CM Expert Directory (CMED) - Creating Custom Page Template


Creating Custom Expert Page Template

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Use Child Themes Or Changes Will Be Overwritten

When you update a parent theme, the folder with template files created for the CM plugin will be deleted.

However, if you are working with a child version of that theme and update it, the files will not be deleted.

Learn more: CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - Creating Custom Template

Advanced Process

Editing or creating a template can be complex and requires some CSS and JavaScript knowledge.

Learn some general tips: General Support - Advanced - Creating and Editing Custom Templates

With CM Expert Directory, you can create custom templates for the Expert Page.


How to Install a Custom Template

Navigate to the WordPress page directory → wp_content → plugins → cm-expert-directory-pro → frontend → template and copy cm_default folder.

Go to the wp_content → themes folder, find current theme folder, create there a folder CMED and paste copied cm_default folder into CMED folder. The path should looks like this: wp_content/themes/your_theme/CMED/cm_default. Rename the template from cm_default to anything you like (eg. custom_template)/

Navigate to the Admin Dashboard → CM Expert Directory Pro→ Settings.

Click on the Expert Page tab.

After creating your own template and creating a directory for it, the directory name will appear in the dropbox selection. Each template needs to include several files and follow the directory structure as the default template.

Choose template and update settings.

Video Lessons Template

If you also use our Video WordPress LMS Plugin, it's possible to apply its theme in the selection.

It will be located under the folder  cm-video-lesson-manager-pro/view/frontend/cm_default.


Customizing Template

After copying the files and creating a new template you will probably need to customize it to suit your needs.

To customize template open files you copied to the current theme folder → CMED
The main file with content you should edit is the  expert-page-content.phtml located in the views/ folder.

It this file you can add/remove move around the shortcodes.

You can find the list of the additional shortcodes on the plugin's Settings page.

Below: The screenshot from the settings page displaying the shortcodes you can use in the custom theme.


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