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Creating new encyclopaedic entries

Logging in

To create of edit a page in wiki, you will first in to log in. Click 'Log in' in the top right corner of the page.

Creating a new entry page

To create a new page, type in the title of the new page as you want it to appear in the search box and press enter. Choose 'Create this page' from the results page. The name of the page should contain the local spelling of the name of the practice, followed by the country where it originates, like so:

Štela (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Adding an infobox and page categories

Infobox lists the main information about an informal practice. Page categories catalogue the entry and make it easily discoverable. Both require special formatting. To make it easier to add an infobox and format page categories, use the Infobox tool. Fill out all fields (if author's website is not available, leave this field blank), press the button and copy the output to the top of the page.

For 'Flagemoji', find the emoji with the flag of the country associated with the entry and paste it in the field. Leave the field blank if the entry represents a practice from a region and insert a globe if the practice occurs worldwide. For 'Definition', provide a single sentence summarising the entry or copy the description from the Glossary for the first two volumes of the Encyclopaedia. Please separate keywords with commas when you insert them into the 'Keywords' field. You may need to tweak the filename of the map image manually to show the correct map. Please check the uploaded media in the gallery to choose the appropriate image, or upload a new image of the map. Conceptual chapters, comparative essays or other pages normally do not require an infobox or categorisation.

To manually add the infobox and page categories, paste the code below to the top of the page, then fill in the lines with entry details and replace category names with relevant ones.

| nameofpractice =
| flagemoji =
| definition =
| location =
| imagemap = map.png
| clusters = [[:Category: XX|XX]] – [[:Category: YY| YY]] – [[:Category: ZZ| ZZ]]
| categories = [[:Category: AA|AA]] – [[:Category: BB| BB]] – [[:Category: CC| CC]]
| authorofpiece =
| authorinstitution =
| authorwebsite =
<big>'''By '''</big>
[[Category: XX]]
[[Category: YY]]
[[Category: ZZ]]
[[Category: AA]]
[[Category: BB]]
[[Category: CC]]
[[Category: Entry]]
[[Category: YEAR entry]]

Inserting first paragraphs

To make possible a quick overview of the practice, the beginning paragraphs of the entry are emphasised. Paste the following lines of code beneath the last category line (leave one empty line) and replace 'PARAGRAPHS' with the first paragraph or the first two paragraphs of the entry.

{| class="wikitable"

Formatting the rest of the text and referencing

Now paste the rest of the text. Separate paragraphs with empty lines. Use two single straight quotes for italic for all instances of any practice, like so: ''italic''. When cross-referencing, use double square brackets to link to another entry like so: [[another entry]]. Envelop titles in ==Title== for level 1, ===Title=== for level 2 and ====Title==== for level 3 headings. If you need further formatting options, see MediaWiki's help page.

Insert references following the example below.

The Sun is pretty big (Miller 1989<ref>E. Miller, ''The Sun'', (New York: Academic Press, 1989), 23-5.</ref>). The Moon, however, is not so big (Smith 2008<ref>R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", ''Scientific American'', 46 (April 2008): 44-6.</ref>).

<references />

This should produce the following result:

The Sun is pretty big (Miller 1989[1]). The Moon, however, is not so big (Smith 2008[2]).


  1. E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 1989), 23-5.
  2. R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 2008): 44-6.

See further formatting options of the Cite extension here.

Placing photographs or illustrations

First, upload the visual material (JPG or PNG) on a separate page, by using the Upload file page in the sidebar on the left. Use a memorable name for the uploaded file. Then, paste either line of the below code to where you would like the illustration to appear and replace the capitalized words with information about the material. Delete the last section if the picture should not include a caption. When illustrations appear in a group, they should either be of the same width or the same height.

When you wish to resize illustrations to the same width, as in this example, use the following:

[[File:NAME.JPG|thumb|300px|left|CAPTION. Source: AUTHOR. © AUTHOR.]]

When you wish to size them to a certain height, as in this example, use this (note the x before the file dimension):

[[File:IMAGE_NAME.JPG|thumb|x300px|left|CAPTION. Source: IMAGE_AUTHOR. © IMAGE_AUTHOR.]]

Embedding videos

Videos hosted on large video-sharing websites can be embedded into the page by adjusting the following code example. Insert the URL of the video and the desired dimension. For further formatting options, see the extension's manual.


Creating redirect pages

Since it contains non-Western characters, Štela (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is difficult to search for. To ease the search and cross-referencing on other pages, create redirect pages with non-Western characters and country origins omitted from the title. A useful redirect for the above example would be a page called Stela. For some entries, more than one redirect page might be needed.

Create the redirect page in the same way you would create a normal new page. In the body of the page paste only the following.

#REDIRECT [[pagename]]

Instead of 'pagename', insert the original name of the page.

If you provided redirect names in the Infobox tool, you can click on each of the generated links, click 'Create this page' for each one and paste the redirect code displayed above the links into the page.

#REDIRECT [[Štela (Bosnia in Herzegovina)]]Štela Stela

Ideas for future development

  • Adding mega-theme categories (assigned by students in 2019/20 class)
  • Adding introductory text to cluster pages (from prefaces and introductory chapters)
  • Adding author's profile pages, confirming their validity
  • Restructuring Teaching and learning page, fixing broken links
  • Reviewing GDPR compliance, adding cookie notice, introducing HTTPS traffic
  • Changing appearance with new CSS skin
  • Optimise appearance for mobile users