Customizing MediaWiki for beginners

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This is an introduction for beginning users of MediaWiki on how to customize your MediaWiki installation. It assumes that you already have MediaWiki installed, and have a basic understanding of how to use HTML and CSS.

Changing the background color[edit]

To change the background color of the MediaWiki interface outside of the page content and tabs, add the following CSS to the MediaWiki page [[MediaWiki:common.css]] (you can access this page by typing "MediaWiki:common.css" into your MediaWiki search box).

/* Changes the background color of the bottom and left of each page, up to behind half of the logo: */
body {
  background: red;

/* Changes the background color behind the top half of the logo and at top of each page: */
#mw-page-base {
  background: red;

This will change the background color outside of the tabs, search, and page content to red (or whatever your favorite color is).

Adding Google Fonts[edit]

Google Fonts is a repository of free open-source fonts that you can easily use on MediaWiki. Go to, find some fonts that you like, and select them by clicking the "plus" (+) icon. You can select more than one Google Font to be added. You should see a pop-up on your browser stating "n Families Selected," with n being the number of fonts that you have selected. Click the tab for the pop-up notification, and then select "@IMPORT." Copy and paste the CSS there into [[MediaWiki:common.css]], following the examples below (which use Noto Sans and Noto Serif, the default fonts for the free open-source Android operating system, which have good support for Unicode text).

@import url( '|Noto+Serif ');

/* Changes the default font used for MediaWiki to Noto Sans (does not include headings or monospaced text): */
body {
  font-family: "Noto Sans", sans-serif;

/* Changes the default font used for MediaWiki headings to Noto Serif: */
#content h1, 
#content h2 {
  font-family: "Noto Serif", serif;