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Templates are one of the pieces that build a wikia.

Shared templates are templates that can be used across Wikia. They generally originate on Community Central.

Step by stepEdit

  • First, identify which template you're going to use by visiting it on Community Central. You can browse for a specific template at Special:AllPages. You can also create a new one from scratch.
  • Then, go to the page you wish to display the template on at another wiki, and open that page for editing.
  • On the page, enter {{wikia:templatename}} or {{w:templatename}}. You can also use a redirected template, e.g., {{w:lorem}} for {{w:lorem ipsum}}.
For example, if you wanted to display Template:Adoption on another wikia, you would edit a page on that wikia and enter {{wikia:adoption}} or {{w:adoption}}
It will display on that wikia like this:
This Wikia Wiki is currently inactive. You can adopt this wiki and revive it.

Usage notesEdit

General notesEdit

  • Benefits: One advantage of having shared templates on Help:Wikia Community Central is that they are watched by a large community, and can be quickly fixed in cases of vandalism.
  • Non-Template Pages: You can also include pages that are out of the template namespace, but instead of using {{wikia:Template name}} you must use {{wikia::Full page name}} (or {{w::Full page name}} if the last doesn't work). Note the use of a double colon between wikia (or w) and the full page name (the name of the page with its namespace, for example Help:Shared templates)
  • Editing: Major changes that could have negative effects on other wikias should not be made to any shared templates. However, corrections and improvements that won't prevent the templates from functioning in the way they were originally used are welcome.
  • Styling: Since these templates will be used on communities with a wide variety of stylesheets in place, be careful not to add unnecessary styling and formatting to the templates, since this might conflict with the style of the wikias they are used on.
  • Translations: Translations are welcome, either at the native name for the template, or as a subpage of the English name, using [[w:Template:Name/lang code]] format. For example, the Russian version of Template:Wikipedia could go at Template:Википедия or at Template:Wikipedia/ru.


  • Update Speed: If a template is edited on the original Wikia, pages on other wikias using it should automatically update. However, this can sometimes take a short while to occur, and can be overridden by editing the destination page.
  • Case Sensitivity: The correct capitalization is required. {{wikia:Example}} will work, whereas {{wikia:example}} will not.
  • Noinclude: <noinclude> is not currently passed through. For example, Template:Other free used as {{wikia:Other free}} on another wikia still shows the documentation section.

See alsoEdit

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