News JVTech Wikipedia is finally getting a makeover! We’ve been waiting for this for more than 10 years
Published on 01/23/2023 at 07:35
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The most visited site (excluding social networks) in France is finally getting a makeover! An upgrade that we have been waiting for over 10 years. But concretely, what will it change?
Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that everyone has consulted at least once
This year, Wikipedia celebrated its 22nd anniversary (January 15). The internet’s most widely used collaborative encyclopedia, or as it likes to call itself, the largest collection of open knowledge in history, has seen its content and popularity grow dramatically over the years. Today she counts 58 million articles written in over 300 languages by volunteers around the world who publish and manage this completely free website. A place visited by 16 billion users (just that) each month.
And to mark his birthday, Wikipedia has received its first upgrade in over a decade. The Wikimedia Foundation has announced the launch of an updated interface aimed at make the site more accessible and user-friendly. While the changes aren’t obvious, some common annoyances have been eliminated. The goal of this update was basically to make Wikipedia a more modern platform and remove some clutter who were there before. And, on the other hand, to put the web version at the same level as the mobile version in terms of accessibility.
The Wikipedia desktop update is one of the major improvements made by the Wikimedia Foundation to help people easily access the world’s knowledge, as part of our mission to ensure that every person on the planet has free and fair access to knowledge, regardless of place of residence or origin. Wikimedia
What’s changing on Wikipedia?
With this upgrade, the Wikimedia Foundation hopes to increase traffic to its site by 30%. And even if the changes are not necessarily all visible, many optimizations have been made, as evidenced by the list below.
The search bar has been improvedit now includes images and descriptions, which appear as the user types to help them quickly find the item they need.The language changer tool also gets a makeover. It now occupies a new, more prominent position at the top right, allowing readers and editors to easily switch between the 300 supported languages.Another modification: the fixed header. This includes links, the name of the page, different sections, and remains anchored at the top of the page when you scroll. This means that you no longer have to scroll all the way up to find what you are looking for in the page or on the site.The table of contents has also undergone some changes. It is now anchored on the left side of articles and it allows to browse through the content even if the article is very long. This makes it easier to move from one part of the article to another as you go deeper into a subject.A fold down sidebar has been added for distraction-free reading and the maximum line width has also been increased. According to the foundation, limiting the width of long texts makes the experience more comfortable and improves content retention.
This is a minor update that does not bring big changes. However, the foundation says these small tweaks helped them perform better in tests with groups of international volunteers. Users searched 30% more and scrolled 15% less. Like what, the changes, even late, are good.