Theme Editor

You can use Localist’s Theme Editor to access your platform’s HTML to customize how your event data is presented. The template language is Liquid. In this article you will find:

  • Accessing the Theme Editor
  • Actions
  • Modifying Files
  • Language Changes

Using the Theme Editor

Creating a New Theme

  • Navigate to Settings > Appearance
  • Select +Add Theme

    On the +Add Theme page you will be prompted to enter a name for the theme, and which existing theme the new theme will inherit.

  • Select Edit Theme Files to being editing


Activate: This will tell Localist to make the theme you’re editing live, replacing the previously active theme.

Delete: This will remove the entire theme.

Modifying Files

Modifying a file will cut it off from receiving any future Localist updates. If a file has not been modified, then it will continue to receive updates. If you had a modified file, but select Reset to Default then the file will receive any necessary updates. To ensure that you receive as many updates as possible, we recommend making any possible stylesheet changes outside of the Theme Editor.

When modifying a file, in order for your changes to stick you must save changes before you navigate to another file. If you select another file before saving your changes, you will receive a warning prompt that the file contains unsaved changes. After saving a file, it will be blue bold in the file list.

If you are using a SILK Wrapper, then changes made to the Global Site Shell file will not be applied. After you have saved your changes in a file, a Reset to Default link will appear next to the Save Changes button. Selecting this will remove all changes you’ve made to the specific file.

Language Changes

Language Changes refer to any time the default language on the platform is changed to display a different word or phrase. The majority of languages are made by the customer using the Theme Editor to modify the platform’s HTML. However, there are some pieces that need to be changed on Localist’s end. Localist Language Changes include:

  • Vocab:  All Events, Groups, Places to Go, Submit an Event, I’m Interested, People Interested, Buy Tickets, and Register
  • Date + Time Format: capitalization of am/pm (AM/PM vs. am/pm), adding a space after the time (8 pm vs. 8pm), adding/removing zeros at the top of the hour (8:00 vs. 8), and lengthening/shortening the date format ( Sept. 1 vs. September 1 vs. 9/1)
  • Localist language changes do not include Filters, Custom Fields, or Homepage tabs.

Changes Implemented by Your Team

The files noted are found in the HTML Theme Editor by navigating to Settings > Appearance> Select Edit Files for the appropriate theme.

  • Example file: Homepage > _add_event_block. Homepage is the section in the theme editor and _add_event_block is the actual file.


Localist Platform Homepage

Share Events Box: Homepage > _add_event_block


Public Event Submission Form

Adding an Event + Batch Event Add Boxes: Events > Public Event Submission Form


Landing Pages

Getting Here map header:

  • Place Landing Page: Places > Place Page Shell
  • Event Landing Page: Events > _right_sidebar


Recent Activity Section (header, comment, review, photo and no recent activity): Shared Among Multiple Views > _recent_activity


Upcoming Events header, Recent Event header & “View full calendar” link:

  • Place Landing Page: Places > Place Page Shell
  • Group Landing Page: Groups > Page Shell