Ideas to Get Started
- A wiki is a website that everyone can edit and update without any special tools, just using a web browser. So join up and spread your knowledge to the Knowne *World!
- To create your own page or edit an existing page you must create an account first at User Login.
- Create a page for yourself (Best practice is to leave your title off since it is subject to change; also don't forget to categorize yourself as a person with the [[Category:People]] tag)
- Create a page for your household
- Create a tutorial for creating a (insert awesome item here)
The possibilities are basically endless...
Creating a New Page
- Log in, if you aren't already logged in. (Click "log in/create account" in the upper right corner to log in or to register so you can log in.)
- Go to the "Search" bar on the left hand side of the page and type in the name of the page you wish to create.
- For example, Type in: "Joe Westermark"
- Click "GO" (Its important to click "go" here, and NOT "search"). It will tell you that there is "no page titled Joe Westermark." In red, it will state "you can create this page"
- Click on "Create this page."
Check the Help Page for instructions on how to create a new page and tips to make it look good!
When editing a page there are a few simple formatting options avilable to get a page just how you'd like it. I'll put this at the top and at the bottom: If you have any questions or need any help don't even think to hesitate to e-mail me: Webminister@thewestermark.org. I am absolutely happy to help you, even going back and formating a page the way you'd like it. Just let me know! that's what I'm here for. :)
How to Edit -- From Wikipedia, the principles apply here as well. If the instructions below don't answer your questions or are incomplete, head to the master of 'em all.
Creating a New Page
You must be logged in to create a new page.
To create a new page, go to the search box and type the name of the page you want to create (make sure to spell and capitalize it correctly!) and click Go.
When the search page comes up, you will see text saying "There is no page titled (whatever you searched for)" and next to this will be a red link that says Create This Page. Click that and start editing.
For more details, see Help:Creating a Page.
Renaming a New Page
Ooops, I created a new page, but I named it the wrong thing or I didn't capitalize it correctly! That's an easy fix.
Look for the Move tab near the Edit tab. Type the new, corrected name in the text field and save the page.
Adding a Page to a Category
When you are editing a page, at the bottom of the edit box, enter the [[Category:"category title"]] code for the category. For example, to add a page to Arts and Sciences, you would add the code: [[Category:Arts & Sciences]].
You'll find the actual category code at the top of most category pages, so you can copy and paste it from them.
Categories can be nested one within another as deeply as is needed for ease in organizing and finding pages and files. For example, Category:Principality of the Mists is in Category:Branches. And Category:Southern Shores could be in Category:Principality of the Mists.
To make one category a subcategory of another, edit the page that will be the subcategory, and add [[Category:whatever]] (where whatever is the category it should be in) to the category's page, then save it.
Any category, page, or file can be in as many categories as necessary. For example, the page of a person who is a Pelican and Duchess could in theory be in both Category:Duchesses (if such a category exists) and Category:Pelicans (likewise).
Creating a new category
- Edit the page, file, or category that you want to put into the new category, add [[Category:whatever]] (where whatever is the category it should be in) to the bottom of the page, and save the page.
- The new category now appears in red at the bottom of the page.
- Click the category link.
- Add text to the new category page explaining what the category is for. At the bottom of the category page, add it to whatever category it should be a subcategory of (for example, a new Category:Sewing could be in Category:Arts & Sciences).
Basic Text Formatting
Simple formatting like bold and italics are done by encasing the text in apostrophes as follows:
''Italic text'' '''Bold text''' '''''Bold & Italic text'''''
Italic text Bold text Bold & Italic text
there are three levels of headings that can be used in an article. The benefits of using headings is that when a page starts to get long. Mediawiki will automatically generate a table of contents based on the headings in the article. Headings are added by encasing the text with equal signs. 2 for a main idea. 3 for a sub-division of that idea. 4 for a sub-sub division.
== Idea == === Sub-Idea 1 === ==== Sub-Idea 1.1 ==== ==== Sub-Idea 1.2 ==== === Sub-Idea 2 === ==== Sub-Idea 2.1 ====
There are several ways to create links to other articles and other webpages.
Internal Links (Links to other Wiki Pages)
The way to create a link to other pages within the Barony of the Westermark WIKI website is to encase the text with double brackets. When the page has the same name you simple have to enclose the text.
If you want a page to link to a page with a different name you'd at a | (the bar character which is below the Backspace key or shift-\) in between the article title and the text you want to show. Just remember [[Where you want to go|What you want to show]]
[[WestermarkWiki|Homepage of Westermark WIKI]]
External Links (Links to Other Websites)
Linking to other websites is equally as easy. Instead of two brackets it's a single bracket. The link to the other page goes first and the text for the link comes second. You can also create links to send e-mail messages by using the link mailto:<your-email>
[http://www.sca.org/ The SCA homepage] [mailto:email@example.com Westermark Webminister]
Link to Who's Who on the West History Site
If you check your entry on the West Kingdom History website, you will see a number to the right of your name. The simplest way to use this is to right click over the number, and select "Copy Link Location" (or words to that effect, each browser may use slightly different wording). This copies the information to the clipboard of your computer (PC or Mac). When editing your page, you can add the link by typing the open square bracket, pasting (on a Windows computer, Ctrl+V ... on a Mac? ... anyone?), and then adding a space and whatever text you might wish to use. This should give you something like:
[http://history.westkingdom.org/Who/Who-H.htm#638 Who's Who Entry]
which would become, when viewed:
This is copied from the IntheWest.org wiki, so some of the templates may be slightly different... Adding images is similar to adding Internal Links. But brace yourself. FORMATING images can get complicated. After uploading the image, on the page you'd like to add the image to insert [[File:<name of file>]]
As you can see sometimes an image is just way bigger than we'd like so we can scale the image down by specifying a width for the image after the filename using the | (bar: shift-\) character.
Sometimes we want the text to wrap around an image. We can do this by specifying an alignment to the image, either right or left depending on where you want the image to sit.
Frames and Captions
There are also ways to add frames with captions when you want to label an image. To do this you either add the word frame to simply add a frame or thumb to create a thumbnail preview that links to the full sized image. A thumb can also accept a width and an allignment. One important thing to remember is that the options may be in any order EXCEPT the caption. The caption must ALWAYS be the last option. A caption may also include a link if you'd like. Just use the link formatting covered earlier.
[[File:Blank Arms.png|frame|Frame with a Caption]] [[File:Blank Arms.png|thumb|Thumbnail with a Caption]] [[File:Blank Arms.png|300px|thumb|300px Wide Thumbnail with a Caption]] [[File:Blank Arms.png|300px|left|thumb|300px Wide, Left Aligned, Thumbnail with a Caption]]
WHEW... almost done...
Lastly (for images anyways) we can create a gallery of images useing the <gallery> tag. To do this we create a list of filenames enclosed in the <gallery> tag. Optionally an image may contain a caption as well using the | (bar shift-\) character.
<gallery> File:Blank Arms.png File:Blank Arms.png|This image is totally awesome! File:Blank Arms.png File:Blank Arms.png|This links [[Sigurgata|Home]] File:Blank Arms.png File:Blank Arms.png </gallery>
This image is totally awesome!
This links Home
If you have any questions or need any help don't even think to hesitate to e-mail me: Webminister@thewestermark.org. I am absolutely happy to help you, even going back and formating a page the way you'd like it. Just let me know! that's what I'm here for. :)