New pages can be created by following a link to a nonexistent page ("red link") or by editing the last part of the URL of another page in the same project. It is useful to either create a page by following a link, or create links to the new page right after creating the page, to avoid the new page being isolated.
- Search to see whether someone has written a similar page before you start one yourself.
- Consider the suitability of the link e.g.:
- the naming; (referring to Wine is usually unecessary, as this wiki is about wine)
- whether a separate page is justified; often it is better to add the text to a related page (especially if the text is not very long); that page can always be split later, after it has grown.
- Consider how to link the wiki to the new page eg. For a new page about running a game on wine, add a link in the wiki Games Section.
To start a new page, you can start from a link to the title of the new page.
Internal wiki links to non-existing pages are typically created in preparation of creating the page, and/or to encourage other people to do so. They are readily noticed as they look different from links to existing pages which are blue, and because they are red, are often called "red links". Red links, link to the edit mode of the non-existing page, which allows creating it, just like editing a blank page.
Before following a red link, decide whether you want to give the new page the suggested name. If not, first edit the link on the referring page.
Of course you can also create the link yourself, in a related page or index page. However, if the link replaces one to an existing page, it may be better to wait with creating links until after creating the new page. In that case you can create the link but just press Preview, not Save (a previewed red link also works) or create the link first only on your user page.
Note that links on related pages are not only convenient for navigation, but also make people aware of the new page (those who happen to read a related page, and also for those who watch such a page).
Starting a page through the URL
Entering the URL for a page that has not been created will still display a regular page.
The page at that URL will display the default 'no article' message. The new page will still have the usual edit link, which will allow anyone to begin adding content. So a "broken link" from within or outside the project is, in a way, not really broken, as long as the first part of it is correct and points to wine-wiki.
Editing the last part of the URL of an existing page (in the same project) is an easy way to create the URL for a new page.
Creating an empty page
Occasionally it is useful to create an empty page. For example a template can be made such that, depending on a parameter, it produces either just a standard text or also an additional text. This is done by having it call another template, of which the name is a parameter; one version of the other template contains the additional text, the other version is blank. See example.
A blank page cannot be created directly; first create a non-blank page, e.g. with just one character, then edit the page to blank it.