MediaWiki skins manual - category
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Release status: stable
Poncho skin.png
Author(s) Sophivorus
Latest version 5.0 (February 2022)
MediaWiki 1.27+
PHP 5.5+
License GNU General Public License 3.0 only
Example [1]
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Poncho is skin for MediaWiki that features:

  • Clean, modern and responsive layout
  • Floating header and sidebar
  • Breadcrumbs integrated in the title
  • Dark mode and read mode
  • Link to the Talk page near the bottom of pages
  • Collapsible sidebar
  • Categories styled like tags
  • Google Translate appended automatically to the languages menu (can be hidden via CSS)
  • Print-friendly and a prominent Print button to encourage offline use (can be hidden via CSS)

It also has a few limitations:

  • Untested support for RTL languages
  • Untested accessibility support


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Poncho in your skins/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadSkin( 'Poncho' );
  •   Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.


Poncho should work out of the box without any configuration. However, the following options may be useful:

  • $wgPonchoLogo - Set a logo specific for Poncho. Useful when the logo for other skins isn't fit for Poncho.
  • $wgPonchoSitename - Set a site name specific for Poncho. Set it to an empty string if your logo already includes the site name or set it to an abbreviated version of the site name if the full version breaks the layout per being too long.