• *** NEW *** Darkly theme added (supersedes previous “dark” theme) - enjoy 🙂


  • Great Job Bro Mark @phenomlab 😉

  • @DownPW thanks

  • I can’t believe I actually missed this part - the icon where the magic happens ! To change the swatch to something else, use the “swatch” icon as shown below


    Select the swatch you’d like and the site will reload with the new colours.

  • Something of a slight deviation here in the sense that I’m developing a new stock light theme that will override the default. It’s designed to be easy on the eye, appealing from the layout perspective, and to be engaging… Here goes…


    It’s not quite ready yet as it needs some final polish before it gets officially released. However, I’ll let you into a secret. If you click on the swatch icon, you’ll see “Light” in the list which is the working title for this theme


    Give it a spin, and let me know what you think. Just remember that this is a moving target currently and still has bugs 🐛

    Let me know if you find anything major (aside from what @crazycells has already reported which relates to the modified core CSS)

  • Small addition of sexy looking gradient popular tags


    This is part of the light theme I’ve been working on, and is designed to match the progress bar


    Seriously falling in love with this new design. It’s clean, sharp, and attractive all at once 🙂

  • Beautiful 🙂

  • For anyone following this thread or using the “light” theme, it’s been renamed to “Daylight” to more accurately reflect the colour scheme in use. If you are using this, when you reload, the default theme will probably be loaded. This is expected because the cookie is storing “light” and there will no longer be a match.

    If you select “Daylight”, then you should be good to go.

  • I spent some more time this afternoon / evening reviewing the overall structure of the themes, and had a lightbulb moment in the sense that it could (and should) be leaner / quicker. The big mistake here is duplicating the CSS in each Swatch (note I’m using the word “Swatch” here because the “theme” is undergoing major refactoring) makes the initial loading slower than it really should be as the entire page has to be reloaded to remove the previous CSS classes.

    From a design perspective, this didn’t make any sense the more I thought about it. So, off to Dev I went and began refactoring. The end result (in Dev at least) is that there is now one “common” CSS file that gets loaded once, and the “swatches” are just CSS variables (rather like mixins) where the existing ones are replaced with a new set on selection.

    Instead of adding another large CSS file, and effectively increasing the load time, we now simply call around 15 mixins and inject these into the head with an Ajax request. This means the Swatch changes instantly, and the site no longer needs to be reloaded to clear out any odd looking artefacts.

    Admittedly, this has now “broken” the daylight theme in the sense that I have to restructure it as it was experiential at the time, and something of a deviation in that the mixins used do not align properly as they do in the other swatches. This was more about attempting to achieve a specific look.

    I succeeded on that front as per the previous post, but now have to rework it based on the changes I’ve made to the other swatches in order to streamline them. One thing I did take from the daylight Swatch is the user posting style (giving an illusion of threaded replies) that makes the overall reading experience better in my view - this is now sewn into all swatches meaning a consistent viewing experience throughout.

    Tomorrow will hopefully allow me time to get the daylight Swatch working again. Once done and tested, I’ll implement it in production.

  • @phenomlab

    wooo it’s very good work Mark.

    I’m very interrested with taht features to improve what we have done together in order to less overload the load of my forum when using the theme switcher

  • Most of the work on the daylight Swatch has been completed. However, I did realise quite early on that I’d need to add some unique variables otherwise it meant having to remove functionality from the daylight colour scheme which I didn’t want to do.

    I’ve found a way around this hopefully so work will continue tomorrow as time permits.

  • Over the past couple of days, I’ve been making significant headway with this, and the performance benefits are huge. Hoping to release to production in the coming weeks.

  • It’s been a while so I thought I’d provide an update. Bar a couple of small bugs, I’m almost complete with the refactoring of the theming engine and associated code.

    During testing, this is a game changer in terms of loading speed. There are essentially two main components

    • A “global” CSS file that essentially provides the foundation for all themes.
    • The addition of a Swatch - based on CSS variables which contains no CSS. This means that no additional CSS is loaded or removed during theme changes, and also means there is no need to reload the site.
    • With minification, the global CSS theme (once unneeded elements are removed) comes in at around 10kb. The Swatch files are literally less than 1Kb

    Once I’ve moved this into production, I’ll share the code.

  • Hi All,

    I just implemented a raft of new code from DEV to PROD. You will need to reload your browser (ideally a hard refresh) to pick up the new code, styles, and swatches. It’ll be worth the effort - trust me 🙂

  • Ugh… Spotted some (really minor) 🐛 but nothing that’s not easily fixed. I need to implement the final stages also - most of which are code refactoring, and minification.

    I’ll post the completed code plus documentation as soon as it’s finished 🏁

  • @JAC said in Theming support in Sudonix:

    @phenomlab 🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Amazing work Mark 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • @JAC thanks

  • *** NEW *** “FaceTube” theme added

    Like the YouTube and Facebook Dark themes ? Well, you can now have both here !!



  • @phenomlab Awesome!! Love it…

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