We recently purchased Confluence and we are now in the process of setting up an Intranet.
I would like to have a better looking interface and I am wondering how you can go about changing the layout, if it is possible to change the look completely?
Nicer colours, maybe tabs, a background photo is some of the ideas we have. Are there themes for this, or can we pass this onto our IT department for them to customize it?
You can do some stuff off-the-shelf (look for Admin -> Look and feel)
But have a look in the marketplace for "themes" - Confluence has support for multiple themes in it (you can theme everything the same, or do it on a space-by-space basis), and there are loads on the marketplace.
For heavy customisation, look for the theme editors though !
There's also Adaptavist's Theme Builder, which gives you a huge amount of flexibility, but no real off-the-shelf themes. Give Refined and Brikit a go first, but if their predefined themes (with options) aren't enough, you'll need to look at TB.
Basic designs can be changed and improved by using certain standard Confluence functions. Maybe you want to watch some of the videos of our Video Tutorial Series „Learn Atlassian Confluence“:
The Linchpin Theme Plugin is a very cool option to give your Confluence site a fully individualized look and feel.
Or just check it out on the Marketplace.
Don’t miss to also take a look at the rest of Linchpin, the social intranet solution based 100% on Atlassian Confluence.
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