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How to Add Dark Mode to Your WordPress Website (Easy)

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Do you want to add dark mode to your WordPress site?

By adding dark mode to WordPress, your website will adapt automatically based on the visitor’s browser preferences. You can also add a dark mode toggle to your site, so visitors can easily switch between dark and light modes.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add dark mode to your WordPress website.

How to add dark mode to your WordPress website

What Is Dark Mode and Why Add it to Your Website?

Many mobile devices and computers use dark mode to minimize the amount of white light that comes from the screen. This can reduce eye strain, especially in low-light conditions.

Some people even believe that it allows you to use computers and mobile devices late into the night without the white and blue light ruining your sleep.

Some devices come with a built-in night mode that simply uses warmer color tones. However, dark mode actually adds dark colors to the device’s background.

Some popular websites like YouTube offer a built-in dark color scheme.

YouTube's dark mode

On desktop computers, you can visit websites in dark mode by using a Chrome extension such as Night Eye.

Here’s how the WPBeginner website looks using that extension:

An example of a website, with dark mode enabled

By adding a dark mode toggle to your website, users can choose the mode they prefer without having to install a special browser extension.

You can even add dark mode to your WordPress admin area. This can be useful if you work on your site at night or if you are suffering from eye strain.

With that in mind, let’s see how you can add dark mode to your website’s public-facing front end and the admin area of your WordPress website.

Tip: Want to use a dark color scheme, even when the visitor’s device is in normal or daytime mode? Then check out our list of the best dark themes for WordPress.

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How to Add Dark Mode to Your WordPress Website

The easiest way to create a dark mode for your website is by using WP Dark Mode. This plugin adds a toggle so that visitors can enable dark mode on your website. It can even add a toggle to the admin area, so you can enable dark mode for the WordPress dashboard.

First, you’ll need to install and activate the WP Dark Mode plugin. For more details, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, visit the WP Dark Mode » Settings page from the WordPress dashboard and toggle the ‘Enable Frontend Dark Mode’ switch to ‘ON’.

Once you do that, you can also choose a default mode for your website frontend. After that, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Enable frontend dark mode

Next, switch to the ‘Customization’ tab where you can choose a switch layout, size, and position according to your liking.

You can also change the dark mode switch’s color but you will need the pro version of the plugin for that.

Customize the dark mode switch

Once you are done, just click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings. Now visit your WordPress site to see the dark mode toggle in action.

If you view the mobile version of your website, then you’ll see that the dark mode works on smartphones and tablets, too.

Website dark mode preview

Adding Dark Mode to Your WordPress Admin Area

You can change the admin color scheme in WordPress using the built-in settings. However, none of the default color schemes reduce the white light coming from the screen.

If you work late into the evening or suffer from eye strain, then you can try adding a dark mode to the WordPress admin area and block editor.

To do that, visit the WP Dark Mode » Settings page and switch to the ‘Admin Panel Dark Mode’ tab from the left column.

Here, toggle the switch for the ‘Enable Admin Dashboard Dark Mode’ option to ‘ON’ and click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Add dark mode in the WordPress dashboard

Once you do that, you will notice that the dark mode switch has been at the top of your WordPress dashboard.

From here, you can toggle the switch to activate this mode whenever you like.

Toggle the dark mode switch in WordPress dashboard

If you want to add a dark mode for the block editor as well, then you must toggle the ‘Block Editor Dark Mode’ switch to ‘ON’.

Then, click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Enable dark mode for the block editor

Now open a page or post in the content editor where you will notice a dark mode icon at the top. Here, click on it to expand the tab and select the ‘Dark Mode’ option.

This is how your block editor will look in the dark mode.

Block editor dark mode preview

We hope this article helped you learn how to add dark mode to your WordPress website. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a landing page in WordPress or see our expert picks for the must-have WordPress plugins.

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  2. Bryan Durio says

    This is a fantastic plugin to save people’s eyes. I’ve used dark color schemes in Windows for years and now I can add it to my WP site. I appreciate your explanation of a few of its options. Thank you profusely!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the specific accessibility requirements you are attempting to comply with for if this does anything or not.


  3. Adarsh Gupta says

    Wow Amazing.
    I haven’t know about the Dark mode. But it’s so easy to add dark mode in WordPress
    Thanks for Great Explained

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