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How To Add a New Theme

styles directory

templates directory
It's easy to add a new theme to a Tiki web site. All that is needed is to place its files in the correct directories (folders) on the server. The theme is immediately available (perhaps after a page refresh to add the theme name to selector lists).

Theme components

A Tiki theme has at least a stylesheet file (a CSS file such as New_look.css) — and may have associated images. This file is what gives the theme its name. The theme may also have template files (New_look/tiki.tpl for example).

Theme stylesheets (.css files) go in the styles/ directory of the Tiki site. The images used in the theme — contained in a directory with the same name as the theme — also go in the styles/ directory.

Any custom template files used by the theme (in a directory with the same name as the theme) go in the Tiki site's templates/styles/ directory.


People with ftp access to their web site can un-archive/un-zip the new theme package on their local computer and then upload the files/directories to the appropriate directories on their server.

The files for a new theme called New_look would be uploaded like this:

Stylesheet file and images:
  • Image styles/
    • New_look.css (CSS file)
    • Image New_look/ (background.jpg, logo.jpg, etc.)

Template files:
  • Image templates/
    • Image styles/
      • Image New_look/ (tiki.tpl, tiki-top_bar.tpl, etc.)


People with shell accounts can transfer the files to the appropriate directories normally.

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luci, 09:13 GMT, Mon 09 of Dec, 2013: logo updated with ®. please do ctrl+F5 refresh...
chibaguy, 06:31 GMT, Thu 16 of May, 2013: Veronica, that star has been eclipsed many times, with Tiki 11.o now soon to rise. ;-)
veronicamarsh, 08:33 GMT, Sun 12 of May, 2013: tikiwiki 2.0 is the star of this weekend. Just follow as we add it to SM dev.
chibaguy, 02:57 GMT, Thu 04 of Oct, 2012: This is a late reply, but, for the record, the Milkyway theme (following the original design) doesn't have a search form in the top bar. You can put one at the top of a side column, etc. instead.
andi6803, 12:20 GMT, Tue 18 of Oct, 2011: I use tiki 6v4 with the Milkyway theme. But it's not possible to switch on the search bar at the top bar. With other themes it works.