Theme vs Layout


I am trying to find a concrete definition of the Confluence theme and layout. I would like to know what is the difference between the two but I can not seem to find anything that makes it clear. Can anyone help? My goal to be able to have different designs for difference spaces but also still have a company wide layout/theme/design. What is the best and easiest way to accomplish this goal.



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Hallo Mario

Yes, it's possible to have a company-wide design for the site, with individual designs for individual spaces. I'd recommend themes as the easiest way to accomplish this.

A theme is a set of CSS, layouts and possibly other functionality too. Themes are usually packed as add-ons (plugins) that you need to install into Confluence. Confluence ships with two themes: The Default theme and the Documentation theme. You can get other themes on the Atlassian Marketplace.

So, a theme is the simplest and safest way to change the look and feel of your site. When you upgrade to a newer version of Confluence, you'll be able to find out whether there's a compatible version of the theme from the theme developer.

Here's the documentation on themes:


You can also customise Confluence by adjusting the "layouts". This is a technical process, and involves updating the Velocity template coding and HTML that is part of Confluence. If you do this, you'll need to re-apply your updates when you upgrade Confluence to a new version.

The documentation is here:

It's also possible to adjust the style for a space, by adding CSS stylesheets. This is also a fairly technical process, but works well if you want to tweak just a few styles:

I hope this answers the question!

Cheers, Sarah

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