Wikipedia:Main Page alternatives

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Below are some alternatives to Wikipedia's Main Page. Some serve a special need, while the rest provide a change in style. To use these instead of the default Main Page, access them from here, set one as your web browser's home page or set one or more up as links on your browser's toolbar.

Other days[edit]



Redesign archive[edit]

Note that these pages are not actively maintained and may not contain sections that are normally present on the current main page.

  • Old PDA version
  • Text only: a Main Page without the daily features
  • Links only: a Main Page with just the links to each section and nothing else
  • Outline links: links to outline menu sections instead of portals
  • Simple: no-frills version
  • Blue boy: blue, with browse box
  • Encyclopedia: features an encyclopedia book theme and bold, simplified header
  • Executive: style and function
  • Ghost: A faded, high-contrast version of the main page
  • Italian-style: looks like the old Italian Wikipedia Main Page
  • Italian-style 2: looks like the new Italian Wikipedia Main Page
  • Misty breeze: this design feels light and misty
  • Regal: purple and gold
  • Search box: similar to the current revision of the Main Page, but with a search box
  • Simple Search box: reminiscent of Google in its simplicity
  • Shades of blue: blue tones, with colorful icons and search box
  • Tabs: four separate tabs for TFA+ITN, DYK+OTD, POTD+About Wikipedia, and Navigation
  • Three tabs: two additional tabs for search/browse, and Wikipedia as a project and community
  • TOC: with sections and a table of contents
  • Tomorrow and today: tomorrow's and today's edition combined
  • Search box only: only contains the search box
  • List of the day: same as the current main page, with Today's Featured List displayed
  • No TFP: same as the current Main Page, minus Today's Featured Picture
  • CSS Update: uses more CSS than current main page, allowing POTD to be displayed in single column


  • Sandbox: feel free to edit it. What will it look like today?


You can also preview the main page using any of the site-skins. See Help:User style for details on configuring your own skin.

How to reset your default main page to one of the above[edit]

Paste the following code into your common.js page and the main page will be changed to the Classic 2006 main page alternative. You have to be logged on for this to work. If you would like a different main page alternative instead, simply change the page title in the code to that of the main page alternative you desire. You may need to bypass your browser's cache in order for the code to take effect.

if ( mw.config.get( "wgPageName" ) == "Main_Page" ) {
  location.href = mw.util.getUrl( "Wikipedia:Main Page alternative (Classic 2006)" );

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