Building Your Zippy Courses Theme Part 1: What Are Themes?

Zippy Courses themes allow you to control the entire design of your Zippy Courses site. Whether your goal is to provide a superior online educational experience or to simply match the branding of your Zippy Courses site to the rest of your online presence, you can do so using a theme in Zippy Courses.

Many of our members are familiar with WordPress and use it to operate their business websites online. Themes in Zippy Courses are very similar to their WordPress cousins - they are designed to modify and customize how your site looks.

Think of themes as the paint job on your car. Zippy Courses is the engineering and technology behind the engine of your car, but your paint job (and theme!) are what can really make people turn their head when you drive by.

Themes That Come With Zippy Courses

Now, you don't need to be a designer to start working with themes. Zippy Courses comes out of the box with two professionally designed options for you:

  • Zippy Classic: The original Zippy Courses theme, includes a tailored online education experience and has a variety of theme variations for you to choose from as you build your site.

  • 1K Students: This new theme is modeled after the premium design that Derek Halpern of Social Triggers has tested and used in many of his courses.

To enable either of these themes on your Zippy Courses site is very simple:

  1. Log in to your Zippy Courses site, and go to the admin (http://yoursite.zippycourses.com/admin - replace yoursite with what you created when you signed up).

  2. Click on Settings in the menu on the left.

  3. Click on Themes in the Settings menu.

  4.  In the Themes section of the Theme Settings page, click the  Activate link below either the Zippy Classic or 1K Students themes.

  5. Visit the home page of your Zippy Courses site, and behold the new theme in action!

Custom Themes for Zippy Courses

While Zippy Courses comes with two premium theme offerings, you may want a little bit more. To meet those more advanced needs, Zippy Courses offers our Professional level members the ability to create their own designs and themes!

Custom themes give you the ability to take any web design - either a template that you purchase or the full, bespoke experience that a professional designer offers - and transform it into a fully functional Zippy Courses experience.

If you'd like to learn more about Zippy Courses custom themes, you can continue on in this series on Zippy Courses themes, and you'll learn the following:

  • How Zippy Courses Works with Themes
  • The Technologies of a Theme
  • What Data Your Theme Can Access
  • Building a Zippy Courses Theme from Scratch (6 Part Series)

If you ever have any questions regarding building a custom theme, please email us at support@zippycourses.com, and we'll be happy to guide you through the theme creation process.

For now, let's move on to the next part in the series, Part 2: How Do Themes Work?

See you there, and Happy Theme-ing!