Site Branding

From the Branding section of the site object, you have the power to configure all the details that will shape the look and feel of your site. You can choose from different styles, colors, and shapes for a variety of different site elements to craft an experience that fits your brand and is right for your users.

There are two options for the navigation bar style that go beyond aesthetics and are designed for different use cases. These two styles are "Helium" and "Mercury".

Helium

"Helium" is the default style. In this style the logo is on the right, there are icons included with the page name, page names are displayed no matter the number of pages on the site, and the entire tab changes color when selected.

screenshot of a site with the Helium style and a single page

Site with "Helium" style and one page

screenshot of a site with the Helium style and multiple pages

Site with "Helium" style and multiple pages

Mercury

In the "Mercury" style the logo is on the left, the icons are not included with the page name, page names are only displayed if there is more than one page, and the selected page is underlined in the selected highlight color.

Use this style when you have a single page in your site and you don't want the page name to be shown in the navigation bar.

screenshot of a site with the Mercury style and a single page

Site with "Mercury" style and one page

screenshot of a site with the Mercury style and multiple pages

Site with "Mercury" style and multiple pages

The navigation bar style only applies to desktop and mobile browsers. It will not be reflected in the Appian for Mobile Devices application.

Color Scheme

There are four configurations that determine the color scheme of a site: navigation bar color, selected highlight color, accent color, and loading bar color.

Based on the configured navigation bar color, a dark gray or white color is automatically applied to the text and icons in the navigation bar. Avoid a medium-brightness navigation bar color which may not provide sufficient contrast with the text and icon color.

screenshot of a Helium styled navigation bar with light purple navigation bar color, a medium purple  highlight color, and white text

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Don't choose a navigation bar color that makes the text and icons difficult to read

Selected Highlight Color

The selected highlight color should be distinguishable enough from the navigation bar color so that users can easily tell which tab is highlighted.

For a clean, monochromatic look using the Helium navigation bar style, configure a selected highlight color that is a darker or lighter shade of the navigation bar color.

screenshot of a dark blue navigation bar in the Helium style with a medium-light blue highlight color

This site with the Helium navigation bar style uses a dark blue background with a lighter blue highlight to create a monochromatic look

For a steamlined, easy to navigate look using the Mercury navigation bar style, configure a selected highlight color that contrasts well with the navigation bar background color so that users can easily tell which tab they're on.

screenshot of a medium-light blue navigation bar in the Mercury style with a gold highlight color

This site with the Mercury navigation bar style uses a light blue background with a gold highlight to create user-friendly contrast

Accent Color

A configurable accent color is used to highlight key UI elements such as "Primary" style buttons, links, and section headings.

Avoid accent colors that are:

  • Too close to the standard, black text color
  • Too close to the red destructive button and error message color
  • Too low in contrast against the white page background. The accent color should have a minimum contrast ratio of 4.5:1. Use a contrast checker to ensure your selected color meets the requirement.

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Loading Bar Color

The loading bar, which appears above the navigation bar, gives users an idea of how long it will take the system to load a page or process an action. Select a loading bar color with sufficient contrast against the navigation bar color to ensure that users notice it.

loadingBar.png

The loading bar color should stand out from the navigation bar color so that users notice it

The site logo configuration allows you to display your brand. Use a site logo with a transparent background and sufficient contrast against the navigation bar color.

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Buttons

You can select a button shape to match your brand and site's style. The button shape will be applied to all buttons on every page of a site, including record view tabs and record actions. There are three options for button shape: squared, semi-rounded, and rounded. Squared is the default selection.

screenshot of a site dashboard using rounded buttons

This dashboard shows rounded buttons displayed in a site

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