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Website themes

Website themes determine the overall look of Wild Apricot sites. A default website theme is assigned when you create your Wild Apricot account. You can customize your theme in a variety of ways. To switch to a different theme, select the Theme option under the Website menu.

What does a theme control?

Website themes control the following elements of your website:

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  • Default colors, shapes, and shades
  • Default site background and background image library
  • Text style choices in the content editor (e.g. Heading 1, Heading 2)
  • ArtText choices in the content editor (e.g. Site title 1, Page heading 1)
  • Customization options that appear on the Colors and Styles screen
  • Menu location (vertical or horizontal) and whether the menu is static or dynamic (flyout)
  • Orientation of the log in form gadget (horizontal or vertical)
  • Matching visual styles in online forms
  • Master layouts

Switching themes

A default website theme is assigned to your site when you first create your Wild Apricot account. You can, at any time, switch to a different theme.

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You can choose from a number of professionally designed themes in a variety of styles and colors.


When you switch to a different theme, permanent changes are made to your web pages. As well, a different set of master layouts and page templates becomes available as the basis for individual site pages. As a result, layouts and gadgets may change position within your pages. Also, all theme overrides and any customizations made on the Colors and styles screen will be discarded. Switching back to the previous theme may not restore your site to its previous appearance. You might consider asking Wild Apricot Support to create a clone of your current site so you can test your changes on the clone site.

To change your website theme, select the Theme option under the Website menu. Within the theme gallery that appears, click the theme you want to use then click the Apply selected theme button. The themes are grouped into theme packs according to their layout and design.

After you click Apply selected theme, you will be asked to confirm your selection before the change is applied. Then, you will be taken to a site page where selected theme can be previewed. From here, you can make the change permanent or revert back to your previous website theme.


You should carefully review your site before making your decision. After you make the theme change permanent, switching back to the previous theme may not restore your site to its previous appearance.

When you switch themes, one or more pages may be added to your site to illustrate various theme-specific content and styles.

Testing themes using a cloned site

If you want to explore a different website theme without altering your current site, you can ask Wild Apricot Support to create a clone of your current site.

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The cloned site functions as a sandbox where you can evaluate a theme and run tests, but it is not an exact copy of your site, and any changes you make to the cloned site cannot be copied over to your existing site.

There are a number of differences between your existing site and the cloned site:

  • Only one full administrator is copied.
  • Only the first 3 events are copied.
  • Financial data, email logs etc. will not be copied.
  • The cloned site is set as a free Trial account for 30 days so you may encounter different restrictions from your existing site.

Remember: Any changes you make to the cloned site will not be automatically applied to the original site; you will need to manually recreate these changes on your existing site.

Customizing themes

After selecting and applying a website theme, you can customize your theme in a number of ways.

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  • From the Colors and Styles screen, you can change the colors and fonts of elements within the theme. For example, you can change the appearance of menus, links, headings, body text, and forms, among other elements.
  • Using CSS customizations, you can change the styles that determine the appearance of text elements within your theme.
  • Using theme overrides, you can replace or override the theme files that control the appearance of the current theme. Typically, your override files will include code to customize a feature or element of your theme.

Theme overrides are only available for paid billing plans.

Themes, master layouts, and page templates

Each website theme contains a number of different master layouts which can form the basis of any number of different page templates.

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A master layout provides a broad outline of the page, which the page template can refine. Master layouts and page templates can also contain graphical elements. All master layouts within a theme share the same look and feel, including color scheme. Different master layouts are available depending on the currently selected theme.

Master layouts are not accessible through a graphical interface but can be modified through theme overrides.

Mobile friendly themes

Wild Apricot's newest theme sets –  Bookshelf Firma Homestead Showcase Skyline Terra, Tinted Tiles, and  Whiteboard  – are fully responsive and mobile friendly. Sites that use these themes automatically adjust their contents to fit properly on different sized screens, including mobile devices.

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Responsive versions are also available for other website themes – FiestaClean LinesDark ImpactTreehouse, and White Space – which were not initially responsive. You can continue to use the non-responsive version of your current theme, or you can switch to the responsive version as you would switch to any other theme. However, if you do switch to the responsive version, you will not be able to switch back to the non-responsive version. 


When you switch to a different website theme, all theme overrides and any customizations made on the Colors and styles screen will be replaced by the defaults for the new theme. Your overrides and customizations will be restored if you switch back to the previous theme.

The responsive versions of previously non-responsive themes may include different features, gadget settings, theme folders, and color and style options. For more information, see the individual theme pages.

To distinguish between the two versions within Wild Apricot screens and documentation, the non-responsive version – which is being replaced by the newer responsive version – will be labelled as deprecated

Themes that are responsive will appear on the Themes screen with both desktop and mobile thumbnails.

For more information on responsiveness, see  Designing responsive pages .

Theme-specific functionality

Some of the newer themes feature theme-specific functionality not available in all themes.

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The table summarizes the theme-specific functions.

Additional gadgetsSecondary menu gadgetBlueprint, Bookshelf, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Whiteboard
BackgroundsStatic site background (doesn't move as visitors scroll up and down the page)Firma, Homestead, Skyline
Transparent gadget backgroundsFirma, Terra
Fonts and text stylesFont Awesome iconic fontClean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, White Space
Transparent text stylesBlueprint, Firma, Homestead, Showcase, Skyline, Terra
Gadget styles and optionsAlignment option for vertical menu gadgetsTinted Tiles
Alignment option for secondary menu gadgetsFirma, Homestead, Terra
Fixed position for social profile gadgetFirma, Terra
Round donation goal stylesSkyline
Round featured member stylesSkyline
Round link button stylesBlueprint, Fiesta, Firma, Terra
Sticky menu styleFirma, Terra
Log in gadgetsAlignment option for log in button gadgetsClean Lines, Dark Impact, Firma, Homestead, Showcase, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, White Space
Alignment option for log in form gadgetsFirma, Homestead, Showcase, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse
Control whether the email and password labels appear within the log in form gadget fields, or outside themAll except Business Casual, Granite 
Dropdown login formFirma, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles

Hide the Remember me and Forgot password labels within log in form gadgets

All except Business Casual, Granite 
Orientation option for log in form gadgetsAll except Business Casual, Granite
MobileMobile panelFirma, Terra, Tinted Tiles
Hide pictures in mobile viewFirma, Terra
ResponsiveBookshelf, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, White Space
Page templatesSticky placeholderBlueprint, Fiesta, Homestead

Support for older themes

Some older themes are not fully compatible with Wild Apricot's new content management systems (CMS) and will no longer appear as options within the theme gallery.

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If one of these older themes has already been applied to your site, it will continue to function though some gadgets may not work as expected with these themes.


If you switch from an older theme that is no longer supported by the new CMS, you will not be able to switch back to it later.

The older themes that are no longer supported are:

  • Aurora horizontal/hybrid
  • Basic
  • Classic
  • Clouds
  • Dark
  • Glass
  • Keynote
  • Modern
  • Memo
  • Nature
  • Notebook
  • Transparent

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