What is a theme?
A theme is a package that changes how the IPS Community Suite looks. By default, the software has a blue theme (it's the one you see here on our own community), but with themes you can completely change that, including colors, fonts, images and much more. With a little skill, your imagination is the limit!
Above all, themes are a great way to keep consistent branding between your main website and your community.
Where do you get themes?
Themes can come from a few different sources, including:
- Our Marketplace, for free or paid
- Created yourself using the Easy Mode editor
- Created yourself using the full theme editor (for advanced users)
- Some designers run their own sites that offer ready-made themes for purchase/download
- You can hire a designer to create a theme especially for your community
Although many communities have one theme that matches their brand, it's also possible to install multiple themes and let users choose between them. You can select a default as your 'main' theme, and users can choose their own preference from the theme selector at the bottom of the page. You can even restrict themes to certain member groups, allowing you to have 'premium' themes for paid members (for example). We'll cover how to do all this and more in a later step.