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This page gives information on how to edit with the Source Code editor. This page doesn't cover information on the visual editor.

Wikis allow anybody to edit. However, some people may be new to wikis and thus may not know how to edit. This page is for those people. To edit, you don't need to know HTML to edit an article, all you need to know is English and simple wiki code. You don't even have to register to edit!

Getting startedEdit

Help1

The edit button.

To edit a page, simply click the edit button, which is usually found at the top of the page. Clicking on this button will open the edit box. Once here, simply type in what you want! It's that easy!

Help2

The bottom part of the edit window.

When you're done typing, click on the save page button at the bottom of the page. However, before doing so, you may want to click on the show preview button to proofread what you typed. You can also include a summary of what you typed to help other editors get an idea of what you did to the article.

Simple editingEdit

Above the edit box are several buttons:Help3

  • Boldhelp Bold button. This button will make text bold. Another way to do this is to put three apostrophes (''') on each side of the text you want bold.
  • Italichelp Italic button. This button will make text italic. Another way to do this is to put two apostrophes ('') on each side of the text you want to be italic.
  • Internallinkhelp Internal link button. This button will link a word to an article of the same name on this wiki. Another way to do this is to put two square brackets ([['''article name goes here''']]) around the word you want to make a link.
  • Externallinkhelp External link button. This button will make a link to an external web page. Another way to do this is to put single square brackets ([website address goes here]) around the address.
  • Headerhelp Level 2 headline button. This button will start a level 2 headline, useful for separating the sections of a page. Another way to create a Level 2 headline is to put two equal signs (==Headline goes here==) around the headline title. It is recommended that only the first word in these headlines be capitalized.
  • Imagehelp Embedded image button. This button will add an image to your article. Another way to do this is to put two square brackets ([['''Image:Example.jpg''']]) around your image title.
  • Mediahelp Media file fink button. This button will create a link to a file not related to an image, such as a sound file.
  • Formulahelp Mathematical formula button. This button will allow you to add a mathematical formula to the text.
  • Nowikihelp Ignore wiki formatting button. This button stops the highlighted text from following the wiki code format. This is useful to demonstrate wiki code, such as showing three apostrophes create bold text.
  • Sighelp Signature button. This button will add your signature to a page. Another way to insert your signature is to type four tildes in a row (~~~~). This is useful for signing your posts on talk pages and on the forum.
  • Breakhelp Horizontal line button. This button will add a horizontal dividing line on the page. Another way to do this is to type four dashes in a row (----). It is recommended that this is rarely, if not at all, used.
  • Uploadtimagehelp Upload image. This button will allow you to upload an image. You can also do this by clicking Upload file in the toolbar on the left side.

Adding ImagesEdit

To add images, you must first upload it. Once you've done this, you can edit a page and add [[File:NAMEOFIMAGE.FILETYPE]] to the page.

Advanced editingEdit

  • Adding a pipe ( | ) allows you to control how an internal link appears. For example, doing [[Samus|Samus is cool]] will appear as this: Samus is cool. You can also use a pipe to hide anything before a colon or in parenthesis. This can be useful when linking to pages with disambiguation tags. To link to a page section, add a number sign and then the heading. For example, doing [[Samus Aran#Biography]] will link directly to the story section for Samus Aran: Samus Aran#Biography. You can also use a pipe as shown above to clean up the link and make it appear simply as Samus' biography.
  • With external links, instead of using a pipe, use a space to control the look of external links. For instance, [http://metroid.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Wikitroid] will appear on the page as this: Wikitroid.
  • Adding more equal signs to headlines will make them smaller. Also, when a page has four or more headlines, it will automatically generate a Table of Contents at the top of the page.
  • Use pipes to modify an image. Modifiers include thumb, frame, size in pixels (e.g. 200px), left, right, and center. You can also add a caption to describe the image by placing words after a pipe. For example, [[Image:Example.jpg|200px|right|frame|This is an example]] will produce an image scaled to 200 pixels, on the right side of the page, framed with "This is an example" as a caption.

CategoriesEdit

Categories help organize pages. To add a category, simply type something like this at the bottom of the article:
[[Category:Games]]
If you want to add more than one category, simply list them all, like this:
[[Category:Games]]
[[Category:Characters]]

Redirecting pagesEdit

Redirect

Redirecting a page.

Redirecting pages is useful for sending misspelled pages to the correctly spelled pages. To do this, simply create a page and then type #Redirect [[page name]]. For example, typing #REDIRECT [[Samus Aran]] on Samus will make that page automatically link to Samus Aran.

When to use redirectsEdit

Redirects can be used for a number of things:

  • Common misspellings
  • Different forms of capitalisation
  • Common shortenings or abbreviations
  • Alternative names

When not to use redirectsEdit

However, redirects should not be used to redirect one namespace to another; instead, these pages should be moved. For an unclear term with more than one possible meaning, a disambiguation page may be an alternative to a redirect. Don't forget to redirect any mis-spellings of this term to the disambiguation page.

Moving pagesEdit

Help4

The move button.

Moving a page will rename it. To do this, click the move button at the top of the page. You must be logged in to move a page. A redirect page will be created automatically, so moving a page does not break links. The page's history and talk will be moved along with it.

Reverting pagesEdit

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The history button.

If you see a page messed up, you can simply revert it to a correct previous version. To do this, you:

  • Click on the history tab;
  • Click on the date of the version you want;
  • Click on the edit tab;
  • Save the page. Don't forget to say that you're reverting the page in the summary box!

TestingEdit

If you want to try something out just to see how it looks, you can use the sandbox. The sandbox is just for experimenting, so any changes made to it are temporary.

External linksEdit

VisualEditor

The VisualEditor

Wikia editor2

The classic editor

Editing on Wikia is generally as simple as clicking the 'Edit' button on a page. Doing so will take to you an edit page where you can start to make changes to the page - such adding new information and media, or updating the formatting.

Depending on whether you are logged in, you may receive a different editing experience:

Help:VisualEditor
Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor, a completely new editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor - this includes the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.

Quick tips

Once in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new media, update the page's layout and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the 'Publish' button to update the page.

Don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.

Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose your default editor from a dropdown list in your user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
No preference Shows whichever editor has been set as default for the wikia you are on - VisualEditor, classic rich-text or source. (Note: this preference is being phased out)
Wikia's new VisualEditor Shows the new VisualEditor on all wikias
Wikia's classic rich-text editor Shows the classic rich-text editor where already enabled. If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all wikias

A WikiFeatures switch can be flipped by local administrators to change the default editor for logged in users. Anonymous users will generally always see the VisualEditor by default.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the 'Edit' button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.

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