others have been able to create. I'm working on newsletter samples now to present to my Board of Directors and am having trouble coming up with something creative. Maybe seeing other people's will provide some much-needed inspiration!



  • webfoot commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    Here is my first Wild Apricot website:


    I will surely make WA my choice for membership sites I do in the future. Great features and they all work seamlessly - thank you! I do have some wishes and will address that but for now my client is very happy which makes me very happy!!!!


  • Frank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Jenliven - Glad you're enjoying it!

    And I'll forward this note on to the designer of the Rich Tech site.

  • Jenliven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you for the showcase, I am new to WA and need design help. I especially like the Rich Tech design above....would the designer please contact me or if you know how to contact them please contact me at:


    Thank you!

  • Frank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Kerrie - Very nice! You'll see it in the gallery shortly.

    P.S We're currently working on many improvements to our CMS/Template engine. But we're not just adding things, we're also taking out a lot of the extra HTML/CSS that I'm sure you encountered.

  • Kerrie-Anne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is my social club site that I launched a little over 6 months ago, I am by no means a developer or designer but I do dabble.

    Its not perfect (some things in WA I find just too messy to spend too much time tweaking), and a continual work in progress (when I get time), but I do get some nice feedback from my users.

    I essential purchased a joomla template and retrofitted it and have added a few bits and pieces hear and there using a variety of third party tools such as jotform and the likes. I have been meaning to put some more effort into tweaking the menu (not real happy with it currently) when I get the time as well as a couple of other features now that I have a large enough user base to justify the effort ;o)

    Enjoy! http://www.mysocialcircle.com.au

    Feedback/suggestions welcome!

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