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Editing a Wiki page is really easy! You can edit any article, and post your changes immediately.

Make your changes

To edit an article, click on the "edit this page" tab at the top of the page. This brings you to a text box with the editable text.

Then you can just type away in the box. Add facts, move sentences around, fix problems. Be bold! Wikis develop faster when everyone joins in. Be merciless in your edits, and expect that other people will boldly and mercilessly edit what you write. That's the nature of a wiki.

Don't be put off by the formatting codes; they're not as mysterious as they look. Most of the things you'll want to do can be done with just a character or two -- linking to another page, adding an external link, creating a heading or a list. Check out the page on wiki markup to learn what you need to know.

But the best way to learn how to edit pages is to see how other people did it. If you see something on a page that you want to learn how to do, click on "edit this page" and check it out. Feel free to copy and paste the text into another page; that's how most wiki pages are made.

If you want to experiment with how to edit a page, please use the Sandbox page before you get started on an article. Also remember that you can always click "Show Preview" to see how your page will look before you actually save it.

Add a Summary

Once you've typed your changes into the text box, add a few words in the Summary box. Your summary shows up on the page's "history," and it helps everyone keep track of who did what to the page. You can also click the "This is a minor edit" box, if all you did was a small spelling or grammar correction.

If you've deleted some text from a page, please explain the deletion in your Summary. Otherwise, the person who wrote that text might think you're being mean, or sneaky. A good Summary can avoid a lot of problems and hurt feelings!

Save your edits

Then just click on the "Save page" button, and there you go! Your changes instantly appear on the page.

Discussion pages

Every article is paired with a discussion page. Click the "Discussion" tab at the top of any article to see what people are saying about it. You can use the discussion page for any questions or comments that you have about the article. If there's some disagreement about the content of a particular page, you can talk about it on the discussion page, and work out the problem.

When you post on a Discussion page, or a user's Talk page, you should sign your post with four tildes, like this: ~~~~ The four tildes automatically become your signature, with a time-stamp.

History pages

On a wiki, nothing is gone forever! You can click on the "History" tab on any article, and that'll bring up a list of every revision made to the article. Click around in the history, and you'll be able to see what was changed, and who changed it. The history page is really useful if you need to fix an article that's been vandalized.

Using your watchlist

You can use your watchlist to keep an eye on any article. This is useful when you've edited an article, and you want to see what other people add to it.

Click on the "watch" tab on any article to add it to your watchlist. When you're editing a page, you can also click on the "Watch this page" box.

Once you have a page on your watchlist, you can click on the "my watchlist" button at the top right of your screen. That'll bring up a history of everything on your list, with the last change made to each page.

Have fun!

You have a lot of power on Muppet Wiki! It may seem intimidating at first, but try it out, and you'll see how much fun it is to collaborate with the group. Have fun!

See also

Wikimedia's user's guide to editing
Central Wikia help section

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.
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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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