From LimeSurvey Manual
The theme options is available on LimeSurvey 3.x, and offers a set of various tools that allows the survey administrators to quickly and easily change the themes-related settings of their surveys.
Options to Change a Theme
There are two ways to use a theme in LimeSurvey 3.x, either through the global setting or through the theme option panel inside a survey.
Changing the Theme from the global setting makes the chosen theme the default theme for all surveys you create. If the theme is changed for a particular survey using the Theme option panel inside the theme, only the theme for that particular survey is changed.
Global setting default Theme
Theme options panel
This option changes the theme for a particular survey. To access the new theme options feature, go to the survey settings:
Available list of Themes
The list of themes available can be access from the Administration Dashboard. Configuration > Advanced > Themes
The list is divided into 5 columns:
- Preview of the theme: This shows how the theme will look like when used.
- Theme title: Specifies the name of the theme.
- Description of the themes: Users can always get more information about the theme using the URL on the description.
- Type of theme: Core themes are themes provided with LimeSurvey and cannot be changed while User themes are extended themes added in upload directory by users.
- Extends: if the theme extends other themes, the name of the extended theme will be displayed here.
- Last Column with some action buttons: The last Column contains five buttons as shown on the image.
The buttons are ways in which a theme can be edited and each button will be explained in details below,
- Theme editor: it will redirect you to the theme editor
- Theme options: it will lead you the global configuration of theme options
- Uninstall: it will delete the configuration entries of a theme in the database
- Install: it will load the manifest of a theme to add it to database and make it available for selection at the survey level
- Reset: This will completely reset the theme.
The LimeSurvey core themes (default themes) cannot be modified. The "extend" button give users the opportunity for a core theme to be modified(extended).
The fruity theme is used for this demonstration on how to extend/modify a theme using the theme editor.
When the theme editor button is clicked, the page below is displayed. The theme can be previewed using the "Previous" and "Next" buttons. The screen size can be adjusted to see how responsive the theme is on all devices. A new template can be imported or the current template can be exported as a zip file.
The "Extend" button will ask for a new name to save a copy of the theme you want to modify. In our case, the fruity theme will be named "extends_fruity".
Theme inheritance Overview
When a theme is extended, a copy of the original theme can easily be modified. In our case, we have a copy of the fruity theme saved as "extends_fruity" which will be available for use in the list of themes available.