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For a full list of help pages, see Help:Contents, which includes non-local help pages, automatically transcluded from Wikia Help. This text is stored on Wikia Help. Suggest changes here.

A wiki page can be formatted in a number of different ways, using headers, lists, and indenting. Step-by-StepEdit Step-by-Step sectionEdit HeadingsEdit Headings sectionEdit

   It is good to break up long articles into various sections. This can be done using headings. 
   To create a header, highlight the text you wish to modify, and click on the Normal button.png button. You will see a dropdown menu. From this list you can choose: 
   Paragraph format.png 

Format option What it will look like Normal keeps the text in a regular paragraph format Section heading 2 Header 2 text.png Section heading 3 is a sub-header and can be used as a sub-section heading Edit is a sub-header and can be used as a sub-section heading sectionEdit Section heading 4 is a smaller sub-header Edit is a smaller sub-header sectionEdit Section heading 5 is the smallest sub-header option Code / preformatted allows you to input preset formatted text (such as text you modified to a different color, size, etc)Adding links to your page is a helpful way to connect wiki pages, expand content and help readers move through your wiki.

To link text you must be in edit mode, and start by highlighting the text you want to link. Then click on the Link button.png button on the toolbar. A window will pop up that gives you two options for linking: an internal link or an external link. Contents

   1 Adding an Internal Link
   2 Adding an External Link
   3 Linking to another wiki
   4 Un-linking text
   5 Adding links to categories
   6 Remember
   7 Next Steps
   8 More Help

Adding an Internal LinkEdit Adding an Internal Link sectionEdit NewEditor7.png

   An internal link is a link that goes from one page on your wiki to another. 
   The article name is the name of the page you would like to link to. You do not need to enter the http, www or full wiki (i.e. foo.wikia.com/wiki/Article_name) address before the article name. Simply add the article name from the top of the page.
   The link text is the text you would like to have hyper linked (this is generally what you have highlighted). 
   For internal links, the article name and link text are often the same, but this is not a requirement. 


Adding an External LinkEdit Adding an External Link sectionEdit NewEditor8.png

   An external link is a link to a page outside of your wiki. This may be to another Wikia wiki, wikipedia or to any other website.
   The URL is the link for the page you want to link to. You must include the full URL.
   The link text is the text you would like to show as the link (this is generally what you have highlighted). You can also choose to create a numbered link if you do not want to use text. 


Linking to another wikiEdit Linking to another wiki sectionEdit Interwiki link.png

If you are interested in linking to another wiki (called an Interwiki link), a short cut exists. Use the Internal link option.

Type in w:c:Wikiname:Page name in the URL space, and whatever link text you would like. This will create a link that appears like an internal link, but will go to the wiki you specified.

See Help:Interwiki link/technical for more details. Links to the Wikimedia wikis are formed thus:

   wikipedia:en:John Doe, English Wikipedia - preferably "piped" as John Doe which renders as John Doe
   wikipedia:de:John Doe, Deutsch Wikipedia
   link text, Commons as in The Royal Earlswood Asylum for Idiots 

Un-linking textEdit Un-linking text sectionEdit

   To unlink text, highlight the linked text, and click on the Un-link.png text button, or right-click the link and click "remove link" in the menu that pops up. 

Adding links to categoriesEdit Adding links to categories sectionEdit

In order to link your page to or from a Category page, you need to add a Category tag. Please see Help:Category for more information on how to do this. RememberEdit Remember sectionEdit

   Preview your changes, and Save when you are sure that you are finished. 
   If your new link is red in the Preview, either that destination does not exist, or you typed it incorrectly. If you click on the red link, you will be asked to create the page. 

This text is stored on Wikia Help. Suggest changes here.

   This page is about editing tables in the RTE editor. For tables in wikitext, see Help:Tables/wikitext. 

Tables are a great tool to help organize your wiki pages to display data, facts and other information. Tables can be created both in the Rich Text Editor and in Wikitext. Below are instructions for creating tables in the RT editor. Contents

   1 Step by step
   2 Tips for working with tables
   3 See also
   4 Next steps

Step by stepEdit Step by step sectionEdit

To create a table: click the table button

1. In edit mode, click on the table button under the "Insert" section of the editing toolbar.

2. A popup box will appear, and allow you to choose the parameters you want for your table. create your table

3. Once you click ok, a table will appear in your text. You can now input content.

right click to edit 4. Should you need to change the table parameters, simply right click, and make the needed changes.



Tips for working with tablesEdit Tips for working with tables sectionEdit

   One tip is to create the tables in a spreadsheet such as Open Office.org. Then adjust for the desired frames, formats of the text within the OpenOffice.org spreadsheet. Then select and copy the table and go and paste the table into the RTE editor on the desired wiki page. This offers a much more simple approach to table creation than toying with the wiki markup tags. 

About this categoryEdit

This category is intended to contain all the local "help" pages for this Wikia: pages that can help contributors and/or readers. If you find helpful pages that you think should be here, you may include them here just by typing [[Category:Help]] on them.

Most, but not all, have "Help:" at the beginning of their page names and are therefore in the "Help" namespace; an automatically-generated list of those can be found at Special:AllPages by running down the "Namespace" menu. A template is a special type of page that has been designed so its content can be included in one or more other pages. Since a given template can be included in many pages, templates can help reduce duplication and promote a uniform style between pages.

Templates are usually located in the Template namespace, which means any page name beginning with Template:, such as Template:Name. Contents

   1 Referencing templates
   2 Substituting templates
   3 Benefits of templates
   4 Creating an advanced template
   5 Updating and adding standard templates

Referencing templatesEdit Referencing templates sectionEdit

Transcluded template The content of a template can be added to a page by referencing it using the wiki markup: Template:Templatename. This references the template and includes its output at the point of insertion. Articles will be updated automatically when referenced templates are changed. A page that references templates cannot be edited to change the content of a referenced template, although a list of referenced templates will be displayed at the bottom of the page for convenience while editing it.

