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Door Patrick van der Rijst / nov 2018 / 1 Min
Door Berry Kersten / / 5 min
Confluence is already advertised as an intranet, and by default, you can change the appearance (or look and feel) for the whole site and for individual spaces. So why do you need for a theme? Well, sometimes you just want the look and feel to fit your branding and you can't quite get there with the out-of-the-box options. Sometimes you really want more options for advanced layout customization or navigation menus. It could also be that your Confluence instance is just growing exponentially and that the default Confluence look and feel, its navigation and layout just isn't cutting it anymore for the number of users and the amount of content you have. We hear these things pretty often:
In other words, there are several good reasons to use themes because in the end, you just really want your content to be easily accessible and you want to users to be engaged as much as possible.
There are quite a few theming apps available in the Atlassian marketplace, so which one should you choose?
There are many factors in the decision process, like the need for branding, navigation and/or extra social features for your intranet. To provide you with some inspiration and perhaps to give you a kick start on your social intranet journey, we've selected three apps with which we've done successful implementations and that we certainly feel good in recommending. The three apps have some features in common and have their own unique characteristics as well in terms of theming, navigation, supporting collaboration, encouraging adoption, supporting specific use cases, etc.
Brikit, the developers of Theme Press, aimed for simplicity for the user first: It's the Confluence theme for non-technical users. The theme provides several look-and-feel layers so you can easily brand your intranet, configure space and page layouts, navigation menus, presentation, and more. In short, the look and feel is fully customizable. It’s not really an out-of-the-box theme for Confluence, although it's not that difficult to use, but you should think of it as more of a site construction kit.
Because Theme Press can do so much, you have to invest the time needed to configure it and to take ownership. But the rewards can certainly be worth the investment. Also, we should note that it's complexity means that it usually takes Brikit a bit more time to be compatible with the latest version of Confluence.
Some features unique to Theme Press:
There's also the Targeted Search, a powerful add-on to help users find exactly what they're looking for. Deployed to select spaces for team use, or site-wide for a consistent search experience.
View Brikit site (made in Theme Press)
Refined's goal is to provide users with an out-of-the-box solution that's super easy to use and covers most theming requirements. Among the main features, there is a navigation system that organizes all space within categories in a dropdown menu. Last year the developers released Sites. This means that you can build a structure for your content, not only uniting all spaces in categories, but by adding them to aseparate Site, or even multiple ones...
Refined is quick to set up and you can get some great results with minimal effort. There are limitations as far as customizing the look and feel and the navigation, but all and all it packs a lot of bang for the buck.
Some features of Refined:
There's also the Refined Toolkitfor using different UI elements such as buttons, tabs, etc.
Did you know there's also Refined for Jira? Recently, the vendor expanded the coverage from the existing Jira Service Desk theme engine to also support Jira Core and Jira Software.
This plugin, made by //SEIBERT/MEDIA, is pretty easy to align with your brand. It’s possible to upload your logo, put a background image, optimize the font sizes, colours as you wish. Besides the theme plugin, there are many other modules for supporting different use cases like content personalization or extranet functionality (working with external users in protected spaces). There's also the Linchpin Intranet Suite that combines the most important features of a social intranet into one single app (instead of purchasing multiple apps).
Linchpin is easy enough to install and to use. Although it's a bit limited with how far you can tweak the look and feel, it will satisfy most companies. Where it really shines is when using the intranet feature package Seibert offers. This includes things like microblogging, personalized content, localization, custom navigation, external app integration, advanced profiles and more...
Some features of Linchpin Theme:
There's also the Space Privacyadd-on for working with customers, partners, and suppliers in specific extranet spaces for collaborating in private.
Every customer case is different, so we can't single out one of these theming products as the very best solution. Do you want a fully customizable social intranet or just better navigation and a cleaner layout? Or do you need personalized content (based on location, department, interests)?
It's hard to sum up generic pro's and con's as it really is use case dependant. What we've tried to do instead is to line up some of the selection criteria our customers usually have and rate the products that way. We hope this will help you in the decision process!
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Why we love it
Customize Confluence entirely for creating fully branded corporate intranets
Customize Confluence design partially (which is sufficient in most cases), very quick & easy setup
Transform Confluence into a modular, fully personalized social intranet platform
Theming & customizability
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So to conclude, if you want a solid Confluence based intranet/extranet that fits your brand perfectly, you should certainly consider Theme Press. If it's a simple and (relatively) cheap upgrade to Confluence's look & feel and navigation you're after, then go for Refined. If you want to use Confluence as a base for a full-fledge social intranet, then Linchpin is probably the way to go.
Door Berry Kersten / jun 2023
Dan denken we dat dit ook wat voor jou is.
Door Patrick van der Rijst / nov 2018 / 1 Min