Before you begin
To edit configuration files, you must use the IBM
® Application Server 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 comes from list of themes defined in the Communities configuration file, communities-config.xml
. When you define a new theme, you must add a corresponding theme entry to the configuration file for it to display in the user interface. The placement of the theme in the configuration file list matches its placement in the Communities theme palette. Typically, you might add new themes to the end of the list, but if you want to make your new theme the default community theme, you need to add it to the beginning of the list. This placement means that the theme is used whenever another theme has not been explicitly set.
To add a theme to the Communities configuration file, complete the following steps.
1. Start the wsadmin client from the following directory of the system on which you installed the Deployment Manager:
is the WebSphere
Application Server installation directory and dm_profile_root
is the Deployment Manager profile directory, typically dmgr01.
You must start the client from this directory or subsequent commands that you enter do not execute correctly.
2. Start the Communities Jython script interpreter.
a. Use the following command to access the Communities configuration files:
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, you must pick the node where the file is stored.
b. Check out the Communities configuration files using the following command:
- 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 WebSphere Application Server 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:
3. Open communities-config.xml
in a text editor.
4. Add a new <comm:theme>
element to include the properties for the new theme in the list of themes that are already defined in the file:
5. NOTE: Please ensure the value specified for the themeUuid is in lowercase. Also the uuid and cssUrl are dependent on each other.
6. Save the communities-config.xml
7. After making changes, you must check the configuration files back in, and you must 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 Applying property changes in Communities
for information about how to save and apply your changes.
What to do next
1. Test your changes by refreshing the web browser.
Parent topic: Adding a custom theme to Communities
2. When you are ready to make the custom theme available to others, refer to steps 6-8 of Customizing the user interface for information about how to publish your changes and make them permanent.
Defining a community theme
Specifying the name of a custom theme
Removing community themes
Applying property changes in Communities
Customizing the user interface
Adding custom strings for widgets and other specified scenarios