A blog theme for Atlassian Confluence, when applied to a space decorates it in a way that many people have come to associate with a "blog". See screenshots. See this theme in action
The logo of the space goes on top as a graphical banner, and the rest of the content is under - the main content area in the left column and the right column contains 9 areas that hold certain pieces of information usually expected from a "blog":
page options (RSS, print links)
recently edited content
featured articles (blog roll)
The view for each blogpost on the front page is restricted to 4 lines of text with Read More links leading to the individual blogposts.
The whole right column can be replaced by creating a page called "Side Panel". If found in the space, the theme will include this page in the right column in full.
Each of the right column parts can be replaced by creating a page called "Side Panel Part One","Side Panel Part Two"... "Side Panel Part Nine" Please note: The number is entered as word not as a digit.
Additionally the content of the About and Featured Articles area can be replaced by pages called "About" and "Featured Articles" either in full or if these pages have been marked up with excerpt macro - as excerpts.
Also, if a page called "Footer" is present it's contents will be included at the bottom of the rendered page for all users (if something has to be shown to anonymous users differently than what is shown to authenticated ones this has to be taken care within the page content via Confluence macros).
The theme supports German and French localization so the names of the pages are localized.
Consult the table below for the names of the a pages used by the theme
By default displays
Space Live Search
Side Panel Part One
Seitenleiste Teil Eins
Panneau latéral, premier partie
Side Panel Part Two
Seitenleiste Teil Zwei
Panneau latéral, deuxième partie
Side Panel Part Three
Seitenleiste Teil Drei
Panneau latéral, troisième partie
Side Panel Part Four
Seitenleiste Teil Vier
Panneau latéral, quatrième partie
Recently edited content
Side Panel Part Five
Seitenleiste Teil Fünf
Panneau latéral, cinquième partie
Popular content links
Side Panel Part Six
Seitenleiste Teil Sechs
Panneau latéral, sixième partie
Side Panel Part Seven
Seitenleiste Teil Sieben
Panneau latéral, septième partie
Featured articles (blog roll)
Side Panel Part Eight
Seitenleiste Teil Acht
Panneau latéral, huitième partie
Side Panel Part Nine
Seitenleiste Teil Neun
Panneau latéral, neuvième partie
Container for the 9 elements above
Über dieses Blog
Featured Articles page
default footer for authenticated users
Fußzeile der Seite
Bas de page
The theme relies on build-in macros to render default content.
For example, many people disable those related to popular content. Don't get alerted if you get a warning about it (in an ugly red blob).
Simply create the page "Side Panel Part Six" to replace it with whatever content you may want (or enable the macros).
The Theme is morphing according to user's permissions
It supports distinctly:
those with page create rights
those with news create rights
space admins and global admins
Consider having special groups to denote those who can create content, those who can administer the space and regular users.
By default the theme intercepts access to the home page and redirects to news. If not desired - disable theme component "Home Page Path Converter" in Administration Console/Plugins.
The background color of the right-side theme element Page Options is configurable via "Page Menu Selected Background" in Space Color Scheme.
The foreground color of the user navigation elements overlaid over logo is configurable via "Top Bar Menu Item Text" in Space Color Scheme.
Featured Articles page serves as a parent to the featured articles, intended as snippets/reviews of 3rd party content or original content.
By default the theme provides a link to create a new child page with the name Featured Article N, where N is the current number of Featured Articles' child pages + 1.
Integration with TechTime EasySEO and CSS Switcher plugins
If EasySEO plugin is deployed the title of the page is composed of the space description and page name. Meta keywords are rendered from labels of the current page and meta information is rendered as an excerpt of the current page.
Integration with CSS Switch allows one to add "skins" to their blog as well as change appearance significantly from the default "narrow" view. This can be done by attaching a CSS file to the home page of the space with no comment specified. See the attached persistent.css for an example how to make your theme 980px wide.
Choose the appropriate release, follow the links to read the release notes