An important part of Project Darwin is feedback from the Wikia user community. December's release of fluid layout brought Darwin's responsive design to everyone, and gave us a chance to hear from even more of you as some communities updated their skins.
In the new year, we've already made two changes to Theme Designer that make creating a background a bit easier:
- The maximum file size for background graphics increased from 150KB to 300KB, to allow for better image quality.
- It’s now possible to use the "no split" option for backgrounds that are 2000px wide (previously available at 2100px). This was done to accommodate many existing background images that were created with a width of 2000px.
Also check out the new Help page focusing on backgroun…Read more >
Now and then, we like to give the community a chance to get to know people at Wikia who don't post on the staff blog regularly. Today I’ll be talking with Emily Massa, one of Wikia's User Experience Designers, about her most recent project, the updated design for the Wikia Mobile experience that was released in December 2013.
What were the goals that you wanted to achieve with this new design?
When I first started on the project, I wanted to focus on a couple of the core elements that make up the mobile article experience: the content and the user’s means of moving through it. The information architecture is crucial, as it determines how a user will interact with the site. I improved the Table of Contents, so that it is much more functional …Read more >
It’s hard to believe that 2013 is almost over! At the Wikia offices, we're all taking time to look back and celebrate milestones and successes. Wikia has grown tremendously over the past year, with millions of fans worldwide contributing to over 395,000 communities!
!]] In September, we created another spotlight on the exciting contributions of our fans — the hard work of Wikia's TV communities would be showcased on Rotten Tomatoes' new TV Zone — furthering our goal of being by the fans, for the fans. We also expanded our Official Community program, which now boasts 17 wikias, including Sensei Wars, EverQuest II, Ever After High, The Trek Initiative, and our most recent community, Shadow of Mordor . These partnerships bring our communities …
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The first stage of Project Darwin — fluid layout — has arrived! All of your favorite Wikia communities now have fluid layout enabled. As we've discussed over the past few months, this update optimizes Wikia's layout for different display sizes. If you're using a larger monitor, you'll be able to see the article space increase in size. On a tablet, you'll get a reading experience tailored to the smaller screen, that keeps the focus on the article content.
Feedback from the community has helped to make this update a successful one. We received lots of questions and suggestions regarding fluid backgrounds and how certain types of images would be handled. Those discussions helped us develop additional settings in Theme Designer to address thos…Read more >
For the last couple of months we've been talking about the new VisualEditor and its role in Wikia's evolution: helping to make every community a collaborative space for all types of users. Your feedback from the beta release has been very helpful for setting priorities, identifying bugs, and making sure the feature is ready to take its next step into the spotlight. And that time has come!
The new VisualEditor is now available to enable in the Labs section of WikiFeatures. We've been making updates over the past few weeks, to make sure this feature is ready to be the default editing experience for communities that choose to activate it. Those include:
- Adding options to change the filename and set the license for newly added images
- Making sure…
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