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Wikipedia’s desktop site is getting a revamp for the first time in 10 years

Under construction wiki

Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites in the world. And for over a decade, its desktop site’s design has remained consistent. However, that’s going to change soon, as the organization is redesigning some elements of it.

Wikimedia, the organization managing Wikipedia, said that it had kept the site stuck with the current site design all this while to avoid overwhelming users with features. Now, it wants to modernize the interface while “keeping its core identity.”

New features will include a reconfigurable logo, a collapsible sidebar, search improvements, language switching links, and a redesigned table of contents for each article. Wikimedia is rolling out the collapsible sidebar the first; this usually hosts links to random articles, language switching, and canonical translation.

Collapsible sidebar


The second feature in focus is the maximum line width to allow concentrated reading. I find a wide format useful when I’m reading a long-form article; you can see what might look like on the site below.

Content width

The organization has already started testing these features with early adopter Wikis such as Hebrew Wikipedia, Farsi Wikipedia, and French Wikipedia.

This project is not straightforward and Wikimedia expects it to be completed and rolled out across different Wikis by the end of 2021. The reason for the slow rollout is to allow people to get used to some of these features gradually.

You can check out all expected features here.

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Published September 24, 2020 — 06:12 UTC