MediaWiki User's Guide: Starting a new page

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Type a title:
and click "Create page"

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"Create page" takes you to an edit page where you can enter the new text. The edit page also has a link for Editing help, in case you need it. Other helpful links include Help:Filling the page and Help:Editing. You do not have to always return to this page to create a new article. New pages can also be started by following a link to a non-existent page, which likewise leads to an edit page (see Starting a page through the URL, below).

When creating a new article, bear in mind that:

  • The title that you choose is important, as this will be the title of your new article.
  • Un-doing mistakes is rarely easier than avoiding them, so its always a good idea to do a little homework first (see General principles below).
  • Remember what Wikipedia is and what Wikipedia is not.
  • If you just want to experiment, use the sandbox first.

General principles[edit | edit source]

  • Search to see whether someone has written a similar page before you start one yourself. Choose the title carefully.
  • Review conventions of the project you are working in regarding e.g.:
    • naming conventions; see also Help:Page name.
    • whether a separate page is justified; perhaps it is better to add the text to a related page (especially if the text is not very long); that page can always be split later, after it has grown.
    • how-to guidance for writing regarding style, content and formatting. E.g. for the Wikipedia project see How to write a great article.
  • While creating the page and before saving it, check the What links here link on the creation page. Align the new content with existing links, or change the new title, or fix the other links.
  • If nothing points here, the page is isolated. Links to it will need to be added on other pages.

Starting a page from a red link, after a search[edit | edit source]

To start a new page, you will have to sign in with your account name. If you do not have an account, you can create one here. After signing in, you can click the red link to that new page. This takes you to edit mode of the new page, which allows you to edit that page.

Another way to start a new page, on the English Wikipedia, which uses the w:MediaWiki:Nogomatch option, is to perform a search for the new title with the Go button (as you should have done before). When the search finds nothing, press "create the article".

Links to non-existing pages are common. They are typically created in preparation for creating the page, and/or to encourage other people to do so. Links are not only convenient for navigation, but also make people aware of the new page (those who read a related page and also those who watch the related page). New page links are not really broken, as long as the name correctly identifies the intended content. (A new page link with a "wrong" or misspelled name, or that duplicates content found under another name is "broken", but in a different sense.)

New page links typically look different from links to existing pages. Depending on settings, a different color or a question mark is used. (Sometimes links to new pages are called "red links", the display option of one of the settings). Links to non-existent pages are created with [[New page name]] from the wiki editor. (In this case, the empty page "New page name" would be created).

Of course, you can also create the link yourself, in a related page, index page or your user page. However, it may be better to wait with creating links until after creating the new page, especially if the new link replaces one to an existing page. In this case, create the link but press Preview, instead of Save. From preview area, clicking the new link will create the new page (without updating the referring page).

Starting a page through the URL[edit | edit source]

Using the browser address bar to enter a URL to a new page is an easy way to start the new page process. Easier still is editing the pagename part of a URL for an existing page. Using the URL for the new page displays the default 'no article' message (see MediaWiki:Noarticletext). The default page has the usual Edit this page link, which can be used to begin adding content.

An interwiki link to a non-existent page gives the same result, but is not recommended. Such an attempt will usually not work as different Wikis have different sets of usernames. Thus, you will be led to a page where you will find yourself in logged out condition. Furthermore, interwiki links should be added only after the page exists, hence avoid doing it.

To get access to a MediaWiki project page, with the links at the edges but without the superfluous loading of a page, use a bookmark to a non-existing page. The default 'no article' page will display the edge links.

Creating an empty page[edit | edit source]

A new page is distinguished from a blank page: the latter has a page history. However, creating a new page is just like editing a blank page, except that a new page displays the text from MediaWiki:Newarticletext (which may vary by project).

Occasionally it is useful to create an empty page — For example a template can be made such that, depending on a parameter, it produces either just a standard text or also an additional text. This is done by having it call another template, of which the name is a parameter; one version of the other template contains the additional text, the other version is blank. See optional text.

To create an empty page, save a page with the wikitext __END__. This code will not be saved, it just prevents refusal by the system to create an empty page. Alternatively, first create a non-empty page, e.g. with just one character, then edit the page to make it empty. A page with one or more blank spaces at the end, including a page only containing one or more blank spaces, is not possible.

Using the sandbox and user sub-pages[edit | edit source]

The sandbox can be used for temporary experimentation, but is emptied on a regular basis. For persistent draft material, you can use your user account sub-pages, and move the sub-page to the main article namespace when ready. This will require a user account. To create a user sub-page, use a reference (title) like: 'User:UserName/New sub page'. User sub-pages can also be used for testing new template material with the syntax {{User:UserName/Sub page name}}. Use your own username in place of UserName. Using any name would result in a sub-page, but it is strongly recommended to use your own.

Using text from some other editing environment[edit | edit source]

Although pasting existing text into the wiki is often the simplest way to start, you may want to try converting from Word or HTML to wiki markup.

Protecting a page from being created[edit | edit source]

It is not really possible to protect a page from being created, but one can create a page with standard text and protect that page. Note that sometimes a terminology like "This page should not be created" is used even though for the system the page exists. Therefore it is not suitable for demonstrating a link to a non-existing page.