After many months of work by over 100 individuals around the organization and movement,
the Wikimedia Foundation's new website soft launched this week!
You can check it out for yourself here (you may need to clear your browser's cache):
So what comes next?
Throughout this week, the Communications department and core website team will be doing
final tweaks and quality assurance testing in preparations for translations.
Over the coming weeks we will be working with affiliates and contributors around the world
to make the site in available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish -
in addition to the English version soft launched today. Once the translations are
completed, we will be doing a more public announcement regarding the new website and begin
more formally implementing usage of it.
Additionally, we will be holding office hours in the coming weeks.
What about the old website?
The old website (aka Foundation Wiki) will be given new life in the coming weeks as the
Wikimedia Foundation Governance Wiki - where it will continue to house important
documentation for the Wikimedia Foundation like policies, board resolutions and minutes,
legal documents, etc. Additional information on the changes coming to that wiki and the
plans for migrating archived content to Meta-Wiki will be available in the coming weeks.
What else should I know?
There is a lot of great things about this new website we are excited to share with all of
you! More information about office hours will available in the coming weeks. Until then,
we encourage you to take a look and contact me directly if you find any bugs, typos, or
have any comments.
The Communications department greatly appreciates all of the discussions, work, and
patience everyone has put into this gigantic undertaking. We are very close to the finish
line, and today marks a significant step which was only possible with the help of the 100+
On behalf of the Communications department and core website team (Heather, Zack,
Katherine, Mel, and Greg),