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

Dark Mode

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

The Community

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.