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Considerations to change to a new theme

Posted: March 8, 2018 at 1:50 am


March 8, 2018 at 1:50 am

I’m planning to change and migrate my current website to a new theme. Is there any kind of “official” guide or technical post covering the considerations to migrate EE4 to a new theme without having issues?


  • Support Staff

March 8, 2018 at 2:00 am

Hi there,

Can I ask why you would have issues migrating to a new theme?

Due to the sheer volume of available themes and the various different ways that themes start to do crazy things we don’t have a migration guide, but EE basically just injects the event details in the_content() call so unless the theme is doing something really strange EE should work with most themes.

Although one limitation that you will need to be aware of is EE does not support page builders currently.

The way I would test a new theme is to create a copy of the site on a development server and activate the theme there, test out its functions and that the output for EE events works for you.


March 8, 2018 at 4:08 am

Issues with page builders (i.e Visual Composer) are a big concern for me, since builders make website maintenance much easier and faster. In my opinion this is an important drawback for EE.


  • Support Staff

March 8, 2018 at 4:27 am

To be clear, I didn’t say it has issues but rather doesn’t support them.

As in you can’t install EE and use a page builder to change the default output of the EE event pages, EE events are custom post types with additional data from our own tables, so your theme will output them using single.php (or whichever template downstream from there is available in your theme).

You can use most of the EE shortcodes from within a page builder, say your builing a landing page and want to include the ticket selector for an event, you can add the [ESPRESSO_TICKET_SELECTOR] shortcode using a page builder for that page. But that’s completely different to EE having the ability to alter all of the EE event output through a page builder (which is what we do not support).


March 8, 2018 at 5:51 am

Yes, I understand what your point is, but having EE only as a ticket selector is not attractive enough.

Also note that besides not supporting page builders, EE shows issues that affect its own functionality when builders are installed.


  • Support Staff

March 8, 2018 at 6:24 am

If you can provide more details on what those issues are I can check into those further.


March 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

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March 9, 2018 at 8:03 am

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We will need the details on what those issues are. If you only send details to access your site that alone will lack the context needed to begin to understand the issues.

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