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.
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.
Your Own ThemeConfluence 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
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.