Wikia's Fandom Is the Largest Entertainment Fan Website

Indulge in your favorite fandoms by joining or creating a community

A screenshot of Wikia's Fandom website.
Wikia's Fandom website.

If you're really into pop culture, Wikia's Fandom can help you take your love for your favorite TV shows, movies, books, games, news stories, events, characters and celebrities to a whole new level.

Here's what you need to know about it.

What Is Fandom?

Wikia, formerly known as Wikicities and now known as the home of Fandom, is a site that used to solely be a wiki farm. It was started by one of the founders of Wikipedia—Jimmy Wales. Today, it's the largest entertainment hub for fans of pop culture, boasting over 400,000 Wikia communities and 200,000 monthly unique users.

What in the World Is a Wikia?

A wiki or "wikia" is basically a community centered around a particular subject that any user can create or join to participate. If you're familiar with Wikipedia, then you know that there are dedicated pages of information for each topic, which can be referred to as wikis (o wikias). It's the same idea for Fandom, where all wikis/wikias are focused around the general topics of movies, TV shows, and games.

How to Use Fandom As a Fan of Almost Anything

The front page of Fandom is built a lot like a news site or blog, featuring native and third-party articles about hot topics plus links to featured articles from other reputable sources like the BBC, Venture Beat, Billboard and more. You can check out all of the trending wikia communities by clicking on Wikis > Explore Wikis in the top navigation menu.

When you look at an individual wiki, you might notice that it closely resembles Wikipedia. For example, if you take a look at the Disney Wiki, which is one of the top wikias on Fandom, you'll see current information about Walt Disney, the Disney corporation, theme parks, TV networks, film companies, films, characters and more.

With a free user account, anyone can contribute relevant information to any wiki as a way to help out the community (just like you can on Wikipedia) by clicking the Edit button in the top right or alternatively leaving a comment at the bottom of the page, similar to how you would on a blog post. You can also start a brand new wiki by navigating to Wikis > Start a Wiki.

What's the Difference Between a Fandom Wiki and Wikipedia?

So why would anyone want to use Fandom's wikis if they can just find everything on Wikipedia? That's a good question, and for some, Wikipedia may indeed be the better option, but let's take a look at how Fandom's wikis stand out from it:

Fandom wikis are all related to entertainment. While Wikipedia is more concerned with bringing you the hard facts and history on specific topics about practically anything and everything, Fandom is mainly focused on educating you all about entertainment topics.

Fandom wikis focus more on current entertainment news and events. If you visit the Disney page on Wikipedia, you'll see that it includes tons of information on what Disney is all about, its long history, the details of the company divisions and more. The Disney Fandom wiki, on the other hand, displays entertainment-themed button options at the top of the page (Animated Films, Pixar Films, etc.) and featured news about upcoming movies or events.

Fandom wikis are highly visual and interactive. Wikipedia has one little section in the upper right corner of every page to feature images. Fandom wikis, however, have enticing visuals incorporated in all sections and all its content throughout each page. You'll even find interactive features like polls and forums that you can take advantage of to connect with the community.

Fandom gives you a profile with more of a community feel to it. You can create an account on Wikipedia so that you can contribute to pages and add ones to your Watchlist, but you can't do much of anything else with it. Fandom actually gives you a profile that makes it feel more like a social network, complete with a profile photo, a message wall, a blog and even links to your other social profiles.

So if you're a big fan of a specific TV show, movie or game, you may want to look into using Fandom to get your entertainment news fix and to read up on all the great information provided on the wikis by other hardcore fans like yourself. Don't forget to contribute if you have valuable information to share as well!

Article updated by: Elise Moreau