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How to Create Pages

There are two ways to create a page on this site:
1) By clicking the Create page link from the Main Menu and then specifying a page name
2) Create a link to a page that doesn't exist while writing an article (by enclosing the page name in double brackets [[ like this]], and then, after saving the page, clicking the link (shown in red).
Note: choose appropriate names when creating pages. For example, if you're writing an article on William Shakespeare, spell his name correctly when creating the page, and don't abbreviate it as Bill Shakespeare or just Shakespeare, and definitely don't create page titles like The artist formerly known as William Shakespeare.

Basic Markup

Editing a page

Once you log in to this site using your WPI credentials, you can select Actions>Edit menu on the right of the page to edit nearly any page on this site. That's a lot of power, so don't mess it up! That being said, it's best practice to edit individual sections of a page instead of the entire page. Edit the section of a page by clicking the "edit" link near the heading of any section on a page; this will allow others to simultaneously edit sections on the same page without any conflicts.

You are free to contribute to any article page you like; you may add subsections, new pages, and rearrange existing pages as you see fit, but they better be well-thought-out changes or else the Wiki gods will come after you. The reason you've been granted such authority to edit pages is because this site should continue to be improved by subtle refinements and adjustments.

Template pages and some other pages are protected from editing in the process described above. To view the source on these pages, select Actions>View source, then copy that code into new pages accordingly.

Editing a section

In lieu of editing an entire page, it's best practice to edit sections at a time. Click the edit button next to a section header to edit just that section. Save often when editing existing articles and edit only section when possible as opposed to editing the entire page; keep an offline copy of your contributions.


Any page you create will automatically get a Table of Contents when you add headings. Enclose your heading title in the = sign to create headings:

*One = is a top-level heading like this =My Heading=
*Two == is a second-level heading like this ==My Subheading==
*Two === is a third-level heading like this ==My Third-level heading==

and so on...


Link to other wiki pages

Link to other pages by putting the name of a page in brackets like this:
I really like the music of [[the Beatles]].

--This will link to a page called "the Beatles". If the page does not exist, it will be shown in red and you should then "Create" that page by adding headings, information, images, video, and other facts and artifacts you've gathered during this experience; if you don't have any information--go get some by taking pictures of things, shooting video, reading at the British library, going on walking tours--endless fun!

You can also link to the Beatles but write "The Fab Four" in your page by putting this:

[[the Beatles|the Fab Four]].

In the above link, the link is the first part, and the link text is the part after the dividing line. You can even link to your profile page this way.
For example, click the "Edit" button over this section and take a look at the way I've linked to the V.J. Manzo user page.

Try it now, then click the "Cancel" button so you don't save the changes and return to this page.

Link to Categories

When you clicked "Edit" for this page, did you notice that the User page has a "Namespace" in front of it? Some pages have this. In order to link to Categories, for example, write:


Just precede a category name with a : symbol. You can even write an alternate name for a category just as we did in the "Fab Four" example by adding a dividing line like this:



You should note also that the markup tags <nowiki> and </nowiki> have been used to make a section of code readable on this page instead of functional. If you copy some element of this page, you'll never see these <nowiki> tags, but, if you click the Actions>Edit button, you will see the tags, and you'll need to delete them in order for the code inside the tags to work.

Link to External Websites

If you need to link to an external website like, for example, the WPI website, write it like this: without any brackets as long as you include the http://.

Or, use an alternate name for the link like this: [ WPI]

This will keep the URL short. For example, WPI.

Note the single bracket and the "no dividing line" unlike providing an alternate name for [[the Beatles|the Fab Four] link.

Other Markup


When you peeked at the markup for this page, you probably noticed all of the <br>tags; these but in a line break. Consider using a pair of them like this:


after each new section heading.

Bold and Italics

Make something bold by enclosing it in three apostrophes like '''this'''

Make something italic by enclosing it in two apostrophes like ''this''


Adding references to your pages in these two steps:

1) Put references in the text of your page like this:

The Sun is pretty big.<ref>Lastname, F.I. (2005). ''My Book Title''. New York: My Publisher., pp. 23-25.</ref>

Use APA citations unless told otherwise.

2) Add a single References section at the end of your page by copying and pasting this into your page:

<references />

That will make a new section called references (note the single enclosing = signs) and add a generated section for all references you've added in the page. How cool.

More info on references is available here.

Tagging Categories for Your Page

The last part of any page you make should contain a category tags for any and all categories that are relevant to your page. You probably don't need to make new categories. I'll say it again in bold for dramatic emphasis: You probably don't need to make new categories.

Milestone Project Pages and Categories

For "milestone" project pages, copy this into the bottom of your page and remove the categories that don't fit for your page:

[[Category:Art Projects]]
[[Category:Music Projects]]
[[Category:Philosophy & Religion Projects]]
[[Category:Drama & Theater Projects]]
[[Category:Writing & Rhetoric Projects]]
[[Category:History Projects]]
[[Category:English Projects]]

Each milestone project pages must have one of the above category pages tagged plus the year the project was completed by you--that's it!!! Do NOT include any other tags!! Enter category year tags like this:


Refer to the Milestone Template for specific formatting instructions.

Article Pages and Categories

For regular "Topic" article pages that you create along the way, copy this into the bottom of your page and remove the categories that don't fit for your page:

[[Category:Philosophy & Religion]]
[[Category:Drama & Theater]]
[[Category:Writing & Rhetoric]]

Do NOT add any 1) Project category tags or 2) year tags or 3) Advisor tags in general topic article pages.

