to change an entry
With the exception of a few protected pages
, every page has a link that says Edit
, which lets you edit the page you are looking at. It is SmallBusiness.com's most basic feature, and allows you to make corrections and add facts to articles. If you add information to a page, please provide references
, because unreferenced facts can be removed.
How did those pages get created in the first place?
This tutorial is about editing an existing SmallBusiness.com entry. To learn how to create an entry from scratch (it's quite easy, we promise), visit this "How to Create a SmallBusiness.com Entry" guide.
A place to practice what you are learning in this tutorial
You can practice and experiment with editing by going to the Sandbox and click the "Edit" link. This will open an editing window containing the text for that page. Add something fun and interesting or "Hello world!", then click Save page and see what you have done! Be careful to make sure that you are editing the sandbox page, and not the text of this tutorial. (Note: On SmallBusiness.com, you must be registered and logged in to create or edit entries.)
One important feature to start using now is the Show preview button. Try making an edit in the Sandbox, then clicking the Show preview button instead of Save page button. This allows you to see what the page will look like after your edit, before you actually save. We all make mistakes; this feature lets you catch them. Using Show Preview before saving also lets you try format changes and other edits without cluttering up the Page history. Do not forget to save your edits after previewing, though!
The Show preview button is right next to the Save page button and below the Editing field. Before you hit Save page, it is considered good etiquette (or "Wikiquette") to enter a polite explanation of your changes in the Summary box between the edit window and the Save page and Show preview buttons. It can be quite short; for example if you just enter "typo", people will know you made a spelling correction. Also, if the change you have made to the page is minor, such as correcting a spelling or grammar error, be sure to check the box This is a minor edit.