First Time User

If this is your first time using Wikidot, then you've come to the right place. Whether you are familiar with web development or not, coming to understand Wikidot's editing functions and page structure is important for your work in this class.

I want to ease the learning curve so that you can become comfortable with the interface. This tutorial will by no means cover everything Wikidot offers. For more information: Wikidot Handbook

Editing Pages

There are two ways to edit pages. At the top of the side bar and at the bottom of every page, you should see a row of buttons. Each of these buttons corresponds to an action related to the page you are on. If you click the 'Edit' button in either location, it will take you into an editing window that reveals the source code of the page.

Try clicking on 'Edit on this page now and see if you can find a hidden paragraph under this one.

If you did the exercise exactly as written, you will find that only part of the paragraph appears. If you understand why that is, then you're on your way to becoming a syntax expert! Go ahead and click the button below if you want clarification.


You may have noticed a toolbar when editing the page. This toolbar can assist you in creating bold and other styled texts, though you can also consult the Quick Reference as well.

For more on page editing, see this information on editing in the handbook.

Creating New Pages

Perhaps the most important thing you will be doing when building your site is creating new pages.

The best way to do this for our purposes is to first create a link on an existing page and then create the page. We create internal links by enclosing the name of a page in triple square brackets:

[[[Page Name]]]

After you hit save you will see a link in light grey:

Page Name

After you click on it, the wiki will tell you your new page does not exist. When you click on 'create page' an edit box will open. Add your content and hit 'save.' Your new page now exists.

There is also a module located on the sidebar that allows you to create pages rather easily, though keep in mind that this will create a page that has no link to it. You are creating what is known as an orphaned page. If you create a page this way, make sure to go back and add a link to your new page on your name page.

Tags and Categories

Next, it is important to discuss the topic of tags and page categories. Every page has a pagename and a title. The title is what you see on this page, whereas the pagename is what is encoded in the URL. For this page, the title is "First Time User", and the pagename is "help:first-time-user". Note that these need not match!

When you enter the name of a page into the module in the sidebar or start it as a link, you will create a page that, by default, has a pagename and a title that are the same. For example, if you type "First Page" into the form, you will get a page called "First Page" with a pagename "first-page".

Notice the difference between that newly created pagename and the pagename of this page. This page's name has a special prefix, "help:". The help is called the page's category, and the colon separates the category from the name. The "first-page" page, unfortunately, does not have a category.

Tags and categories are extremely useful for organizing the pages in your website. After you've been working for a while, you will discover that this wiki has many, many pages. These pages, however, may be student writing, instructor info pages and so on. If you don't use categories, these pages will not be distinct. You can use tags to sort and group pages and categories to separate the kinds of pages (ie. "work:" and "info:").

To tag a page, simply click on the 'tags' button on the bottom tool bar. A box will open that allows you to type in a tag for the page. If you click on the 'tags' button at the bottom of this page you will see the tags 'help' and 'first-time-user.' Only single-word tags are allowed on this wiki, so join multiple words into a single tag with the use of dashes or underscores. Click on any of the tags found in the tag cloud on the sidebar to see a list of pages tagged with that word.

In order to give a page a category when using the 'New Page' form in the sidebar, simply put the category name followed by a colon before the name of your new page. When you do this, the name of your new page must be in all lower case and the words separated by dashes, rather than spaces. Example:


Good luck!

Although there is much more to Wikidot, I hope that this overview gives you enough understanding to begin building your pages. If you have any further questions, be sure to check out the Quick Reference for syntax questions, and if your question is not answered there, check out the wikidot handbook.

Finally, if you have any questions, do not be afraid to pose a question to your classmates, to ude.etatsijdimeb|nnamaha#rotcurtsni ruoy, or on the Community Forums. Wikidot experts are almost always available to help out with queries you may have.

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