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    NewPath Consulting now has a flexible and powerful solution that uses WordPress to organize and index any sort of file like PDF or Word document. Please have a look at https://waxm.newpathconsulting.com/wadm

    The resulting feature can be embedded into any Wild Apricot site.

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    It would be also nice to present documents in a "magazine" format like issuu.com does.

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    This is a pretty nice implementation in jQuery -- I wonder if it can be made available in a File Browser gadget -- could be really useful. This code is GPL

    https://www.abeautifulsite.net/jquery-file-tree

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    If you want you can use the 3 emails for current registers called reminders. The trick is to set the date of the past event to the current date or later. And then you can use a reminder to send an email to all registrants. When done set the event back to the original past date. It’s w workaround but it works fine.

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    This is possible with Integromat integration. Our team is considering building a scenario to implement this as a workaround to the internal limitations of post event emails.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    Rosemary,

    I have to be honest with you. MailChimp has had years on the Wild Apricot email system. Their whole company works on making email better. Email in Wild Apricot is one of many modules. So.... I would not expect the email system to get magically as good as MailChimp.

    Same for the website editor. That’s why WordPress is a better system for the website.

    But remember this: the biggest reason to use all Wild Apricot modules is because the database is integrated. This is reason enough not to use MailChimp.

    If you want to see how to use the email editor better get in touch. I will show you how to make nice templates in wild apricot. Have a look here: https://www.newpathconsulting.com or email me sales@newpathconsulting.com

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    There is a way to do this. Here's a cheat sheet and a short video on how to turn sent emails into archives.

    https://www.newpathconsulting.com/2020/01/cheat-sheet-8-creating-and-managing-a-newsletter-archive-in-wild-apricot.html

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    Have a look at https://mcabc.org - a WordPress+Wild Apricot site we built for our customer Mechanical Contractors of British Columbia. The built in Wild Apricot website builder will *never* approximate a bespoke design. Don't even think that the company will focus any more effort into the builder. Heck they just removed the google map member gadget!

    Read all about our project here - https://www.newpathconsulting.com/2020/09/mcabc-case-study.html

    Squarespace, Wix and the other website builders make great brouchures. Wild Apricot is a database system first for associations. It is a website builder second.

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    Check out our Wild Apricot Text Manager to help with theme customization and theme translation into 2 languages. We built this to make it easy to fully customize each theme without having to use the theme override feature. We provide this functionality with each website as part of our consulting service but you can download the WATM for free at

    www.newpathconsulting.com/watm

    Enjoy!

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    A few more comments on customizing themes. Did you know that when you use Colors & ****** and make one change a special file gets created called customStyles in the Theme folder of your Files system. This file is actually the CSS of all customizable elements on your site. Making changes in some ways is EASIER on this file rather than the UI because now you know exactly which CSS class or ID is being modified. Now if you make a change in the UI it may overwrite this document. But once you know the class or ID you can search that on your page and know exactly what is being changed rather than guessing. Analyzing this customStyles.css document gives you a ton of ideas for customization the look and feel and is a great place to understand the CSS structure of a Wild Apricot theme. Here for example is what changes when you change the background image of the Site:

    body
    {background-image: url('https://sf.wildapricot.org/ThemeSharedRes/HeaderBackgroundImages/Bg-pattern-15.png');}

    Learning about CSS is the key to making WIld Apricot themes sing with delight!

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    *****,

    You can use CSS to modify a lot of the Wild Apricot website without changing the underlying template. Do you know how to do that?

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    In case you want to check out the membership site in WordPress here's the link https://umichtoronto.org

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    I have now had some experience building out equivalent functionality to Wild Apricot in WordPress. We built a membership site for an alumni club using several plugins and I must say the design capabilities in WordPress are superior to Wild Apricot. In most part this is because you are inheriting an existing template that looks good from the start. Is the functionality 100% equivalent? I don't think so, especially in the area of membership management, renewals. The plugin we used Ultimate Membership has some great capabilities that overlap with Wild Apricot but not quite as mature. There are others of course too that probably mirror. It took us 4 major plugins -- Mail Poet for email marketing, Ultimate Member for memberships/directories, WooCommerce for donations+ecommerce, The Event Calendar for event management. We also have Ninja Forms to create sign up forms to collect data through custom forms.

