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Logging in / user access

If you've made it this far, you've already managed to log in, but here's some of the background. The wiki is currently locked down so only registered users can view or edit pages. Registration is open to anyone (so don't put confidential stuff on here), but I'll be taking weekly backups in case of loss of data - also don't spread the word about the wiki to people outside the group until we've a proper security model in place.

Editing a page

Once you're logged in, there should be an 'edit' link near the top left of the screen. Click it and you'll be taken to an editable version of the page. On the edit page there is a kind of 'wiki syntax' for making edits, some of the most used are shown below but the full list can be found at [MediaWiki:Help:Formatting] (its an external link).

Linking to other pages

A link is made by enclosing a statement in double square brackets, for example <nowiki>Alternative Things<nowiki>. This works for internal links by just putting the internal page name where the 'Alternative Things' is; for external links put the whole URL. If the link is internal and the page doesn't exist yet, when its created it'll be in red (see below, Creating a page).

Bullet points / lists

For a set of bullet points, start each line with an asterisk (*). For a numbered list, use hashes (#) instead. See the link to [MediaWiki:Help:Formatting] for much more information.

Creating a page

There are two ways to create a page.

From a link

If you edit an existing page and include a link to an internal page that doesn't exist, when the page is created the link will be red. If you click on this link, it'll take you to a new page where you can add content (just in the same way as the edit process).

From the URL

If you type into the navigation bar on your web browser the URL of the site, and after the 'title=' section you type the name of the page you want to create it'll take you to a new page that you can edit in exactly the same way as 'from a link'.

FAQ

Q) How do I create a page? A) Its so important, I've the section Creating a page (I'll link it properly at some point when there's more content).

Q) The site is asking me to login, even though I've already registered. A) Several of the links on the site go to the external site 'mediawiki' as they built the core wiki software for this site and most of the user-guides are hosted there; don't worry, just return to www.clear-growth.co.uk/mediawiki when you're done on their site (they look almost identical) and you'll either have to log back in or if you've preserved the session you can just carry on. Worth noting though: don't make changes to the mediawiki site that are supposed to be on our site - if something goes wrong I'll start removing links to their site.