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Simple Guide to Creating Wiki Pages

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Creating a Wiki page


This is intended to be a simple, step-by-step guide to creating a Wiki page. It's much easier than you might anticipate, as it is very similar to making a normal document in Microsoft Word .


There is much more comprehensive help document from PBworks here, but this page tries to pick out some key things that we've come across whilst making our pages. It may not have the best methods for everything, but we know that they work.


If you have any other questions or queries, please feel free to email us at evidencenet@heacademy.ac.uk. Similarly, if you think that this page could be improved upon, we would welcome any amendments!


Click on the headings below to go to different parts of the page:







Getting started: creating and editing a page


To make a page, you need to be a member of the EvidenceNet Wiki. To request membership, click on the request access link on the right-hand side of the page:








To create a page, login and click on the create a page link:



Give your page a name and select either blank page or or predefined template; it's probably more likely that you'll want to use a blank page.


If you want to make a title page and then some more specific pages to which this links, all you need to do is create the appropriate number of pages in this way and add links between them (see here for an example of a high level page linking to different strands).


From here, you can start typing text and formatting it using the icons on the toolbar, in exactly the same way as most word processing programmes.


Clicking save at any point will publish your work and take you to VIEW rather than EDIT the page, which will allow you to see what the page will look like to users.


If you then want to start editing the page again, click on EDIT at the top of the page. You will also need to do this when you start a new session:



Once editing a page, I would recommend saving your work regularly by clicking Save and Continue at the bottom of the page, as the autosave has been known to not work.


Common problem: when you've created a page, or are working on an old page, sometimes an error message saying that another user has stolen your lock may appear. Whilst we've been making Wiki pages, it has never been the case that someone has actually stolen the lock; it's just an error. Logging out and back in again normally fixes the problem.


Common formatting issue: Unlike Microsoft Word, PBworks doesn't like the tab key. If you want paragraph indents, use the increase indent button on the toolbar, as once published, indents created with the tab key don't look as you'd expect:


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Adding anchors to text


Adding return to top of page anchors


  1. At each place you would like the user to be able to return to the top of the page, type some text saying 'return to top of page' or something similar. 


  1. Select the text and click the 'Insert link to new page' link on the right hand tool bar:




  1. Copy and paste the name of the page into the dialogue box from the address bar, omitting #view=edit, for example, the address for this page would be: 





  1. Press enter on your keyboard and the text should become a hyperink back to the top of the page.


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Making a table of contents using anchors



  1. Type the text that you would like to act as the heading for your table of contents.


  1. Type the text that you would like the make the table of contents link to (the anchor).


  1. Select the text that you would like to make into the anchor. On the toolbar, click insert and HTML/JavaScript:



  1. In the dialogue box, you need to enter some HTML code which will do two things:
    1. Give the anchor a reference name;
    2. Make the anchor display as a normal heading.


The code is as follows:

<a name="anchor_ref"> <h1>Title</h1></a>


You need to change the bits in yellow:

    1. Change anchor_ref needs to something short and simple, with no characters.
    2. Change Title to whatever you would like the text to display as. 


For example, for a subheading about assessment and feedback, I would use the following code:


<a name="assessment"> <h1>Assessment & feeedback</h1></a>


NB: the bit in turquoise  in the example will make the text appear like this:   


Heading 1 


To make the anchor appear in the centre of the page, you would need to add an extra bit of code : align="center", like this (note American spelling):


<a name="anchor_ref"> <h1 align="center">Title</h1></a>


You can change/remove this depending on your preferences and the prominence you'd like to give it. Change the number between 1-4 depending on its position in the text, or delete it altogether if you want it to appear as normal text. 


  1. Click next and then insert plugin. The plugin will then display like this in the version you are editing:




But will display like this in the published version:



You can test it by clicking save at the bottom of the window you're editing.


  1. Next, you need to add a link from the text to the anchor.

Select the text that you want users to be able to click on to go to the anchor and click Insert a link to a new page on the right hand navigation:



In the dialogue box, you need to copy and paste the URL from the address bar of the page you're editing, adding #anchor_ref at the end and changing anchor_ref to the name you gave the anchor in step 4 above , for example:



  1. Press enter and you're finished! To check that it works, click save which will publish it and show you the published version. 


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Inserting links to pages / documents


Documents can be added to pages by storing the image in the Wiki space, or by linking to an external site.


Linking to an external site


1. If you want to turn text into a hyperlink, select the text which you would like to be the hyperlink.


2. Click Add Link on the toolbar:


3. Enter the URL of the document. If this is a link on another page, you can right click and select

4. Click enter, this will either make the selected text a hyperlink, or add the URL as a link to your page if you didn't select any text


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Linking to another EvidenceNet Wiki page


1. If you want to create a hyperlink from some text, select the text that you would like to become the hyperlink. On the Insert links tool bar, select the page that you would like to link to:


2. If you can't find the page you're looking for, click Insert a link to a new page and enter the name of the Wiki page. For example, to link to the        EvidenceNet summaries page, you would need to enter EvidenceNet-Summaries in the dialogue box. 


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Uploading a document to the Wiki


1. If you would like to link to a document you've uploaded to the Wiki, click on the Images and files tab of the Insert links box. Click on upload files, and select the file you would like to upload from your document library:



2. It will appear at the top of the list of files. Click on it to add it to your document as a link, or if you would like to create a hyperlink, select the text you would like to make the hyperlink and then click on the filename.


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Inserting images



Images can be added to pages by storing the image in the Wiki space or by linking to an external site.


Linking to an image on an external site


1. On the Insert links toolbar, click Insert image from URL:

2. Insert the URL from the image. This can be done by right clicking on the image and selecting copy image location, then pasting it into the Wiki's dialogue box.
3. Press enter and the link should be created.


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Uploading images to the Wiki



1.  On the Insert links toolbar, click Upload files:




2. From here, select the file from your computer that you would like to upload.



3. It will then appear at the top of the list of files; click on the filename to insert it into your page.


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