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By Robbie Lee | August 3, 2015

After installing Confluence and adding spaces, you'll notice a common look and feel across the site. This site-wide design provides a fluid user experience and ensures new spaces adhere to a standard.

Behind the scenes, a theme establishes design elements like color, feature location and layout. You can alter this appearance using built-in or third-party themes. Either allows you to change the entire site, specific spaces or individual pages.

Built-in Themes

The latest versions of Confluence provide two built-in themes: Default and Documentation. The Default is a standard Confluence theme that presents content using a simple page layout. The Documentation theme adds a page tree to the left of page content. Your administrator can select either of these as the site or space theme.

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This space and all spaces in the site use the Documentation theme. Administrators can change this site theme.

Notice how the sidebar has changed.

Administrators can alter this theme for individual spaces.

Administrators can also select third-party themes.

Your Own Theme

Confluence allows you to create your own theme. However, to do so, you must know how to create a Confluence add-on. After creating this add-on, you'll have two other obstacles to overcome:
  • no Confluence support for your add-on
  • code issues after a Confluence upgrade

Third-Party Themes 

The Atlassian Marketplace offers several third-party theming add-ons. Each provides different levels of customization. Many allow you to:

  • create your own theme
  • change design elements
  • adjust page layouts
  • add menus and footers

Some add-ons require wiki markup and CSS knowledge.

Theme Press Add-on

Theme Press is a third-party add-on that allows you to create highly-designed themes and content for your site. As part of the theming process, you create headers, menus, footers and page layouts. You can customize the look and feel of Confluence without adding any custom CSS or JavaScript.
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