I know you have this figured out but I thought I’d take the time to post the answer anyway as it may helps others.
re: I’m trying to simplify my layout. I won’t be having any profile images, so I’d like to remove that section altogether (default is a square with “No Image Available”).
Use the Template Customizer for cMap.
- Navigate to the Connections : Template admin page.
- Click the Customize button for cMap.
- The page will reload with the Customizer on the left and a preview on the right.
- Click the back arrow in the upper left of the Customizer.
- Click the Image panel.
- Select “None” for the image type.
- Uncheck the image placeholder option.
- Click an entry name in the preview. The preview will reload displaying the entry detail profile page.
- Make the same changes again. This is required because the results list view and the profile detail view can be configured separately for greater flexibility.
- Click the Save and Publish button and then exit the Customizer.
re: Also – where is says “Show Bio” – I’d like to do one of two things:
1. Change that to “Show Practice Areas”
This can also be done in the Template Customizer. You can find the strings under the Strings panel in the Customizer.
re: have it display always (without needing to click that section on and off).
Sorry, this is not possible as it would require editing the PHP code for the templates.
re: I tried several fixes that seemed to make sense – to no avail. For example – I did a search for “Bio” and Biography” in the template files – and changed the text to “Practice Areas”. No changes showed up on the site.
That is because those are default settings applied to the Customizer on installation. They are used only when installing the template and from there the template will pull it from the Customizer options. So changing it will have no effect because those options were already initialized with those defaults.
re: Oddly – this DID work for me with the default template
This is different as those strings are not configurable using the Customizer. Rather they are “hardcoded” in the template file to match the field when adding the entry. The recommended way to change those strings can be found in this FAQ. So, basically you were editing two completely different things.
re: (I actually would love to use the default template if only I could have the Search function
Using the Template Customizer on cMap, you can come fairly close.
re: never mind. I finally realized there are templates for the vCard, etc. I found my own answer.
You can edit the PHP files if you wish, but it seems most of what you want to do is already are built-in options. If you choose to edit the PHP files, please read this tutorial on custom template override files.
Hope that helps!