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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 this include Portable Infoboxes and Flags. We've also been trying to make sure admins have more tools to understand and organize their templates better, through better editing interfaces and some of the information presented on the Insights platform.


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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 iteration of Portable Infoboxes was what product managers call a "Minimum Viable Product," or "MVP" for short, and hundreds of communities took our first-pass idea of how to improve infoboxes and ran with it. We’ve seen some really impressive uses of…

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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. Happily there are some steps we can take to help the search engines out.

    File names should be as descriptive as possible; James Bond-Thunderball-Jetpack.jpg is better for SEO than img012.jpg. When the image is used on an article page, the caption can inclu…

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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 Star Wars, American Horror Story, Avatar, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and more. Our visiting admins came from both near and far, as well -- we had admins in attendance from as close as a few miles down the road, as well as from around the US, and the w…

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  • SEOkitten

    Hello, Wikians!

    I introduced some simple keyword research tools in the previous SEO blog post; this time I want to discuss how to include those keywords on the page for maximum impact on search rankings and user experience.

    The internet was less sophisticated in the mid to late ‘90s. During the Geocities era, it became a common practice to “optimize” pages using spammy blocks of unrelated keywords or sentences stuffed with synonyms and close match variations.

    In the attempt to adhere to this outdated best practice, countless websites still publish nonsense like this:

    C3PO, sometimes called Threepio, is a gold droid (robot) built to assist humans with customs and translation. Protocol droids like the talking robot C-3P0 can be different colors, but T…

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  • Craiglpalmer

    On September 25th, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals aimed at achieving three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

    In order for these Global Goals for sustainable development to work, everyone needs to know about them. You can't fight for your rights if you don't know what they are, and you can't convince world leaders to do what needs to be done if you don't know what you're convincing them to do. Bottom line: If the goals are famous, they won't be forgotten.

    Wikia is joining businesses, celebrities, athletes, musicians, and citizens across the world in telling everyone about these 17 Global Goals. You can see all of them represented on our hom…

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  • Ducksoup

    Why We Don't Unblock You

    September 16, 2015 by Ducksoup


    Wikia is big. And I mean big. There are 350,000 communities on Wikia, with 166 million unique visitors a month. Those numbers aren't joking around. When I recited them to my mother, her eyes got sort of big and she said, “wait, how many people are in community support again??”

    And that's a legitimate question! There are eight of us that provide direct support in English. Then dos en Español, eine auf Deutsch, yi ge Zhong wen yuan gong, один на русском, ichi in Nihongo, une en Français, e uma em português. I'm sure most of you have interacted with one of us at some point.

    With one of us per 11.8m users, that means we can't know everything that happens on your sites. The local admins will always have a much stronger idea of any conte…

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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. Unfortunately the styling that makes them look so distinct on desktop often results in a less-than-stellar mobile experience. Given that more than half of our users now access Wikia on something other than desktop, this tool aims to construct a high…

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  • SEOkitten

    Hello, Wikians!

    Most active communities have a growing list of wanted pages and numerous articles that could be improved. With so much on our to do lists, how do we even begin to prioritize?

    In this post I'm sharing a couple of simple tools that are ideal for quick keyword research. Figuring out what searchers are searching can focus our creative efforts on the topics people are most curious about and help us gain more readers and contributors through prime placement in organic search results.

    Those who hear about Search Engine Optimization for the first time often guess that it has something to do with keywords—and for good reason! Keywords are the words or phrases that a user enters into a search engine, and both search algorithms and the bro…

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  • ForestFairy

    How do you resolve conflict?

    Time and again, we hear of clashing in the Communities. Clash of Clans comes to mind! :) Conflicts can happen everywhere in life. These strategies work not only here at Wikia, they work well in other situations, like school, work or in your private life and relationships.

    Conflict is accompanied by emotions. You know what I am talking about.... You have a different opinion and before you know it, you are in an intense argument. You possibly feel anger creeping up and there are things being said that you may regret. Often, you can feel the conflict lingering on the horizon, when your opponent does not share your values, steps on boundaries, disrespects the rules and so on.

    • You feel like you are being treated unfair…

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