Substituting templatesEdit Substituting templates sectionEdit

Substituted template A different way to use a template is to substitute its content into a page. This is done by inserting subst: immediately after the opening braces: {{subst:templatename}}. Once the page is saved, the link to the template is removed and the template output is substituted in its place and can be further edited. Any updates to the template will not affect the content that was substituted into the page.

Benefits of templatesEdit Benefits of templates sectionEdit

Templates are used to add recurring messages to pages in a consistent way, to add boilerplate messages, to create infoboxes and navigational boxes, and to provide cross-language portability of texts.

Templates can also make it much easier for new and casual editors to use advanced designs, features and extensions by hiding confusing code. Creating an advanced templateEdit Creating an advanced template sectionEdit

To learn how to change the output of the template based on what the user inputs, see Help:Template parameters and Help:Parser functions. Updating and adding standard templatesEdit Updating and adding standard templates sectionEdit

Wikia's Starter Pages and Templates wikis occasionally improve some of their documentation as well as adding new templates specifically designed for Wikia sites, and are therefore worth checking from time to time. For sites created before about December 2008, the Starter Pages wiki should be compared and ideally used for upgrading to its standard documentation system similar to that introduced in Wikipedia. Templates allow you to pass parameters that can be used to affect the content or design of the template. Simple replacementEdit Simple replacement sectionEdit

Using the example of a simple box, the following when placed on a template page called Template:Box: Template codeEdit Template code sectionEdit

{{{1}}}

Produces the following box on the template page: {{{1}}} Article codeEdit Article code sectionEdit

Next, on an article, you could type:

Template:Box

This would produce: something

This is because {{{1}}} tells the wiki to pass the first parameter of the template here. This can be extended with {{{2}}}, {{{3}}}, ad infinitum. The number represents the number of the parameter:

Template:Box

If you wish not to use a certain parameter, you can leave it blank, but the | must still be included. For example:

Template:Box Named and default parametersEdit Named and default parameters sectionEdit

As an alternative to the above, you can use named parameters. Though this makes the code slightly more complex, it allows more freedom in how templates are created. Template codeEdit Template code sectionEdit

Again, using the example of Template:Box:

{{{text}}}

{{{text}}} introduces the concept of a named parameter. #666 also introduces the concept of a default parameter - if bgcolor is not defined, #666 will be passed. Article codeEdit Article code sectionEdit

Template:Box

Produces: A yellow box

As the parameters have names, you can pass them in any order, so Template:Box would produce an identical box.

Due to default parameters, if, say, the background color was not defined - as in Template:Box - you would get: A yellow box

Getting more helpEdit

You can also:

If you still need help, you may want to contact the Wikia Community Team.

   This extension is enabled by default on Wikia. 

Contents

   1 Parser functions in action
   2 See also

A "parser function" is a template-like construct which returns a value based on at least one unnamed parameter, separated from the function name by a colon ":"; there may be more parameters which, like those of ordinary templates, are each preceded by "|".

Parser functions allow you to use a little bit of programming logic in your templates, including "if" statements and basic calculations.

There are many simple ones that are built into MediaWiki itself. Some extensions also add a few for specific tasks. There is a large collection of commonly used ones by the name of ParserFunctions which Wikia has enabled by default on all wikis. ( StringFunctions, which adds string manipulation functions is now built into the ParserFunctions extension, and thus is also default on all wikis) Parser functions in actionEdit Parser functions in action sectionEdit

You can hide table rows which contain empty parameters by using a variation of:


Produces the following code only if input is defined.

|- | input

| is used in the above parser function instead of | as the extension uses | to separate parameters. | is a template at Template:! which transcludes | into the code after the parser function has been validated. An infobox is a table designed to be added to the top of articles to consistently present a summary of some unifying aspect that the articles share and to improve navigation to other interrelated articles. What do infoboxes do? Edit What do infoboxes do? sectionEdit

Infobox templates contain facts and statistics that are common to related articles. For instance, all animals have a scientific classification (species, family and so on), as well as a conservation status. Adding a taxonomy infobox to articles on animals therefore makes it easier to quickly find such information and to compare it with that of other articles.

Infobox templates are like fact sheets, or sidebars, in magazine articles. They quickly summarize important points in an easy-to-read format. However, they are not "statistics" tables in that they are only supposed to summarize material from an article—the information should still be present in the main text, because it may not be possible for some readers to access the contents of the infobox or may not be the way the reader prefers to access the information. Template documentation (for the above template, sometimes hidden or invisible) Contents [hide]

   1 Description
   2 Syntax
       2.1 Notes
   3 Sample output

Description

   This template produces a infobox-style template.
   You may want to copy and modify this to create a specific infobox (e.g. character infobox).
   This template requires parser functions to be enabled (Wikia default: on). 

Syntax

Example
Bob the Flower

'


Notes

   Keeping the Box Title empty will result in displaying No title
   If you don't want to display image, just keep Image file Name and Image Size empty.
   Keeping the Row 1 title empty will result in displaying No title.
   Keeping the Row (any row) info empty will result in displaying No information.
   Keeping the Row (any below row 1) title empty will result in that row and the rest of the rows below it will not be displayed.
   Max row for information: 10 rows. 

Sample output Info Title Example.jpg A flower

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Title row 4


Info row 4

Title row 5


Info row 5

Title row 6


Info row 6

Title row 7


Info row 7

Title row 8


Info row 8

Title row 9


Info row 9

Title row 10


Info row 10

Complete Infobox:

Info Title
Example
A flower

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3

Title row 4

Info row 4

Title row 5

Info row 5

Title row 6

Info row 6

Title row 7

Info row 7

Title row 8

Info row 8

Title row 9

Info row 9

Title row 10

Info row 10


Info Title

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Title row 4


Info row 4

Title row 5


Info row 5

Title row 6


Info row 6

Title row 7


Info row 7

Title row 8


Info row 8

Title row 9


Info row 9

Title row 10


Info row 10

Infobox Image omitted :

Info Title

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3

Title row 4

Info row 4

Title row 5

Info row 5

Title row 6

Info row 6

Title row 7

Info row 7

Title row 8

Info row 8

Title row 9

Info row 9

Title row 10

Info row 10


Info Title

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Infobox Image omitted and displaying only 3 rows of information:

Info Title

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3


Info Title

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Infobox Image and title row 4 omited: Result: Row 4, 5, and 6 will not be displayed.

