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Are Only Certain Themes 'compatible' With Exchange?

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#1 skinny1

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:59 PM

When I look at my product downloads on my member page and select the Exchange tab, it lists five themes.
Why?
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#2 Elise Alley

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 08:20 AM

Hi Bonnie,

You do not have to use specific themes with Exchange, or even iThemes themes.  The themes you see under the Exchange tab have built in Exchange integration, so styling specific to Exchange.

Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Thanks,

Elise

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 01:15 PM

THANKS Elise!!   I've been looking at them and kind of came to that conclusion.  Suggestion:  It would be really nice if that could be explained.... say on the demo home page..  I.e., this theme is styled to integrate with exchange in the following ways:

Would be most helpful rather than having to wade thru.   The same would be good for all the themes re: specific ways in which they are unique other than just color and fonts.... Just a thought.

Thank you so very very much.
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

My member Downloads page shows the following themes listed under the Exchange Tab:   Attent, Depot, Everett, Hudson, and Market.  

The ithemes home page page also lists  Jackson, Cohen, Paige, Base, Reddinger, and Benthos under the Exchange Button. Sorry to be a pain in the neck about it, but ?????

When you say they have 'built in Exchange Integration'  what does that really mean?  In reading http://ithemes.com/codex/page/Theming_Exchange_-_Getting_Started  I'm feeling very insecure -- LOL!!

I'm currently using Digital Access Pass for selling a membership to my site ---   one product with payment via paypal --and it works fine.   Now that ithemes is jumping into memership and ecommerce (and I am looking for a shopping cart so I can add more products), I'd like to make the move, but not sure I have skills.

These kinds of comments scare me:

In order to customize the content of single product pages, we recommend creating a file named product.php, adding it to the exchange directory (exchange/product.php) in your theme, then add the following code:
and
Again, you may need to add different code depending on your theme.

Makes me beieve the plugins will require more skill than I am able to give.  That's OK if that's the way it is... I just would like to have some kind of idea before I leap into another intense learning curve situation.  I guess my questions are, "Can I use this pretty much 'out of the box,' or not?"     Do you have any 'Training for Dummies?'

Thanks SO MUCH for your help, Elise.
Bonnie
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#5 Elise Alley

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:42 AM

Hi Bonnie,

All of those themes have Exchange integration, which just means that they have built in styling specific to Exchange.  

The page you linked to is really for theming Exchange, so creating a custom theme for Exchange or for making changes to Exchange.  So if, for instance, you're trying to change styling, instead of changing the actual files in Exchange which would be overwritten with an update, you'd create a directory/folder in your theme called "exchange."  Then you'd upload your changes in a file named style.css.  And the quote you included, you would only need to do this if you wanted to change what appears on your product pages by default.  

You do not, however, have to do any of this to use Exchange.  You can just use Exchange straight out of the box.

Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Thanks,

Elise

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:57 PM

OK.  I get it now.   So ... Sorry, I'm just trying to understand ...  I assume it is like the themes that are 'styled' for church block, and have different types of displays, like for example, City Church and Gallery Church, when paired with the Church Block plugin.  The Block gives me the ability to provide a page showing all my staff, or to present sermons, but the styling determines how they are displayed.  Correct?
So if I look at the theme demos, I should see the different types of page stylings available, right?

When you get tired of me, just say so - I know this is beyond basic forum question and answer - I'm just trying to figure this out.  Thanks for your time.  
Bonnie
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#7 Elise Alley

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 10:09 AM

Hey Bonnie,

That's correct.  The themes don't have any sort of extra Exchange functionality built in, they just have styling specific to Exchange.  So, just as an example, the buttons for Exchange will be styled to match the rest of the site.

And your questions are fine!  :)  Don't worry about it.

Thanks,

Elise



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