Here’s an interesting way to add a CSS stylesheet switcher to your website. I’ve used stylesheet switchers in the past, but this one is different. In the past I had a button to press, which in turn switched the stylesheet of the page. This one switches the sheet at a certain time of day, which I think is pretty cool. My website uses clouds in the header, so it was just begging for me to make a “night” version of the header which would automatically switch on at night.
The first thing to get is the Dreamweaver plugin from the guys over at Kaosweaver. Here’s the link to the plugin. Once you download and install that, open up Dreamweaver and the page you want to apply the style switcher to. Under Commands, you’ll see Style Switcher Lite.
Click on that and this little box pops up.
This is where you set your day and night stylesheets, and set what time of day you want the sweets to switch. What you do in the stylesheets is up to you. You can change colors, background-images, the options are endless. For the effect I wanted, I changed the background images of two things.. the clouds and the buildings (Boston skyline), which floats in front of the clouds.
So there you have it, here are the two versions that you’ll see at BeantownDesign.com, depending on what time you’re looking at the website.