Creating themes

Staart Site does not have a strict system for theme development like other static site generators do. By default, you get a simple and beautiful HTML/CSS theme to being with.

If you only want to change the colors of the default theme, you can do so using the configuration:

  "themeColor": "#0e632c",
  "textColor": "#001b01",
  "linkColor": "#0e632c",
  "lightColor": "#ffffff"

In the above configuration object, themeColor is the basic color used in the theme. This is your brand color, which is ideally be vibrant. It’s used as the background color for the header and in other places.

textColor is the color of text, which is ideally a very dark version of your theme color (almost black). “Pure black text and backgrounds with white can cause discomfort for the eye,” (source) which is why we recommend a darker version of your theme color.

linkColor is the same as your theme color by default, but you can overwrite it if you like. Similarly, lightColor is the text color of your header (with the theme color as the background), which is white by default.

Custom layouts

If you want to create an entirely different layout, you can create a custom theme file using Handlebars. The best way is to customize our default index.html file. You can specify the path of your template file in the templatePath key in the configuration object if it’s not called index.html.

A minimal template looks like this, with nothing but the compiled CSS, page title, navigation, and content.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta name="charset" content="utf-8" />
    <header>- [🛠️ API](/api)
- [🌐 UI](/ui)
- [📑 Site](/site)
- [📱 Native](/native)
- [🎨 CSS](/css)
- [🐱 GitHub](
    <main id="content"></main>

Custom styling

For style, you can create a Sass/Scss file and specify its path as the stylePath value in the configuration object. The contents of this file will be compiled to CSS and injected into your template in the <style> tag.