Info Title

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3

emplate documentation (for the above template, sometimes hidden or invisible)

   This template is newer than a similar one on the Starter Pages Wikia. This template may therefore have bug fixes or improvements when compared to the older version. 

Description

   This template produces an infobox-style template.
   You may want to copy and modify this to create a specific infobox (e.g. character infobox).
   This template requires parser functions to be enabled (Wikia default: on). 

Syntax

Example
Bob the Flower

'


Notes

   Keeping the Box Title empty will result in displaying No title
   If you don't want to display image, just keep Image file Name and Image Size empty.
   Keeping the Row 1 title empty will result in displaying No title.
   Keeping the Row (any row) info empty will result in displaying No information.
   Keeping the Row (any below row 1) title empty will result in that row and the rest of the rows below it will not be displayed.
   Max row for information: 10 rows. 

Sample output

Info Title Example.jpg A flower

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Title row 4


Info row 4

Title row 5


Info row 5

Title row 6


Info row 6

Title row 7


Info row 7

Title row 8


Info row 8

Title row 9


Info row 9

Title row 10


Info row 10

Complete Infobox:

Info Title
Example
A flower

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3

Title row 4

Info row 4

Title row 5

Info row 5

Title row 6

Info row 6

Title row 7

Info row 7

Title row 8

Info row 8

Title row 9

Info row 9

Title row 10

Info row 10


Info Title

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Title row 4


Info row 4

Title row 5


Info row 5

Title row 6


Info row 6

Title row 7


Info row 7

Title row 8


Info row 8

Title row 9


Info row 9

Title row 10


Info row 10

Infobox Image omitted :

Info Title

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3

Title row 4

Info row 4

Title row 5

Info row 5

Title row 6

Info row 6

Title row 7

Info row 7

Title row 8

Info row 8

Title row 9

Info row 9

Title row 10

Info row 10


Info Title

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Infobox Image omitted and displaying only 3 rows of information:

Info Title

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3


Info Title

Title row 1


Info row 1

Title row 2


Info row 2

Title row 3


Info row 3

Infobox Image and title row 4 omited: Result: Row 4, 5, and 6 will not be displayed.

Info Title

Title row 1

Info row 1

Title row 2

Info row 2

Title row 3

Info row 3

You can rename a page by moving it. There are several reasons why you might wish to rename a page:

   the title has been misspelled.
   the title does not follow the wiki's naming conventions
   the scope of the article has been reduced, extended or otherwise changed. 

Step by StepEdit Step by Step sectionEdit

   Log in to your user account and go to the page you want to move 

Page Move 1.png

   Click the small down arrow on the "Edit" button to bring up the edit menu and select "Move"
   You will see a form where you can enter a new title for the page 

Move page form.png

   Type the new name for the page and a reason for the move in the appropriate boxes
   Choose whether you also want to move the page's talk page and any subpages (usually you do)
   Choose whether or not you wish to "follow" the page 

Page Move 2.png

   Click the move page button and the page will be renamed to the new title
   You will be redirected to the page at its new title, and a green messagebar at the top of the page will let you know that the pagemove has been successful. 


Moving to an existing PagenameEdit Moving to an existing Pagename sectionEdit

Movepage-already-exists.png

   If you wish to delete the existing page you will need to contact an administrator on your wiki.
   Otherwise you must enter a different title and click the "Move" button.
   You will see a green messagebar at the top of the page confirming the move, and a redirect will be created from the old page to the new one.
   If you are an administrator you have the additional option on page moves of disabling the automatic redirect, leaving no content at the original page. 


FAQsEdit FAQs sectionEdit

   Why should I move/rename a page, instead of creating a new one?: The move page function keeps the page history of the article, before and after the move, in one place, so that all contributors receive credit as required by the terms of the Creative Commons license used at Wikia. Cutting text out of one page and pasting it into a new one causes these acknowledgments to be lost.
   How do I undo a page move?: When a page is moved, an undo link will appear beside it in recent changes, allowing the change to be reverted.
   Is there a record of page moves? Page moves are recorded at Special:Log/move, and will also be displayed in the page histories, and at the bottom of the move page. Revert links are available from the log for admins.
   You cannot move pages into or out of the "Video" or "Category" namespaceConstruction-cone-icon-link.png 	This page concerns or has references to the Monaco skin, an obsolete Wikia skin.
   Most of the information for this skin has been hidden or removed from the Help wiki. 

Nuvola apps important.svg This article may contain out of date images or incorrect information!

   Please help out!
   This article is missing recent additions. 

Contents

   1 Special:SpecialPages
       1.1 Maintenance reports
       1.2 List of pages
       1.3 Login/sign up
       1.4 Users and rights
       1.5 Recent changes and logs
       1.6 Media reports and uploads
       1.7 Wiki data and tools
       1.8 Redirecting special pages
       1.9 High use pages
       1.10 Page tools
       1.11 Wikia special pages
       1.12 Other special pages
   2 Logs
   3 See also

A special page is a part of the MediaWiki software that performs specific functions (such as showing a list of broken redirects, a table of all the articles on the wiki, or access to view user groups), and always begins with the prefix "Special:".

   The "Special pages" link in the toolbox in the sidebar leads to Special:SpecialPages, which lists all available functions in alphabetical order.
   You can include some special pages in other pages - see Help:Special page inclusion. 

