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    Throughout 2015, Wikia has been hard at work improving the world of templates. Templates are a huge component in creating and sharing content on Wikia and have literally hundreds of purposes and designs.

    We have tried to accomplish two things with templates this year. First and foremost, we've tried to make them more portable. Portability means that you can read content easily on any device, whether it's desktop, mobile web, mobile apps, or other second screen experiences. Tools to help with thi…

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  • Ducksoup

    Hello, Ducksoup speaking!

    A couple months back, I wrote a very long (but relevant and interesting!) blog entitled Why Wikia Evolves, in which I explained why Wikia can't sit still and why we're always trying to stay ahead of technological changes.

    As part of that effort, we released a new markup for infoboxes a couple months ago. The TL;DR there: half of your traffic is coming from mobile devices these days, and fans who use them should have the best possible experience when they visit.

    The first …

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  • SEOkitten

    The Importance of Images

    October 26, 2015 by SEOkitten

    Greetings, Wikians!

    One common SEO question at Wikia is about the impact images have on rankings. Search engine algorithms are not public and most look at hundreds of unique factors, but correlation studies have shown pages that include properly tagged, relevant images often rank higher than pages that do not.

    Google and other search engines are getting better at understanding the relationship between images and other on-page content, but search bots cannot understand the images themselves. Happi…

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  • Cooksey.michael

    Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to host 26 admins from all over the world here in our San Francisco offices as part of our first ever Community Connect event, and we’re pleased to report that it surpassed even our own expectations! What a special treat it was to be able to “connect” with all of the visiting admins, learn from them, and spend time together in person.

    Who attended Community Connect?

    We had a fabulous group of admins in attendance, from communities as diverse as…

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  • Rupert Giles

    Greetings Wikians! I’m very excited to announce a new feature today - Curated Main Pages on mobile devices.

    For most communities the main page is its single most viewed page. Four out of the top five pages on Wikia are main pages, in fact, and that makes sense — a search for “Star Wars wiki” is very likely to return the main page as the first result.

    Main pages on desktop are typically a large collection of content, galleries, templates, and design elements, representing each community very well.…

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  • BertH

    The logged-in user experience offers a number of benefits on Wikia. Registered accounts have features like Notifications, Chat, and the ability to follow articles and discussions, just to name a few. In the coming months we’ll be working to highlight these benefits more and see what we can do to drive more readers and anonymous editors to create accounts. With more motivations and prompts to return to a community, a user with an account is much more likely to become an active contributor and d…

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  • Ducksoup

    Howdy howdy howdy, Wikians!

    Today we’re (choo-choo!) hopping on the mobile train. We have mobile app news and features to share. And oh my goodness these apps are incredibly popular.

    Wikia released the first five Community Apps in November of 2013. Simple premise: Wikians produce high-quality, engaging content, and apps are a good way collect and organize content for viewers. Since then, we’ve released over 100 iOS apps and more than 80 Android apps, with no end in sight. Combined, these apps surp…

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  • Gcheung28

    Hello Wikians! This week you’ll start to see something new at the top of article pages — buttons for sharing your community’s work via social media.

    These options will make it easier for both editors and readers to get your wikia’s expertly-crafted content out into the wider fan universe for your topic. Comments, likes, reblogs, and retweets can indicate how useful and relevant a page is for others. Some of those readers might even come visit and make some contributions of their own!

    We’re espec…

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  • KCCreations


    November 30, 2015 by KCCreations

    This Frequently Asked-for Codes (FAfC) blog is meant to showcase codes people frequently ask for, whether they're aware of it or not. I've given you these to start out with; if you want another one covered that isn't already on here, tell me in the comments!

    Put this in your wiki's , replacing the example URL with the URL of the image you want:

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  • Nerfmaster8


    November 29, 2015 by Nerfmaster8

    Please just ask the question in mind. People do get annoyed if you ditch or take a long time to ask.

    Make sure if its chat related that there are no "extra" requirements to join or tell your moderators to waive them, I can guarentee any local staff that attempts to force a redirect away from special:chat upon trying to join your wiki's chat by using JS will be reported to Wikia Staff. I won't tolerate dealing with that and neither will staff as that is a violation of the TOU - disabling normal f…

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  • RansomTime

    Hey, I'm RansomTime. You might know me as that guy who blocked someone on your wiki or that guy who's on chat a lot. I'm here today to talk a bit about asking questions on community central chat.

    There's 2 reason's that people are on chat:

    • To talk with the Wikia community
    • To get help or answer your questions

    Some people on central chat are just starting out, others have been here for ages, so if you've got a problem, there may well be someone to help.

    So if you need help, feel free to come into chat…

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  • Noreplyz

    Making Awesome Home Pages

    November 24, 2015 by Noreplyz

    I took a look at loads of home pages in the pursuit of making a blog post about the best ones. Because your wiki’s Main Page is a central place for your community to look around and do research, you should take in mind some of these tips I’ve collated from various top wikis around!

    Get your users excited about your wiki by making a clean, beautiful welcome. Get your wiki's visitors happy that they've landed in the correct place! In my home wiki, we’re in the process of designing a seasonal welco…

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