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How to Publish a Theme in All Sites in a Site Collection, and Customize it on a Subsite

If you have a theme applied to your Site Collection and want to provide a different theme/experience on one of your subsites, then this article is for you.


TABLE OF CONTENTS


Before we begin (ShortPoint SPFx)


If you are using SharePoint On-Premise 2013 or SharePoint On-Premise 2016, you can skip this section.


Part 1: ShortPoint installed on entire Site Collection


If you are using ShortPoint SPFx, this article assumes that you already have ShortPoint installed on the entire site collection.

To verify this:

  1. Go to the root of your site collection > Site Contents > ShortPoint Dashboard.
  2. You should see "Installed on entire Site Collection" next to the ShortPoint version in your Dashboard (check the screenshot below):


Part 2: Add & install ShortPoint on the subsite


Go to the subsite that you wish to have a different theme applied on, and do the following:


  1. Open the Settings by clicking the cog wheel icon and choose Add an app:



  2.  Under Apps you can add choose ShortPoint SPFx from the given options:



  3. ShortPoint app is now added to the Site Contents. Click ShortPoint SPFx - Install Now! to open the ShortPoint Dashboard:



   4. Open the Installation page: 



  5. And click Install:



When the installation is completed, you will see a success message in  green :



Before we begin (ShortPoint On-Premise 2013 / On-Premise 2016)


We assume that you have installed ShortPoint without touching any ShortPoint feature on either Site collection level or on the subsite level:

  • If you go to your root site > Site Settings > Site collection features, you should see ShortPoint feature active.
  • If you go to the subsite that you wish to have a different theme on and navigate to the Site Settings > Manage site features, you should see ShortPoint feature inactive.


Step 1: Open ShortPoint Theme Builder on the subsite


On your subsite go to Site settings/Site contents > ShortPoint Dashboard.


Open Theme Builder:



Step 2: Stop the Inheritance


In the opened page you will see a warning message telling you that the site is inheriting settings from the parent site.


To make the customizations on the subsite possible, click Stop inherit settings:



In the open modal click OK to confirm your decision:



Step 3: Customize your subsite


Now Customize my site button becomes active. It means that the theme applied on the parent site is no longer inherited by the current subsite.


To set a different theme for this subsite, click Customize my site and start doing your customizations:



That's it! Happy customizing!


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