WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful
Wikipedia is one of the Web’s most visited properties. From quantum mechanics to Laurel and Hardy, the online encyclopedia delivers good primers on just about any topic you can think of. But doesn’t the interface sometimes feel as though it belongs to a previous era? The Wikipedia of August 2004 reveals not a lot has changed, aesthetically at least. This is whereWikiWand wants to help.WikiWand is the handiwork of Lior Grossman, who co-founded the startup back in 2013 before recently tying up $600,000 in funding to build the Wikipedia of the Future. Available as an extension for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, WikiWand takes seconds to install and serves up instant access to a very different ‘look and feel’ for Wikipedia each time you click a link to the site.
Each WikiWand page also has a ‘Share’ button to make it easy to propagate articles across the Web. But it’s only when you begin navigating the platform when you start noticing the little improvements that make a big difference.
For example, when scrolling a long page, Wikipedia can get a little annoying when you have to jump back to the top to peruse the main sub-section menu. With WikiWand, you have a fixed ‘Contents’ table on the left that’s always visible regardless of where you are on the page.
Helpfully, the relevant section in the menu always highlights where you currently are in the main article – and you can easily jump to a new section by clicking on a specific ‘broad’ category.