Editing:Main Page/Editing Instructions

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Construction Site

This article is work in progress and not yet part of the free encyclopedia IntactiWiki.

 

What NOT to edit

Do NOT edit the Main Page! To modify the content on the Main Page, you need to modify the following templates:

Who can edit the Main Page & Templates used there?

Only Administrators can edit the Main Page and/or the templates listed above/below.

Content

Text

  • Featured: 750 - 850 characters (no more, no less, including spaces), no more than 3 line-breaks.
  • Did You Know: 350 - 450 characters (no more, no less, including spaces), no more than 3 line-breaks.
  • News: 1,000 - 1,200 characters (no more, no less, including spaces), no more than 6 line-breaks. This is about 175 words.

Suggestion: You can use a program like MS Word to count characters (including spaces).

Images

Adding images to the Main Page templates (News, Featured, Did You Know) is not the same as adding images elsewhere. The image must be in a table, so it wraps properly. The image must also link somewhere:

  • News: Image must link to the news article.
  • Featured: Image must link to the wiki article.
  • Did You Know: Image must link to the wiki article.

Here's how you add images:

<BR CLEAR="all">
{| class="wikitable" style="200px" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"
|- 
| [[Image:picture-filename-here.jpg|100px|link=http://www.url-goes-here]]
|}
  • News: At least one image, no more than 3 images.
  • Featured: One image.
  • Did You Know: One image.

News web links

To make a web link (to link outside the wiki) do this:

[http://www.url-goes-here Title Of News Article Goes Here]

Web Link Titles should be no longer than 36 characters (with spaces), otherwise it will wrap to the next line.

Neat & tidy

Preview the content on the Main Page Sandbox to see if everything looks nice, even, and aligned. You will (almost certainly) have to go back and make several adjustments (including the removal or addition of text) to get things lined up and looking good.

Making content available on the Main Page

Once everything looks good, you can make the content available on the Main Page by copying the content of each sandbox article to the real article:

Do NOT copy the content of Main Page/temp to Main Page. This will break the Main Page! There is no need to modify this page to update Featured Articles, Did You Know, or the News. If you must modify the Main Page, special care must be taken.