Help:Additional Ways to Start A New Page

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There are several ways to start a new page. These can vary based on the type of page started, as well as the namespaces. Please note that you might have to sign in with your CWL before you can add new pages to the UBC Wiki. See Help:Create New Page for simple form-based page creation.

From the search page

If you search for a page that doesn't exist (using the search box and “Go” button on the left of the page) then you will be provided with a link to create the new page. Please be sure to search for the new page using the proper prefix if your new page belongs in the Course or Documentation spaces.

From an existing link

If you (or anyone else) create a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured red, like this. Clicking a red link will take you to the edit page for the new article. Simply type your text, click save and the new page will be created.

Once the page has been created, the link will change from red to blue (purple for pages you've visited) indicating that the article now exists.

Usually this is the best way to create a new page, because it means that right from the start, the page will be linked from at least one other place on the wiki (and typically you will want to mesh it into other related pages later). If you are creating a new page without creating any link to it, you may need to ask yourself: Does this page really fit in with the topics already covered in the wiki? Also, how are you expecting visitors to find this page? Normally there is no reason to create a page without first creating a red link to it.

Using the URL

You can use the wiki's URL for creating a new page. The URL to an article of the wiki is usually something like this:

  • http://wiki.ubc.ca/ARTICLE    or
  • http://wiki.ubc.ca/course:ARTICLE (if it is in the UBC Wiki Course space).

If you replace ARTICLE with the name of the page you wish to create, you will be taken to a blank page which indicates that no article of that name exists yet. Clicking the "Edit" page tab at the top of the page will take you to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text, and clicking submit.

This method works great for subpages. If you have a page located at http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:Article</nowki></code> you can create a subpage by putting a forward slash '/' after the address and typing in the name for that subpage: <code><nowiki>http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:Article/Subpage. Please see Help:Subpages for more information on subpages.

Adding a new page to the right section

Make sure that any pages you create are in the right space of the wiki. For example, course related material should go in the Course space.To add a new page to the Course space or to the Documentation spaces, prefix the page name you want to create with the space name and a colon (either "Course:" or "Documentation:"), for example Course:ABCD123. You can create the new page by searching for this full title or browsing to the extended url, for example: wiki.ubc.ca/course:ABCD123.

  • Note: To add an already existing page to the course space, use the move function and rename the page with the "Course:" prefix. For example, a page named ABCD123 would be renamed course:ABCD123.

Create redirects to your new page

Don't forget to setup redirects when you create a page. If you think another person may search for the page you've created by using a different name or spelling, please create the proper redirect(s). See Help:Redirects