In 2017 we redesigned the page and article headers at the top of every wiki page as part of a more modern design experience on FANDOM wikis. We couldn't be happier with the way it turned out, but we knew there were a few extra steps we could take to make it even more impactful for logged-in users.
Today we have introduced new shortcuts to the page header that will appear for all logged-in users. These shortcuts include Add New Image, Add New Video, Recent Changes, and All Shortcuts. The All Shortcuts menu includes links to special pages, maintenance lists, and other pages that can be useful to editors and admins. You can see the placement of this new shortcuts menu here:
With the release of the new menu, we will study the engagement data and…
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Last week we were excited to announce how the South Park wiki kicked off FANDOM's Community Video Program. This new program is an important part of producing Featured Videos that complement the quality of written wiki content across the site and remain up to date. The program is still in its infancy, but, if your wiki is in the Top 1,000 on WAM, we are excited to begin working with you on original scripts that we can produce for your community!
First, let's talk about our basic production process. We have a team of editors dedicated to producing Featured Videos. These editors create a concept for the video, write the script, gather the footage and (sometimes) record voiceover, and then edit the video together so it can be posted to the righ…Read more >
One of the most exciting parts about adding video to the site and accomplishing our goal of slashing 30% of the ads on FANDOM wikis is that we now have a quickly growing team that’s dedicated to Featured Video. The number of videos we're able to create is growing too, and producing quality content that complements the quality of written wiki content is incredibly important to us. To help do that, we're in the beginning stages of a community participation program where admins and editors can create and review Featured Video scripts.
We recently had a great success with this program on South Park Archives. We posted a video on the page for Kenny McCormick—of "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" fame—and the community contacted us with some ideas t…Read more >
Since the beginning of the year we've had a consistent goal throughout our product development: reducing the number of ads on the wiki page. This was a big part of the project we call Wiki Modernization. We knew that by making design and product improvements to the site, we would be able to provide a more modern web experience to users and advertisers without all of the ad clutter that we've had on pages up until now. We are happy to announce that we have achieved this milestone. As of this past Monday, October 2nd, a brand new ad experience is live across the world that has fewer ads per page. In fact, we have slashed over 30% of total ad units on our site. This is something FANDOM and users alike have wanted for years, and it's incredibl…Read more >
In March we tested a brand new design for the page and article headers, the area of wiki pages that includes wiki navigation and important article actions like the Edit button. The test involved targeting users with the new and old designs to see how each one impacted traffic and how visitors use the site. Before the test started, we hadn't updated the header area since 2011. It looked out of date, lacked a modern feel, and left a lot to be desired.
We're happy to say that the test was a huge success and we're releasing the new headers on all FANDOM wikis during the week of June 12th!
Community feedback was very positive, and so was the data we collected. The community response was so positive that we kept the test headers up even after we h…
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