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The Digital Access Pass Members Page – Make it Snazzy

It’s no secret that we recommend Digital Access Pass for all your membership sites. Unlike competitors Amember and Wishlist Member, DAP has all the components built in – it integrates with WordPress, has an affiliate module, and works with Aweber. No extra plugins to buy or software to install.

But there is one thing we don’t like about DAP. It’s…unattractive.

Members Page in DAP

This is how it looks out of the box

This is a screenshot of the membership page, with a rather confusing access start and end date, and a basic download link. Now if you’re market is familiar with the Internet marketing space, this is probably fine. Those folks are used to utilitarian pages and are more interested in the content than the presentation anyway.

But if your market is primarily offline, this setup may be a bit off-putting. With a few hacks, though, you can make the interface more inviting.

Modify the Digital Access Pass CSS File to Match Your Theme

The color scheme of this site happens to be red and white, with standard blue links, so in this case the colors do coordinate. However, if your site were green and brown, the default DAP colors will clash.

To change them, all you need to do is make a copy of the file userfacing.css (found in the dap/inc/content folder), rename it customuserfacing.css and make any changes you like. When you’re finished, just upload your new file to the same folder, and refresh the page to see the results.

Members page in DAP

This is looking a little better, but still needs work

That takes care of the colors and fonts, but it doesn’t do anything for the confusing information that I don’t really want my customers to see. To remove that requires an unsupported hack of the core DAP files, so use at your own risk.

Modify the User Links File to Remove Unnecessary Information

Here, the file you need to edit is called userlinks.inc.php, located in the dap/inc/content folder. The file contains a simple table structure that outputs the information. All I did here is remove three of the table rows, since for this site, the information they contained was unnecessary.

Members page in DAP

Much better now with all that extra stuff removed!

Again, this hack is unsupported by the makers of DAP, so you should only make these changes if you’re confident in your abilities to work with tables and php code. Also, since you are making changes to the actual core files (unlike the CSS hack that works with a copy of the file) your changes will be overwritten when you upgrade your DAP installation, meaning you’ll need to repeat the modification each time DAP is updated.

For this particular site (http://allqualityplr.com) we felt the follow-up maintenance was a small price to pay to have a cleaner, clearer, and less confusing user experience.

If you’d like to discuss how Digital Access Pass can help you manage your membership site, or how you can customize DAP to better reflect your business needs, please contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

2 Comments
  1. Hi Cindy,

    Thank you for creating a terrific site with so much information about DigitalAccessPass. Veena and I really appreciate your support for DAP!

    Just a quick note…

    Under the section “Modify the User Links File to Remove Unnecessary Information”, you have noted a great hack for removing unwanted information from the “My Content” page. But we have a shortcode now called [DAPUserLinks], that is highly configurable, and you can easily show or hide sections.

    Here’s an example:

    [DAPUserLinks showProductName=”Y” showAccessStartDate=”Y” showAccessEndDate=”Y” showDescription=”Y” showLinks=”Y” orderOfLinks=”NEWESTFIRST” howManyLinks=”10000″ errMsgTemplate=”SHORT” productId=”ALL” dateFormat=”YYYY-MM-DD”]

    You can even use this to display information about specific products. Default is productId=”ALL”, but you can do productId=”1″ or even multiple (productId=”1,17,30″).

    Just thought would pop in here and add that info here.

    Cheers!

    – Ravi Jayagopal

    • Hi Ravi,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. This is an old post, so of course it refers to an older version of DAP, and I have been remiss in letting people know about all the upgrades you guys have done in the past year.

      You are correct – the members page is now much more configurable, and doesn’t require poking around in php files to make it more user friendly.

      Thanks so much for letting my readers know!

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