If you have a slower internet connection or if your fast broadband internet connection is not giving expected performance due to some hardware glitch or cabling problems, then you are going to find it very hard browsing websites in your PC (or any other device for that matter). It does not matter which website you are trying to visit – your web mail site, newspaper site, software download sites, or the Wikipedia site. In fact, Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites on the internet and you can actually make it a little faster even on slowest internet connections.
The trick to make Wikipedia involves opening the other variations of Wikipedia. If you do not know, Wikipedia is offered in many different variations – the regular Wikipedia, old English Wikipedia, simple English Wikipedia, Norfuk Wikipedia, Scottish Wikipedia in addition to translations of these Wikipedias into many popular languages of the world. You can change the URL of the regular Wikipedia and open another variation (mobile edition) that loads much faster. Here is how:
- Google and open some Wikipedia page of your interest as usual.
- When the Wikipedia page starts to open, press the Esc key on your keyboard multiple times to stop the page from loading.
- In the address bar, change the URL to add a m. (an ‘m’ followed by a dot) after https://en. and then press Enter to load the page using the modified URL. For example, if the regular URL is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediatek then you have to edit it into https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediatek.
- Enjoy surfing Wikipedia at a much faster speed because the mobile version avoids loading many of the usually unnecessary elements from the Wikipedia site.
In fact, you can use the same trick for all the other sites that allow mobile version of web sites but the results are not always good.