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== Use the Rich Editor to Add a Link  ==
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Revision as of 15:58, 31 August 2012

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Help-content.png This help article will guide you as you edit in the Wiki. See Contributor Help for more help articles.

Quick Reference for the Rich Editor:

  • LinkGlobe.jpg The blue globe/earth icon with an unbroken chain on the toolbar is used for adding or editing links.
  • UnLinkGlobe.jpg The blue globe/earth icon with a broken chain on the toolbar is used for deleting a link, but not the text. The icon is active during editing when a link is selected.
  • RichEditorTemplateButton.png The {T} icon button is used for adding a Template, including template links.

Quick Reference for the Standard Editor:

  • StandardEditorInternalLink.png The Ab icon button is used for defining internal links.
  • StandardEditorExternalLink.png The globe icon button is used for defining external links.

Ways to Add Links

You can add a link to a page in one of three ways:

  1. Use the Rich Editor to add internal and external links and to use templates using features similar to those found on many word processors..
  2. Use the Standard Editor and Wikitext to add code manually for features not enabled in the rich editor, including internal or external link or to use a template.
  3. Use a Template to add interwiki links and other links that need special requirements set up. You can use either the rich editor or wikitext to add a template link.

Watch a video demonstration of how to add a link.

Page Editors

The FamilySearch Wiki uses two types of editors to create and edit pages:

  1. The Rich Editor has a toolbar similar to many word processors.


    To switch to the Standard Editor, click on [Disable rich editor].

  2. The Standard Editor works in Wikitext and its limited tools help you edit a page.


    To switch to the Rich Editor, click on [Rich Editor].


To add or edit pages in the FamilySearch Wiki, you must be a registered user. To register, go here.

To add or edit a link on a page, do the following:

  1. HighlightEdit Link.png
    Sign in to the FamilySearch Wiki.
  2. Navigate to the page where you want to add or edit a link. If the page does not exist, then create it.
  3. Once you have reached the page you want to edit, click the Edit option in the sidebar to open the editing window.

Use the Rich Editor to Add a Link

Editor Toolbar.png

There are four types of links in MediaWiki:

  1. internal links to other pages in the wiki.  These links pertain only to the Wiki.  They do not include any other FamilySearch sites.
  2. external links to other websites, inlcuding other FamilySearch sites
  3. interwiki links to other websites registered to the wiki in advance
  4. Interlanguage links to other websites registered as other language versions of the wiki

Internal links

To add an internal link, enclose the name of the page you want to link to in double square brackets. When you save the page, you'll see the new link pointing to your page. If the page exists already it is displayed in blue, if it does not, in red. Selflinks to the current page are not transformed in URLs but displayed in bold. (If you really want to link to the current page, use an anchor (see below), or [[#top|current page]] which always links to the top.)

The first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized, unless otherwise set by the admins, and spaces are represented as underscores (typing an underscore in the link will have a similar effect as typing a space, but is not recommended, since the underscore will also be shown in the text).

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

See also Help:Redirects

Main Page
Internal link to an anchor
[[#See also]]

Section headings and the top of the page are automatically anchored.

Internal link to an anchor at another page
[[Help:Images#See also]]
Internal link to the current page's talk page

See also Help:Magic words#Page_names

Internal link to a subpage

Shortcut for [[Help:Links/example]]. See also Help:Subpages.

Internal link to a category page

See also Help:Categories

Internal link to an image or a file of other types


See also Help:Images



External links

Description You type You get
External link
External link with different label
[http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki]
External link numbered
External link icons
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.avi video]
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.wav sound]
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.pdf document]

External link icons may differ depending on the file type of the target.

video sound document

External link to the same host
External link to other host passing the pagename
Mailto link
[mailto:info@example.org email me]
email me
Mailto named with subject line and body
[mailto:info@example.org?Subject=URL%20Encoded%20Subject&body=Body%20Text info]
Tools.png Tip for wiki admins: Which protocols (like http:) are allowed for links is controlled by the $wgUrlProtocols setting.
Tools.png Tip for wiki admins: To remove the “external link icons“ from next to each of the external links, add the following to the page located at MediaWiki:Monobook.css on your wiki.

<source lang="css">

  1. bodyContent a.external,
  2. bodyContent a[href ^="gopher://"] {
background: none;
padding-right: 0;

} </source>

How to avoid auto-links

By default, when you write a URL as is, it will be transformed to an external link.

To avoid that effect, put the URL between <nowiki> tags as in:


Interwiki links

Interwiki links are links with the internal link markup to a website registered in advance. For example, you can link to the Sunflower article on http://en.wikipedia.org by typing [[wikipedia:Sunflower]], which will result in a link RTENOTITLE. This is because http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ is registered to your wiki by default with the prefix of wikipedia. This link may not work properly, if the admin of your wiki has changed the setting.

Similar to internal page links, you can create piped links, with alternate link label, e.g. [[wikipedia:Sunflower|big yellow flower]].

Basically this is an abbreviation for longer URLs. A very similar link could be created as a normal external link by typing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower Sunflower], but interwiki links allow you to type out an easy and compact link, almost as if you are linking to a page on your own wiki.

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

Interlanguage links

If your wiki has other language versions, you may find “interlanguage links” in the sidebar, just below toolbox in the box named “in other languages.”

Interlanguage links behave similar to interwiki links, except that they are listed in the sidebar. To create an interlanguage link from a page, just type [[language prefix:pagename]] wherever you like in the page; the language prefix is the prefix specified at your wiki for the other language version (typically the ISO language code).

If you want to make the interlanguage link to appear in the content of the page, you can add a colon before the language prefix, e. g. [[:en:Sunflower]].

Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

See also