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One of the great thing about a Wiki is the simplicity with which it can be edited. You don't need to know HTML code to edit an article, all you need to know is English and a simple wiki code. Best of all, you don't even need to register or log in to edit articles.

To find an article which needs editing or creating go to our Finding Material to Edit Article. For more specialized information on the page layout and writing style, see our Manual of Style.

Getting Started Edit

To start editing an article, you need to click on the edit button, which is at the top of each page. Once you get to the editing screen you will see the editing box. The editing box is where you will type your text.

Just type the text as you would on a word processor. You can also type in the simple wiki code to format text, make links, add pictures, and so on. There are also buttons above the editing box that add in common wiki code.

If you see something interesting on a page, you can always click the Edit or View Source link at the top to see how it was done. Feel free to copy, paste, and edit!

Basic Editing Edit

Above the editing box you will find several editing buttons: EditButtons


  • EB-Bold Bold button. This button will make highlighted text bold. Another way to make text bold is to put three apostrophes (single quotes) on each side of the text you want bold.
  • EB-Italic Italic button. This button will make highlighted text italic. Another way to make text italic is to put two apostrophes (single quotes) on each side of the text you want italicized.
  • EB-InLink Internal link button. This button will link a word to an article of the same name inside Wiki 24. Another way to create an internal link is to put [[Link title]] around the word you want to make a link.


Advanced techniques: Adding a pipe ( | ) allows you to control how the link appears.
For instance, this: [[Jurassic Park (film)|first film]] will appear on the page as this: first film.

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.
For instance, this: [[Billy (Jurassic Park)|Billy]] will appear on the page as this: Billy.

To link to a page section, add a pound sign and the heading, like so:
[[Alan Grant#Jurassic Park III]] will create a link directly to Alan in Jurassic Park III: Alan Grant#Jurassic Park III. You can also add a pipe as described above: Alan in JP3



  • EB-ExLink External link button. This button will make a link to an external web page. Another way to create an external link is to put [http://www.example.com] around the website address.


Advanced technique: Instead of using a pipe, use a space to control the look of external links.
For instance, this: [http://www.imdb.com/ Jurassic Park on IMDB] will appear on the page as this: Jurassic Park on IMDB.


  • EB-Headline Level 2 Headline button. This button will start a level 2 headline, the biggest headline, used for the top-level sections. Another way to create a Level 2 Headline is to put ==Headline Title== around the headline title.


Advanced technique: Add more equal signs for smaller headlines. When a page has four or more headlines, it will automatically generate a Table of Contents at the top.


  • EB-Image Embedded Image button. This button will add an image to your article. Another way to create an Embedded Image is to put [[Image:Example.jpg]] around your image title.


Advanced technique: Use pipes to add modifiers to the image. Modifiers include thumb, size in pixels (e.g. 200px), left, right, and so on. You can also add a caption.

For instance: [[Image:Example.jpg|200px|right|thumb|This is an example]] will produce an image scaled to 200 pixels, on the right hand side of the page, with "This is an example" as a caption.



  • EB-MediaFile Media File Link button. This button will create a link to a non-image media file.
  • EB-Formula Mathmatical Formula button. This button will allow you to add a mathmatical formula to the text.
  • EB-Nowiki Ignore Wiki Formatting button. This button stops the highlighted text from following the wiki code format. Useful for writing pages like this one.
  • EB-Sig Signature button. This button will add your timestamp and the date. Please use this to sign your posts in The Control Room and on Talk pages. You can also type in four tildes: ~~~~
  • EB-Line Horizontal Line button. This button will add a horizontal dividing line on the page. We suggest you use this feature sparingly.

Adding Categories Edit

For a list of categories, see: Categories

To add a category, put something like this at the bottom of the article:
[[Category:Characters]]

To add more than one category, simply list them all, like so:
[[Category:Characters]]
[[Category:Jurassic Park III characters]]

Articles are sorted on category pages in alphabetical order. To list an article by a different name (e.g. Grant, Alan), use a pipe: [[Category:Characters|Grant, Alan]]

When adding categories for people, please be sure and use this technique to sort them by surname.

Advanced Editing Edit

  • To rename a page, click Move at the top of the page (between History and Watch). Note: 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.
  • To revert a page to a previous version:
    • Click on the history tab
    • Click on the date stamp of the version you want
    • Click on the edit tab
    • Choose "Save Page." You can also do any editing you want before saving. Either way, it's polite to include a note in the Summary box mentioning that you are reverting the page.
  • To suppress the "Edit" links that appear to the right of each heading, add __NOEDITSECTION__ to a page. This is useful for short pages that utilize headers.
  • If you have added a picture and there is not enough text to separate one section from another, you can add <br clear="right"> or <br clear="left"> (depending how the picture is aligned) at the end of the text. That will keep the next heading from running into the picture. If there is enough text to separate the sections already, the tag will not add space.

Saving Edit

Once you have written your text, you can either save the page or show preview. We suggest that you always choose the show preview button before saving the text. However, remember that whatever happens, you or someone else can always edit your work later.

It may be useful to include an edit summary in the text box, to let others know what you did.

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

Note: the information below is for the classic Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

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Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • The editor will then load, allowing you to make changes to the page - adding or removing text, photos, videos and much more.
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The classic Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • You can disable the Visual Mode entirely by visiting the "Editing" tab in your preferences, opening the "Preferred editor" menu, then selecting "Source editor".
    • This mode may be preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the editor is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Finally, 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.

Notes

Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's editor user preferences.

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