Custom theme colors

Custom theme colors

Last Friday we announced the immediate launch of the new 2018 design for start.me. We received a lot of feedback. There were some compliments, but we received some complaints and requests as well. The main feedback we got was about the color of the new design. Some of our users were quite fond of the dark grey header theme and disliked the new, much lighter design. Valuable feedback, and we immediately started work on a new customization feature: custom theme color.

With the update we just launched it is now possible to choose between either a light or a dark theme. The light theme will give you a light background and black fonts. Switch to the dark theme to get a deep grey background with bright text. It’s just a toggle in the page layout settings.

Custom theme colors
Select from either a light or dark theme and pick the color you like to go with it

But there is more. Not only can the theme be switched from light to dark, we now offer complete control over the theme’s primary color. This color will be used both for the header and the page background. Any color can be selected, although we would recommend using pastels or darker shades. Depending on the color you choose, either the light or the dark theme will work better. That’s up to you to decide!

Millions of colors to choose from

The color picker offers a new and improved palette of colors designed to work well as theme colors. But it is possible to specify a custom color code as well. Currently, you will have to specify custom colors as so-called hex codes. These are color codes as they are used in HTML and all popular image editors like Photoshop and The GIMP. A great tool to mix colors and get their hex codes is the color picker by Dixon and Moe. Mix and pick a color you like and paste its hex code in our Other color box. The effects can be really astonishing!

Custom colors can now be specified for the theme colors (including the background) and bookmark icons

The same flexibility in color choice is now available in the icon picker for bookmarks, giving you nearly unlimited freedom to customize the look of your bookmarks the way you like. Admittedly, the system with the hex color codes is not quite perfect, but we didn’t want to make you wait for this great customization feature. In the future, we will hopefully be able extend the color picker with fancy RGB and HSL options.

We sincerely hope you like the new customization options. Our pages really look very beautiful with all their new colors and we are very curious to see what your pages will look like with the new theme color options. Enjoy!

Michiel de Wit

Michiel de Wit

Michiel is CGO and co-founder of start.me. He is a software professional with a lot of experience in developing enterprise grade web applications. He is a certified Scrum Master and a great proponent of modern software development practices.


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6 Replies to “Custom theme colors”

  1. Holy s…!

    Wow, this is THE start.me I want! Now we’re talkin’! 👏 Yeah, man, you did it G R E A T this time!

    This one is —for me— the first official start.me’s 2018 update.

    Thank you so much for really care about users feedback, I personally appreciate this. There’s almost no other Internet company with such a level of user commiment as you have. I said it before and I say it now again. I love you people! 💖

  2. The new customized colors are wonderful. Thank you for listening to the feedback from the big change last week.

    Now I have just one more tweak request. The padding/spacing for the toolbar/menu of all of your pages is too big. I’m a pro user and have quite a few pages that I toggle back and forth to. I know I can turn off showing subpages and toggle with the hamburger menu, but I prefer seeing them – it’s also one less click.

    Is it possible to change the font of the subpage toolbar or minimize the padding/spacing? I’d love more room to see my fabulous start.me’s without giving up my easy navigation.

    I can’t help it, I’m greedy 🙂

  3. This looks great!! But i have a question or request as you will…. Is it also possible to change the gray(ish) color of the block-fonts to white when you use a dark block-color…?? Ore did I overlook this feature?? (Parden my bad English… it has been a lalg day…)

    Buy the way… a great reverence for HEX-codes is: http://color.adobe.com

    1. Hi Ian. The white font for widgets is still in the pipeline. We have been working on some prototypes, but it is a little more complicated than it would seem at first.

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