When viewing any page on Gamepedia Help Wiki, you'll find three main navigation elements:
- The sidebar to the left gives you access to important pages in the wiki such as Recent changes or Upload file. MediaWiki requires you to log in before seeing all of the sidebar options.
- Links along the top of an article (often called tabs) which relate to the page currently displayed: its associated discussion page, the version history, and – most notably – the edit link.
- User links located at the very upper right; as an anonymous user, you’ll see a link to log in or create an account. Note that you can log in with any Curse account. As a logged-in user, you'll see your username. Hover the mouse cursor over to see a collection of personal links, including ones to your user page and preferences.
- See also: Styling the sidebar.
Clicking on the logo brings you back to the main page of the wiki. The links in the navigation section just below will take you to important pages of the wiki. These links can be configured by site administrators.
The tools contains a selection of links which change depending on what type of page you are viewing.
- On all pages (except special pages)
- “What links here” takes you to a special page that lists the pages on this wiki which contain a link to the current page. This is helpful when you are looking for pages of related information. The “what links here” information can also be useful when you are refactoring wiki pages and need to check whether links to this page are still relevant after changes in the current page.
- The “related changes” tool lists all recent changes in the pages linked to from the current page. Recent changes to all relevant template pages are included in the resulting page list. The "Hide minor edits" option that can be set in the user preferences applies, among other things, to “related changes”.
- On all pages (including special pages)
- “Upload file” displays a special page that allows logged-in users to upload images and other files to the wiki. Uploaded files can be linked from or embedded in wiki pages. Uploading files, viewing files on the server, including them in wiki pages and managing the uploaded files is discussed in the managing files section of this manual. This is not displayed if file uploading is not enabled.
- The “special pages” tool lists the MediaWiki special pages. In MediaWiki terminology, a special page is one that presents information about the Wiki and/or allows access to administration activities for the wiki. For example, a list of users registered with the wiki, statistics about the wiki such as the number of pages and number of page edits, system logs, a list of orphaned pages, and so on. These special pages are commonly generated when the special page is loaded rather than being stored in the wiki database.
The function and use of the default special pages can be found in the special pages section of this manual.
The page tabs are displayed at the top of the article. These tabs allow you to perform actions or view pages that are related to the current page. The available default actions include: viewing, editing, and discussing the current page. The specific tabs displayed on your pages depend on whether or not you are logged into the wiki and whether you have sysop (administrator) privileges on the wiki. On special pages only the namespace tab is displayed.
- Default for all users
- “namespace” (page, help, special page, template, user page etc.)
- “edit” (may read “view source” if anonymous editing is disabled, the page is in the MediaWiki: namespace, or the page is protected)
- Extra tabs for logged-in users
- Extra tabs for sysops
The user links are a menu at the top of the right accessible by hovering over your username. These links allow the logged-in user to view and edit their user page and wiki preferences. Additionally, the user links allow the user to quickly access their contributions to the wiki and logout. Anonymous users will instead see links to login or create an account.
- “My User Page”
- This links to your user page which is where you can put information about yourself, store bits of information you want to remember or whatever else you fancy.
- This links to your discussion page, where people can leave messages for you.
- Allows you to change your personal site preferences.
- A list of all pages that you are watching. Pages can be added to this list by clicking “watch” at the top of the page.
- A list of all contributions you have made to the wiki.
- “log out”
- Click this link to log out of the wiki.
Navboxes are navigation templates which typically resemble tables. They are usually, but not always, placed at the bottom of a wiki page to provide easier navigation to related pages.