Gamepedia Help Wiki:Tutorial/Links
Linking Gamepedia articles together is very important. These easily created links allow users to jump to information related to the article they are reading, greatly adding to Gamepedia's usefulness.
To make a link to another Gamepedia page (called a wiki link), put it in double square brackets, like this:
which the reader will see, after you save your edit, as this: Sandbox
If you want to link to an article, but display some other text for the link, you can do so by adding the pipe "|" divider (SHIFT + BACKSLASH on English-layout and other keyboards) followed by the alternative name. Place the article you want to link to before the pipe divider, and the text to be seen after the pipe divider. Two examples:
1. :[[User groups and permissions|Permissions]] In the finished article, the text will read 'Permissions', and link to the article called 'User groups and permissions'.
2. :[[Basic images|Images]] and [[Advanced images|Images]] will both display as Images, but link to very different articles.
You can make a link to a specific section of a page like so:
- [[Target page#Target section|display text]]
- [[Gamepedia Help Wiki:Tutorial/Links#Categories|Categories]]
will display as this: Categories
If you want the display text of the link to appear in italics or bold, nest the double square brackets for the link within the multiple apostrophes that delimit the italicized or bold text, like this:
which will display as this: BoilerRoom
Please check your links to ensure they point to the correct article. For example, Apple points to the article about the fruit, while Apple Inc. is the title of the article about the consumer electronics manufacturer. There are also "disambiguation" pages, which are not articles, but rather pages which contain links to articles with similar titles. Some, such as Apple (disambiguation) are obvious, while others such as Georgia use generic titles. These differing titles are where piped links are especially useful. For example, a wikilink of Georgia (country) is much less readable than a piped link of Georgia, though both take the reader to the same place.
- For more information, see Links.
Adding links to an article makes it more useful, but too many links can be distracting. To avoid overlinking, you should normally create a link in an article only at the first occurrence of a word or phrase (thus, lead sections of articles often have more links than other sections).
You can also put the article in a category with others in a related topic. Near the bottom of the article, type [[Category:]], and put the name of the category between the colon and the brackets. For example, [[Category:Tutorials]].
It is very important to put in the correct categories so that other people can easily find your work. The best way to find which categories to put in is to look at pages on similar subjects, and check which categories they use. For example, if you write an article about a character, you may look at an article on another character to see which categories could be appropriate.
- For more information, see Categories.
Many Gamepedia articles have a separate section called External links. This section is for linking to websites with significant and reliable additional information on the article's topic, such as the game's official website or forums. Only a relatively few, very relevant external links are appropriate for this section. If an article already has more than a few links in the "External links" section, and you're an inexperienced editor, you probably should suggest any new links on the article's Discussion (talk) page before actually adding one.
To add a new external link, just type, inside a single set of brackets, the full URL for the link, followed by a space and the text that will be visible. For example:
- [http://www.gamepedia.com/ Official website]
will display the following, whilst linking to the full URL:
- For more information, see External links.