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Hello! This is intended for the newer users of Wikia! (A very simple guide.)

A few things to know:

  1. Knowing how to edit.
  2. Knowing how to add media (pictures, videos, etc.)
  3. Knowing how to add pages
  4. Knowing how to use Message Wall and/or Talk Page


Editing

In wikia, there are several different editors, for now, I will be showing the Visual Editors (both the original and the Beta version), as the source is a bit more sophisticated.

  • Example of Visual Editor
  • Example of Visual Editor (Beta)

Visual Editor

The visual editor is a very simple way to edit pages, since all that is required is typing, and the most common formating tools are within easy access. Just simply type, and there is nothing hard about that!

Visual Editor Beta

This is a fairly new editor and is still in Beta stages, it has the same concept as the original one, but it looks easily accessible (editing to page and vice versa) rather than the preview of the original one.

Editing Tools

There are several buttons on the menu bar, a bold button, italic button, hyperlink button, bulleted list button, ordered list button, indent buttons, text type dropdown, alignment buttons and last but not least, the undo/redo buttons.

Most buttons on the menu are self explanatory, except for the text type dropdown. The text type drop down is a bit different than the rest. There are 6 text options: body (normal text), headings (1-5), and code. Body text is just normal text like the current text type. Headings are generally used to separate sections of articles so that the article is organized. Heading examples below:

Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

Heading 4
Heading 5
  • Adding media through the sidebar in the editor
  • Adding media through the sidebar in the editor
  • Adding media through upload button of the New Visual Editor
  • Adding media through upload button of the New Visual Editor
  • Adding media using Special:New Files
  • Adding media using Special:New Files
  • Adding media using Special:Upload
  • Adding media using Special:WikiaVideoAdd
  • Adding media using the Contribute dropdown

Adding Media

You can add media in a page through several ways:

  • Going to a nonexistent page and clicking the "Create" Button
  • Using the Contribute Dropdown
  • Clicking a redlink

Adding Pages

There are also a few ways to create pages:

  • Going to a nonexistent page and clicking the "Create" Button
  • Using the Contribute Dropdown
  • Clicking a redlink

Effective Use of Message Wall/Talk Page

Talk Page

Talk pages are the classic style of communicating with another. In order for a user to know who sent the message, a signature is required, otherwise they'd have to go looking for whoever posted on their talk page! A good practice is that when ever there is a new message, you add a header ==Header==, just like that, except replace "Header" with your own header. Now for the message, it can be simple, complex, long, short anything you want, and its topics are very diverse, from saying hi to talking about what to do next about renaming pages, it can be anything!

Message Wall

As message walls show you username, or <insert name here> , you will not need to sign a message, instead just insert a title for your message, or leave it blank for it to automatically call it "Message from <insert name here> ". Now, in the text for you message, add whatever you need there, whether it be a simple "Hi" or a message concerning another user's edits, or just simple chatting is fine there.

FIN

Thanks for reading! ^-^ ChaoticShadow Talk 00:54 May 4, 2014 (UTC) 

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