Wiki User's Guide

Wiki User's Guide

If you have not already taken the tour of the wiki, it will be helpful in understanding the following directions.

Navigating in the Wiki:

  • The wiki has four levels:
    • the Encyclopedia of Urban Ministry (main page)
    • the four category pages (Christian Community Technology, Recovery and Addiction, etc.)
    • individual topic pages
    • sub-topic pages under a particular topic
  • Most navigation is done by moving down from the highest level down to the level of the specific topic for which you are looking.
  • There are also navigation options at the bottom of the page:
    • the forward arrow (>) moves to the next topic in the category
    • the backward arrow (<) moves back to the previous topic
    • clicking "up" takes you up a level - from a topic page to the category page, for example

To Edit a Page:

  1. Click on the Edit tab at the top of the page you wish to edit.
  2. Scroll down to the page text editing box (a little over halfway down the page, under the word "Body:").
  3. Edit the page text, using either the buttons at the top of the editor to format, or else clicking on the Source button and editing the HTML code directly.
    • Using the WYSIWYG (graphical) editor: The buttons in the top bar allow you to copy and paste text, select all text, clear formatting, apply formatting, and add hyperlinks, anchors (place markers within the document), images, and tables. You can make bulleted or numbered lists by selecting the items and then clicking the appropriate button. The drop-down menu in the lower bar allows you to apply formatting to text by choosing from a pre-defined list of categories. It also allows you to change text and background color.
    • Using the Source mode: If you wish to edit the actual page code (HTML), click the Source button and the view will change. W3Schools has brief introductions to HTML tags (the codes which are used for formatting, etc.): headings & paragraphs, formatting, lists, links, and tables. If you want to get advanced, W3Schools also offers an introduction to CSS styles, which are the recommended way of controlling how text (& other elements) look on the Web.
      • Note: if you plan on editing the page's HTML to a great extent, or applying CSS styles to individual elements, you may have to change the page's Input Format to "Full HTML" for your changes to be saved and display properly. This option is found in the Input Format selection box, which you must expand by clicking on the phrase "Input format", directly underneath the text editing box.
  4. Click the Submit button when you are done making changes to the page.
    • You may use the Preview button to see what the page will look like after you hit Submit, as well as where it will be cut off if displayed on a front page. (You can insert <--break--> to change where the page cut off will be.)
    • You may use the Preview Changes button to compare the page before and after your edits.

To Add a Page:

  1. There are four ways to add a page to the wiki, as follows:
    • Select Add Child Page from one of the category pages.
    • Go to Add Wiki Page on the Wiki menu.
    • Go to Wiki Page on the Post menu.
    • Click on a link to a wiki page that does not exist yet. You will be asked if you want to create it.
  2. Give your page a title by filling in the Title box.
    • This will show up at the top of the page and in the title page.
    • It will also be used as a URL so people can find your page easily - for example, if I titled the page "Tour Test", it would be found at
    • Ignore the Page title box - it does nothing.
  3. Put your wiki page in the correct part of the wiki.
    1. Click in the Parent drop-down box and you can see the structure of the whole wiki - like a table of contents.
    2. Select the section to which you want your page to be added. (Don't add your page to the <top-level> or Encyclopedia of Urban Ministry sections.)
  4. If you wish, choose the categories under which you want your wiki page to be found.
    • This is another way that people can access your content.
    • You may select more than one option in a list box by holding down CTRL as you click on the options you want.
    • Other Tags is just like tagging on flickr or - use commas to separate tags (subjects of your page).
    • Don't put an TechMission Program Affliation or Organizational Affliation unless you are submitting content specifically from TechMission or one of its partners.
  5. Add the text of your page to the Body section. You may use the buttons on the toolbar to format it.
  6. Hit the Submit button and your page will be submitted for moderation. It will appear on the wiki once it has been approved by an administrator.

How to Use the Freelinking Feature to Make Links Between Wiki Pages

  1. You can create a link to another page in the wiki by putting double brackets around the text you want to be a link. For example: Go to the [[help page]] will link to a page with a Title of "Help Page" and an address of wiki/help-page.
  2. If you don't want to link to the page by its actual Title (if the title is long, perhaps), you may use the pipe character | to cause a different text to display than the actual address of the page. For example, if you write Read the [[help page|help]] it will show up on the page as "Read the help" but will link to /wiki/help-page.
  3. You may link to pages that do not yet exist. A person who clicks on the link will be asked to create the page, or, alternatively, to search the wiki.
  4. You can also use double brackets to link to external websites, if you prefer to do that rather than use the options that come up when you click the hyperlink button. You can use [[|some text]], where is the link address and "some text" is what will be displayed. You can also simply use [[]] to display the actual Web address in the page text.
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