Developing Themes for WebSphere Portal 8.0

The Portal 8.0 theme allows the developer to quickly and easily configure the combination of capabilities they want in theme without having to dig into the code. It has never been easier to deliver a responsive look and feel for your Portal.

The WebSphere Portal Technical community will continue publishing articles to assist in customizing the Portal user interface.

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Theme Optimization
Theme optimization allows a developer to configure the capabilities of a theme using a profile without having to dig into the code.
Theme Customization
Theme customization allows a developer to customize the capabilities of a theme without impacting other themes and with the flexibility of modules.
IBM Dojo Toolkit
An open source JavaScript library included within WebSphere Portal to ease the rapid development of cross-platform, Ajax-based applications.
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Theme Customization Quick Start

This quick start guide provides the first steps for re-branding the Portal for your business.


The module framework allows extensions to contribute to different areas of the page in order to provide flexibility, enhance the user experience, and maximize performance.



The theme displays navigation elements with links to access the pages in the Portal site.



Styles provide the ability to customize the visual aspects of a Portal theme using CSS. You can package styles for selection on the customization shelf.



A layout template is used to structure the presentation of the page content. Layout templates are assigned per page using the customization shelf.



Deployment discusses processes for optimizing theme source code and making your custom theme available on the Portal server.


Portal provides a menu framework to define and customize drop-down menu controls, such as page and portlet actions menus.

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