As we began to define Project Darwin and discuss potential changes in site layout, one thing became clear: the ever-growing number of users on tablets demands a tablet experience that lives up to its use. In August 2013, almost 8% of the total traffic on Wikia came from tablet devices. 6 months ago, that number was just slightly over 6% and current trends point to a steady increase in tablet page views over the coming months.
Currently (without fluid layout), tablets get what looks like a "zoomed out" version of what you see on desktop computers. This makes an article tiny and hard to read, while links and buttons are small and hard to click. Readers usually need to use multitouch gestures to zoom in on the article content area in order t…Read more >
Wiki founders and admins spend plenty of time making their wiki's main page an engaging and interesting space. After all, the main page is the first impression your wiki makes on both newcomers and dedicated fans. What can you do to make this space even more functional and pleasing? We recommend adding a Main Page Slider.
The main page slider is a neat way to display amazing images from your wiki and to showcase your pages. And, we've recently implemented an easy tool to help you add a slider; it just takes a bit of initiative and a little bit of photo sizing magic.
Step 1: Find your photos
Choose the pages you want to highlight in the slider. There are 4 slider spaces to fill, so pick your 4 favorite pages. After you've decided, choose a phot…
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It's come around to that holiday time of year again, the air smells of baking treats, roasting turkeys and bellies are filled with warm, spicy holiday drinks. For many of us this also means some extra time to break out the cookie sheet or log some extra hours with our favorite games and wikis.
If you're heading to a holiday party Elle bee has got a great Spinach Artichoke dip recipe that's a great and easy way to start off your celebration. Here at the Wikia offices we had a taste of this at our annual Thanksgiving pot luck and it was delicious! Chefs in the making can find even more Thanksgiving themed recipes on the Recipes Wiki. If you're looking for a liquid form of libation Cocktails Wiki has some adult beverages that are sure to bring…
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As the beta period draws to a close, we wanted to give you an overview of the process and a look at some of the statistics and changes that came out of the testing. We began the private beta for the new look in mid August and the public beta on 6 wikis in late September. During the beta process we gathered feedback through a private forum and the in-page feedback tool. The beta officially ends tomorrow, October 6th, and the in-page feedback tool will be removed.
Over 475 users participated in the private beta and over 200 of these users joined in the discussion on the private beta forum. The forum generated almost 300 topics, with a total of 1804 posts and the in-page feedback tool received over 1500 responses from both private and public b…Read more >
As we read through the comments on the announcement about the timeline for the new skin, we’re seeing one big theme coming through -- many of you feel like the Wikia staff is ignoring negative comments about the change, and that we’re dodging questions that don’t have easy answers.
We’ve addressed many questions in previous blog posts and the FAQ -- including questions about photo attribution, wordmark, sitenotice, and why we’re implementing the new skin sitewide and removing the Monaco option. However, we recognize that you may not have seen these answers, or if you have, you’d like more details about the reasoning behind some of these decisions. We’ll address a couple of the biggest issues here, and provide more information in an upcoming…Read more >