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Customizing Monaco

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If you are interested in customizing your wiki's skin beyond the standard template, this is place to begin. Most aspects of a wikia's skin can be adjusted, including the layout and colors. To get started, it's good to familiarize yourself with the different sections of wiki skin.

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Customizing Monaco
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   Monaco new features
   Skin comparisons
   Examples of customized
   Monaco skins

Customizing Layout

   Customizing colors

Specific Skins

   Monaco/Dark skin


Getting started[edit]

This guide will help you customize your wiki be editing MediaWiki:Monaco.css.

Editing the "color1", "color2", "accent" and "neutral" classes (as described on the header page) is the best way to start any customization.

Changing the default skin[edit]

Important: Edits to MediaWiki:Monaco.css will not show up until the site default is switched to Monaco Custom.

You must have administrator rights to change the site default skin.

The default can be switched by going to:

Special:Preferences >>
Skin Tab >>
At the bottom of the Skin page is the "Admin Options" section, "Set the default theme for this wiki" >>

Test edits[edit]

If you are an admin wanting to customize your Monaco skin and do not want your edits to show live, either:

See also Testing the Customizations below.

Testing the Customizations[edit]

To test your customizations before deploying the changes to all users as the default, use the useskin and usetheme CGI parameters in your URL to access your wiki. For example, the customized Monaco theme on the WoWWiki may be accessed regardless of your preferred skin and theme selection or the default skin and theme using the following URL:

Customizing the Article Area[edit]

To change the background color of the main article area:

#wikia_page {
   background-color: red;


Almost all areas on the wiki skin can have color added or modified to create a style that is appropriate for your wiki community and topic. These modifications draw on preset colors, and can be paired as you see fit. This process can lead to simple, as well as complex, skin improvements. To get started, visit our color customization page.

Header menus[edit]

The header is adjustable, and you can learn how to do this on the customizing layouts page here. My Home, the header for user pages, can also be adjusted to fit your wiki's colors and style.


The sidebar navigation, links, widgets and search box can be modified to improve the way your wiki is used and navigated. The steps to make these changes can be found on the sidebar customization page.

See also[edit]

Basic information[edit]

General Monaco information[edit]

This article uses material from the "Halp:Customizing Monaco" article on Archived Help Wiki and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
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