Customization is an integral part of a wiki community and such styling sets apart a boring wiki from one that delivers the wow factor. Despite its importance, not every Admin knows how to go about editing their MediaWiki CSS pages. This blog outlines a brief summary of how to go about finding and maintaining CSS styling.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle to jump in wiki styling is determining the appropriate CSS classes and selectors for the element you wish to modify. Generally you can find such information through various browser tools.
For example, for users using Google Chrome (like myself), right-clicking on the object you wish to modify reveals a menu containing 'Inspect' (Ctrl+Shift+I). Once 'Inspect' is clicked, your screen will appear simi…
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Wikis on Wikia are founded with the intent to not only build vast databases of knowledge, but help unite fans into a sense of community. As these wikis evolve and expand, the temptation to create similar or duplicate wikis grows. While users are very much able to copy most content under the CC-BY-SA license granted proper attribution is given, the question becomes whether or not one should actually do so.
One of the best times to use content copied from another wiki is to help enhance areas of the wiki which are not the primary focus of that wiki. For example, a wiki dedicated to a film may recognize they are not experts about the background of the actors who portrayed the characters. Adding content created by a more specialized wiki may be…
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Hey everyone! It's been a few months since my first blog so here's another. Within this blog I am going to go over some URL additions (queries) that are useful around Wikia.
Queries are a segment of URL that start with a question mark and are comprised of a parameter and a parameter name separated by an equals sign. Multiple queries are pieced together with an ampersand (&) and frequently are placed at the end of the page's URL. If the URL has an anchor (for example, linking to a header), the query is placed before the pound or number sign (#) and before the end of the path.http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Help%3AURL?allowuserjs=0#Next_Pages \__/ \_________________/\______________/ \___________/ \________/ | | … Read more >
Hey guys! I think it's about time I'd written my first blog on Community Central. Today's topic is going to be about how to add multiple custom edit layouts to be used when creating new pages on your wiki.
Creating new pages is already difficult enough without having to go to template pages collecting parameter names or looking at another page to make sure headers are ordered and leveled correctly. Custom layouts speed the process of creating new articles by having the skeleton of the page already formed and waiting.
The first thing to do is to create a MediaWiki page for each layout you wish to have in easy reach for the community. Be sure to name your pages neatly and consistently for easy reference later. Add your formatting, templates, a…
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