Although the portal templates themselves are permanently protected for security reasons, you are welcome to edit the staging ('/temp') portal. A Meta administrator will review your changes and copy-paste the raw (X)HTML5 code into the live portal. If a few days pass without that happening, post a friendly reminder at Talk:Www.wikipedia.org template.
The Wikipedia multilingual portal consists of four main sections: the Top 10 ring of languages surrounding the Wikipedia 'puzzle ball' logo; the search box; the stratified list of language editions; and the sister project links at the bottom. The fundamental principle behind the portal's design is quick access to most of Wikipedia's language editions without favoring one language in particular. (Until 2005,
Unfortunately, designing a usable portal for choosing among hundreds of languages, while keeping the page relatively small and simple, is a hard problem. (Solutions wanted!) The status quo is to sort the languages by page views in the Top 10 ring and by number of articles on the rest of the page.
Adding a language to the portal
In order to keep the portal from growing out of control, the portal is limited to all language editions that meet one of the following conditions:
Note that closed wikis may not be listed in the portal.Once a language edition reaches 100 articles, please add a notice to Wikimedia News and add it to this portal. Search the page for '100+ articles' (or '1,000+' etc.) and add this line to the list that follows:
where xx is the wiki's subdomain (typically an ISO 639 code) and Name is the name of the language in that language. Use title case. Place the wiki's listing in alphabetical order by Name.
<a href="//xx.wikipedia.org/" lang="xx">Name</a> •
Promoting a language
The middle portion of the portal has sections for each power-of-ten number of articles. Once a language edition reaches 1,000 articles (or 10,000 or 100,000), its listing should be moved up a level. That's all you have to do in most cases.
Once the language edition reaches 100,000 articles, currently the second-highest level, an extra step is necessary to add it to the search box: