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Using the Special:Promote feature — which is only available to administrators — you can easily promote your community on Wikia's main page and see your community's information appear on Wikia mobile apps. It allows you to upload images and description of your wikia, which will then be displayed on the "Mix it up!" grid on Wikia's front doorstep and be presented in the mobile apps.

Promoting your wikia is easy. Just follow the steps and guidelines below!

Write a description

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Writing a description for the Arrested Development Wiki.

You must first create a description of your wika. This can reflectboth the subject matter and the personality of your community. Try to keep your description fun and welcoming to attract new users. You can always come back to edit or update the text.

Create a Headline

Craft an exciting headline for your wikia. This can be as simple as "Learn more about the Bacon Wiki" or "Calling all dog lovers!" Get creative! Just remember that your headline must be more than 20 characters.

What's your wikia about?

Use this space to showcase some of the highlights of your community. Have you recently hit 24,000 pages? Now's your chance to brag! Just keep in mind that your description of your wikia needs to be at least 300 characters.

Upload Images

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Images approved for the Adventure Time Wiki.

The upload process is super-simple. Just go to Special:Promote#Add Images. There, you'll find two areas where images can be uploaded. The biggest area is the one for your main image. 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.

The other upload area is for the smaller images — up to nine of them! — that help to tell readers and editors more about what they will see if they choose to visit your community. These pictures display when people hit the icon of a magnifying glass on the wikia.com home page. These nine images do not get rotated into the main image. They are only visible to those who choose to find out more about your wikia.

Once you've uploaded all the images that you want — both main and supplementary — hit the "Publish" button. This will then submit all your images, at once, for review by Wikia Staff. It's better to submit all your pics at once than to hit the "Publish" button every time you add a new pic. Please note that images take 2-4 business days to be approved. Feel free to check your status at Special:Promote on your wikia.

Also, even after you're approved, keep in mind that there are thousands of communities on Wikia. If you hit the "remix" button at wikia.com, it could take awhile before yours appears.

Wikia Mobile

As mentioned in the intro, updating the Special:Promote page is crucial for a good display in our mobile apps. The guidelines are no different than the promotion on the Wikia home page and the results are reflected in My Wikia and Game Guides

Best Practices for Images

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Choose the single image that is most symbolic of your wikia's topic
Just like Batman has a simple bat, Jim Kirk has the shield of Starfleet, or McDonalds has the golden arches, you need a simple image — a logo, even — that makes people want to click on your wikia.
Submit an image with just plain text, or a simple screenshot of your wikia or game.
Such images will be rejected.
Submit images that are precisely 480px wide x 320 px tall.:The system will make an attempt to adapt pictures of other dimensions, but using these precise dimensions will ensure that the images aren't stretched, warped, or cropped when displayed at wikia.com. Submit images that have important information at the extreme right and left borders
Though most of the frames of the wikia.com "grid" have a horizontal aspect ratio, two of the bigger ones are portrait-oriented. So your image must have enough non-essential information at the side to work in both widescreen and portrait orientations. Check your image by blocking off both sides with your fingers to see what it will look like.
Make sure that the image is of a technically high quality
Remember, this is an advertisement, so put your best foot forward! Make sure the image is crystal clear!
Include a URL or your wikia's name
Folks will be able to get to your wikia simply by clicking on the image, and we will add a banner with your wikia's name.
Make a simple, bold design
Remember that most visitors are going to spend about one second looking at the page. Ask yourself whether your image is something that clearly conveys the topic of your wikia in that amount of time.
Try to squeeze too much in the frame or include complicated text in the image.
Most of the time, your image is going to display at much less than 480x320. Test your image on your wikia by putting it onto a regular page as a thumbnail. If it's too complicated at that size, it won't work well at wikia.com. Don't give readers' eyes more than about 2 individual things to look at — be they characters, books, product logos or whatever your wikia is about

Above all, get creative!

And remember, once submitted, your wikia will be represented on the main page of wikia.com. Please follow our terms of use and stay within those guidelines.

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