Using the Hero Image feature — which is only available to administrators — you can easily promote your community on Wikia's main page and give your wikia's main page a bold, professional look. The Hero image will be displayed on the "Mix it up!" grid on Wikia's front doorstep.
Uploading a Hero image to your main page is easy. Just follow the steps and guidelines below!
Enable the Hero image feature in LabsEdit
It should pop right out at you - the feature is called Hero Image.
The upload process is super-simple. Just go to your wikia's main page and click "Update Cover Image", then pick one from your local computer (using images in your existing galleries is not currently supported, but you can always download them). Using the best practices below as a guide, find and upload the image that works best for your wikia. Make sure to use a high quality image as it will appear in multiple sizes across multiple browsers.
Once you've uploaded the image you want, hit the "Publish" button. If you want to discard your changes, click "Discard".
Give your wikia a name and summaryEdit
Click the purple circle with a pencil in it and give your wikia a name. Usually this is something simple, and communities often discuss what they're naming it as a group. Under the name, there's a space for a summary. Remember that this summary is going to be used around the site to promote your wikia, so try to make it sound fun and interesting!
Once you click "Publish", the changes automatically go live. Don't worry, as long as you've filled in the information and uploaded an image, only you and fellow admins can see the "Editor" portions of it.
Best Practices for ImagesEdit
|Choose the single image that is most symbolic of your wikia's topic
||Submit an image with just plain text, or a simple screenshot of your wikia or game.
|Use large, interesting images for your Hero image. This will be what readers prominently see when they visit your main page, so try to get their attention!||Submit images that have important information at the extreme right and left borders
|Make sure that the image is of a technically high quality
||Include a URL or your wikia's name
|Make a simple, bold design
||Try to squeeze too much in the frame or include complicated text in the image.
Above all, get creative!
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