Help:Advanced Linking

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Linking with Wikitext

How to create an internal link using Wikitext

To create internal links using the "Rich Editor", see Create an internal link.

  1. Type double square brackets [[.
  2. Type the name of the article you want to link to immediately after the two square brackets, without leaving any space. This is the title of the actual article you will link to.
  3. If you want the link text to read differently from the actual article title, type the pipe symbol | and then type the text that you want to appear as the link. This step is optional.
  4. Next type double square brackets ]] without leaving any space between the text and brackets.

Tip: To enter the pipe symbol (|), hold the "Shift" key down and then press the \ (the shift and the backslash keys).


Description You type You get
Internal link
[[Main Page]]
Main Page
Piped link
[[Main Page|different text]]
different text
Shortened sort-of-piped link
[[Main Page]]s
Main Pages

See also Redirects
#REDIRECT [[Main Page]]
Main Page
Internal link to an anchor at another page
[[Help:User page#See also]]
Help:User page#See_also
Internal link to a subpage

See also Subpages.
[[Family History Library/Group Visit Guidelines]]
Family History Library/Group Visit Guidelines
Internal link to a category page
Internal link to an image or a file of other types
[[Media:Swedish Parishes.pdf]] 


Shortcut links related to the current page
Internal link to an anchor on the current page

Section headings and the top of the page are automatically anchored.
[[#See also]]
Internal link to the current page's talk page

See also Magic words
Help talk:Advanced Linking

How to create an external link using Wikitext

To create external links using the "Rich Editor" see Create an external link.

  1. If you want the URL or web address visible on the page, type or paste it onto the page. Remember, the URL must begin with "http://" or "https://". This is not good editing practice. Instead, use the following steps to create link text different from the URL.
  2. Type a single right-facing square bracket [
  3. Type or paste the URL immediately after the single square bracket, without leaving a space. Remember, the URL must begin with "http://" or "https://" and include the actual path to the website wanted.
  4. Then type one space and the link text.
  5. Next type a single, left-facing square bracket ] without leaving a space.


Description You type You get
External link
External link with different label
[ MediaWiki]
External link numbered
External link to the same host
External link to other host passing the pagename
Mailto link
[ email me]
email me
Mailto named with subject line and body
[ info]

Other links

Linking to a category

To create a link to a category, use a leading colon before the category name. (Without this colon, it will add the current page to the category.)


To change the display text, write the text inside the link tag after a pipe.


Redirected categories must also use the colon, otherwise they will be added to the category instead of redirecting.

Interlanguage Links

Links to other language versions of this wiki can be created using the {{H-langs}} template.

Interwiki Links

Interwiki links to other wikis are generally not used on this wiki. Links to other wikis are usually created by using the standard methods for creating external links or by using the templates listed below under Creating Links Using Templates.

Tools.png Tip for wiki admins: See Manual:Interwiki for the management of interwiki links of your wiki.

Creating Links Using Templates

Templates for creating common links are available, each with their own set of instructions:

External links:

  • Family History Library Catalog (FHLC). Instructions: {{FHL}}
  • Record Search. Instructions: {{RecordSearch}}
  • WorldCat/OCLC (English Language). Instructions: {{WorldCat}}
  • Wikipedia (English Language) - Inline link. Instructions: {{Wpd}}
  • Wikipedia (English Language) - Wikipedia box. Instructions: {{Wikipedia}}
  • Internet Archive (Wayback machine). Instructions: {{Wayback}}

Creating Image Links

Single link

The text below will make a 100px width picture with a link to the page FamilySearch:

[[File:FamilySearch Logo.jpg|100px|link=FamilySearch]]

FamilySearch Logo.jpg

Multiple links from the same image

An image can also be used to link to different pages when a user clicks on different parts of the image. See Help:Image maps for more information.