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You don't need to know html in order to create Wiki pages. Here are a few things to help you learn the basics.

As a general rule...

If you don't find these pages helpful, it's always a good idea to learn by example. When you press the edit tab, you can see all the source code and learn how the page works.

Categories

Please ensure that all pages that are added are tagged to an appropriate Category. To do this, place any of the following on the page:

  • [[Category:Equipment]]
  • [[Category:Heroes]]
  • [[Category:Users]]

These category markers can go anywhere, but it is customary to have them at the end of the page.

Links

Main article: Help:Linking

Links are basically created by enclosing words in square brackets ( [[ )( ]] ).
A link to an existing page will appear blue, while an broken link will appear red.

Text Formatting

Bold/Italics

To make something bold or italic you need to have a set number of apostrophes at the beginning and end of your sentence, word or letter.

Examples of Italics

Italic requires two apostrophes ( '' ).

  • ''An entire sentence in italics'' = An entire sentence in italics
  • A single ''word'' in italics = A single word in italics
  • A single le''t''ter in italics = A single letter in italics

Examples of Bold

Bold requires three apostrophes ( ''' ).

  • '''An entire sentence in bold''' = An entire sentence in bold
  • A single '''word''' in bold = A single word in bold
  • A single le'''t'''ter in bold = A single letter in bold

Examples of Bold Italics

Bold Italic requires five apostrophes ( ''''' ).

  • '''''An entire sentence in bold italics''''' = An entire sentence in bold italics
  • A single '''''word''''' in bold italics = A single word in bold italics
  • A single le'''''t'''''ter in bold italics = A single letter in bold italics


Bullet Points

Put a space and then an asterisk ( * ) at the start of the sentence.

  • Example: * Bullet Points


Indented

Put a colon ( : ) at the start of each sentence you want indented.

: Indented text

Indented and Isolated

Put a space at the start of the sentence to have your text indented and boxed in a dotted line.


Colored Text

Main article: Help:HTML#Color

New Lines

This is written in a special
box to show that a single new line
has no effect on a text. A double

new line does. If you don't want
the 1½ line-separation, you can<br>
break the text instead.

The above is written in a special box to show that a single new line has no effect on a text. A double

new line does. If you don't want the 1½ line-separation, you can
break the text instead.

Headings and Subheadings

There are four basic forms of headings in Wikis. Each of them use an equal sign ( = ) at the start and end of each heading:

==This would make a level two heading==
====This would make a four two heading====

This is what the first four levels of headings look like:

Level One Headings

It has one equal sign at the start and end. This text was put on the line underneath

Level Two Heading

This is a Level Two Heading and has two equal signs at the start and end of the heading.

Level Three Heading

This is a Level Three Heading. Note that this level of heading doesn't have the line to divide it across the page.

Level Four Heading

Just as with level three, level four headings becomes text that is slightly larger, and in bold.

No Contents

Having at least four headings on a page triggers the table of contents (TOC) to appear in front of the first header (or after introductory sections).

  • Putting __TOC__ anywhere forces the TOC to appear at that point (instead of just before the first header).
  • Putting __NOTOC__ anywhere forces the TOC to disappear.
  • Putting __NOEDITSECTION__ anywhere takes away the ability to edit sections of the page.

Note that the above codes has two (2) underscores ( _ ) on either side.

Redirects

Sometimes a page may have two different titles. Many Super Heroes have their human name as well as a Codename. In this case, you can create a page dedicated to the hero, and then create a redirect page that will redirect people automatically if they link to their other name.

To do this, put a hashtag ( # ) and then the word "REDIRECT" (in capitals) then a space, then put the link to the page you want to redirect to.

#REDIRECT Emma Frost


Images

Main article: Help:Images

All image setups follow the same basic syntax, however they do not all have to be used. The basic syntax is:
[[File:name|type|location|size|caption]]
However, everything after name can come in whatever order written.

  • [[File:Shield point-icon.png|thumb|left|50px|Shield Point]] gives
Shield point-icon

Shield Point



Lists

There are two types of lists that can be created: bulleted and numbered.

Bullet Lists

To create bulleted lists, simply type the asterisk ( * ) by pressing Shift+8 on your keyboard before each item. Double asterisk will push the indent of the list. By typing:

;Title of List
*Item 1
*Item 2
**Item 2.1
**Item 2.2
*Item 3

it gives the following result:

Title of List
  • Item 1
  • Item 2
    • Item 2.1
    • Item 2.2
  • Item 3

Number Lists

For numbered lists, simply type the hash symbol (#) by pressing Shift+3 on your keyboard before each item. Double hash will push the indent of the list. By typing:

;Title of List
#Item 1
#Item 2
##Item 2.1
##Item 2.2
#Item 3

it gives the following result:

Title of List
  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2
    1. Item 2.1
    2. Item 2.2
  3. Item 3


Polls

Step-by-Step

  • In Edit mode for an article page, change the tab at the top of the editor from Visual to Source (if you can't see this tab, it means that you're already in Source Mode).
  • Add your content for your page.
  • Find the place on the page where you want to add a Poll.
  • Enter the following code, and replace it with the content of your poll:
<poll> 
Title of poll
Choice 1
Choice 2
etc.
</poll>

Example:

<poll> 
What is your favourite color?
Red
Green
Blue
Other
</poll>

Result:

What Is Your Favourite Color?
 
16
 
16
 
45
 
10
 

The poll was created at 13:57 on August 29, 2012, and so far 87 people voted.
  • Finally, click Publish! You're done! Now anyone can vote in your poll.

How does it work?

Votes are registered under either your username or, if you're not logged in, your IP address. This means the poll does not take a reliable count of unique individuals, and it should not be used for important purposes.

Users can change their vote at any time.

The poll will display the number and percentage of votes for each choice, the total number of votes given so far, and the date and time when the poll was created.

It is not possible to end, i.e. to 'freeze', a poll. All polls last indefinitely. To reset all votes, change either the title or one of the poll's choices (which will, in effect, create a new poll).

Since it's so easy to change and reset polls, past poll results can easily be lost. Reverting to the version prior to the reset may allow you to reclaim the information, but you should not rely on this functionality. If historical polls are important to you, it is safest to record the results in some other form of wiki-text, either one time or at intervals.

Templates

Main article: Marvel Avengers Alliance Wiki:Templates

There are a number of templates created to help you your user page. Check out our List of User templates for a list of what's available.

Learning New Tricks

Using Wiki code gets easier with practice. If you see an effect on a page that you'd like to use on one of your own, go to the edit page to see how it was done. This is the easiest way to teach yourself new tricks to use in Wikis.

For more details, see: Wiki Editing, the Wiki Tables, the Wikipedia Editing Cheatsheet and the Full List of Wikipedia Markup Codes.

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

Note: the information below is for the classic Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

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Watch a quick tour of the Wikia editor

Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • The editor will then load, allowing you to make changes to the page - adding or removing text, photos, videos and much more.
Wikia editor2

The classic Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • You can disable the Visual Mode entirely by visiting the "Editing" tab in your preferences, opening the "Preferred editor" menu, then selecting "Source editor".
    • This mode may be preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the editor is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Finally, don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.

Notes

Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's editor user preferences.

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