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More customization for Claris FileMaker Web Direct

Recently a client asked how to customize the look of Web Direct a bit more than just changing the layouts in FileMaker itself.


First thing may be to get a 32x32 pixel logo of your company with alpha channel. Save it with e.g. GraphicsConverter as a ico file named "favicon.ico". Now on your FileMaker Server, locate the favicon.ico file from Claris in the following path and replace it there:

Web Publishing/publishing-engine/jwpc-tomcat/fmi/VAADIN/themes/default/favicon.ico

Once you replaced it and restarted browser and reload the pages, you may see your icon there.


Next we can customize the html files in the folder:

Web Publishing/publishing-engine/jwpc-tomcat/fmi/VAADIN/launchcenter/

The home.html file contains the first page loaded. So there we can edit it and write a custom text there:

<title>MBS Web Database</title>

This is the text the tab will use as label in the browser and users bookmarking it will use for the bookmark.

Login Screen

To show a custom logo on the login screen, we can change login.html file to have a line after the <div id="login_dialog_body"> line there to put some picture just over the login fields with html like this:

<p align=right><img src="/fmi/VAADIN/launchcenter/mbs.png" width=300 height=300></p>

The image goes in the same folder as the html file and we reference it directly via that folder.

Screenshot from a test server running FileMaker Server 19 with default certificate in German.


For all the changes, please know what you do. Be familiar with unix file permissions, how to use a real text editor like BBEdit on MacOS or UltraEdit on Windows (Word won't work) and make backup copies of the files before you modify them. A wrong or broken html tag can make the website to not work properly.

If you have to update or reinstall FileMaker Server, all your changes are lost and should be manually recreated. Don't just copy over your modified files as the structure of the files may have changed.
26 05 20 - 16:12