Wiki Editing Basics
You can manually edit wikis but keep in mind to make a functional good looking page you must have some basic wiki editing knowledge. Pay close attention to The "Creating Sections" subsection as MediaWiki will automatically create a table of contents but only if you create section headings appropriately.
Some basic syntax that will get you up and editing in no time.
Italicize text by putting 2 apostrophes ('') on each side.
- Written as:
3 apostrophes (''') will embolden the text.
- Written as:
5 apostrophes (''''') will embolden and italicize the text.
- Written as:
Media-wiki has a cool feature! If you add the appropriate section tags it will create a list of contents automatically. Thanks Media-wiki!
This is done by placing equal signs before and after the section header text. A good practice is to always start the wiki with a ==New Section== something like the title of the page and a description of the subject. The add ===Subsections=== and ====Sub-Subsections==== as needed.
== New section == === Subsection === ==== Sub-subsection ====
Lists are easy but not very intuitive.
For unordered lists(bullets) we use the asterisk (*)
To indent one more level use 2 asterisks (**) after the first level.
Ordered list are exactly the same except we use the hash symbol (#)
To indent one more level use 2 hash symbols (##) after the first level.
Definition lists are different we use the semicolon (;) to denote a term to be defined and a colon (:) to denote the definition(s).
Here's a definition list:
- Definition of the term
- Phrase defined
- A word
- Which has more than 1 definition
- Second definition
- Third definition
Here's a '''''definition list''''': ; Term : Definition of the term ; Phrase : Phrase defined ; A word : Which has more than 1 definition : Second definition : Third definition
Links are another issue that makes wikis confusing to edit but is actually quite easy.
A Few Rules:
- Notice that after the URL is a space and then the text to be displayed.
- Never embed wiki-links into text of an external link, rather find the word that is most appropriate to use a wiki-link.
- The URL must begin with http:// or another internet protocol, such as ftp:// or news://.
Link with no text (code and example output): 
Link containing text: The text read
[http://website.com/ The text read]
"The [[:Category:How-To]]-page [http://website.com/ website.com website]".
With interwiki links we have 3 elements
- Double square brackets tell wikimedia its and internal or interwiki link.
- Colon, notice the internal link to Main Page doesn't need the colon.
- The pipe in this instance it tells wikimedia where the link ends and the display text begins.
Notice the link Main_Page is linked to and internal page these are the safest and easiest links to use.
it is written as:
Interwiki (linking to another mediawiki site) is a little more complicated but still simple i.e.,Wikipedia:Main_Page Notice the use of semicolon it separates the wiki where the page is located and the page name itself.
is written as:
Easy but not visually appealing to make it ascetically pleasing i.e., Main Page Add the vertical bar or pipe symbol to hide the link text.
This is written as:
[[Wikipedia:Main_Page| Main Page]]
A short table of wikis to interlink to (there are many more)
|Wikimedia Foundation|| |
|Wikimedia Commons|| |
|Wikimedia Meta-Wiki|| |
A user with administrative rights can change the contents of the sidebar for the wiki.
The wiki page MediaWiki:Sidebar is where the sidebar can be edited.
The sidebar is organized as a bullet list where the first level is just the label and the second level has the links within a box that contains them.