Admit it, you look at it. And you like it.
Fortunately, there’s a great FREE solution to this: Wikiwand. This fantastic browser plugin (available for Chrome, Firefox or Safari) instantly converts any Wikipedia entry into something readable, easily navigable and actually enjoyable to read. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by a Wikipedia entry, you feel a desire to continue reading.
With Wikiwand, notice how the entry navigation is always on the left, allowing you to quickly jump to anywhere in the article. In the traditional Wikipedia view, this left-hand navigation is taken up with a bunch of links you’ve probably never clicked on.
The text is larger and more friendly. Plus, with extra padding and white space, it’s easier on the eyes to read part-way across the screen rather than the full distance.
With Wikiwand, you can easily customize your view, including font style, screen color, margin and font size.
If you click on an image, it opens up an image gallery displaying all images featured in the post.
There is also a great mobile app for iOS, with an Android app currently in the works. This app functions much the same as the desktop version, but is optimized for mobile devices. It works faster than a traditional web browser and is super slick. The only downside being you must specifically search within the app, rather than doing a generic web search in your Safari app.
The best part of Wikiwand is that it runs in the background on your desktop. Once installed, you never have to think about it. All Wikipedia entries are instantly made beautiful. It’s one of those extensions I can’t live without.