Remove community themes 

If you want to make a specific community theme unavailable to your users, or you want to disable all community themes, you can do so by editing the Communities configuration file, communities-config.xml.

Before you begin

To edit configuration files, use the IBM WAS wsadmin client. See Starting the wsadmin client for information about how to start the wsadmin command-line tool.

About this task

The list of themes displayed in the theme palette in Communities corresponds to the list of themes defined in the Communities configuration file, communities-config.xml. If you want to remove a specific theme from the palette, you can do so by removing the theme or commenting out the relevant section in the configuration file. Or, if you have applied corporate branding to all of IBM Connections, and you want to disable community theming so that the branding applies to all communities, you can do so by removing all of the theme information from the communities-config.xml file. When you remove all of the theme information, the option to choose a theme no longer displays when users are creating or editing communities.


To remove community themes...

  1. From the dmgr host:

      cd $DMGR_PROFILE/bin
      ./ -jython

      If prompted to specify a service to connect to, type 1 to pick the first node in the list. Most commands can run on any node. If the command writes or reads information to or from a file using a local file path, pick the node where the file is stored.

  2. Check out the Communities configuration files using the following command:

      CommunitiesConfigService.checkOutConfig("<working_directory>", "<cell_name>")


      • <working_directory> is the temporary working directory to which the configuration XML and XSD files are copied. The files are kept in this working directory while you make changes to them.

          Note: AIX and Linux only: The directory must grant write permissions or the command will not run successfully.

      • <cell_name> is the name of the WAS cell hosting the IBM Connections application. This argument is required. If you do not know the cell name, you can determine it by typing the following command in the wsadmin command processor:

          print AdminControl.getCell()

      For example:

      CommunitiesConfigService.checkOutConfig("/opt/my_temp_dir", "CommServerNode01Cell")

  • Open communities-config.xml in a text editor.

  • Do one of the following:

  • Save the communities-config.xml file.

  • After making changes, check the configuration files back in, and do so during the same wsadmin session in which you checked them out for your configuration changes to take effect. You must also stop and restart the Communities server. See Apply property changes in Communities for information about how to save and apply your changes.

    Parent topic

    Add a custom theme to Communities

    Related tasks

    Define a community theme
    Add a theme to the Communities configuration file
    Apply property changes in Communities