Notice: Starting the week of August 9th, 2021, the process of retiring Oasis and Hydra legacy designs will begin. More information can be found in this announcement blog.
FandomDesktop is the new design of the user interface for Fandom wikis (including formerly Gamepedia wikis) and Wikia.org wikis. Previously known as Phase 2 of the Unified Community Platform (UCP), this work was announced in early 2020 at Community Connect and in a subsequent blog post.
It replaces Oasis, Hydra, HydraDark, and remaining unique interfaces from select Gamepedia wikis. Those user interfaces will be retired once the FandomDesktop rollout is complete.
While FandomDesktop has a number of new and adapted features from our legacy interfaces, the big ones we’re really excited for are light and dark themes, multiple width options (with preferences), the right rail being dismissible for logged-in users, the new ThemeDesigner, and the pinned local navigation when you scroll.
The opt-in period for editors and administrators to test FandomDesktop and configure their wiki themes began on June 1, 2021. The search engine optimization (SEO) test, involving 300+ wikis coordinated with the Community team’s special support, began the week of June 14, 2021.
The first normal rollouts, bringing FandomDesktop as the default experience for wikis as a whole, are scheduled to begin the week of June 28, 2021. These rollouts will occur in batches.
Wikis which have not yet taken the time to apply custom theming on FandomDesktop will have their themes automatically converted for them, according to the same logic as the Theme Designer import feature, at the time of their wiki’s rollout. Gamepedia wikis will get special support for theme transfers, as they do not have existing Theme Designer data to import.
With the UCP and the Unified Consumer Experience (FandomMobile and FandomDesktop) rolled out, we have built the foundation upon which new features, content types, creator tools, extensions, and more can be developed by our teams.
For more information on FandomDesktop, please refer to the following links:
- Introducing FandomDesktop, the new look and feel for desktop users
- A deeper look at Article Pages on FandomDesktop
- A deeper look at Navigation on FandomDesktop
- A deeper look at Theme Designer on FandomDesktop
- A deeper look at Creator Tools and what’s next
- The FandomDesktop prep guide, which includes CSS changes, gallery syntax changes, and other important information
- The new customization policy!
If you need help with FandomDesktop, there are some options for you: