How to Enable Dark Mode on Your WordPress – Working late into the night is often unavoidable. If so, the eyes usually get tired easily and feel sore. Even though the deadlines still have to be met.
Fortunately, many applications, social media, and web services are equipped with dark mode. This includes WordPress. At least this feature will help you work comfortably, without feeling sore and tired in the eyes.
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What is Dark Mode and What Are Its Benefits?
Dark mode or night mode is the name for the front-end display against a dark background. Using this feature causes text and other small visual components to become lighter in color.
The feature is actually the opposite of what is commonly used, a light background and dark text. Even so, this feature has been quite popular over the past three to five years. Various popular applications ─ YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, to Gmail ─ offer dark mode or night mode views.
The popularity of dark mode is not without reason. That said, the dark mode feature does have a number of benefits compared to the display in general. Research from the University of Cambridge mentions several benefits of using dark mode, namely:
- Reduces the likelihood of eye fatigue. Screen displays that are too bright often dazzle the eyes. Not infrequently, to adjust it, eyes must be squinted at the screen. Over time, the eye muscles are too tense and make the eyes tired.
- Reduces the chance of screen flickering ( flickering the display ). Flickering displays in the form of lines often distract you. With dark mode, this annoying display can be reduced.
- Facilitate the programming process ( coding ). Dark mode makes the difference in the color of each syntax more noticeable. In other words, dark mode helps reduce programming errors.
- Reducing the possibility of changing the biological clock. Blue light from the screen often causes changes in sleep hours. In the long run, staring at a screen without dark mode can change sleep patterns and biological clocks.
- Saves laptop battery and electricity. Dark mode helps you save laptop power. To be able to run properly, the dark mode must also be accompanied by a dim environment. This is where you can also save electricity.
- Simplify the design process. The dark look helps you focus on key design components. When the design margins appear darker, you can be more alert and avoid the main components hitting the boundaries of the design area.
Even though night mode has many benefits, its use still needs attention. Some conditions actually make the use of night mode counterproductive. For example, when the screen reflects you or in other words like a mirror. Because this way, you won’t be able to see clearly what is displayed on the screen.
A work environment that is too bright also makes dark mode ineffective. In addition, fonts that are too thin and small in size often make text illegible when dark mode is used.
How to Enable Dark Mode in WordPress
The easiest way to activate dark mode in WordPress is with a plugin. Therefore, you need to install the Dark Mode plugin.
In the Dashboard, select the Plugins menu and click the Add New option. After that, you will be taken to a page that contains a large selection of plugins.
Enter the keyword “Dark Mode” into the column provided and click Install Now on the desired plugin. Wait a moment and click Activate at the same button location.
Once the plugin is active, you need to return to the Dashboard and look for the Users menu and click on the Your Profile submenu .
Then, look for the Dark Mode option and check Enable Dark Mode in the dashboard. Don’t forget to click Update Profile at the very bottom of the page. That way, the dark mode on the back-end of your WordPress website is active.
The night mode display is quite consistent in various Dashboard menus, except for the Post and Page section which has a text editor.
When the Gutenberg editor in WordPress is activated, a bright display dominates the WordPress page. Especially in the writing and customization options on the right.
For some people, this kind of display may not be effective. The initial goal to get a dark appearance that is comfortable on the eyes, could not be achieved.
For that, we tried to install the Classic Editor plugin to find out the difference with the Gutenberg editor.
After activating the Classic Editor, we found that the bright parts were only in the text editor section. Publishing options and content format on the right are still in dark mode.
Compared to the Gutenberg editor, this one view may be more pleasing to the eye. It’s just that, a display like this is less able to provide user-friendly selection buttons like in Gutenberg.
Then which one is better? It’s back to your choice.
If you are a blogger, web developer, or web agency administrator who often works late at night, dark mode is definitely a necessity. Fortunately, WordPress has a plugin to add a dark mode feature to the Dashboard.
In addition to installing plugins and setting the dark mode, the above article also describes the differences between the appearance of dark mode in Gutenberg and Classic Editor. That way, you can also choose the right text editor for your WordPress website at the same time.
Now, say goodbye to tired eyes. Thank you, dark mode!
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