• Sannse

    The Theme Thing

    November 18, 2010 by Sannse

    Back in September we showed you some our designers' ideas on themes for the new Wikia. Moving around Wikia over the last few weeks, we've seen more of your ideas -- and they look great!

    I've been making backgrounds for various wikis around Wikia -- Bleach Wiki and Winx Club Wiki are the two I'm most pleased with. If you are adding a theme to your wiki, here are some tips from what I've learned so far:

    • Keep the file size down. Remember that this image needs to be loaded with every page a visitor views, and on slower or older computers a large image can slow the page. The maximum size allowed by the Theme Designer is 100kb, but if you can use a smaller file, that's better still.
    • jpg. files tend to be best for photo-style or other more complex im…

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  • Sannse

    Site speed essentials

    October 28, 2010 by Sannse

    A key part of being a successful website is to maintain a system that's fast and reliable. It's well known that the quicker the site speed, the more likely it is that a visitor will stay and explore. For example, Google's algorithm takes site speed into consideration when they decide which search results get displayed higher on the page.

    On Wikia we've seen this in action -- the longer it takes a page to load, the higher the exit rate. To prevent this, we've taken a number of measures to keep our page load times low across 170,000 wikis. Some of the recent changes we've made:

    • We've combined CSS calls to our servers, so they are loaded all at once rather than as separate files.
    • Buttons on the interface are now loaded as a combined image, help…
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    Try out the new look

    October 7, 2010 by Sannse

    If you haven't heard yet, we've been very busy working on a fresh new look for Wikia. We’ve given previews in several forms, including design screenshots and a few live beta wikis. But now, all logged-in users can experience the new design on any part of Wikia. Simply visit your preferences, select the "skin" tab and choose "New Wikia Look." Give it a try -- you can switch back and forth between the new look and Monaco until November 3rd.

    We're also introducing the new Theme Designer, which we think is one of the coolest things about the new look. Theme Designer allows admins to quickly and easily customize the look and feel of their wiki by selecting colors, uploading background images, and creating custom wordmarks.

    You can access Theme De…

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