How to make a wiki page

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How to make a wiki page

Step one

Make sure the page you would like to make does not exist by checking the Techwiki for a keyword of what you are going to make a page about, if the subject does not exist type in the name of the page you would like to make.

example:

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Then you will have a page that looks like this:


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Just click on the red "create this page." to begin making your very own techwiki page, you will the have a page that looks like this:

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Now here is where things get interesting, basically just type in what you want to explain and add a tiny bit of 'code' that I am going to show you along the way. Also if you want to start a new line you will have to leave a full blank line between the two lines to make a gap.

Some of the more frequently used wiki 'codes' are summarised on these cribsheets.

Saving your wiki page

Make sure you save your page now and then so you don't lose all your hard work, at the bottom of the page is a 'save page' button just click that BUT if you are only making a small edit please tick the 'minor edit' box. This helps by not filling up the page history log, as does using the "Show Preview" button to check what you've done so far without actually saving it to the server.

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Warning:

If when you save you get a red error message saying you have not saved your page, just scroll down and click the save page button again, it just does this sometimes (don't ask me why)

Page Headers

To make a 'page header' you will need to use one of the following options:

Page Header

To do this put === before and after your header.

Page Header

To do this put == before and after your header.

Page Header

To do this put = before and after your header.


Bold

To make a word or text bold put three commas before and after the word or text


To add a picture

To add a picture you first need to put the 'code' in:

image:image1.jpg

BUT with two brackets at both sides [[ ]]

once you have added the 'code' above save your page. Then you can upload your picture to the techwiki buy clicking on the red piece of code where your image should be as shown:

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Once you have clicked on the red piece of code it will take you to a page like this:


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Just click the 'browse' button and it will open up a standard windows search box, locate the picture you want to upload and click o.k., then click the 'upload file' button. You should now have uploaded your file with no problems and will be looking at the file uploading into the techwiki like so:

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now when you go back to your page you will see the image on your wiki page.

Picture size options

here are the picture size options 'code' you will need to add to make the image look and fit in with your page the way you want:

remember above we showed you:

image:image1.jpg

now to make the image a 'thumb' sized image as shown on this page you need to add

image:image1.jpg|thumb after

BUT still keeping the [[ ]] before and after.


now to make that thumb 'sit' on the left/centre/right of your page add

image:image1.jpg|thumb|left after

and finally to add a small piece of text under your image just type it in after as shown:

image:image1.jpg|thumb|left|Click me to make larger

Spelling

A great way to help those who aren't lexicographers produce easily understood wiki articles, is to use either the Firefox browser with an added British English (en-gb) spelling checker or the excellent iespell for those who use Internet Explorer.


External Help

A good page of instructions on how to use/edit this wiki How to Edit a Page

A similarly excellent how-to for images Embedding Images

A cribsheet for wiki markup Cheatsheet

Examples of wiki markup Wikitext Examples