By Jennifer "Yaviey" Bridges
It's been over a month now and we’ve taken you through lots of great tips and tricks on Wikia, such as how to edit a Wikia page, create a new page, add multimedia, communicate, and more. Today we’re here to show you how to better organize the content on a Wikia so that other users can find it easier.
You know that junk drawer in your house that you keep everything in? Then when you need to find something you practically have to pour it out and scour through the entire mess to find what you’re looking for? That's exactly what a Wikia can be like if it's not organized.
Categories serve as tags for Wikia content. For instance, a page about a sword or gun should have the categories "weapons" in addition to more specific ones such as "2-handed swords" or "assault rifles." If you're confused about where to start, take a look at a similar page and reference the categories they’re using. If you don't see any categories associated to a page you can contact the site administrator or leave a note in the comments section.
How to Use Categories
Using Categories is easy! When you create a new page you can add in categories in the "Categories" section. If you want to add categories to an already existing page, you can click the "Edit" button on the top of that page and then add in the categories via the "Categories" section. If a Category already exists on the Wikia, it will pop up while you're typing. Then you can just hit Enter to auto-complete it. Otherwise you can create your own categories. Once you're done, hit "Publish."
Other Ways You Can Organize
Organizing Wikia content doesn’t stop at properly labeling it with categories. It also involves using the right headers and making the content easy to navigate. Headers should be used in a top-down manner. That means that the Header 1 should be used for top-level headers. Header 2 should be used for sub topics under the first header, and so on. And if you have a list of content, be sure to use either a bulleted or numbered list. The number one rule of thumb we'd like to impart upon you is making sure the content you create is well organized and easy to read.
Join us next week when we show you how to report posts, get help with harassment, and flag content as spam on a Wikia, and more!
Need Some Help?
If you have any questions related to the Official SOE Wikias, please feel free to e-mail the SOE Wiki Project Manager, Jennifer Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org.