Pages listed below in red are only available to sysops and bureaucrats, while orange signifies bureaucrats only (see Help:User access levels). These pages, when viewed on Special:SpecialPages will be denoted by bold links to those who can access them and will not appear at all to users who do not have the required user right. Special:SpecialPagesEdit Special:SpecialPages sectionEdit Maintenance reportsEdit Maintenance reports sectionEdit

Broken redirects

   Special:BrokenRedirects : List of pages whose target article has been deleted (Help:Redirect) 

Dead-end pages

   Special:DeadendPages : Pages without any outgoing links (Help:Dead-end street) 

Double redirects

   Special:DoubleRedirects : List of pages that redirect to another redirect page (Help:Redirect) 

Long pages

   Special:LongPages : Pages that contain the most characters in descending order 

Oldest pages

   Special:AncientPages : Lists the oldest pages on a wiki 

Orphaned pages

   Special:LonelyPages : Articles not linked to or from any other page on the wiki 

Pages with the fewest revisions

   Special:FewestRevisions : Pages with the least amount of edits 

Pages without language links

   Special:WithoutInterwiki : Pages that do not link to any alternate language counterparts (Help:Interlanguage links) 

Problem reports list

   Special:ProblemReports : Display reported problems (Help:ProblemReports) 

Protected pages

   Special:ProtectedPages : List pages that cannot be edited by non-admins or non-autoconfirmed users (Help:Page protection) 

Protected titles

   Special:ProtectedTitles : Pages that have been protected from creation from non-admins (Help:Page protection) 

Short pages

   Special:ShortPages : Pages that contain the fewest characters in ascending order 

Uncategorized categories

   Special:UncategorizedCategories : Categories without category tags (Help:Category) 

Uncategorized files

   Special:UncategorizedImages : Images without category tags (Help:Category) 

Uncategorized pages

   Special:UncategorizedPages : Pages without category tags (Help:Category) 

Uncategorized templates

   Special:UncategorizedTemplates : Templates without category tags (Help:Category) 

Unused files

   Special:UnusedImages : Images that do not appear on any page (Help:Images) 

Unused templates

   Special:UnusedTemplates : Templates that are not included in any page (Help:Templates) 

Unwatched pages

   Special:UnwatchedPages : Pages that are not on any user's watchlist 

Wanted categories

   Special:WantedCategories : Pages that use a category that has not been created yet (Help:Category) 

Wanted pages

   Special:WantedPages : Most internally linked-to articles that do not yet exist 

Wanted files

   Special:WantedFiles : Most internally linked-to files (not just images) that do not yet exist 

List of pagesEdit List of pages sectionEdit

All pages

   Special:AllPages : A list of every page on the wiki 

Categories

   Special:Categories : List of categories (Help:Category) 

Category tree

   Special:CategoryTree : Use a category name to see its contents as a tree structure (Help:Category) 

Disambiguation pages

   Special:Disambiguations : List pages marked as disambiguations (Help:Disambiguation) 

List redirects

   Special:ListRedirects : List of redirects on a wiki (Help:Redirect) 

Prefix index

   Special:PrefixIndex : Display pages with prefix (Help:Subpages) 

Login/sign upEdit Login/sign up sectionEdit

Login

   Special:UserLogin : Log in or create a new account (Help:User account) 

Logout

   Special:UserLogout : Log out of your account (Help:User account) 

Users and rightsEdit Users and rights sectionEdit

Block user

   Special:BlockIP : Block a user or IP address. (Help:Blocking) 

Blocked IP addresses and usernames

   Special:IPBlockList : Blocked IPs and usernames (Help:Blocking) 

Contributions

   Special:Contributions : List of contributions of anonymous or logged-in users (Help:User contributions) 

Deleted user contributions

   View a user's or IP address's edits that have been deleted (Help:Deletion) 

Edit count

   Special:EditCount : Edit tally broken down by namespaces locally and globally (Help:Edit count) 

Invite friends to join Wikia

   Special:InviteSpecialPage : Invite friends based on address lists or otherwise (Help:Invite Friends) 

Preferences

   Special:Preferences : Set your user preferences (Help:Preferences) 

User list

   Special:ListUsers : List of people who have edited this wiki (Help:Active users) 

User rights management

   Special:UserRights : Use to appoint new admins/bureaucrats or to add/remove rollback users. (Help:User access levels) 

Recent changes and logsEdit Recent changes and logs sectionEdit

Gallery of new files

   Special:NewImages : The most recently uploaded images displayed in a gallery format (Help:Images) 

Logs

   Special:Log : Logs of deletion, protection, blocking, image uploads and user rights settings 

My watchlist

   Special:Watchlist : Show the pages you are watching (Help:Watchlist) 

New pages

   Special:NewPages : List of new pages on a wiki (Help:Newest Pages) 

Recent changes

   Special:RecentChanges : The latest edits on a wiki (Help:Recent changes) 

Related changes

   Special:RelatedChanges : Changes made recently to pages linked from a specified page
   or to members of a specified category (Help:Related changes) 

Media reports and uploadsEdit Media reports and uploads sectionEdit

File list

   Special:ImageList : List of images uploaded that can be sorted by size or date (Help:Images) 

File path

   Special:FilePath : Returns the complete path for a file (Help:Images) 

Import Free Images

   Special:ImportFreeImages : Import properly licensed photos from flickr (Help:Import free images) 

MIME search

   Special:MIMESearch : Enables the filtering of files for its MIME-type 

Search for duplicate files

   Special:FileDuplicateSearch : Locate duplicate files based on filename 

Upload files

   Special:MultipleUpload : Upload up to 10 files to the wiki (Help:Multiple uploads) 

Upload image/file Special:Upload

   Upload a file to the wiki (Help:Uploading files) 

Wiki data and toolsEdit Wiki data and tools sectionEdit

Statistics

   Special:Statistics : Total number of pages and users 

System messages

   Special:Allmessages : Displays all pages in the MediaWiki namespace (Help:System Messages) 

Version

   Special:Version : The version of the software the site is currently running. Also displayed 'installed' extensions. 

