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Customize webpages with Stylish

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There are a few websites you visit frequently, but some of them could use a makeover. Perhaps the entire styling of the site could be improved for visual attractiveness or tweaked for improved usability. Before I found out about Stylish, I did not think this was possible. However, after applying some of the custom CSS found at userstyles.org I realized that I could customize the look of a few very popular websites I frequently visit and even create custom styles myself!

The Stylish plugin works within Mozilla Firefox (there are alternatives for other web browsers) and enables you to use your very own stylesheet to determine how you want a particular site to look. Many users have submitted their own styles for a few popular sites that you can take a look at. Just load the style into Stylish and the changes take effect immediately! My favourites are the ‘Google web search – dark grey redesign (vC)‘ and ‘Gmail Redesigned (by Globex Designs)‘ styles, the latter of which works in both Gmail and Google Apps E-mail.

In addition to site styling, there are also App Styles that can replace quite a few extensions available as separate plugins. Should you want to try your hand at customizing the style of your own, read through the Honestly Illustrated guide that goes into a lot of depth about the tools you will require.

I am quite fascinated with this plugin and what it can do. There are always new styles to discover and test out. One word of warning, however, is to constantly check for updates on your custom styles. As sites undergo changes, these changes will have to be adjusted for in the custom user styles. Sometimes functionality may break, but deactivating the style is usually a quick short-term fix. Enjoy!


Written by falcon1986

11 June, 2008 at 10:53 AM

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