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After finally testing out the new Wikipedia user interface beta, i noticed a big difference in both physical interface and behind-the-scenes tweaking. Starting off with the most obvious, both the headers and left panels have a face-lifted design, with a light blue, much cleaner and curvier look than before. The tabs at the top are spaced in different sections, so it’s not as crowded and it has a much more ‘tabbed browsing’ feel to it. The search bar, probably one of the most used functions on Wikipedia, is located at the top right corner, in a much more visible fashion unlike before where it blended in with other links, especially for new users. Overall, the graphical user interface upgrade gets two thumbs up, with no noticeable flaws to the bare eye.

The site seems to run smoother than before, but there was nothing really to improve in that category. Editing, on the other hand, definitely required some adjustments for more basic end contributors. Although Wikipedia’s form of easy coding editing made it much easier to edit the page as a whole, it still seemed like it needed an easier to use, more compatible entry editor. In the new beta, the coding hasn’t changed at all, but the editor has similar updates to the main page, including the light blue look, and has more visible editing buttons. Although the editing upgrade isn’t extensive, this is still a beta and hopefully, the final release will do some finishing tweaks.

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