Start a new page
There are several ways, but the easiest is to type the new page in the URL and then edit that page. For example, if I wanted to create a page called IT under Help, I would change the URL to http://www.nescent.org/wiki/index.php/Help:IT in the browser address bar, for example. Then I would edit and save that page.
- Use single brackets, [http://somepage.com], to open in a new browser window.
- Use double brackets to link to wiki pages, [[Help:IT]], for example. Opens in the same browser window.
- See the respective article at MediaWiki
Changing the Sidebar
- See the MediaWiki FAQ for how to access the pseudo-page for the sidebar (also called navigation bar, only visible in the monobook skin). Basically, replace the page name part of the current url with MediaWiki:Sidebar, for example https://wiki.phenoscape.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Sidebar for this wiki. Then click the Edit tab. You must have the sysop privilege to edit that page.
- MediaWiki has documentation on how to change and add links, or create multiple boxes.
How do I sign an entry
Put four tildes to have your username and timestamp appear, and three for just your username. If your editor window shows the formatting buttons on top, the second last inserts your signature as a double-dash, followed by username and timestamp (four tildes), like this. --Hilmar 00:05, 17 August 2006 (EDT)
By default, all pages except the front (a.k.a. home) page of the wiki are protected from public view and require a login for both viewing and editing.
Individual pages, however, can easily be made publicly available (read-only). Simply prefix the name of a new page with
Public: (including the colon). For example, to create a page with name New Page that is to be publicly visible, name it Public:New_Page.
To make an existing page public, you need to create a new page with the same content and the name prefixed as above. This sounds difficult but is relatively easy through copy&pasting the source.
For example, navigate to the page to be made publicly readable, click on the 'edit' tab at the top, place the cursor into the text edit form, and press Control-A (select all, Apple-A on a Mac). Then click on the 'article' tab at the top, place the cursor into the URL text field of your browser between the '=' character and the name of the page, and type Public: (incl. the colon). Hit return (which will display the default new page), click the 'edit' tab, place the cursor into the text field, and press Control-V (paste, Apple-V on a Mac). Click the 'save page' button at the bottom and you are done.
Pages with the
Public: prefix will only be publicly readable, not writable. Please email us if you have pages which should also be anonymously writable (editable).