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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 article describes the original Monaco skin.
Some information is not applicable to the Dantman`s Monaco skin. (Details).

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
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(only via MediaWiki upgrades)
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(Removed from Wikia)
Editing tips and widescreen editing available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
New editor available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Link suggest available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Add Images tool available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Video Embed tool available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Advertisements load last Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg

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.png Gtk-ok.svg
Flyout navigation system Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Prominent search box Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Top banner with re-organised personal and Wikia links Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Page bar tabs/links represented with icons Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Community widget with last two edits and personal links Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg

Navigation customization[edit]

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

Skin customization[edit]

Monobook Monaco
Customization guides Help:Customizing Monobook Help:Customizing Monaco
Ease and flexibility of customization (with guide) Average Easiest
Multiple premade skins available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Jade (green) theme available Nuvola apps error.png Gtk-ok.svg
Image independent for skin customization Gtk-ok.svg Gtk-ok.svg
How to design site-wide custom dark themes without causing problems for light themes of that skin (e.g. [[1]]) 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 notes[edit]

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 [2], 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."