Users Guide to creating a Wiki
(from wikispaces.com)

This guide will help you to create your own page for your culminating activity and allow you to add images, video and other links such as your own webpage. Don’t forget that the rules regarding copying from the internet and proper referencing (plagiarism will not be accepted)

If you are having difficulty please post a question for your classmates using the discussion tab. Remember, you are a part of a community of learners and everyone has something positive to contribute. If you are stuck however, please see your teacher!

Creating Pages

To create a new page within the current space, use the "Make a New Page" link in the sidebar or just create a link to the new page in the editor. When you create a space, you'll start with one blank page called home. Click "edit" to add content to that page.

Note that the "Make a New Page" link will only be present if you are a registered user and have logged in.


Editing Pages

Each editable page on Wikispaces has an "edit" button at the top of the page. Click on the "edit" button to bring up the page editor. The page editor allows you to add text and pictures to a page and to format that page. The editor has a visual mode and a plain text mode.

1. What's the visual editor?* Use this as much as possible

Wikispaces' visual editor lets you see the final look and feel of a page before you save it. It's just like using a word processor. Javascript is required for this editor.

2. What's the text editor?

The text editor allows you to edit the raw
wikitext of a page.
Wikispaces uses the following text markup rules. Remember that you can skip wikitext entirely by using the visual editor.



Links and Images and Files

Page Link label or just pagename
Page Link in Another Space label or just space/pagename
URL
http://some.url
Email
help@wikispaces.org
Labeled URL [[
http://some.url|label]]
Image (png, jpeg, and gif - learn more about
image tags)
File
File Not Found
File Not Found
(any file type supported)
Anchor see
wikitext anchor for more details

Link examples
foo
This will display the text "foo" on the page which will be a link to the page in this space also called "foo".

bar
This will display the text "bar" on the page which will be a link to the page in this space called "foo".

hep/the
This will display the text "hep:the" on the page which will be a link to the page in the "hep" space called "the".

bar
This will display the text "bar" on the page which will be a link to the page in the "hep" space called "the".

Other Layout

Horizontal Line ----
Table || table cell || table cell || table cell ||
Table Heading Cell ||~ heading1 ||~ heading2 ||

Table Cell Alignment ||= centered ||> right ||

Table Column Spans (merging columns together) |||| spans 2 columns ||

col1
col2

Table of Contents

Table of Contents






or





note that




only displays first level headings using the = heading = syntax

Right-to-Left text rtl ... rtl note that the rtl tags must be on their own lines

Page Includes
Pages can be included inside other pages to make larger pages by using the include tag. This can be useful in breaking a large page up into smaller, more manageable pieces, or to create reusable components, like headers and footers, that can be included on multiple pages. The only required attribute of the include tag is the page attribute. Includes can optionally include a section title using the title attribute or can include an edit button, allowing users to edit the included page directly, using the editable attribute.
Basic Include
[Invalid Include: Page not found: PAGENAME]

Include With Section Title
[Invalid Include: Page not found: PAGENAME]

Include With Direct Edit Button
[Invalid Include: Page not found: PAGENAME]


3. How do I switch between the two editor modes?

When in the visual editor, click "Use Text Editor" to switch to text mode. When in the text editor, click "Use Visual Editor" to switch to visual mode. You can set your default editor mode in your "My Account" page.

4. What's the difference between the 'edit' button and the 'edit navigation' link?

The edit link at the top of the page edits the page that you are currently viewing. Each page can be thought of as a document within your space. Your documents can be linked together.

The edit navigation link on the left edits the content that appears in the Navigation bar on each page. That content is intended to be sort of an index for the site so that your users can easily move around in the space.

Linking Pages

Creating links between pages is easy in both the visual editor and the plain text editor. In the visual editor, highlight the text you wish to link and click the earth icon in the toolbar to add a new link. In both the visual editor and the plain text editor, you can add a link by enclosing a word in double square brackets.

Several examples of what's possible using square brackets:

link to a page in your space named 'about'
about
link to the 'help' page in the www space www/help
link the text 'About Us' to a page named 'about' About Us

You can always make links to other web pages by just typing the url, for example:
http://wikispaces.com. To set a different label, the format is similar as the 'About Us' link above: [[http://wikispaces.com|Wikispaces]]

To remove a link in the visual editor, put the cursor in the link, or highlight the link, and hit the broken link earth icon in the toolbar.


Tags

Tags are like keywords or categories you can apply to a page.

To add a tag to the current page:
• Edit the page by clicking the "Edit this page" button
• Type the tag or tags you want in the text field at the bottom of the edit window called "Optional: tags for this page"
• Click Save

To delete a tag from the current page:
• Edit the page by clicking the "Edit this page" button
• Delete the tag or tags you no longer want in the text field at the bottom of the edit window called "Optional: tags for this page"
• Click Save

To see the tags for the current page:
• Tags will be listed at the bottom of the page

From your "My Page" you can see your list of tags each of which lets you list the pages that you have categorized under that tag.