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Help:Basic Formatting

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SmallBusiness.com is run on the open source wiki software plaform, MediaWiki -- the same system that powers [Wikipedia] and many other major wiki sites.

The software is extremely powerful for managing a wiki, but sometimes, it can be a little confusing for new users who would like to edit a page. MediaWiki uses as special type of code called Wiki Markup, a code language that is designed to be simple for people to use. Unfortunately, when programmers think something is simple, they forget that most of us don't use language code in our daily lives. Rather, we are more used to getting a page of text to do what we want it to do because modern software has an interface called "what you see is what you get" that hides the code from us.

So, we've included this SmallBusiness.com basic formatting guide. You may want to bookmark this page or print it out the first time you attempt to edit a SmallBusiness.com page.

Also, remember: You have to be registered and logged in to edit a page on SmallBusiness.com

(Please scroll to the bottom for credits.)

If you need help learning how to create or edit an entry

This page assumes you know how to create and edit a page on SmallBusiness.com. For more information on how to get started, go to: How to create and edit a SmallBusiness.com entry

Basic Formatting Help

Bold, Italics, New Lines, Comments

What it looks like What you type

Italicize text: put 2 apostrophes on each side.

Bold text: 3 apostrophes.

Bold and italicized: 5 apostrophes.


(4 apostrophes 'doesn't do much'.)

''Italicize text: put 2 apostrophes on each side.'' 

'''Bold text: 3 apostrophes.''' 

'''''Bold and italicized: 5 apostrophes.'''''


(4 apostrophes ''''doesn't do much''''.)

Hitting enter/return key once has no effect on the layout.

Hitting enter/return twice gives an empty line, and starts a new paragraph.

Note: When used in a [[#Sections, Headings, and Lists|list]], enter/return once does affect the layout.

Hitting enter/return key once 
has no effect 
on the layout.

Hitting enter/return twice gives an empty
line, and starts a new paragraph. 

''Note: When used in a [[#Sections, Headings 
and Lists|list]], enter/return once does affect 
the layout.''

You can break
lines without a new paragraph with the "br" tag. Please use this sparingly, if ever.

You can break <br> 
lines without a new paragraph with the "br" tag. 
Please use this sparingly, if ever.

If you need to leave comments for other editors that won't show up in an article, you can use "<" followed by an exclamation point and two hyphens "!--". Close the comment with two hyphens "--" and ">".

If you need to leave comments for other editors 
that won't show up in an article, you can use 
"<" followed by an exclamation point and two 
hyphens "!--".  
<!--I was having difficulty demonstrating the tags 
without creating them, can someone perhaps 
improve on this if they know how to fix the tags?-->
Close the comment with two hyphens "--" and ">".
 

Links


What it looks like What you type

INTERNAL LINKS

Internal link (a link within SmallBusiness.com): Marketing.

Links Tricks

  • Typing after the link: Marketing's
  • Formatting links: Marketing.
  • Capitalization matters, but only after the first letter:
    marketing goes to the same place as Marketing.
  • Make a link display text that's different from the link itself: Display text.
INTERNAL LINKS

Internal link (a link within SmallBusiness.com): [[Marketing]]. 

Links Tricks<br>
*Typing after the link: [[Marketing]]'s
*Formatting links: '''''[[Marketing]]'''''. 
*Capitalization matters, but only after the first letter:
[[natural gas]] goes to the same place as [[Natural gas]]. 
*Make a link display text that's different from the link 
itself: [[Natural gas|Display text]]. 


You can link to a page section (indicated by a second-level heading) by its title:

Help:Basic Formatting#Signatures

You can link to a page section (indicated by a 
[[#Sections, Headings and Lists|second-level heading]]) 
by its title:

[[Help:Basic Formatting#Signatures]]


EXTERNAL LINKS

Make an external (non-SmallBusiness.com) link:
http://www.nupedia.com

Title your external link: Google

Make a blank external link: [1]

EXTERNAL LINKS

Make an external (non-SmallBusiness.com) link:
http://www.nupedia.com

Title your external link:
[http://www.google.com Google]

Make a blank external link: [http://www.google.com]

RED LINKS

Non-page is red--a page that doesn't exist yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.

RED LINKS

[[Non-page]] is red--a page that doesn't exist
yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.


EMAIL LINKS

Linking to an e-mail address:
mailto:[email protected] or someone

EMAIL LINKS

Linking to an e-mail address: 
mailto:[email protected] 
or [mailto:[email protected] someone]

Sections, Headings, and Lists

What it looks like What you type
Section headings

Tables of Contents are automatically generated by Wiki software when you use headings.

Subsection

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

A smaller subsection

Don't skip heading levels (e.g. from two to four equals signs.)

Start with 2 equals signs, not 1! Otherwise, you'll get H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.

== Section headings ==

Tables of Contents are automatically generated by Wiki software when you use headings.

=== Subsection ===

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

==== A smaller subsection ====

Don't skip heading levels (e.g. from two to four equals 
signs.)

Start with 2 equals signs, not 1! Otherwise, you'll 
get H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.
  • Unordered lists are easy to do:
    • Start every line with a star.
      • More stars indicate a deeper level.
    Previous item continues.
    • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course you can start again.
* ''Unordered lists'' are easy to do:
** Start every line with a star.
*** More stars indicate a deeper level.
*: Previous item continues.
** A new line
* in a list  
marks the end of the list.
* Of course you can start again.
  1. Numbered lists are:
    1. Very organized
    2. Easy to follow

A new line marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts with 1.
# ''Numbered lists'' are:
## Very organized
## Easy to follow
A new line marks the end of the list.
# New numbering starts with 1.

Signatures

What it looks like What you type

You should "sign" your comments on Discussion pages (but never on articles):

  • Three tildes gives your signature: Rex
  • Four tildes give your signature plus date/time: Rex 23:00, June 22, 2007 (PDT)
  • Five tildes gives the date/time alone: 23:00, June 22, 2007 (PDT)
You should "sign" your comments on Discussion pages 
(but never on articles): 
*Three tildes gives your signature: ~~~ 
*Four tildes give your signature plus date/time: ~~~~ 
*Five tildes gives the date/time alone: ~~~~~ 


Copy Click & Paste Pages

To assist you in creating specific types of entries, we are creating entries that have wikitext code you can copy and paste into a new entry. You can find links to them here:

<categorytree mode=all>Copy click & paste</categorytree>

Credits and Thanks

Thanks to Wikipedia and to WikiInvest for sharing their help section and policies with us, from which portions of this article are drawn. This help content is licensed under the GNU GFDL