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Customizing Monaco
Getting started talk

Overview


   Monaco new features
   Skins
   Skin comparisons
   Examples of customized
   Monaco skins

Customizing Layout


   Customizing colors
   Header
   Logo
   Sidebar
   Toolbox

Specific Skins


   Monaco/Dark skin
(changes)

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This page compares the feature sets of the Wikia Monobook and Monaco skins.

Several features on Wikia are exclusive to the latest skin, Monaco.

General skin features Edit

Monobook Monaco
Actively developed Nuvola apps error
(only via MediaWiki upgrades)
Gtk-ok
Editing tips and widescreen editing available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
New editor available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Link suggest available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Add Images tool available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Video Embed tool available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Advertisements load last Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok

General skin design Edit

Monobook Monaco
Max logo size Box/vertical, 135 x 155px Box/horizontal, 216 x 155px
Content area width Middle Largest
Sidebar widgets Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Flyout navigation system Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Prominent search box Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Top banner with re-organised personal and Wikia links Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Page bar tabs/links represented with icons Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Community widget with last two edits and personal links Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok

Navigation customization Edit

Monobook Monaco
Customizable sidebar links per site Gtk-ok Gtk-ok
Customizable toolbox links per site Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Customizable sidebar links per user Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Customizable toolbox links per user Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok

Skin customization Edit

Monobook Monaco
Customization guides Halp:Customizing Monobook Halp:Customizing Monaco
Ease and flexibility of customization (with guide) Average Easiest
Multiple premade skins available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Jade (green) theme available Nuvola apps error Gtk-ok
Image independent for skin customization Gtk-ok Gtk-ok
How to design site-wide custom dark themes without causing problems for light themes of that skin (e.g. WoWWiki) Design code in Common.css, custom dark skin in MW:Monobook.css. Users can import light skin CSS. Design code in Common.css, custom dark skin in MW:Monaco.css. Users choose not to use custom skin from prefs.

Other notesEdit

Other benefits of Monaco, from Wikia measurements:

  1. Users find content easier using fly-out menus - less people leaving after looking only at the main page.
  2. More editors - people finding deep content are more likely to edit than just read.

From [1], on the usefulness of the Community widget:

"On Muppet Wiki in the last month, 1,404 anonymous readers logged in using the button in the Community box, 1,539 anon readers clicked the "more..." button to go to Recent changes, and 1,287 clicked on article links that they saw in the Latest Activity area. Those are readers who may not have been engaged with the site if they hadn't seen the activity going on in the Community box. On the other hand, logged-in contributors only clicked in the Community box 350 times. It's not designed for us; it's for the 91% of anons."

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