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Here's how to create a new page, format text, make references, insert images and tables and do more.


How do I create a new page?

Type in the name of the article for example [[My new article]] and it will appear as My new article. When you click this link, it will create your new page with the title "My New Article". Another way of creating an article is typing its name in the URL above, such as: New Article

Changing the Name of a page

After a page has already been created and edited, its title can be changed by clicking the "move" tab to move the page to a new title.

Formatting text

See the Cheatsheet. Practice using the wiki software here

Uploading images

  1. Click on the "Upload file" link on the left
  2. Browse for your file and upload it
  3. Insert the uploaded image into the page by using: [[File:My-New-Image.jpg|right|thumb|This is my caption|200px]]

Right can be changed to left to left align and 200px is the width of the image's size.

Images that you can use

All uploaded files are accessible in the Upload log

Using content from Wikipedia

  • Copying articles from Wikipedia is not encouraged. To link to an article on Wikipedia (for example, for non-logic related articles), use [[wikipedia:Aristotle|this philosopher]], which will produce: this philosopher.

Advanced Editing

Making links on images

Making links on images is possible as in HTML. Here is an example:

[[File:Flag of UAE.png|link=FAQ]]

Produces this image with a link to the FAQ: File:Flag of UAE.png

To link the image to an external web address simply replace FAQ by the complete URL.

Defining CSS styles

You can define CSS styles here MediaWiki:Common.css and apply them anywhere in the Wiki. See the MediaWiki page for examples of CSS used on Mediawiki.


Templates are a very useful tool for implementing formatting on a large scale, and inserting the same block of text into multiple pages with ease. Arguments can be used in templates. You can define templates and use them in the Wiki. To make your own templates, click here:Template:ChangeThis and change the URL to reflect your new template name. To use a template, type: {{ChangeThis}}. You can also use variables in templates. See this page to learn how to make templates.

Templates available for your use

  • Plainlink: This template will allow you to link to a site with out having that little arrow graphic ( )  in the way.
  • Qif: A template which allows you to make IF statements.
  • Flag: Produces a little flag icon for a country.

Making HTML forms

Using the InputBox extension, you can make search boxes, enable page edits from a box and create userboxes. An example is the Create box at the top of this page.

Anchor links

  • Use {{anchor|foo}}, to create a hidden anchor which can be accessed on the page with [[#foo]]
  • See: mediawiki help page

Useful Shortcuts and Hints

  • Hide Edit links: Use __NOEDITSECTION__ to hide "edit" links in an article. Use this only if you are sure the article is finalized and/or you want to discourage editing such as in the case of a "read-only" article.
  • Adding Hidden Comments: Adding editing comments that dont appear in a rendered version of the page: <!-- This is a comment -->
  • Variables on a page: Other Useful variables that you can use in a page:
    • {{PAGENAME}}: For this page, gives: Contents
    • {{fullurl:pagename}}: For this page gives:
    • Controls for TOC: Putting __TOC__ anywhere forces the TOC (table of contents) to appear at that point (instead of just before the first header). Putting __NOTOC__ anywhere forces the TOC to disappear. {{TOCright}} causes the table of contents to float to the Right like on the top of this page. {{TOCleft}} causes the TOC to float to the left.
    • To make a link to the Discussion tab of the present page: [[{{NAMESPACE}} Talk:{{PAGENAME}}|Discussion]]. If there's a namespace (such as for this page, Help:), you'll have to use the specific namespace e.g.: [[{{ns:13}}:{{PAGENAME}}|Discussion]], which for this page produces this link: Discussion. [[Talk:{{PAGENAME}}|talk page]] also works.
    • To make a link to the Edit tab of the present page: [{{fullurl:{{PAGENAME}}|action=edit}} Edit this page]. If there's a namespace (for this page, it is "Help:"), then use: [{{fullurl:{{NAMESPACE}}:{{PAGENAME}}|action=edit}} Edit this page], which produces for this page: Edit this page
    • To make a direct link for account creation, use: [{{fullurl:Special:Userlogin|type=signup}} Create an account]. This results in: Create an account
  • ":" indents text
  • ";" shortcut for a small bold heading
  • Refresh Page cache: Add this at the end of a URL to refresh the page cache: ?action=purge

More help on variables and general editing at WikiPedia: How to edit a page

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If you need any help on anything or have questions, please feel free to ask us in the Discussion tab of this article.

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