Wikia Statistics

   Special:WikiaStats : Comprehensive statistical information about a wiki (Help:WikiaStats) 

Redirecting special pagesEdit Redirecting special pages sectionEdit

Random page

   Special:RandomPage : Redirects to a random page (Help:Redirect) 

Random redirect

   Special:RandomRedirect : Randomly taken to a redirecting page (Help:Redirect) 

Search

   Special:Search : Search the wiki (Help:Searching) 

High use pagesEdit High use pages sectionEdit

Most linked-to categories

   Special:MostLinkedCategories : Categories that have the most links to them in descending order 

Most linked-to files

   Special:MostImages : Images that have the most links to them in descending order 

Most linked-to pages

   Special:MostLinked : Pages that have the most links to them in descending order 

Most linked-to templates

   Special:MostLinkedTemplates : Templates that have the most links to them in descending order 

Most popular articles (from database)

   Special:Mostpopulararticles : List of the most popular articles 

Most popular categories

   Special:Mostpopularcategories : List of the most popular categories 

Most visited pages

   Special:Mostvisitedpages : Pages which have the most views in descending order 

Pages with the most categories

   Special:MostCategories : List of pages with the most categories in descending order 

Pages with the most revisions

   Special:MostRevisions : List of pages with the large number of edits in descending order 

Page toolsEdit Page tools sectionEdit

Create a new article

   Special:Createpage : Guided process to creating new pages (Help:New page) 

Export pages

   Special:Export : Exports the source of individual wiki pages, optionally with their histories, in a thin XML wrapper which includes metadata like time, etc (Help:Exporting pages) 

Import pages

   Special:Import : Import pages exported from another wiki in an XML file 

View deleted pages

   Special:Undelete : One way to undelete a page or review deleted revisions of pages 

What links here

   Special:WhatLinksHere : Find all pages that link to an article (Help:What links here) 

Wikia special pagesEdit Wikia special pages sectionEdit

Contact Wikia

   Special:Contact : Send a message or inquiry to the Community Team (Help:Contacting Wikia) 

WidgetDashboard

   Special:WidgetDashboard : Control the display of widgets (Help:Widget Dashboard) 

Widgets list

   Special:Widgets : Display a list of widgets (Help:Widgets) 


Other special pagesEdit Other special pages sectionEdit

Book sources

   Special:BookSources : Used when an ISBN is linked to on a page 

Search web links

   Special:Linksearch : Search web pages linked on the wiki based on different patterns. 

Simplified upload

   Special:MiniUpload : Simplified uploading 

LogsEdit Logs sectionEdit

   Block log - blocks and unblocks (Help:Blocking)
   Deletion log - deleted and undeleted pages (Help:Deletion)
   Import log - administrative imports of pages with edit history from other wikis
   Merge log - list of the most recent merges of one page history into another
   Move log - list of page moves (Help:Moving pages)
   User creation log - list of newly created accounts.
   Protection log - protected and unprotected pages (Help:Page protection)
   Settings log - changes to the default site skin
   Upload log - list of images uploaded (Help:Uploading files)
   User rights log - changes to user rights (Help:User access levels) 

Some extension also add new log types to the wiki (these will only exist if they are enabled at your wiki)

   Patrol log - log of patrolled revisions (Help:Recent changes patrol)
   Problem reports - Logs of reported problems and changes of their status (Help:ProblemReports)
   User Avatar - Logs of uploading/changing of avatars (Blogs) The toolbar is a bar on the bottom of your screen that follows you as you scroll through a page. It lets you place a number of your most commonly used tools—the edit, rename, history, and delete pages, to name a few—right on the toolbar so they are only a click away. The menu follows you from wiki to wiki as well, and tools you select will appear on the toolbar when they’re available for use (for example, “delete” would not show up on Wiki Activity).

Step-by-stepEdit Step-by-step sectionEdit

   Your toolbar can be found at the bottom of your screen and it will follow you as you scroll. It anchors to the bottom of the wiki page once you cannot scroll any further. 
       Toolbar customize default.jpg 
   Your toolbar is very customizable. Clicking "Customize" brings up a dialog box with the Toolbar List on the left, and the Find a Tool area on the right. It also has all of the system defaults, to help you if you delete one and then forget how to get it back. 
       Toolbar customize dialog.jpg 
   You can use the “Find a Tool” search box to begin selecting tools. Simply type in the name of a page you want to use and click it in the drop down menu, which will add it to the Toolbar List. For example, typing in “History” will produce a history link in the search box, which you can then click on to add to the Toolbar List.
   You can also click “Popular Tools” to produce a list of commonly used tools.
   Each item you put into your toolbar list can be altered or removed. If you scroll over the name in your toolbar list, you will see a pencil icon, a trash can icon, and two arrows. This allows you to rename the item (pencil icon), delete the item (trash can), or move it up and down (arrow icons).
   To save your customization, click the “Save” button.
   The "reset defaults" link resets the toolbar and My Tools folder to the system default.
   If you add more tools to the toolbar than space allows, a "more" menu will appear in front of the My Tools menu with the extra tools. 

My ToolsEdit My Tools sectionEdit

   The My Tools menu can be found on the floating toolbar.
   You can add tools to this menu in addition to right on the toolbar itself.
   Click the Customize button and the My Tools menu will appear. By default, "history" and "what links here" are already in this menu.
   Once you have added a tool to the toolbar, you can use the aforementioned arrow buttons to drag the tool into your My Tools menu.
   Click the “Save” button to save your customization.
   The My Tools folder is the one element that can't be renamed, moved, or deleted from the toolbar. It will always be at the bottom of the Toolbar List. However, if you remove everything from it, it will disappear—but will reappear if you add something back into it.This text is stored on Wikia Help. Suggest changes here.

