Using sample themes and master pages

Several themes have been created for the Quick Start Sites. You can modify these themes to help identify and personalize your organization’s website.

You can change the look and feel of the Quick Start Sites by selecting different combinations of a Master Page and its matching theme. If you want to modify a particular design for your website, make sure you create a copy of the master page and theme before making any changes. See Managing websites for more information.

Note: iMIS themes give you a head start on developing your website. To provide you an idea of how things could look, we have used numerous pictures, illustrations, and images that we purchased under a limited license for ASI's use. The icons can be used on your website, but if you reuse any of the other images, you will need to buy a license. We acquire the majority of our images from iStockPhoto and most are available in the range of $15-$50; much less than the cost and labor of creating them on your own. If you have any questions, please contact us.


If possible, avoid customizations to out-of-the-box themes or (master pages). If you do need to make changes, make the changes in a copy of the theme. Any customizations performed to the out-of-the-box files will be overwritten after an upgrade.

iMIS provides basic designs for iMIS Quick Start Sites. You can use these designs as starting points for customizing your Web sites.

UltraWave and Universal Design

The Quick Start Site themes and master pages (see Using Quick Start Sites) build upon a new underlying template called UltraWave. UltraWave incorporates structure and styling for Universal Design. Universal Design seeks to make web content barrier-free, making sites accessible to all challenged users. Challenged users include not only the millions of physically or cognitively impaired, but also seniors, non-native speakers, and those in other countries and cultures (localization).

Universal Design has benefits beyond helping websites meet the myriad of web accessibility standards: it also aids in breaking technology and human barriers. Universal Design is the foundation for transforming pages and content into outputs and displays your members may need, including print presentation, net book usage, and even cell phone applications.

Features of the template include:

  • Developed toward W3C standards to help meet accessibility requirements
  • Clean, minimal design uses neutral shades and layout
  • Offers a streamlined set of stylesheets and skins
  • Easily customized with logos, fonts, and colors
  • Designed to be easily rebranded by your organization

Working with website themes

iMIS Member and Donor sites include a style guide that allows users with administrative privileges to see the impact of changes to site themes from one central location. Content editors are able to preview their site themes and changes. Theme designers who choose to dive deeper into stylesheets are able to see their work in a single central location. There is no longer a need to navigate to several different pages or content records to see the effects of customization.

The style guide displays the basic HTML elements in an attractive, easy to navigate manner. Content includes headings, paragraphs, links, images, lists, block quotes, user messages, and emphasis classes. This helpful guide is available at Manage > Style Guide > Base Elements.