    On the plus site the integration with a single sign on for membership + ecommerce is much superior to Wild Apricot.

    On the minus side the event calendar solution does not have built in ecommerce and you'd need to use a form coordinated with ecommerce to build out custom registration forms.

    In the end, the capabilities are much more flexible in WordPress, but you need to know what you're doing.

    Wild Apricot is a perfect fit for new clubs/associations that don't have extensive design needs and ecommerce.

    WordPress is a perfect fit for those that need a nearly unlimited design capability and ecommerce flexibility.

    Of course with WordPress you own the code and need to maintain it, but there is no monthly increase in cost when you get to 1000 users. You just may need a better host to manage thousands of users at probably max of $50 per month in hosting fees.

    Wild Apricot is really aimed at a special kind of association and club -- one without an internal Marketing/IT department or staff.

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    A few observations we've had. Many customers come to us with an existing WordPress website wanting to integrate Wild Apricot into their site. They recognize the limitations of the WA design capabilities out of the box. It's quite interesting too because WordPress plugins and themes have a ton of capability and it is very likely that Wild Apricot like functionality can be assembled with lots of benefits.

    Yet, they don't want to do that or invest in the exploration and testing required. There are just a lot of gaps and unknowns.

    The Wild Apricot current theme functionality is actually quite mature. With theme overrides there appears to be almost a limitless set of capabilities, but there is one thing that really scares me:

    Theme overrides override an existing theme. Once that theme is updated the override is probably totally separate from the underlying theme.

    It would be ideal to build a stock theme built specifically for theme design. Then open a theme library where themes can be put into a marketplace. Some are free. Some are premium. Some start free go to premium. This theme development system in WordPress is one of the primary reasons WordPress has gotten so big -- that and the plugins of course.

    I think Wild Apricot is quite close to that but the marketplace and ecosystem has to be developed with some marketing push from WA. I hope you consider this for a future effort. Your partners can help kick start this process.

    ps. Custom WA theme designs right now cost $5000+ -- this is totally out of the range for investment for most WA customers unless they don't have an existing site and the current designs are not "worthy."

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    Breaking out taxes properly would also be really important. Currently the QB desktop iif export doesn’t do this. There is supposedly a flag in QB desktop to back out a tax amount for reporting. For now we point customers to the tax report as a separate way to account for taxes.

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    Breaking out taxes properly would also be really important. Currently the QB desktop export doesn’t do this.

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    We have implemented an Integromat scenario that bulk prints invoices. It is available to you to download for free. See https://www.newpathconsulting.com/waam for more details.

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    We use email templates as the actual start for one particular email. So there’s a real template and then then copy of the template as an instance for a particular month. We do this to create a web version of the email. Then the email is created from this monthly template. It would be really useful to be able to even sort the templates by date created. Folders are already possible by moving them into a folder in the files manager so there’s a workaround for that. Of course once they are in the sub folder in the email templates folder they aren’t usable as email templates anymore. That’s just for archiving.

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    This is a duplicate with another item which has 4 votes -- maybe a good idea to consolidate?

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    The current date/time can be used on an email blast when you're not using the built in invoice/automation for memberships. There are times when you want to manually send reminders even invoices using the macro customization. The current/date and time models existing forms of invoices.

    Most templates when they are moved over from other systems (manual or otherwise) prominently display date/time. I actually thought this was a built in {} macro, but surprised to find it is not.

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    Folks, CSS is the currently recommended way to make these changes. Indeed there are many styles to work through and the level of customization is very high. Any complex dynamic website like Wild Apricot will have hundreds of styles.

    We use https://www.newpathconsulting.com/watm and it is an effective way to maintain these styles. Have a look.

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    The ideal situation would be to expand the list of accounts and add a liability account called Taxes which could export the taxes assessed on each invoice.

