Help:How to Add a New Page
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|How-to: Add a New Page|
Welcome to the wonderful world of the WinCustomize Wiki! A wiki is a community-driven knowledge base and needs input from community members to help grow. If you've decided to help contribute, great! This article hopes to help you get started.
Making Your New Page
Know of a piece of software that doesn't have a page yet? Have a tutorial to contribute? Want to create one? To add a new page, enter in the name for the page (example: SkinCalc) into the Search box in the left side navigation menu. If the page hasn't been created yet, it will tell you so and offer to create it. Keep in mind your spelling and capitalization, it will create the page exactly how you've typed it in and renaming Wiki pages is no easy task. In order to rename a page, it actually has to be moved and this can cause problems.
Once you've created the new page, it's time to add the content. We've established a Software Page template to guide you along. You don't have to worry about filling in everything by yourself, wiki is a community effort. Just click on the edit tab at the top, copy everything, and paste it into your new page. Then all you have to do is edit and add content accordingly.
Be sure to check out the Tutorials category for more information and guidelines about creating tutorials. It will also list the tutorials that have already been created. You can also check out the Categories list to view the categories that have been made so you can put your page in the proper category.
From looking at the code you've just copied, you'll notice wiki has its own type of formatting; it's not html and it's not bbcode. For a quick and dirty explanation on wiki editing and formatting, check out the Wikipedia Tutorial.
Quick Tips - Links
Want to create a link? Not sure how? Here are a few examples:
- [http://google.com Google] - Will display as Google. This is a named link and best for creating external links (links to lead to sites outside of the WC Wiki).
- [[WindowBlinds]] - Will display as WindowBlinds. This is an internal link, the link to the WindowBlinds page here inside the WC Wiki. Use these if you want to link to other wiki pages that have been made.
Quick Tips - Lists
Lists are great if you have a series of information that you would like to display in a clean simple fashion.
- To create an unordered list (like this one and the one above), just add a * to the beginning of each line.
- To create an ordered list, add a # in front of each item. A word of warning though: if one of your items has multiple paragraphs, entering a line break will end the list and any other entries will be started as a new list. If you would like to continue a paragraph for a single entry, use #: and the paragraph will be continued to the previous entry.
Quick Tips - Tables
While lists are a great way to quickly organize information, very long lists can make a page difficult to read. Please consider, if your list is longer than 10 items, the use of tables to make better use of horizontal space and shorten up the page.
- Everything you ever needed to know about wiki tables
- Lists can be placed within tables
Example of a basic list within a table (click the edit link to see the code!):
Quick Tips - Images
Images are great for tutorials. If possible, always try to add in an image to make a demonstration of what you're trying to accomplish.
Upload your images to the Upload page, and once you're done it will give you the filename you need to post your image (big bold letters starting with Image: above the actual image).
To post the image, use the following as an example:
This will post the image as 300px, centered, with a description. You can also have your image left or right, and the text in your article will wrap around it.
Note: Please keep all images posted in an article limited to 800px (full size image can be larger).
Quick Tips - Other Basic Formatting
As like the forums, the wiki has some formatting buttons you can use when editing a page. You can see them right above the edit box. Hover over the button to see a tooltip on what each button does.
If you need to paste a bunch of lines of code, you'll notice that it'll show up as a paragraph instead.
line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 line 5
Those should all be separate lines. To do that, just use pre tags (edit to see example).
line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 line 5
Writing Your Content
To help everyone, please make sure to use proper English syntax, spelling, and punctuation. Not everyone's first language is English, and it's easier to translate if it is written in proper English so translators have something to work with. Trying to translate shorthand, SMS speak, and "leet" speak is difficult on everyone.
Citing Your Sources
It's always best to come up with content yourself, but if for some reason you find it better to use text from another site, be sure to properly site it. As in the skinning world, ripping someone else's work to claim as your own his highly frowned upon, the same is true with plagiarism.
To cite your sources, use the footnotes method.
- <ref>[http://www.stardock.com/products/sdcentral/ Stardock Central Product Page]</ref> - This will display as 
- At the end in the Notes & References section, just type in <references/> and the wiki will create the footnotes list for you.
As an example, take the Stardock Central page. The first citation appears in the quick description at the top of the page and is marked 1. The second citation appears in the "What Stardock Central Does" section. In the Notes & References section, a list was automatically created to identify the sources.
Wiki definitely can be intimidating to new users, a good piece of advice is to look at how other pages were done to understand how the formatting works. If you see a page and you like how it's setup, you can just copy the formatting and edit the content to add in your own.
Don't forget to read the WC Wiki Policy section for general wiki rules on submitting/editing content.
Also, please leave your contact information on the Discussion page for your article in case a moderator should need to contact you regarding the article, thanks.