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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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Since its early days in 2001, Wikipedia has gone through a series of small user experience changes, but nothing big. Announced in a recent blog post, the non-profit online encyclopedia is going to have a large user interface redesign, sometime in the near future. Wikipedia said they are switching over to a new theme, “Vector”, which allows for easier access to the most used features and a more elegant page. Wikipedia also claims they will make a slight change to the logo and make it easier for users to participate in articles. This new facelift has been tested by beta users for a few weeks, and is said to be released to the public by late april. Hopefully, this’ll attract more users and make it easier for readers to contribute to the community.