Wiki navigation is the group of links found on top of all pages that provides links to the most important pages on your wiki. This group acts as the guide to the most important and interesting pages on your wiki. Step-by-StepEdit Step-by-Step sectionEdit

   Wiki navigation is found at the top of every page of your wiki, and can be edited by the wiki admins.
   If you are an admin, when hovering over the wiki navigation you will see a link "Edit this menu". 
   Wiki navigation.png
   Clicking the "edit this menu" link will bring you to yourwikiname.wikia.com/wiki/MediaWiki:Wiki-navigation where you can change the wiki navigation. The Wiki Navigation allows for 4 main headings, and 7 dropdown links. 
   Mediawiki wiki navigation page.png
   You can link to any page, and it is important to think about what are the most important places for visitors to see when they come to your wiki.
   We recommend adding links to popular pages, and links to show where to find the wiki's community.
   People like clicking on article names more than categories or portals. People tend to click on character names, episode guides, walkthroughs, hints/cheats/tips and galleries.
   One way to make sure the navigation always shows the most popular content is to use a trick to autopopulate the fields with popular pages or the most linked category pages. This will autopopulate the 7 menu items with the most popular pages.
   To do this, use # symbols around visited or category name. 
       For the top content on your wiki use #visited# (which is pulled from Special:Mostvisitedpages)
       For categories, you use #category-name#. So for example, #category-food# will result in the 7 dropdown links being automatically filled with the most popular articles in the category "food". 

Having a high ranking on Google is an essential way to attract readers and contributors to your wiki. There's a lot that you can do to get a higher Google ranking -- and improve your wiki at the same time!

Contents [hide]

   1 How Google works
       1.1 Rich content
       1.2 Use of keywords
       1.3 High-quality links
   2 Step by step
       2.1 Step 1: Name your wiki after the topic
       2.2 Step 2: Move the main page
       2.3 Step 3: Start building content
       2.4 Step 4: Submit your URL to Google
       2.5 Step 5: Submit links to high-quality websites
       2.6 Step 6: Post links on relevant wikis
       2.7 Step 7: Add more pages
       2.8 Step 8: Post on blogs and forums
       2.9 Step 9: Create pages for other websites
       2.10 Step 10: Don't give up!

How Google worksEdit How Google works sectionEdit

Wookieepic.jpg Your wiki's Google ranking is based on three things: rich content, use of keywords and high-quality links.

Rich contentEdit Rich content sectionEdit

This is the most important part of creating a wiki -- sitting down and writing some interesting content. That's what readers and contributors are coming to the wiki for, and that's what Google picks up on. The more content you have, the more likely your wiki will show up in search results. Use of keywordsEdit Use of keywords sectionEdit

When Google indexes your pages, they take into account where the search phrase is on the page. If a phrase is in the page title, in a big heading, or repeated multiple times on the page, then it'll rank higher than another page that has that phrase in small type at the bottom of the page. High-quality linksEdit High-quality links sectionEdit

Part of your ranking is based on how many pages link to your wiki, and how high those pages are ranked. When important websites link to your wiki, that's a very helpful "vote" for you, so it's good to get as many links from popular sites as you can get.

However, it's also important to remember that when you link to your own pages, that also counts as a link to Google. Create as many pages on your wiki as you can -- even stub pages are okay, as long as they link to each other.

If you're spending a lot of time worrying about getting other websites to link to your wiki, consider whether you could use that time more effectively by simply adding more content.

The following tips will help you raise your wiki's Google ranking, but the most important "trick" is just to work on your wiki, and make it bigger and more interesting. Step by stepEdit Step by step sectionEdit Step 1: Name your wiki after the topicEdit Step 1: Name your wiki after the topic sectionEdit

Customizing MediaWiki:Sidebar

Your page rank is partly based on what's in the title bar at the top of the page. So if you want your wiki to show up when people search for "charles dickens", then "Charles Dickens Wiki" is a better title than "Scroogepedia".

Search for your topic's name on Google, and you'll see that the top ten results almost always have that phrase in the page title. That's where you want to be.

Resist the urge to give your wiki a clever name, or a cute URL. "Ugly Betty Wiki" is always going to rank higher than "Modepedia".

Also, the "-pedia" thing is tired.

See Help:Pagetitle and Help:Description for more ways to customize and optimize your site's appearance in search engines. Step 2: Move the main pageEdit Step 2: Move the main page sectionEdit

This trick also helps to maximize the boost you get from having the topic in the title bar. Wikia now does this automatically for all new wikis when they're created, but if you are working on or adopting an older wiki, read on!

First, move "Main Page", and give it the name of your wiki. Having "Charles Dickens Wiki" in the heading at the top of your main page will give you an edge.

Then, go to MediaWiki:Mainpage, edit that page, and put in the name of your wiki there. (This ensures that the logo and the first entry in the sidebar menu link to your now-renamed main page, giving the page high-priority links from every page in the wiki and improving its page ranking.)

Note: You won't need to alter the sidebar itself; the first item on the menu uses the sitename for the text and the pagename contained in MediaWiki:Mainpage for the link Step 3: Start building contentEdit Step 3: Start building content sectionEdit

Charlesdickens.jpg Before you do anything else to promote your wiki, you have to get down to the business of creating some pages.

Start with 50 pages as your goal. That seems like a lot, but just go ahead and make a bunch of stubs. If it's Charles Dickens Wiki, then throw together a page for each of his books, and start making pages for the characters. Each page can be two sentences and a category tag. If you're fast on the keyboard and you know all the character names, you could throw together 50 stub pages in one evening.

You know your subject, so coming up with those early stub pages is as easy as making a list of names. If it's the Solar System Wiki, then make a page for each of Jupiter's moons -- that's 63 pages right off the bat. If you've got a God of War Wiki, then make a page for each of the monsters.

Don't worry about making those pages perfect, or even informative. Just get them started. The only thing you should worry about is putting them in relevant categories, and making sure that a reader (or a Google searchbot) can get from the main page to every page on the wiki just by clicking on links.

Plus, adding all these stub pages will give your contributors something to work on when they show up! A wiki page that's half-finished is always easier to work on than a wiki page that hasn't been created yet.

Building content is your #1 priority. Can't stress that highly enough. Don't move on to the next steps until you have at least 50 stub pages on your wiki. Step 4: Submit your URL to GoogleEdit Step 4: Submit your URL to Google sectionEdit

Submitting content to Google. If other sites are linking to your wiki, then Google will find you eventually, but you can sometimes speed up the process by submitting your site to them directly.

