The general page format can contain the following:

  • Alerts (optional) — add notices such as {{cleanup}} or a {{hatnote}} at the top.
  • Infobox (optional) — this is helpful for subjects with statistics and specifications. Images can be incorporated into infobox templates.
  • Introductory paragraph (or "lede") — the first sentence should incorporate the subject in boldface.
  • Table of contents — autogenerated for articles with many sections; you can force it to appear by adding the wikicode __TOC__ after the "lede" paragraph, or hide it with __NOTOC__
  • Sections — specify sections with pairs (or more) of equal signs in the wikicode, such as ==History==
  • Gallery (optional) — add relevant images about the subject matter with <gallery>
  • References — add a ==References== section, followed by <references/> or {{reflist}} where you would like sources and references to appear. Citing sources makes the information that you add more trustworthy, while respecting copyrights.
  • See also — add links to related subjects, if they're not already mentioned in the text of the article.
  • External links — add links to other websites with relevant information. Examples of creating links with wikicode are provided here.
  • Navigation — add navigation templates or acknowledgment for use of {{wikipedia}} content at the bottom.
  • Categories — add links to relevant categories at the bottom. Being specific is more helpful; it's not necessary to add the entire path through a category tree.

Remember, these are guidelines and learning wikicode (also known as wikitext) does have a bit of a learning curve.

A good way to start quickly is to find a page that has already been formatted to your liking and to borrow its structure for your new page.

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