Wikia

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Wikia, Inc.
Wikia logo
Type Private
Foundation date 2004
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Founder(s) Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley
Key people Craig Palmer (CEO)
Products Wiki hosting
Employees 127 (September 2011)[1]
Website www.Wikia.com
Alexa rank 140 (July 2013)[2]
Type of site Wiki farm
Advertising Direct and advertising networks
Registration Optional
Available in Multilingual
Launched 2004
Current status Active

Wikia is a website where people can make a wiki. Wikia was started in 2004 by Jimmy Wales (who also started Wikipedia) and Angela Beesley. It used to be called Wikicities, and the name was changed to Wikia on March 27, 2006 to prevent other people from mistaking it for a wiki on cities.[source?]

Wikis on Wikia must be about something which lots of people will like, so people cannot make them on any topic. All content on Wikia is released under a free license, such as the GNU Free Documentation License or the Creative Commons. Anybody can change pages on wikis at Wikia, so that no single person "owns" or is "the boss" of a wiki, and so that large communities can be made. The software used is MediaWiki.[3]

Wikia uses advertisements to generate money, which is different than Wikipedia, which uses user donations.[4]

In general, Wikia has much lower standards of notability than Wikipedia does. This means that something can have an article on Wikia, but not on Wikipedia. Also, articles on Wikia are often written in more "in-universe" style; meaning that fictional characters and plots are written as if they are real. Some projects on Wikia are more for people who are very interested in the topic.

In August 2010, they said that a new look was coming,[5] making some people take their wikis off the service.[source?]

Usage of MediaWiki[change | edit source]

As the founder of Wikia is Jimmy Wales, which is also the founder of Wikipedia, therefore Wikia uses MediaWiki. Currently, whole Wikia network uses MediaWiki version 1.16.2[6]. However, that version is still being supported.

Well-known wikis[change | edit source]

There are several wikis that are the biggest and most well known. For example, LyricWiki is currently the biggest wiki in Wikia with more than 1 million articles.[7]

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