Themes and Templates

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Templates Syntax

aMember Pro v4 uses PHP-syntax based templates, like ones used in [|Zend Framework's Zend_View] or templates used in WordPress.

Finding the templates

aMember Pro templates are located in the following folders:

CSS files
JavaScript libraries
user-side templates
admin-side templates
user-side themes
admin-side themes


aMember Pro allows you to create a theme. You can copy any template, image or CSS from the application/default/views folder to your theme folder and it will override default theme. Of course, it is effective only when your custom theme is enabled. It is the recommended way to customize the look and feel of aMember Pro, as your theme will not be overwritten by upgrades and it is easy to determine exactly which files were modified.

Create your own theme : quick todo

  • Create folder amember/application/default/themes/bob/
  • Go to aMember CP -> Setup : enable "bob" theme
  • Create file amember/application/default/themes/bob/theme.css and looking at amember/application/default/views/public/css/reset.css and amember.css, add custom styles to the theme.css.

After each step, check the results by looking at user pages.

Create your own theme : step by step

In this quick tutorial we will describe how to create a new theme named mysite. The theme's name must be lowercase.

  • STEP 1. Using your favorite FTP client, go to folder application/default/themes/ and create folder mysite
  • STEP 2. Create an html template file layout.phtml in the mysite folder

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
        <title><?php echo $title ?></title>
        <?php $this->printLayoutHead(); ?>
        <?php echo $this->placeholder('body-start'); ?>
        <div class="am-layout">
            <a name="top"></a>
            <div class="am-header"> </div>

            <!-- sample image from theme folder -->
            <?php echo $this->_scriptImg('large-alert.png'); ?>

            <div class="am-body">
                <div class="am-body-content-wrapper am-main">
                    <div class="am-body-content">
                        <?php include $this->_script('_top.phtml'); ?>
                        <?php if (empty($this->layoutNoTitle)): ?>
                            <h1><?php echo $title ?></h1>
                        <?php endif; ?>
                        <!-- content starts here -->
                        <?php echo $content ?>
        <div class="am-footer">
        <?php echo $this->render('_popup.phtml'); ?>
        <?php echo $this->placeholder('body-finish'); ?>

This html contains the following important elements:

<?php p($title) ?> 
prints page title to HTML header
<?php $this->printLayoutHead(); ?> 
prints necessary header codes to HTML header
<div class="am-body"> ... </div> 
must be outside of the page where you embed aMember content
<?php include $this->_script('_top.phtml'); ?> 
includes aMember top page items like language switch, login, logout and member menu items
<?php if (empty($this->layoutNoTitle)): ?><h1><?php echo $title ?></h1><?php endif; ?> 
conditionally displays page title
<?php echo $content ?> 
most important - displays aMember inner page content
<?php echo $this->_scriptImg('large-alert.png'); ?> 
(optionally) prints URL of image large-alert.png that you may upload to application/default/views/mysite/public/img/large-alert.png
  • STEP 3. Create a file application/default/themes/mysite/public/css/theme.css and put the following lines inside your code:

body { font-size: 16pt; background-color: lightred; }

  • STEP 4. Go to aMember Admin Control Panel -> Setup/Configuration, select "mysite" in "User Theme" dropdown and click "Save".

Congratulations! Your new theme has been created! If you open any user-side pages, you will see it uses a larger font size, and red background color. Now, as you've got a good idea of how to create templates, you can start the real customization of your theme - change layout templates and CSS styles as you want. Important note - step 2 and step 3 are both optional. If you do not need layout customization, it is not required to upload the file layout.phtml; likewise, if you do not need CSS customization you are not required to upload the CSS file.