The structure and design of most wikis looks like Wikipedia, which is now over ten years old. It does not have to be like this. If you want to give your wiki a different look, you need to use a different skin. Changing the appearance of a MediaWiki (and also BlueSpice) installation also changes how it handles. I have collected together a few tips and ideas here and I also explain the steps planned for the BlueSpice skin.
Update 2017: Please see also the recent article The top 10 MedaWiki skins.
MediaWiki is becoming more diverse
Look at these wikimedia projects which all use the current “Vector” skin. Vector was developed in 2009 for MediaWiki 1.16+ as part of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative and improves on its predecessor Monobook, giving a clearer presentation and better usability. In addition, some special functions can be downloaded as vector extensions.
MediaWiki is already working on the further development of the standard skins. The next stage, the Athena skin, will support mobile devices, amongst other things. You can get a visual impression of Athena here. Continue Reading