Hi, I'm using Confluence 4.2.11.
I spent some days for reading the documentation for customising the confluence layout, but there was no satisfaction for the solutions I found.
But when I refresh the page, the sidebar was not working/visible, the CSS and JS files were not be included into the html page. But in the html source I found the complete sidebar in the splitter-sidebar node.
So this seems not to work and I try it the revert way: I switch to the documentation theme. But there it's not possible to customise the velocity template / decorator. So I extract the doctheme-4.2.11.jar and put the main.vm and page.vm into the WEB-INF/classes/ directory and modify the main.vm files. That works!
But now the next problem: what is with the other decorators, for example global.vm, space.vm, etc. How can I customise them?
And how can I make custom modifications for each space with the docoumentation theme?
Have you seen Zen Foundation or Refined Wiki ? (see marketplace.atlassian.com)
Maybe those out of box themes will save you some headaches and meet your needs too - they are pretty mature in their product development, and well supported themes.
Just an idea.
We examined a few themes (Doc, Zen, and one or two others) and realized that the site we wanted to build (a "developer center") could not be done with a theme. So, our path consists of:
- Use jQuery for tweaking some UI elements
- Custom CSS for just about everything
- Custom main, page, and other decorators for each space
- Custom VMs for many site features
- Tons of macros
It's been a bit of a slog, but the site looks and feels fantastic and we couldn't be happier with the flexibility we now have because it's all "home-rolled".
Ah okay, but you don't use a real theme, I mean you don't create a real plugin. Because when you want to create a custom theme you have to create a confluence plugin.
Do you integrate a sidebar like in the documentaion theme, when yes, can you give me some hints or snippest, that I can use?
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