How to: Create an article in the Location Guide

This page is a chapter in the book How to Guides.

[top]Introduction


In this tutorial we will learn how to create a new article in the Location Guide.

[top]Creating a new article


The first step in creating a new article in the Location Guide is to navigate to the correct section of FeatherWiki for the article you wish to create.

From the FeatherWiki main page, navigate to the Location Guide section.




I'm going to create a new article on Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park in South Australia, so I need to scroll down the page and find the section on South Australia. Once you've located the correct section for the location you're creating an article for, click the link to navigate to that section.

[top]Articles, Chapters and Books


You will now be in the 'book' for South Australia. Books are simply collections of articles and are used to organise articles. In this example, I'm adding an article on Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park into a book called South Australia. The article I'm adding will become a chapter in the South Australia book.

To create a new article as a chapter in this book, just click the 'Add New Chapter' button.




Next we need to choose where the new article will be located; choose Create New Chapter in: and select the Location Guide. Then click the Add Chapter button.

[top]Article title


The next step is to give the article we're creating a name. I've simply titled this article Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park. Now click the Start Editing button.

[top]Templates


You will now be in the editor for your newly-created article. However, to create articles that adhere to a common structure throughout FeatherWiki, we employ the use of templates. These are special codes that will pre-fill a large amount of text and formatting for an article so it does not need to be entered manually every time a new article is created.

[top]Using templates


To use a template a contributor needs to simply copy and paste the template code into a new article and fill in the blanks where they want their text to appear. Copy and paste the following template into your article to create the layout used in the Location Guide.

[template]Location Guide Template
|Description=
|Getting there=
|When to go=
|Amenities=
|Key species=
|notes=
|GPS=
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Then fill in the template with the text you want to add to the article.



[template]Location Guide Template
|Description=Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, 46 km south of Adelaide. The habitat in the park comprises of sand dunes, mallee scrub, pink gum woodlands and coastal heaths.
|Getting there=The main car park is via Dover Street off Aldinga Beach Road.
|When to go=
|Amenities=
|Key species=[LIST]
[*]Golden Whistler
[*]Rufous Whistler
[*]Mistletoebird
[*]Grey Shrike-thrush
[*]Grey Fantail
[*][birdguide=Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris)]Weebill ([I]Smicrornis brevirostris[/I])[/birdguide]
[*]Striated Pardalote
[*]Spotted Pardalote
[*]Yellow Thornbill
[*]Striated Thornbill
[*]Eastern Spinebill
[*]Dusky Woodswallow[/LIST]
|notes=An unusual visitor, [birdguide=Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)]Red-capped Robin ([I]Petroica goodenovii[/I])[/birdguide] were observed breeding in the park in October 2010.

[template]Warning
|WarningTitle=Note
|WarningText=This park may be closed on days of extreme fire danger.[/TEMPLATE]

[URL="http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Fleurieu_Peninsula/Aldinga_Scrub_Conservation_Park"]Parks SA website[/URL]
|GPS=[map]hl=en&ll=-35.296844,138.44945&spn=0.056813,0.130205&t=h&z=14 &vpsrc=6[/map]
Main Car Park 3517'26.83"S 13827'3.29"E
|image1=[images]Aldinga-Scrub-Conservation-Park-Woodland.jpg|thumb|none|Pink Gum ([i]Eucalyptus fasciculosa[/i]) woodland[/images]
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[category]Location Guide[/category][category]South Australia[/category]


The completed template above is exactly what's used to create the article on Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park.

[top]Using images in the Location Guide


We use specific codes for placing images within various areas of the Location Guide. This is to ensure every article adheres to a standard format and look. Instead of using the normal attachment system we use the images namespace. Details on uploading images to FeatherWiki can be read HERE.

Images used in articles can be placed after the |image field in the template and should adhere to the following format.

[images]imagename.jpg|thumb|none|caption[/images]

We need to just enter the image name and replace caption with some text we want to appear beneath the image thumbnail.

[images]Aldinga-Scrub-Conservation-Park-Woodland.jpg|thumb|none|Pink Gum ([i]Eucalyptus fasciculosa[/i]) woodland[/images]

[top]Adding Google Maps to Articles


Google Maps can be embedded into articles in FeatherWiki and are used in the Maps & GPS section of articles in the Location Guide. Details of how to use Google Maps integration can be found in the How to: Add Google Maps tutorial.

[top]Testing and Further Reading


You can experiment using any of the templates and features of FeatherWiki by creating new articles in the Sandpit. This is a special section of FeatherWiki specifically for members to learn how to use the software and its features before creating or editing articles in the main areas of FeatherWiki.

The online manual of the wiki software we use, VaultWiki, is available HERE.
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