Customize a blog themeCustomize a blog theme to change the look of a blog. Or create a new theme and make it available to your blog users.
The theme for a blog controls the look and the layout of the blog. You can customize the theme for a blog to change the look of it by editing the templates files that make up the theme. For example, you might add a corporate logo or change the background color for a theme. You should be comfortable editing HTML files and cascading style sheets (CSS files) to modify a blog theme. Also note the following:
- To make a site-wide change, edit the Blogs Homepage theme.
- You can extend a theme so it can use a different color scheme or different content but use the same templates.
- You can create a new theme based on an existing theme and add it to the list of available themes that your users can choose.
CAUTION: The ability for blog owners to customize their blog themes is disabled by default. Although the setting to enable this application is on the Configurations page on the Administration tab, we strongly recommend you do not enable it, because end-user theme customization is not a supported application. End-user customized theme migration will be the customer's responsibility for future releases. The setting is provided for backward compatibility with the IBM Connections 1.x releases. If your end users customized themes in an earlier release, enable this application so they can retrieve their customized themes.
The following topics describe how to access and modify the templates for a theme and how to make a new theme available for use.
Standard Blogs theme components
A Blogs theme is made up of a collection of templates, graphics, and macros that you can modify. This topics describes some of the basic theme components.
Change the theme used in a blog
A theme controls the layout and color-scheme of your blog. When you create a new blog, you choose from one of the built-in themes.
Customize a blog template
A blog theme is made from a collection of templates that control the look of the blog. You can customize theme templates and save a new theme for a blog.
Example: Adding a logo to a blog theme
Customize a theme by adding a logo to the design.
Extending a theme
You can extend an existing theme to use a different color scheme or to display different content.
Making a custom theme available to your users
You can create custom themes and make them available to your blog users. Customizing themes requires experience editing HTML and CSS files.
Delete a Blogs theme
Delete a Blogs theme if you do not want it to be available to your users.