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Customizing Monaco
Getting Started talk


   Monaco new features
   Skin comparisons
   Examples of customized
   Monaco skins

Customizing Layout

   Customizing colors

Specific Skins

   Monaco/Dark skin

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A skin is the style surrounding the content area. The content itself is not changed by the skin in which it appears, but the colors, design, and navigation of the page can be very different from one skin to another. Shoutwiki offers 4 default skins, as well as the option to customize to fit your wiki topic.

Gallery of skins[edit]

Free Skins

Skin name Description Preview
Cologne Blue Cologne Blue was a popular skin before the days of Monobook skin. It does not feature a space for a logo image and its sidebar is static when compared to Monobook's editable one.
Monobook Monobook is the default style of Wikipedia and most other MediaWiki sites. It is very easy to customize and thus it's no wonder that many wikis chose to keep Monobook as their default skin. To many users, Monobook is a familiar, comfortable and simplistic skin which enhances their wiki-experiences.
Modern Modern is a fairly new skin, as it was added into 1.13 release of MediaWiki for the first time. Despite this, it has already gained many users and its popularity is still growing. Like Cologne Blue, Modern does not have an area for a logo image. However, certain things, such as some JavaScript gadgets that did not work in Cologne Blue do work in Modern.


Monaco Monaco is a skin original created by wikia. Shoutwiki installes it in 2010. Monaco looks modern and is better then monobook. It is now enabled for free until 1 July. After that it will be paid.

Skin choosing[edit]

If you are logged in, you can change your own personal view of Wikia pages by choosing your favorite skin in your preferences:
My preferences menu.png

Admins options[edit]

If you are a wiki admin (or founder), you have the ability to customize the wiki's design, color and functionality. To choose a preset standard, you can simply click on the down arrow and select which color theme you would like to apply wiki-wide under preferences, skins, admin options.

If you select Custom, you customize your wiki skin by editing the article MediaWiki:Monaco.css on your wiki (i.e., ""). Please refer to the article Help:Customizing Monaco to learn more about complete customizations.

Personal skin view[edit]

Registered users can define their personal CSS stylesheet rules by editing User:<username>/<skinname>.css, replacing <username> with the user's username and <skinname> with the skin's name. For example, if your username would be John Doe and your skin would be Monaco, your personal stylesheet would be located at User:John Doe/Monaco.css.

See also[edit]

AWAMember (Talk page, Mail me). 08:09, 25 December 2010 (UTC)