Profile Pages and Categories

Profile pages must not have any category tags except for the following Profile category tag like this:


plus the year the project was completed by you, like this:


plus the year the advisor tag(s) like this:


Note that the last name of the advisor may be different depending on who your advisors are.
Refer to the Profile Template for specific formatting instructions.

Images, Video, and Other Media

How to Upload & Link to Images

Upload Content in three ways:

Upload while editing a page

While a page is in "edit" mode, you are able to "drop" media files on the "Drop files here" portion of the edit screen. After the item uploads, you will be shown options for inserting the media into the page, including a gallery mode.

Uploading through the Upload file feature

  • Using "Upload file" feature (for files smaller than 500mb)
  • Click the Upload file link at the left and upload a file

Embed Images

Embed image files within your page using the tag:


Adjust Image Size

If you need to adjust the size of the image (in pixels), use the tag:


Add an Image Caption

Add a caption by adding |thumb| and a caption like this:

[[File:my_filename.jpg|x350px|thumb|Your Caption Goes Here]]

Use a small caption

Using a small caption is advised by putting the <small> and </small>around your caption text.

Gallery with Adjusted Caption Formatting

Use this:
[[File:image.jpg|''' Westminster Abbey''' <br> <small> ''' Style:''' Neo-Gothic <br> ''' Year:''' 1080'''</small> ]]

To yield this:

Add an Image Aligned Right

Add a caption, thumb and align it right like this:

[[File: My_Filename.jpg|x320px|right|thumb| Caption]

Image Gallery

Add a gallery of images like this:

<gallery mode="packed">
Image:Picture1.jpg|''Caption 1''
Image:Picture2.jpg|''Caption 2''
Image:Picture3.jpg|''Caption 3''
Image:Picture4.jpg|''Caption 4''

To yield:

Please Note: we would like to have all media content that is displayed on this site to be hosted by this site, so, for this reason, we discourage embedding and linking external content that can be hosted by this site including YouTube and Vimeo videos and files hosted on third party sites like DropBox and Google Drive and personal webspace. Please upload versions of these files to this server.

How to Embed Video and Audio

Embed Video and Audio

  • Upload the video or audio using the above steps
  • You may embed the video or audio in your page with the following code:


To yield this:
The media player is loading...

See also Help with Video Encoding if you have trouble playing your video in a page after it's uploaded.

Other Stuff

Deleting Pages

To delete a page, send your advisor(s) a link to the page you would like deleted.

Section Breaks

Use a section break as needed by inserting <br clear=all> into your page.


Simple Infobox

You can create an infobox like this:

|title = Title of Infobox
|bodystyle = width:25em
|image = [[File:infoboximage.jpg|320px|alt=Image ]]
|caption = Your Infobox Caption
|label2 = '''Data Label'''
|data2 = Descriptive Data

To yield this:

Title of Infobox
Article Image
Representative Image
Data Label Descriptive Data

Detailed Infobox

You can also add multiple layers of detail with labels and data:

|title = Infobox Title
|header1 = The Chandos Portrait
of William Shakespeare
|bodystyle = width:25em
|image = [[File:Articlepicture.jpg|x450px|alt=Article Image]]
|caption = Representative Article Image
|label2 = '''Artist'''
|data2 = Attributed to [[John Taylor]]
|label3 = '''Year'''
|data3 = c. 1600s
|label4 = '''Dimensions'''
|data4 = 55.2 cm × 43.8 cm ( 21 3⁄4 in ×  17 1⁄4 in)
|label5 = '''Location'''
|data5 = National Portrait Gallery, London

To yield this:

Article Title
Article Image
Representative Article Image
The Chandos Portrait of William Shakespeare
Artist Attributed to John Taylor
Year c. 1600s
Dimensions 55.2 cm × 43.8 cm ( 21 3⁄4 in ×  17 1⁄4 in)
Location National Portrait Gallery, London

Redirecting one page to another

You can make it so that anyone who goes to the page the Fab Four will automatically be redirected to the page the Beatles by using a redirect like this:

#REDIRECT [[name of the target page]]

The page Help, for example, redirects back to this page. If you click the link to the page Help, you'll see a small notice at the top of the page, beneath the title, that you've been redirected from another page.

Redirects are great for common misspellings of names like Shakespear, Picadilly, and the Beetles

Mediawiki References Pages

Help with Formatting

Help with Images

Help with Tables

Help with Lists

Try Stuff Out!!

Test Things Out Your Editing Skills On Your Profile Page

Use your profile page as a sandbox to try out your editing skills; just make sure you keep a backup or work in a new section of your profile page if you profile already has content in it. Test your skills by copying the Template Profile into your personal profile page.

  • Log into this site with your WPI credentials to reveal the edit menus.
  • Right+click on this link to the Template Profile page and
    • open the Template Profile page in a new window or tab leaving this page open
  • On the Template Profile page, click the "View Source" button from the "Actions" menu
    • Copy all of the code shown
  • Open your profile page by selecting your username from the top right usermenu (if you don't see this menu, ensure that you're logged in)
    • On your profile page, select "Actions>Edit" and paste the copied code from the Template Profile page into your profile page
    • Select Save page by clicking the button at the bottom of the page

  • You can test any additional code things you like on your profile page; treat it like a sandbox at any point before the end of the term--just be sure to keep a backup copy of your original code so you don't overwrite anything important.
    • Try out some code from this page--make a few links, for example. Make a link from your page to this Help page.
    • Save the page and preview the changes. Did everything turn out as you intended? If not, why not? Wash rinse repeat.