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Wikia v Referata

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Do you miss the Monaco skin?
All ShoutWiki wikis can now have the Monaco skin, see this announcement. You can also add the Monaco skin to your wiki in 10 minutes (Detailed instructions) (Discussion and questions)

Below are the differences between Wikia and Referata and detailed instructions on how to leave Wikia for Referata.

Differences between Wikia and Referata[edit]

Feature Referata Wikia
Choice of skin Referata allows users to choose the following skins: ApiOutput, Bootstrap, Fallback, Minerva, Modern, MonoBook, Vector. Wikias are forced to use Oasis, the current Wikia skin.
Leaving the wiki Deletes wikis on founder request Refuses to delete the wiki on request, staff will block and desysop editors who advertise the new website.
Advertising Referata wikis are ad-free by default, but with the paid hosting options, wiki founders can set up their own ads.
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10 locations:

  1. Banner ad at the top
  2. video ad which takes up over 25% of the screen width, in the sidebar
  3. side vertical ad below site's pictures and Wikia spotlights
  4. 2 video ads at the bottom
  5. advertising other wikias at the top (links in entertainment, gaming, lifestyle)
  6. advertising other wikias on side (Wikia spotlights)
  7. advertising other wikias on bottom. (Wikia spotlights)
  8. Advertisements on green links randomly placed in the article
  9. A slider ad (the same placed over the recent activity module) when you scroll down the page. (see wikia:User blog:Ciencia Al Poder/December update - New ad formats for your visitors)
  10. Ad after clicking an external link
Ad free hosting Default (ads are a paid feature, which is the opposite of what most other websites offer) No longer available as of August 7, 2015[1]
Load times ~3 seconds to load page ~4 seconds to load page

Instructions to leave Wikia for Referata[edit]

On the wikia you want to move:

  1. On a wikia where you are an admin, go to Special:Statistics.
  2. Scroll down and click the Request a database dump button.
  3. Continue to check back on Special:Statistics until the database dump has been updated. (This can take days.)
  4. Download one of the .xml.7z files. (The "current pages" version usually imports faster than the "full history" version.)

On Google:

  1. Search for "download 7zip"
  2. Download 7Zip from the official website. (Downloading it from another website will cause your computer to be infested with toolbars.)
  3. Open the .xml.7z file using 7Zip. This will cause an XML file to be extracted.
Database dumps request
Request a database dump button on Wikia, in the Database Dump section.

On Referata:

  1. Register an account on the Referata metawiki.
  2. Create a wiki. Referata does not have single-user login; you will have to fill out the "username" and "password" forms manually.
  3. Once the wiki creation process is finished, go to your new wiki and log in using the credentials you entered into the "create wiki" form.
  4. Open the "Special:Import" page,
  5. Go into the "Choose File" menu and select the XML file that you extracted using 7Zip.
  6. Press the "upload file" button and wait for the import to finish.
  7. Once the import is finished, you will have to manually delete all pages with titles starting with "Message Wall:", "Message Wall Greeting:", "Thread:", "User blog:", and "Forum:".

See also[edit]


  1. Ad free wikis - Wikia Community Central[dead link] - "Wikia recently started offering ad-free wikis for $19.95 a month. Any wiki with less than 20,000 pageviews per month is eligible for this program." On November 24, 2010, the program was still ongoing (see Talk:Ad free wikis § Still ongoing?). On May 13, 2015, the outdated page was deleted by DaNASCAT.
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