One of our current projects is to look into updating the page header area - that is, the area which currently contains the wordmark, local navigation and contribute button.
We want to make sure the page header area is as useful as it can be - both for the newbie who has never visited your wiki before and for the experienced editors. We're also keen on making the mobile and desktop experience feel a bit more connected.
We've been spending some time looking into what improvements could be made, and you can read much more about our research and findings on this Community Central forum post.
A test concept
As a result of this research, we've come up with a potential concept for how the page header could look:
The 'Search' option, after click - similar 'expanding' behavior to the global navigation search option
Though the layout is somewhat different, it retains much of the existing content - the wordmark, navigation and contribution options.
We think placing the wordmark top and center will help emphasise your wiki's identity, while the reorganised links should make it easier for a newbie to get to know your wiki. In particular, while the main links are hidden initially, you can quickly browse a wide overview of the wiki's content by clicking 'Read'.
As an initial test concept, it is not a final design (indeed, work is still ongoing on this concept right now) and it is subject to significant changes. We could end up going in a very different direction, as other concepts are being explored. You can see a live example of the test on Scrubs Wiki.
We're hoping to test out this concept on your wiki over the holiday break to get feedback on the concept and to obtain data on how it's used. You won't need to make any changes, and it's very simple for us to switch on and off.
Would you be up for that? We'd love to get in front of people so they can play around with it in a variety of 'live' situations, to help us understand what works and what doesn't.
Thanks for reading, and feel free to let us know your thoughts!