MediaWiki skins manual - category
Release status: beta
Author(s) Sam Wilson and Caddie Brain
Latest version 0.6.0 (2023-06-25)
Compatibility policy Master maintains backwards compatibility.
MediaWiki 1.37
License GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
Quarterly downloads 17 (Ranked 22nd)
Public wikis using 13 (Ranked 90th)
Public wikis using as default skin 1
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The WMAU skin is a reader-first blog-style skin. It was developed for Wikimedia Australia.


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


  1. Logos: See $wgLogos.
  2. Footer blurb: The text that is displayed in the footer is set in the MediaWiki:Wmau-footer-blurb system message. It can be any wikitext.
  3. Menus: There are two menus in the skin: one in the header, and one in the footer. They are both defined in the MediaWiki:Wmau-config.json page, where each is an array of objects containing any of the following keys:
    • page – Wiki page name to link to.
    • url – URL to link to. (Is overridden by page if both keys are present.)
    • icon – Icon to display. A filename of a file uploaded to the wiki (or Commons if InstantCommons is in use), or a file in the skin's resources/images/feathericons directory. If a wiki file is used, it doesn't need the File: namespace prefix.
    • icon_width – Width, in pixels, of the icon. Default to 24.
    • title – Tooltip text.
    • text – The link text to display.
    • class – CSS class name(s) to add to the menu item's ‎<li> element.
    For a working example of the menu configuration, see wmau:MediaWiki:Wmau-config.json.

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