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Join the Dark Side: Bringing Dark Mode to the Main Website

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    It’s fitting that on release week for Star Wars: The Last Jedi I can bring the Dark Side to the main website. One of my favorite supporter perks in the forum has been Dark Mode — a dark slate colored theme — and I’m excited to be able to bring this color palette to the main website as well. I love our white, grey, and blue color scheme, but at night I almost always switch over to the dark theme while browsing the website on my phone. However, I’d often move over to the main site to read an article and the white contrast would be a rude awakening for my eyes. No more! Supporters can now activate Dark Mode on the main website via their supporter options page or in the forum preferences. If you’re not a supporter yet, join now to get Dark Mode.

    I’ve included some screen shots below of what the website and forums look like in Dark Mode, for those curious. I think it maintains my main design goals: simple, clean, and focused on readability, while adding a new flavor to the overall feel of the website.

    The Main Website

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    The Community

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    Dark Mode on the main website is available to both the patron and community package supporters. Please note that you need to accept cookies from the website for Dark Mode to work properly on the main website. This allows me to implement the new theme without compromising all the speed and cacheing techniques I use on the main website to make sure it loads as fast as possible.

    Thank you to all of the supporters, I know many of you have been waiting for this feature for a long time. Thank you for your patience while I got everything put together to work correctly. It’s been a big project to bridge the supporter system, but it was worth it. Now I’ve got some bugs to attend to and then I’ll be tackling some other little fixes around the site.

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  2. Turkeylegz


    Best thing to happen in 2017.
  3. skurt

    Sleekest of beaks. So Good.

    Love main site dark mode, great job @Jason Tate

    Hey @Kingjohn_654 our stories about our usernames made it into the community screenshots!
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  4. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    not to be dramatic or anything but this is better than any Star Wars movie ever
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  5. RileyWitiw

    more like Supporter

    Very cool. Gonna rock it for a while.
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  6. oldjersey

    Weeg Peppercorn is a fraud Supporter

    Life altering.
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  7. I'd become a supporter for this, for sure. Question - does it leverage OLED displays in dark mode? IE - will the iPhone X in my case turn off those dark pixels? Feedly did this in their recent update and it was a game changer for me. Thanks!
  8. Jason Tate Dec 12, 2017
    (Last edited: Dec 12, 2017)
    It is not a pure black dark mode like Overcast has for the iPhone X. I need to do more work to figure out depth and design for something that’s a pure black; lots of challenges there. It’s more slate than a pure black, but looking into a pure black for the X is on my list. It will just take more work to make that work.

    Here’s a screen shot so you can see what it looks like on the X.

  9. On the list is good enough for me! can't wait!
  10. St. Nate

    We were just talkin' bout the Jesus. Prestigious

    No!! I'll never join you @Jason Tate!!!

  11. Mr_Hox


    I feel like I’m the only one that can’t look at sites like this. The white on black almost immediately starts to give me a headache.

    I mean, it looks great in the previews, don’t get me wrong.