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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The knowledge and information on a Wikia community is just one part of the vast internet. But we all know that Wikia has some of the best content that's out there. Wikia's making it even easier to get your content out to the world. We hope you and your readers will share articles through Google+, Facebook and Twitter to make connections between your community's pages and the larger fan universe for your topic.
To highlight all the hard work that's being done by you and your fellow contributors! We've all published something new and then wondered if anyone will appreciate it; sharing is one way to make sure it's seen, and even get some feedback. Comments, shares, likes and retweets can all tell you how useful and relevant a page is for others.…
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For the last few months we've been talking about fluid layout, giving users a chance to try it out, listening to your feedback and fixing bugs. Now it's time to bring this update to everyone! On Wednesday, December 4, fluid layout will be released to all Wikia communities.
Also included with the release are: Fluid editor preview, Special:CSS and the recently-added updates to Theme Designer. We're very excited to bring these improvements to all Wikia users and wrap up the first stage of Project Darwin.
You can review the details of these updates on the Darwin Help page, and you can read our suggestions for preparing your community on these forum threads:
- Preparing your main page for fluid layout
- Preparing your background for fluid layout
- Fluid l…
It's been exciting to see all of the comments and feedback about VisualEditor, and encouraging to hear that so many of you think it will be beneficial for newer users on Wikia communities. Be assured that source editing will remain available to users who prefer it, and we're working hard to make sure that VisualEditor can serve the needs of a wide range of contributors. Today I'd like to highlight some of the challenges and achievements on the road to creating this update to the WYSIWYG editing experience on Wikia. We'll also touch upon the next steps of the beta release that we have coming up.
Wikia engineers Christian and Inez have been part of a long-term collaboration with the talented folks at the Wikimedia Foundation. Together they de…Read more >