"Add your URL to Google" is the page you need. You may want to bookmark that, cause you'll be using it again.

You can find it from Google's home page by clicking on "About Google", then "Submit your content to Google", and then "Add your URL".

All you do is cut and paste the URL for your wiki's main page, type in the word that it wants you to type, and hit the "Add URL" button. (Don't worry about the "Comments" line; you don't need to type anything there.) Now your URL is added to their list of websites to look at. It usually only takes a couple of days for a page to be listed. Step 5: Submit links to high-quality websitesEdit Step 5: Submit links to high-quality websites sectionEdit

At this point, you can look for some of the major players in your topic area that allow people to post links.

For a TV show or movie, you can submit your wiki to IMDB. Go to the page about your topic, click on "Miscellaneous links", and then click "Update" to submit your own link. (You'll need to log on as an IMDB user.) It can take a week or two, but the link should show up. When it does, submit that page to Google.

Other good prospects for TV shows are TV.com and TVguide.com, both of which allow people to post links in forum postings. Go to the forum on the show that you're interested in, and post a brief description of your wiki, with a link.

You can also submit your site to the Open Directory Project (dmoz.org). Just search for your topic, select the appropriate category from the list that comes up, and then click "suggest URL". You can submit the URL, and a brief description of your wiki. Step 6: Post links on relevant wikisEdit Step 6: Post links on relevant wikis sectionEdit

Wikiindex. It can also be helpful to have links from other wikis -- and, due to the nature of wikis, you can post those yourself. But be careful with these -- if the people who are on that wiki think you're being overbearing about it, they'll block you and remove your links. Be cool about it, and only post links that are relevant.

You can create a page for your wiki on WikiIndex. Those don't always get indexed by Google, so submit that URL as well. Fan History Wiki welcomes links (and founding information on wikis too) on just about every topic that has a fandom -- tv shows, movies, bands, books/authors and more.

Beyond that, do a search for your topic, and see if there are other wikis where you can post relevant links. Don't spend too much time on this -- you don't want to get distracted from building your site -- but it's worth a few minutes. Step 7: Add more pagesEdit Step 7: Add more pages sectionEdit

How many pages do you have by this point? See if you can get up to 100. Step 8: Post on blogs and forumsEdit Step 8: Post on blogs and forums sectionEdit

Do a Google search for your topic, and see what comes up in the top results. If blogs or forums come up near the top, then post comments there, with a link back to your wiki.

Try to make your comments intelligent and relevant; that'll make them more likely to stay up. Step 9: Create pages for other websitesEdit Step 9: Create pages for other websites sectionEdit

A wiki page about a popular fan website. If there are other fan websites on your topic that you admire, create a page about that site. Take a screenshot of the main page for an illustration. Write a few sentences, and post a link to the site.

Once you've done that, write to the webmaster of that site, and send them a link to the page you've created about them. Invite them to come to your wiki and add more to their page. They may end up adding a link to your wiki, which would bring a Google boost and more potential contributors. Step 10: Don't give up!Edit Step 10: Don't give up! sectionEdit

From here on, all you have to do is keep adding content to your wiki. You've done everything that you can do to bring attention to your site, so now you can focus on making it bigger and better. By now, if you've got a good title, 200 pages and a bunch of links, you should be moving up the Google listings. And with 200 pages, you may also qualify for a Wikia Spotlight, advertising your project on other active Wikia sites! If more contributors haven't joined you yet, then they'll be coming soon.

So just keep building your wiki -- and when contributors start showing up, make sure you say hello to them, and welcome them to your site. You've put a lot of work into building the wiki. Make sure the new contributors know how much you appreciate their help -- see Advice:Building a Community for more good ideas! Read more

   Advice:Will Wikis Work?
   By Danny Horn (User:Toughpigs), Community Development Manager and founder of Muppet Wiki. Small wiki
   Advice:Building a Community
   The first revisions of this article were by George Pribul (User:Kirkburn), 
   The first revisions of this article were by George Pribul (User:Kirkburn), Wikia Staff member and admin of WoWWiki. 

Contents [hide]

   1 Content and pages
       1.1 What is the wiki's aim?
       1.2 The Main Page
       1.3 The articles
       1.4 Structure
       1.5 Templates
   2 Administrative matters
       2.1 Administrators/sysops
       2.2 Policies, guidelines and user help
       2.3 Branding
       2.4 Special pages
   3 The community
       3.1 Internal Public Relations (PR)
       3.2 External Public Relations (PR)
       3.3 Site discussion pages
       3.4 IRC channel
       3.5 Community teams

The following article describes a collection of tips on how to make a successful wiki. Content and pages Edit Content and pages sectionEdit What is the wiki's aim? Edit What is the wiki's aim? sectionEdit

Perhaps obvious, but still important to consider!

   Make sure you know what the wiki is for. More importantly, make sure the users know! 

The Main Page Edit The Main Page sectionEdit

First impressions count. This is the page almost everyone will see when they first arrive at your wiki and is therefore extremely important. If you have nothing on the Main Page, people will assume you have no articles and won't go searching for them

   Give it a clean design -- it doesn't need to be fancy. Make sure the code is correct!
   Link to all the important sections (especially on a smaller wiki) -- * Write a short intro paragraph telling people what the wiki is (and what it is for) will help.
   But don't go protecting it at this stage, small wikis don't really need protection until they attract more people and get vandalized often. (See Protection for details). 

The articles Edit The articles sectionEdit

The "meat" of your wiki, and second only in importance to the Main Page.

For wikis not started by a group, it's usually the job of the creator to write the bulk of the early articles. This may be daunting but remember there's no need for articles to be perfect on the first version, you and others can rewrite articles later!

