SID-02187: Skin per Web

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Category: CategorySkin Server OS: Linux Last update: 1 year ago


I'm having a TWiki site with two webs: a public web and a private web. I want to use a different skin for the private web. How can this be achieved? I've been looking around in the TWiki Support Web, but I don't immediately find an answer.

Thanks in advance for any advice


-- Stijn Bousard - 2016-04-11

Discussion and Answer

Set a specific skin in the WebPreferences of a web, such as here to enable the PatternSkin just for this topic:

  • Set SKIN = pattern

Details in TWikiSkins.

-- Peter Thoeny - 2016-04-12


But I think I did not formulate my question correctly. The "Set SKIN = ..." is also what I read on This way I can make my private web look exactly the same as my public web. However, I want another skin.

So my question is, where do I find the definition of "tagme", "topmenu" and "pattern". Or, in other words, how do I access my personal skin? Where is "pattern" linked to "twiki\pub\TWiki\PatternSkin"? And how can I e.g. map "personal" to "twiki\pub\TWiki\MySkin" and hence use "SET SKIN = personal"? I hope this clarifies my question.

-- Stijn Bousard - 2016-04-16

According to, the skin name is taken from <scriptname>.<skin>.tmpl. I want a modified "style.css", this css file is not defined in css.pattern.tmpl, only in css.twikinet.tmpl:

@import url("%PUBURLPATH%/%SYSTEMWEB%/TWikiNetSkin/style.css");

So it remains a mystery to me how I'll get a personal skin with a personal style.css.

Any help would be appreciated.

-- Stijn Bousard - 2016-04-20

Details on how to create a new skin are described in TWikiSkins#Defining_Skins. It is easy to understand with a simple example: The PublishWebPlugin has a bare bone demo skin called view.demo_website.tmpl viewable at SVN:PublishWebPlugin/templates/. It is basically an HTML page with a %<nop>TEXT% placeholder for the page content. In that file you can include .js and .css as needed. To use that skin, copy it into your twiki/templates directory, and activate it with a SKIN = demo_website preferences setting (or with a skin=demo_website URL parameter for testing.)

-- Peter Thoeny - 2016-04-20

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Title Skin per Web
SupportCategory CategorySkin
TWiki version 6.0.1
Server OS Linux
Web server Apache
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