In collaboration with Wikipedia volunteers worldwide, Wikipedia has redesigned its website for the first time in 10 years, with usability at the forefront. The updates were created with feedback from readers and volunteers worldwide to meet the needs of the growing global community.
The updated desktop interface prioritizes usability and modernizes the Wikipedia experience to make it more welcoming and easier to use and explore for everyone. The changes are not radical, and no existing functionality was removed – instead, the site is now simply more convenient to use, and site navigation has been simplified.
Here's the list of the main changes on Wikipedia's website:
- The table of contents is now located to the left of the article, making it easier to navigate throughout the reading experience.
- The search experience has been improved, which now leverages images and descriptions that makes it easier to find articles on Wikipedia.
- Language-switching tools are now placed more prominently, allowing multilingual users to find the preferred language more easily and switch between over 300 languages.
- There's an updated sticky header with commonly used links that move with users as they scroll.
- The default font size has also been increased for better reading comfort.
The update is now applied to the English-language version of the site and is already live on 94% of the 318 active language versions of Wikipedia for all desktop users.