   Keep articles tidy and create hyperlinks to other articles, wikis, Wikipedia, etc.
   Articles don't need to be huge essays first go - one or two sentences and a category works wonders.
   Only copy from sources that specifically allow it and make sure you cite them.
   Don't let people try and take ownership of pages.
   Try and keep articles neutral. 


Structure Edit Structure sectionEdit

   Outline a structure for your wiki.
   Use categories -- an easy way to navigate and find info.
   Create basic articles and style-guides off which users can base other articles. 

Templates Edit Templates sectionEdit

   Copy good examples from elsewhere; Wikia Templates can be a good source.
   Make sure people know which templates exist -- make a list, like WoWWiki:Templates. 

Administrative matters Edit Administrative matters sectionEdit Administrators/sysops Edit Administrators/sysops sectionEdit

The guiding hands behind the project.

   Think about creating new admins -- try to choose them based on trust, ability, and frequency of visits.
   For a small project, around five reasonably dedicated admins should be enough.
   Admins are not a requirement for a wiki to do well. WoWWiki had very few for a long time.
   Admins should try to avoid acting as unilateral decision makers; they should work with the community.
   Note: Being an admin does not make your opinions more valued than others'. 

See also: Help:Administrators' how-to guide Policies, guidelines and user help Edit Policies, guidelines and user help sectionEdit

For a new wiki policies may not seem important at first, but as it grows, you will find yourself needing them more and more frequently.

   They do not need to be comprehensive -- at first you may wish to just link to another wiki's policies, such as Wikipedia. Next, start creating policies that are specific to your site. As and when they become important you can create policies for most other things and eventually replace all offsite policies.
   Don't make policies too restrictive, and do allow them to be bent. Common sense can often be better than bureaucracy. Admins should not be deterred from taking action against those clearly out to sabotage the project, even if they somehow manage to wriggle around the policies.
   All the guideline pages must be easy to find and understand -- make sure links exist somewhere on the main page. New contributors must be quickly introduced to how your wiki works. A summary help page will be useful (for example, WoWWiki:How to edit a page). 

Branding Edit Branding sectionEdit

For the wiki to be easily identified and to give it a more professional look, a good wordmark is recommended.

Wordmark - the image that appears top-left

   See wordmark for detailed information
   The wordmark can be either a text or an image and appears on every page. Users can navigate to the main page of the wiki by clicking on the wordmark on any page.
   Text wordmark:
       The wordmark text is originally set to the wiki's sitename. To change it, click the edit button.
       To modify the font, choose from the dropdown menu of 15 font options, along with the size of small, medium or large. 
   Graphic wordmark:
       You can create and upload your own graphic wordmark through the theme designer
       Graphic wordmarks can only be .png files and must have 250x65 pixels.
       The workmark graphic file is stored at File:Wiki-wordmark.png. 
   Theme designer - wordmark tab.png

Favicon - the little icon that appears in toolbars

   Create a 16x16 image using an image program or online favicon generator.
   Upload the image as favicon.ico .
   This should be very simple and easy to see.
   It may be possible to use a smaller version of the main logo, or some part of it. 

Special pages Edit Special pages sectionEdit

Personalise the wiki, without editing skins!

   Wikis have a page called Special:AllMessages with lists all special MediaWiki pages.
   This page can be used by admins to edit the standard text that appears on the wiki, such as text on the delete, upload and edit pages. To find the one you want it's usually easiest to search for the exact text.
   One especially useful page to edit is MediaWiki:Wiki-navigation. You can use this to add special links to the top navigation bar
   Another useful page is MediaWiki:Pagetitle. This is the site name as it will appear in the titlebar and on searches. Make it short and snappy, and include the subject of the wiki in it! For example, "WoWWiki, the Warcraft wiki". Perhaps include some keywords like "quest database". 

The community Edit The community sectionEdit

Your wiki's community and attitude is important. People should feel welcome, free to edit, and able to have fun. After all, your wiki exists to help people! Internal Public Relations (PR) Edit Internal Public Relations (PR) sectionEdit

Welcome those who visit!

   When people do come to edit, consider creating a 'welcome' template to paste on their talk page to introduce them quickly to some of the more important aspects of the wiki.
   Have private and direct conversation with users, ask them to help, motivate them, introduce them to the wiki concept, and basically make them feel wanted! 

External Public Relations (PR) Edit External Public Relations (PR) sectionEdit

Naturally, get the news of your wiki out there -- if few places know of your wiki, you are unlikely to attract people.

   Advertise on related wikis, forums and mailing-lists, announce it in-game, tell your friends, and let them know that they can help out.
   Request your wiki to be put in the Wikia Spotlight rotation.
   Submit your site to search engines! This allows you to specify more info about your site, such as sections (for example, WoWWiki on Google).
   If you have some good articles, you can try linking big articles from Wikipedia to your wiki (do not spam it!) 

Site discussion pages Edit Site discussion pages sectionEdit

   Consider creating a general discussion page for the whole site - e.g. a 'village pump'.
   WoWWiki talk:Village pump is one good example. 


IRC channel Edit IRC channel sectionEdit

Having an IRC channel is an excellent way to help a wiki. It allows much easier chatting and discussion and allows users to really get to know one another.

   Advertise it on the Main Page.
   Make sure everyone is welcome.
   Freenode (irc://irc.freenode.net) is an excellent location for your IRC channel. Wikia, Wikipedia, WoWWiki and many other wikis have channels there.
   Important decisions made on an IRC channel must be relayed to the wiki before being put into action -- not everybody can, or will, use IRC. 

Community teams Edit Community teams sectionEdit

Once you have a fair few users, you may want to try creating community teams. For example, a team for the history of the subject, a team for checking for vandalism, basic things.

   Keep them simple -- if the teams are too specific, they will fail.
   Keep definitions 'loose' -- teams should not 'own' territory. 


       If this all seems like a lot to look at, don't panic! A lot of it can be done very quickly, and if you get one or two helpers, it becomes much easier! 
       Remember, you can find much more on Help:Contents! Check out pages such as Common mistakes, Wiki configuration and Improving your Wikia. 

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