Editing a wiki page is really easy! You can edit any article, and post your changes immediately.

Make your changesEdit

To edit an article, click on the "edit this page" tab at the top of the page. This brings you to a text box with the editable text.

Then you can just type away in the box. Add facts, move sentences around, fix problems. Be bold! Wikis develop faster when everyone joins in. Be merciless in your edits, and expect that other people will boldly and mercilessly edit what you write. That's the nature of a wiki.

Don't be put off by the formatting codes; they're not as mysterious as they look. Most of the things you'll want to do can be done with just a character or two -- linking to another page, adding an external link, creating a heading or a list. Check out the page on wiki markup to learn what you need to know.

But the best way to learn how to edit pages is to see how other people did it. If you see something on a page that you want to learn how to do, click on "edit this page" and check it out. Feel free to copy and paste the text into another page; that's how most wiki pages are made.

You can always click "Show Preview" to see how your page will look before you actually save it.

Add a SummaryEdit

Once you've typed your changes into the text box, add a few words in the Summary box. Your summary shows up on the page's "history," and it helps everyone keep track of who did what to the page. You can also click the "This is a minor edit" box, if all you did was a small spelling or grammar correction.

If you've deleted some text from a page, please explain the deletion in your Summary. Otherwise, the person who wrote that text might think you're being mean, or sneaky. A good Summary can avoid a lot of problems and hurt feelings!

Save your editsEdit

Then just click on the "Save page" button, and there you go! Your changes instantly appear on the page.

Discussion pagesEdit

Every article is paired with a discussion page. Click the "Discussion" tab at the top of any article to see what people are saying about it. You can use the discussion page for any questions or comments that you have about the article. If there's some disagreement about the content of a particular page, you can talk about it on the discussion page, and work out the problem.

When you post on a Discussion page, or a user's Talk page, you should sign your post with four tildes, like this: ~~~~ The four tildes automatically become your signature, with a time-stamp.

History pagesEdit

On a wiki, nothing is gone forever! You can click on the "History" tab on any article, and that'll bring up a list of every revision made to the article. Click around in the history, and you'll be able to see what was changed, and who changed it. The history page is really useful if you need to fix an article that's been vandalized.

Using your watchlistEdit

You can use your watchlist to keep an eye on any article. This is useful when you've edited an article, and you want to see what other people add to it.

Click on the "watch" tab on any article to add it to your watchlist. When you're editing a page, you can also click on the "Watch this page" box.

Once you have a page on your watchlist, you can click on the "my watchlist" button at the top right of your screen. That'll bring up a history of everything on your list, with the last change made to each page.

Have fun!Edit

You have a lot of power on a wiki! It may seem intimidating at first, but try it out, and you'll see how much fun it is to collaborate with the group. Have fun!


The VisualEditor

Wikia editor2

The classic editor

Editing on Fandom is as simple as clicking the "Edit" button on a page. Doing so will take you to an edit page where you can make changes to the page and add new information and media, correct errors, or update the formatting.

→ UCP Wikis offer a slightly different editing experience, to discover more about this, please read our article about the Unified Community Platform and the section "UCP editing" here on this page.

Depending on whether you are logged in or not, you may receive a different editing experience:

Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor. It's an editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor, including the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.
Source Editor at Mobile

The source editor on a Mobile

VisualEditor at Mobile

The VisualEditor on a Mobile

Quick tips

  • Once you are in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new images and videos, update the page's layout, and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the "Save page" button to update the page.
  • Don't be afraid if you "break" anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.
  • If you want to edit a page without clicking the "Edit" button, you can press E on your keyboard, and the page will automatically load the preferred editor.
  • Editing is not yet possible through the Fandom app.

Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose their default editor from a dropdown list in their user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
VisualEditor Shows the VisualEditor on all communities.
Classic rich-text editor
(where available)
Shows the classic rich-text editor where available.
If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all communities.

Anonymous users will almost always see the VisualEditor by default. In a few specific cases, the VisualEditor may not be available on a particular community.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the Edit button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.

UCP editing

New Visual Editor

The VisualEditor on a UCP wiki

New Source Editor

The source editor on a UCP wiki

On UCP Wikis you can either use new MediaWiki Visual Editor or its wikitext source mode. The RTE, the Visual Editor and the source editor are no longer available.

Wikis on the UCP framework got a different editing experience, without the feature modules to the right, a modern toolbar, and a wider edit area. You will also realise, that the UCP Wikis edit page is missing the Wiki logo, which always linked to the main page.

Show changes, Preview and Save can be found at the bottom of the editor window.

When you are on the edit page, on top of the edit window you can see which editor you are using. You also can use the drop-down menu to switch to the other editor instead. Your preferred editor can be chosen on "Special:Preferences→Editing→Preferred editor".

Please also readMore about editing on UCP

Further help and feedback

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