The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has announced a visual overhaul for the encyclopedia’s website, the first in more than a decade. The interface, which had input from volunteers around the world, aims to modernize the website and increase usability. If you use another language version of Wikipedia, you may have already seen the update or you may still be waiting but the English edition is now in a new look.
“The Wikipedia desktop update is one of the major improvements the Wikimedia Foundation is making to help people easily access the world’s knowledge, in support of our mission to ensure that everyone on the planet has have free and equal access to knowledge, regardless of where they live or are from.” said Selena Deckelmann, Chief Product and Technology Officer, Wikimedia Foundation. The changes make it easier for people to find and learn about the work of our incredible volunteers. These features are created with feedback from readers and volunteers around the world, with the goal of meeting the needs of our increasingly diverse audience, while keeping the simple and straightforward feeling that millions of people have learned over the past 22 years. What is trust.”
Some things to look for in the new Wikipedia interface are the search field, which has been centralized and moved to the top of the page, and the left-hand menu bar that lets you navigate to different subheaders throughout the page. are If your browser is too small, the side menu will collapse to a button at the top left of the page that can be expanded with one press.
Another nice design change for multilingual users is the more prominent placement of the language switch tool so you can view the topic in other language editions of Wikipedia. Sometimes, topics may have more information in other languages and a more prominent placement of the language switcher makes it faster to switch editions.
If you’ve been on Wikipedia in the past few days, there’s a good chance you’ve already gone with the new interface, if not, load up the English Wikipedia and take a look at the new UI. Hope the changes don’t disrupt your workflow too much!