How to Create a WSS Theme – WPTitle

Fine.  I am back to posting.  The first 22 days of January went quickly while i was working as support team for broadcom.  Number of Tickets where there with tons of stuff to do.  But still i was able to get through successfully and got 4.0 out of 4 and best ever support engineer for broadcom.  But leave things behind. 

Last night i got support call to change the web part title font color property from CSS.  There is a CSS Style called MS-WpTITLE which has color attribute.  and also a A Link attribute with the same name.  Change the color property at both places and the color of webpart title text or link will be changed to new color.

Another thing that i noted that normally webparts has links to their list view page when clicked on the title link.  If the webpart is custom webpart; there will be no link but the font color will not change so we need to change both WPTitle and WpTitle A Link attributes.

I was also involved in Create a new theme for Our sharepoint client.  As it was long activity so client as satisfied with the CSS change.  Here are some ways to create and use a theme in WSS.

Via Brad Covell & Angus Logan

Create and applying aTheme with Frontpage 2003

using a Theme in WSS

This is actually more complicated than I had originally thought, so I spent some time doing it myself and verifying the steps below. These are the exact steps I went through and was successful in creating a theme for my WSS site.

  1. Open FrontPage 2003, Click on Format -> Theme -> then on the task pane that opens you can either modify an existing theme and save it, save it with a different name, or click “Create a new theme…” at the bottom of the task pane.
  2. Then on the screen that opens you can modify the colors, text, fonts… and then click “Save As” and just save it in the default location and give it a one word name.
  3. The theme will be saved in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Themes\<theme name>
  4. Then go to;en-us;295409&Product=fp2000 create the Unpack_elm.vbs script, place it in the folder from #3 and run it. Then delete the vbs file out of that folder once the files have been unpacked.
  5. Copy the entire folder to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\template\themes
  6. Open C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\template\layouts\1033\spthemes.xml with NotePad.
  7. Add a template by adding the lines below:


<TemplateID>halloween</TemplateID>  (this value should match the name of the folder you copied)

<DisplayName>Halloween</DisplayName> (this value can be anything, it will be displayed to the user)

<Description>Description</Description>    (again any value is fine, this value is unused by SharePoint)

<Thumbnail>../images/thice.png</Thumbnail> (this image won’t be used and so you can use this value or leave it blank)

<Preview>../images/thice.gif</Preview>  (This value is a .gif file of a screen shot of your theme applied to a site, it should be 300 x 179 and located here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\TEMPLATE\IMAGES)

8. Perform an iisreset on the SharePoint server and now when you choose to Apply a Theme to a site your custom theme will be listed and you can apply it.

Customizing SharePoint Themes and Site Templates

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