    There is a way to create such an account in Quickbooks

    https://www.myvao.com/2014/05/19/set-liability-account-quickbooks/#:~:text=Steps%20To%20Setting%20Up%20a%20Liability%20Account%3A%201,the%20account%20name%20and%20number.%20More%20items...%20

    They are liability accounts because the funds collected here have to be "paid back" (minus any eligible sales taxes paid out on expenses) to the government and thus are a liability.

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    Yes! We have this functionality now -- here's a recent multilingual site we recently finished deploying for our customer - https://rcco.ca/

    We use our Wild Apricot Text Manager (WATM) tool to make this work - www.newpathconsulting.com/watm

    Have a look!

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    We have built a system called the Wild Apricot Text Manager that enables translation of all content gadgets on one page as well as any fields or labels customized or hard coded. We have worked through a ton of the system gadgets and extracted a dictionary of all the hard coded labels. Using the WATM you can add your own custom CSS styles, translate any piece of content and enable language switching WITHOUT creating duplicate pages, events or any other Wild Apricot object. Check it out at www.newpathconsulting.com/watm

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    One thing that I will get started on is to extract the set of CSS IDs and classes that are used for the system messages and button names that are apparently hard coded into the system and NOT exposed in the theme templates but rather injected dynamically into the theme. Using a jQuery program I think we will be able to build a dictionary. Anyone interested in helping with this herculean task? There may be several hundred such messages in all the various gadgets? Theme overrides is a start.

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    I wonder what the solutions or workarounds have been made to support more than one language on the website. Can anyone share?

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    Here is a scenario that uses Google Docs to populate a template certificate with Wild Apricot data. The resulting "merged" Google Doc can be downloaded in PDF and emailed to the contact. This can be done in batch format for multiple certificates at a time. The scenario can be altered to be trigged on an event registration or a membership application too.

    Contact www.newpathconsulting.com/waam for more details or if you have questions.

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    @ben howes - check out the Wild Apricot Automation Manager -- we have a certificate automation available for event registrants.

    www.newpathconsulting.com/waam -- let me know if you have any questions or just hit this link to get in touch

    https://www.newpathconsulting.com/wild-apricot-customization-services.html

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    Do you all realize that Integromat is free for 1000 operations per month. This probably will get you 200 certificates for free per month. So the cost is not really the issue. The issue is spending the time to configure it.

    Time is money. So would it help if I created a blueprint you could install for free to do this?

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    We can do that with the WA API, requires some 3rd party services, but that can be done today. Contact us at ***************************

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    Have a look at our member directory plugin available in beta at wa4wp.newpath.consulting. It's a native directory you can integrate into WordPress with searching capability.

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    We are working on an idea to use Ninja Forms, a WordPress plugin for forms, that will interact with the Wild Apricot API to create forms that can populate Wild Apricot (membership application, event reg, profile update).

    Of course then you can start to leave the CMS behind in Wild Apricot, start using WordPress as the CMS and use the native form building functions in Ninja Forms as well to your heart's content.

    I would not wait for Wild Apricot to build advanced form building in the product any time soon. It's an innovation that is extremely complex to "reinvent" and there are lots of solutions that can embed a form into a Wild Apricot site (typeform, jotform, formstack, google forms etc).

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    We use formstack.com to accomplish this very thing. Works well and integrates quite well with Wild Apricot.

    wufoo, google forms and typeform are other products. While WA works on the vast amount of feature requests in this forum., this is the approach I'd take.

    This is an extremely complex feature request that really would make wild apricot something very different than it is today.

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    We use formstack.com to accomplish this very thing. Works well and integrates quite well with Wild Apricot.

    wufoo, google forms and typeform are other products. While WA works on the vast amount of feature requests in this forum., this is the approach I'd take.

    This is an extremely complex feature request that really would make wild apricot something very different than it is today.

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    There are some small steps that can be taken towards the implementation of some of the requests in this omnibus sort of request. I noted a need to allow membership fields to be available to bundle admins only, or to bundle members only or to both (as is currently the cases for all membership fields applicable to a bundle membership level)

    https://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308932-wishlist/suggestions/8827555-simplified-membership-fields-for-adding-members-to

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