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WordPress Plugin Allows Blogs to Display Dark Mode

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If you’ve ever read blogs late at night or a bit too early in the morning and you wished for a dark mode option, it’s out there.

Years ago, I wrote an alternate blog focused solely on writing and fiction. I created what essentially amounted to a “dark mode” layout for it.

That means that I had a black background with white text. Since, at the time, I chose to focus primarily on horror fiction for that blog, I felt it was a good fit.

But then I read multiple reviews stating that white text on a black background could be hard on the eyes.

I always found it easier on the eyes. But maybe that’s just me.

Since then, a funny thing happened. Devices gave us the option to activate dark mode. Essentially, it reverses color schemes from dark text on a light background to light text on a dark background. It depends, of course, on whether a site is compatible. Some, potentially because of other text colors in use, may not be readable with such changes.

At some point, someone decided this whole white text on a dark background thing was cool.

A WordPress plugin makes dark mode even easier.

The Dark Mode for WordPress plugin gives WordPress bloggers two immediate options. When you activate it, it defaults to a setting allowing your blog to display matching a user’s device settings. So if they have that darker look enabled, your blog will follow suit.

At the moment, WordPress blogs don’t automatically do so.

The plugin also gives the blogger an option to have a floating “switch” on their site. Readers could then flip to dark or to light mode, depending on which is already selected.

I thought about trying the plugin, but honestly, I set eliminating unnecessary plugins as a goal this year. So I decided against it, since I figured it wouldn’t be that popular an option.

But in case you’re considering it or if you want to be able to offer such a choice, the plugin’s ready and waiting for you!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.