As one of the top 5 most visited web sites in the world, it's hard to deny that Wikipedia has earned a place in most internet users' hearts. But while the content of the site may be incredibly useful, it's also fair to say that the interface looks a little dated. It's not been updated in more than a decade, and it shows.
Which is why an intriguing new web site and browser add-in caught my eye recently.
Wikiwand (www.wikiwand.com) is a web site which skins the standard Wikipedia content with a much more modern and professional look and feel. Instead of browsing the online encyclopaedia via the normal http://en.wikipedia.org address, use www.wikiwand.com instead. You get the same content, but with a much better presentation (as you can see from the screen shot below).
There's also a free browser add-in which, the makers claim, allow pages to load around 3 times faster. But even without the add-in, Wikiwand certainly does do a great job of bringing an internet institution up to date. And because of all Wikipedia's content is freely licenced, there are no legal issues over copyright.
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