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Spice up your itch.io pages

A topic by Lantana Games created 1 year ago Views: 1,386 Replies: 6
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So you've got a game coming out. You are excited. You want to launch ASAP, but your itch.io page is boring. You've got screenshots, but no logo, no zazz, no life, and you don't have time to desi.gn a nice looking page. We're here to help.

What we've done is create a nice pack of itch.io page templates for you! Five templates, no limits on the number of uses, no gimmicks; just some JPG's, PSD's, animated horizontal rulers, HTML settings, and text files filled with suggestions on how to modify them.

http://lantanagames.itch.io/design

Yes, they are a bit on the pricey side ($20), but you get 5 templates overall, and the money directly supports our artists, Chenylle and Karen. These two worked hard not just on the template pack, but have also been contributing to our games Children of Liberty and Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty for over a year now, and are amazing. So pick them up not just for the benefit of your own project pages, but to support two great women in games!

We're also looking to add some themed templates at some point, like a holiday pack, and we'll post here when that happens.

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This is sad, but I didn't even know you could customize itch pages like that.

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The old Change appearance link used to be a little too discreet, but hopefully the new topbar on games (when you're logged in) is more explicit now!

Our worries exactly. Maybe it's not made clear enough at the top? Luckily the pack is loaded with instructions on what to click, where to put HTML numbers, what graphics to upload where, etc.

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Quick update! desi.gn templates are 50% off for Ludum Dare! There are going to be over 3000 games made this weekend, so why not stand out from the pack a bit? http://lantanagames.itch.io/design

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Some of these look quite nice, but I think developers are probably always better off using art from their own game rather than backgrounds produced by someone else.

Ideally yes, but for whatever reason, many games posted here don't have any styling at all. Whether it's because developers don't know they can style their pages, or their games just don't have much in the way of graphics (like interactive fiction or game jam projects), I can't say. Much like other website themes, convenience is the key. Having a pre-built theme that can be easily customized to include your logo or other art can potentially save hours of work, hours that you can spend building your game.

The pack includes not just background graphics but also animated horizontal rulers and HTML style guides to get the best colors for all of itch.io's options. We've designed these to be easily customized by the end user as well, and they are distributed under a Copyleft license so users can distribute, and even sell, their own themes if they wish.

The goal for these is to be a time-saver. Whether users decide they're best used as temporary backgrounds while their game is in Early Access, or want to use them as their page's permanent look, is up to them. So I absolutely agree but developers should promote their own art in their themes, but if they don't want to spend time building a theme, see something here they like, or feel like 10 minutes of customizing what we've built will work for them, then we are here to help.