Writerside Help

Customize output

Writerside builds a modern-looking web help with a fixed layout and dark mode support. The layout is adapted for a wide range of display sizes, from mobile devices to desktop monitors.

Writerside also provides some customization, such as the accent color, site logo, and favicon. You can customize the output in the build configuration file: buildprofiles.xml.

If you do not have this file yet, create it. Here is an example that you can use:

<buildprofiles xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="https://resources.jetbrains.com/writerside/1.0/build-profiles.xsd"> <variables> <primary-color>aqua</primary-color> <custom-favicons>favicon.png</custom-favicons> <header-logo>my-logo.png</header-logo> <product-web-url>https://help.example.com</product-web-url> <download-title>Get Awesome App</download-title> <download-page>https://example.com</download-page> <showDownloadButton>true</showDownloadButton> </variables> </buildprofiles>

Change accent color

The accent color is applied to various UI components, such as the focused items in the TOC, active tabs, and buttons.

  1. Open buildprofiles.xml.

  2. Use the <primary-color> element under <variables> and choose from the following values:

    • blueberry

    • purple

    • iris

    • strawberry

    • dracula

    • ruby

    • halloween

    • emerald

    • forest

    • deep ocean

    • metallic

    • aqua

    • frozen (default)

You should be able to see the configured color in the local preview.

Accent color change in preview

Use the <color-preset> element to configure the intensity of the primary accent color.


Most contrasting usage of the primary accent color.


Default look with moderate contrasting.


Minimal contrasting touch of the primary accent color.

Change favicon

Web browsers can display the favicon on tabs, in the address bar, browsing history, and bookmarks. Similar to the header logo, set the favicon to represent your company, product, or project.

By default, Writerside uses the JetBrains logo: JetBrains Logo

  1. Put the favicon image into the images directory in your project or host it on some publicly accessible web server.

  2. Open buildprofiles.xml.

  3. Use the <custom-favicons> element under <variables> to specify the icons.

    Single local favicon:


    Single favicon as a URL:


    Multiple favicons ordered by size:


You can add the logo of your company, product, or project in the header next to the help instance name.

  1. Put the logo image into the images directory in your project.

  2. Open buildprofiles.xml.

  3. Use the <header-logo> element under <variables> to specify the logo filename.

  4. If necessary, use the <product-web-url> element to add a URL that should open when your readers click the header logo. This is usually the home page of your help website, but you can also reference your company website or your project repository.


Add header button

You can add a button in the header with a link to the download location of the app, your corporate website, or the repository of your project.

  1. Open buildprofiles.xml.

  2. Specify the text and URL, and enable the button:

    <download-title>Get Awesome App</download-title> <download-page>https://example.com</download-page> <showDownloadButton>true</showDownloadButton>

Writerside lets you customize the footer to improve navigation to product-related resources and make your documentation website more visually appealing. You can add links to social media and other resources, copyright information, and support contacts.

  1. Open buildprofiles.xml or create it if you do not have it yet.

  2. Specify the footer configuration parameters inside the <footer> element. For example:

    <buildprofiles xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="https://resources.jetbrains.com/writerside/1.0/build-profiles.xsd" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <footer> <copyright>2000 JetBrains s.r.o.</copyright> <social type="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/onwriterside"/> <link href="https://blog.jetbrains.com">Blog</link> </footer> </buildprofiles>

Here are the available parameters:


Copyright information that usually mentions the company or legal entity name, with the year when the content was created or a range of years.

<copyright>2000 JetBrains s.r.o.</copyright>

The previous example will be rendered as Copyright © 2000 JetBrains s.r.o..


Information about the Internet Content Provider license.


The previous example will be rendered as Shangai ICP 12345.


Link to a social media resource, which will be rendered with the corresponding icon. Use the type attribute to specify the social media type, such as twitter. Use the href attribute to specify the URL.

<social type="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/onwriterside"/>

Link to an external resource, for example, the support forum, terms of use, or a licensing policy. The text you put inside the tag will serve as the title. Use the href attribute to specify the URL.

<link href="https://blog.jetbrains.com">JetBrains Blog</link> <link href="https://slack.jetbrains.com">JetBrains Slack</link>

This is how an empty footer looks by default:

An empty footer example

This is how the footer looks with a copyright notice and two social links:

A footer example
<footer> <copyright>Product 2023</copyright> <social type="blog" href=""></social> <social type="twitter" href=""></social> </footer>

This is how the footer looks with all possible elements:

A footer example
<footer> <copyright>Product 2000-2023</copyright> <icp>123456789</icp> <social type="blog" href="link to a blog"></social> <social type="twitter" href="link to a Twitter account"></social> <social type="facebook" href="link to a Facebook account"></social> <link href="https://slack.example.com">Slack community</link> <link href="https://stackoverflow.com">StackOverflow</link> <link href="https://example.com/terms-an-conditions.html">Terms and conditions</link> <link href="https://example.com/code-of-conduct.html">Code of Conduct</link> </footer>
Last modified: 23 May 2024