I´m making a GIS-Portal with GeoNode 2.6 (running in ubuntu 16.04 server) and I want to change the look of the home page following this instructions: http://docs.geonode.org/en/master/tutorials/admin/customize_lookfeel/customize/theme_admin.html (I´m a beginner at this). I have copied the "site_index.html" and "site_base.html" from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/geonode/contrib/geosites/site_template/templates/ to /etc/geonode/templates/ I edited both html files. Then I run the collectstatic command and restart apache2, but i see no changes in the homepage.

in local_settings.py is set:

TEMPLATE_DIRS = ( '/etc/geonode/templates', os.path.join(GEONODE_ROOT, 'templates')

Any ideas of what i´m missing to make it work?

I also tried editing the index.html file without any luck. It only changes when editing /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/geonode/templates/index.html

2 Answers 2


Finally i did it following this setup steps

Following the previus link you will create a project folder in home/geonode/my_geonode. Editions made here will be displayed in the web page.

In order to override the html files, complete blocks must be copied to site_base and site_index, and then edited.

Also check the tips in this link ´s answer to make sure your overriding files are located in the right place


If you following the installation steps like below, it should work out of the box:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geonode/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geonode

Then set the IP address and create a superuser.

geonode createsuperuser
sudo geonode-updateip

Then you can open & browse the site

Once that works, you can start some makeup. Does that not work for you?

  • The installation did work fine, displaying the default GeoNode webpage. the problem was trying to change the look of the web page. Now I found how and post the answer. Thanks.
    – geoA
    Jul 24, 2017 at 14:00

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