SXA is coming with two predefined themes - Basic and Wireframe.

They are stored in /sitecore/media library/Themes media folder and cannot be modified in Creative Exchange.

What is the best way to create custom theme that I can apply to my site?

I am thinking about using standard Sitecore Copying -> Copy To item menu for Wireframe theme but would like to hear if there is a better option.

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There are two ways of doing that:

  • create your theme using Create new Site dialogue
  • create your theme manually

1. Create new Site dialogue

Create New Site dialogue lets you create your own theme.

To do it you need to switch to Theme tab and check Create new theme checkbox

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After that your site theme will be created somewhere here:

/sitecore/media library/Project/Tenant/Site/My Site Theme

2. Create your theme manually

If you want to do it manually you need to repeat script steps.

What scaffolding script does is:

  • create new Theme item
  • assign theme base templates enter image description here
  • copy all content of Basic theme under your new Theme
  • assign your new theme to allowed/compatible themes in your site settings You can configure them here:

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Without that step, your new theme will not appear in any site options, for example here (device to theme mapping)

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  • 3
    Any chance you will add a "New theme" dialog? Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 20:53
  • @michael-west I think it is a good idea Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 22:42
  • Another way is that you can use SXA CLI to create theme. That also help you to code your theme separately. Commented Oct 21, 2020 at 11:27

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