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Colors Schemes for Wikis

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With any good wiki, the thing that sets it apart the most from all other wikis (besides the content, of course) is its color scheme.

A color scheme is the first thing anyone notices when they visit your wiki. It subliminally sends a signal to the reader about the wiki. The tone, the topic, etc.

Generally different colors send different tones. A good tip to try and give your wiki less of a tone based look is to use a more varied color scheme. If your wiki is just monochrome then it tends to just send out one tone, while a multiple color, color scheme gives your wiki more of a sophisticated look.

For example a wiki with these as its color scheme, wouldn't come off as too impressive.

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However a wiki with a color scheme like this would look a bit more interesting.

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There are many ways to improve your wiki, but one of the easiest and most important is your wiki's color scheme.


Many bigger and well known wikis have good color schemes which help to make them more diverse. For example here are a few.

Nintendo Wiki Bulbapedia TARDIS Index File
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The best way to change the color scheme of a wiki is by editing the wiki's CSS. I reccomend that before you do so that you learn some CSS and HTML. Also If you have Firefox you can use (right click menu > Inspect Element) to edit the CSS and see the results before you add the code to your wiki's CSS.

When picking a color scheme you want to try to reflect the topic of your wiki. It mostly depends on a wiki by wiki basis though mostly for lighter topic wikis (children's shows, bright cell shaded games, etc.) you want to use lighter colors, and for more serious topic wikis you want to use darker colors.

For an example a customized color scheme you can check out the bottom of:

Nintendo:MediaWiki:Common.css

See how the bottom of this page looks a lot better than the top? That is how useful a good color scheme can be!

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