Help:New pages

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Before starting a new page, ALWAYS look first to see if the article doesn't already exist.  Search for the term and for synonyms. Think of how others may have described the context - and consider common misspellings! If your search does not have any hits, then you can create the page.

There are three easy ways to create a new page - via a Search, URL or Link.  These are all described below.

It does not matter which of the methods described below you use, you will always be forwarded to an overview page. If you do not want to use a template, click on empty page or directly on create. You will then be able to write content to the page. As soon as it is saved, the article exists.

Creating a new article via the search function

First, search for a term or content using the search function. Also try searching for synonyms and similar terms. If your search returns no hits, then you can click on "create", directly below the search box.  You are then forwarded to the page to be created. In this example, the search for "Lorem Ipsum" found no pages, so you could start a new page merely by clicking on the red "Lorem Ipsum"

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Create a new article via URL

Just like creating a page via a link in some text, you can also just enter the URL.

To do this, go to your browser's address bar. You will see something like http://wiki.islandwood.org/index.php?title=XXXXX
Add  the page name after "title=", and press the return key.

http://wiki.islandwood.org/index.php?title=Lorem Ipsum


Create a new article via a link in the text

A classical way to create articles in wikis is by using "Red links". These are links in the text to the article to be created, and clicking on these creates the page. This means that the wiki pages are immediately linked to each other.

Suppose you want to, for example, create the article "Lorem Ipsum". It is not absolutely necessary, but it is useful to have this new page linked to other pages in the wiki. To create this connection, generate a reference to the page "Lorem Ipsum". This is done by:

A. Editing an existing page and using the link button of the editor. (It is useful to create links to the new page from a selection of places - think about where folks might need a link to your new page, and put it in for them!)

B. Add your text in it's appropriate context:

                  "This is just like Lorem Ipsum."

C. Select the text you want to be the link, and click on the "Link" button. (It looks like a chain.)


D. In the dialog box that appears, type the name of the new page, make sure you take capitalization and spaces into account.

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E. Click OK.

F. While editing, the link will be blue, but once you save the page, the link will become red (if that ppage doesn't already exist.) Save the page you are editing.

Because the link is to a page that does not yet exist, your new link is in now red. Click on the red link, and the wiki will create the new page for you. After saving, you will see the page you have just created.


Tips for creating pages

  • The Choice of a suitable title is extremely important. Especially for wikis with many entries, it is common for authors to "take a chance" by inserting links to pages which they see as important for their input. You should, therefore, take care that the title is as succinct as possible and precisely describes what the page is about. Individual words are often very good, but short sentences such as "Why wikis work" can also be useful names. On top of this, descriptive page titles also help readers to navigate and search for entries more easily.

Note   Do you think that an article will often be searched for using a synonym? Then add an article with this alternative name and use a redirect.

  • When linking to a page that already exists, you should take care to use the title exactly as written. If, for example you write hello world instead of Hello World, it will create a new article because the links are written differently. So make sure you take capitalization and spaces into account.
  • Try not to use the back button whenever possible. Many browsers use the page cache to lower loading times, so you may be given an older version of the page. The worst case scenario is that the browser resends data from the edit form from the edit view, which could overwrite newer changes.
  • Be sure to add each new page you create to the appropriate Category.  This will make it easier for others to find if they are browsing for new ideas.