Which Kind of Theme Should I Use?

Understand the differences and upgrade risks between the out-of-the-box Theming Tool and custom themes you create with Soy or Freemarker.

Note: Jive Software strongly recommends using the out-of-the-box Theming Tool whenever possible due to upgrade risks when using Soy or Freemarker themes.
Out-of-the-box Theming Tool
Beginning in Jive 6.0, the application includes an out-of-the-box theming tool available to community administrators and users with Home Page/Customize Site permissions. Those users can see a Customize Your Site option in their user menu in the upper right corner. This theming tool allows you to quickly customize your site with your organization's unique colors, logo, and fonts, or use a predefined theme included with Jive, such as Bamboo or Winter. You can also export and import themes to back up, share, and transfer themes to other Jive communities using this theming tool. These themes are upgrade-safe for future versions of the application.
Custom Themes in Soy or Freemarker
The application also allows you to develop and deploy your own custom themes using Soy or Freemarker. However, be aware that by deploying Soy and Freemarker themes, you will be modifying the application's underlying page templates. Doing so can make application upgrades extremely time-consuming and resource-intensive. At Jive Software, we have observed that customers who deploy Soy and Freemarker themes often experience difficult upgrades due their custom themes.

If you want a custom theme but don't want to develop it yourself, you can have Jive Software's professional services team do it for you. Ask your Jive account representative about this service.