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Design and share your own themes

Theme PublishingA few months ago, we opened our labs and introduced Theme Designer. This application allows anyone to rapidly create new themes the easy way, simply by clicking and picking color and design options. Today, we’re happy to announce that Theme Designer is the first project to graduate from Netvibes Labs and is now available for all users.

Make and publish themes the easy way

Theme Designer is a visual editing tool that makes it easy for anyone to create their own themes in minutes. Users simply click and pick which colors they want for all the different sections of their page, along with detailed design options from a simple menu. A preview window shows changes live, so you can see your changes as they happen–no coding required.

Once you’ve created a theme you like, you can publish it to the Netvibes Ecosystem where millions of other users can install your new design on their page. All you have to do is hit the Publish button and you’re done!

Features:

Theme Designer features

  • Visual Editor: Zero coding required. Simply click and pick your color and design options.
  • Color Palettes: Say goodbye to hex codes! Just choose from a simple color picker.
  • Full Customization: Complete control over the header, footer, tabs, widgets and more.
  • Free Hosting: We’ll host your background images and theme creations for free.
  • Easy Publishing: Showcase your theme on the Netvibes Ecosystem in just one click.

Browse and search for new themes

Themes on Ecosystem

We’ve also added a new Theme catalog to the Netvibes Ecosystem to make it convenient for users to find, preview and install new themes on their Netvibes pages. There are already more than 200 themes, including animated themes, available with many more being added everyday.

Ever feel like you want a new theme, but were unsure of exactly what? We’ve made it easy not just to search for themes based on keywords and popularity, but also by category and color. So the next time you feel a little blue, we have just the theme for you.

Check out the new theme catalogue at: http://eco.netvibes.com/themes

How to apply a new theme to your Netvibes page

Theme Settings

  1. Find a theme. Themes can be accessed from the Preferences link at the top of your page or via the Netvibes Ecosystem. From the Ecosystem, you can pick by category, color, popularity or by searching for a keyword.
  2. Try it out. Don’t worry: you can always undo it if you don’t like it.
  3. Keep it or change it back. If you don’t like the theme, simply click Discard changes to revert back to your old theme settings.

You can also access the Theme Designer and create your own theme from the Settings menu.

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16 Comments

  • Reply MasterP August 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent improvement. Love this as I was looking for a solution to share the same theme across our whole team here. Thanks!!

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    “Free Hosting: We’ll host your background images and theme creations for free.” – can’t argue with that price 😀

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    i love netvibes! and again mobile site netvibes. thank you for your works!!!

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    Love the idea of a live preview, so you know what you’ve done right away, w/o waiting for the page to reload.

    But my preview won’t change. Once I moved from the header to the footer, and got the color on the footer to change, the header color did change. But no matter what image I load, tile or header, nothing shows up in the live preview.

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