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Having multiple Theme colour choices

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Community saint

Having transitioned to OCP there are a few users who would like a theme colour choice.

So I can create another another theme based on the existing one and I have read somewhere that I can give the users the option to choose one of them.

How much extra work am I setting myself up for? I take it that any changes I make to one theme for the CSS, templates and images will have to be duplicated. Is there anything else that I need to be aware of?
Are the Comcode pages shared between the themes - or am I effectively creating two sites that I will manually have to keep in sync ?

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Community saint

The simple answer is that its just CSS and images.

But it depend on whether or not the theme you are using for the main site is the "default" theme (with or without customisations) or "yourCustomTheme".

If you are using "yourCustomTheme" then all the template modifications will be stored with that theme, and if you want to make a colour variant like "yourCustomThemeRed", it would have to have a duplicate copy of your custom templates as well, which would need to be maintained.

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Yeah, in other words - try to put as many of the customisations into the default theme as possible, so they inherit. Theoretically with v9 you can have most of your CSS changes in there too, except global.css changes (as those are where the colours are defined). The only issue is if you do this you need to be carefully to make your theme look okay with the Admin Zone / CMS Zone (this is why ocPortal warns against editing the default theme, but it's fine if you know what you're doing).

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