Using the Theme Resource Kit

The theme resource kit is a set of sample files that make up a theme, arranged in the hierarchy that the application expects. You do not have to use this kit, but it can be helpful to understand the kinds of things you can modify in the application.

Jive Software strongly recommends using the out-of-the-box Theming Tool whenever possible due to upgrade risks when using Soy or Freemarker themes. Alternatively, you can engage Jive Software's professional service team to help you develop a custom theme if you don't want to do it yourself. Just ask your Jive Software account representative about this service.

To make the changes described here, you'll need administrator privileges and a good understanding of Freemarker or Soy templates.

The directory hierarchy in your theme is important; things will break if you don't follow the correct pattern. What's in the resource kit is a good example, with a root directory that has subdirectories for images, styles, and template. Within the template directory, the hierarchy is also important.

Note: The themes you upload this way in a zip file are applied as the global theme. It is possible to create custom themes that map to only specific parts of the UI, but this isn't the way to do that. Be sure to read the advanced custom theming help topics here: Custom Themes Advanced Topics.