Beginners Guide to Wiki Editing

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Introduction

The wiki markdown language is actually very simple to pick up and use, and you can be editing articles in a matter of minutes, then build in your wiki skills over time! Here are some of the absolute basics.

Basic Editing

The basic rules of editing in WikiMedia are to remember:

  • You need a full blank line between lines of text to actually create an end of paragraph / new line.
  • You can use a subset of html, for example <br> for a new line
  • Try to split your content into easily consumable sections using headers

Simple Highlighting

Some simple highlighting includes:

  • To make My Italic Text, just add two apostrophes '' on either side of your text:
''My Italic Text''
  • To make My Bold Text, just add three apostrophes ''' on either side of your text:
'''My Bold Text'''

Section Headers

Headers are not only directly linkable, but they separate your content into easy to consume chunks. You can go several layers deep, and all you have to do is add more = symbols on either side of your text.

  • A tier 1 header is:
== Tier 1 Header ==
  • A tier 2 header is:
=== Tier 2 Header ===
  • A tier 3 header is:
==== Tier 3 Header ====

Wiki Hyperlinks

Links to other pages on the same site are created one of two ways.

  • For a link to an article using its exact title, simply put square brackets around the title, for example to link to an article called Storage you just use:
[[Storage]]
[[Storage|this is a custom link to the storage article]]
  • You can take this a step further and link to a specific header within an article. For example to link to the Local Storage section of the main Storage article you follow the same custom method:
[[Storage#Local Storage|Local Storage]]
  • This is even easier if you want to link to something in the same article. For example to link to the external hyperlinks section of this article you just use the header name with a hash # symbold in front:
[[#External Hyperlinks|external hyperlinks]]

External Hyperlinks

 [https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Link link to the Media Wiki Links Help Page]

Using Images

Creating Lists

Code Snippets

Creating Tables

Further Reading

The main WikiMedia help site can be found here:

  • X

A list of the most important articles is as follows: