Every time we need
verification of some news, we turn to Wikipedia. For over twenty years, this
site has been a part of the web culture – giving access to some text-heavy,
crowdsourced encyclopedia entries from individual computers and other
electronic devices. Finally, after a decade, Wikipedia look on the desktop is
getting a makeover.
There are several proposed features in this MediaWiki Post to give you a
glimpse of what the new cover of Wikipedia might look like. We’re big fans of
the newly-arranged table of contents. Since Hayvine has to report stories
regarding public figures, this feature makes it more convenient for us as now,
we can easily skip past the sections we don’t want.
The first change that
we’ll get to witness is that of the collapsible sidebar – it will allow us to
collapse the menu on the left side of each page and also minimize distractions.
It will also help us limit the irrelevant information present on the left side
of the screen – making it easy to focus. You can also use the one-click button
to switch languages.
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In addition to this entire redesign,
Wikipedia is also planning to improve its in-site search tools so that users
can easily navigate the site and find what they’re looking for even more
quickly than before. The site will also reconfigure the logo, making it
The plan to reinvent
Wikipedia was announced by Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia’s parent company.
The blog post said that these changes won’t happen overnight, but they will occur “incrementally
over a period of a long time”.
Thus, before the
official changes roll out, users will get an opportunity to have their say in
the matter. For now, the plan is to roll out all the changes by the end of next