Wiki Editing CheatSheet

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SmartSimple’s Wiki is a repository of knowledge used to make learning and configuring Platform3 easy to do. The target audience is System Administrators. This page will provide guidance for anyone who is contributing to the wiki. By establishing standards to follow that will improve the user experience of this Wiki. All changes to the Wiki should be reviewed by another SmartSimple employee. All new articles should follow the template found in google drive > shared drives > Wiki project or look at the below.

Wiki article structure

All wiki articles need to follow this format:


Answer the following questions

  1. What is this article about? Example: The Login page allows a user to gain access to your SmartSimple System. The user will authenticate on this page, typically by entering a username and password.
  2. Why is this important? Example: The login page is used to: Authenticate the user, Switch languages, Direct people to a signup page, Ask the user to accept the use of cookies, enforce agreement of your systems privacy and security policies, and Reset your password.
  3. What will the reader learn from this article? Example: This article will show you how to setup and modify login pages within your system.
  4. Is there anything odd or important that should be noted? Example: Note: You will need global administrator access to setup or edit login pages. You will also need to create a separate login page for each language you want to support.

Configuration – Essentials

Break out all the tasks the majority of users will do and explain how to do them in the minimal steps possible. Use a numbered list for the tasks and keep them below 15 steps. If it is more than 15 steps to do something, break the task into multiple headers.

Configuration - Advanced

Break out all other tasks not listed in the essentials section. This section is meant for tasks that are particularly difficult, not commonly used or tricky/cumbersome.

Settings Explained

List all the settings used by this page/feature, what the setting does and if not self evident why you would use it. This should be presented in a table format. Example: Setting: Is Default Login Page, Description: By default, when a user goes to your system's URL, example they will be directed to the English US language login page. If you want users to go to a different language login page by default, toggle this setting on for the login page with your desired language. Note: only one login page can be set as the default.

See Also

This section is optional. If there are other related articles you think a user should be made aware of or that you have mentioned in this article you may wish to add links to these articles here. Be mindful that any static links you add here will need to be maintained. If a page name changes someone will need to go back and fix every link added to every page in the See Also. For these reasons try to categorize your articles instead of using the see also as it is easy to go to a category and see all related articles and those links update automatically.


Make sure every article has a category. This way it is easy to find all related pages. Ideally all articles should be in one of the categories found on the home page This way anyone entering the wiki for the first time can find all the good articles.

Other considerations

  • Add hyperlinks to other pages where SmartSimple's terminology is used.
  • Use US English for spelling.
  • Use Microsoft conventions for writing instructions (When you refer to a button, check box, or other option, use bold formatting for the name)
Correct Select Save
Incorrect Select "save"

Note more help about the mediawiki can be found

Text Formatting


Create bullets like an unordered-list

  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
* Bullet 1
* Bullet 2

Bold Text

Bold Text

'''Bold Text'''

Italicized Text

Italicized Text

''Italicized Text''








  1. Item
  2. Item
  3. Item
  4. Item
# Item
# Item
# Item
# Item

Preformatted text

You can have HTML or WIKI syntax appear the way you typed it by wrapping the code with an opening < and pre and > then a closing < / pre and > tag. This is used for code examples of what to type into the wiki. The pre stands for preformatted text. This will preserve the formatting of the text you entered (example tab, double spaces, new lines). Currently you cannot add code that has a closing tag < / > inside a pre as the slash will close the pre. We have tried other syntax such as nowiki and code but they all seem to exhibit the same issues after you save, edit then save again. The pre tag is not to be used for emphasis or notes.

your code goes here
double space  double space
tab 	tab	tab

Heading Levels

Level 1 is for page name.

==level 2==
===Level 3===
====Level 4====
=====Level 5=====
======Level 6======

Tables of Contents

MediaWiki adds a table of contents at the top of the page when you have four or more headers.
To change this behavior, at the top of the page, add:

__NOTOC__ 	Hides the table of contents (TOC). 	
__FORCETOC__    Forces the table of contents to appear at its normal position (before the first header).
__TOC__ 	Places a table of contents at the word's current position (overriding __NOTOC__).


Links to Internal Pages

Link to internal page



Link to internal page with different text

Different text

[[Branding|Different text]]

Links to External Pages

Add a link to an external webpage



  • You must specify text for the link or it will show up as a number.
  • All external links open in a new window.

Image Files

  1. Under the Global Actions, press Upload file.
  2. Press the Choose File button to select an image and press Open.
  3. Press the Upload File button

Note: When adding screenshots, they should be approximately 1280 pixels wide and displayed at 800 pixels wide. When naming images, it is suggested to use the ticket number dash year dash number. That way it is easy to identify the related enhancement ticket and to see if the screenshot is out of date.

To display an image

The four disability classifications
[[File:a11y-disability.png|thumb|none|800px|The four disability classifications]]

Images are uploaded at a resolution of 1280 pixels but displayed at 800px. Make sure you add a caption.

Image with internal link

The four disability classifications
[[File:a11y-disability.png|thumb|none|800px|The four disability classifications|link=Accessibility]]

Image with external link

The four disability classifications
[[File:a11y-disability.png|thumb|none|800px|The four disability classifications|link=]]

You can upload a new version of any file by typing File: then your desired file name into the search.

Other Files

You can also upload files such as a zip file by entering the following and if it does not exist click on the link to upload the file:




Syntax Description
table start
table caption, optional; only between table start and first table row
table row,
table header
table data each cell
table end


Sample Header Sample Header
Sample Text Sample Text
Sample Text Sample Text
{| class="wikitable"
!|Sample Header
!|Sample Header
||Sample Text
||Sample Text
||Sample Text
||Sample Text


You can categorize pages and files by adding one or more Category tags to the content text. These tags create links at the bottom of the page that take you to the list of all pages in that category, which makes it easy to browse related articles.


Adding a Link to a Category Page




Anytime you repeat the same information across multiple pages use a template. For example when a page is deprecated, we display the same message across the top on each page by adding that template. This is also done for commonly used terms.

{{ DeprecatedPage }}

To find or edit a templates type template: then your desired template name into the search.

When you edit a template at the bottom of the page you can see a list of pages that are using that template. Make sure you remove the template from those pages before you delete a template.

Renaming a Wiki Article

Follow these steps in order to rename an article on the Wiki without losing your original content or hyperlinks from other pages:

1. Click on the More option on the top left of the Wiki page you wish to rename. 

2. Select Move. 

3. Write your new article name in the left text box. 

4. Ensure that the Leave a redirect behind option is selected so that you will not lose continuity between hyperlinks. 

5. Click Move Page.

Moving a Wiki Article to a New Category

You can also move Wiki articles to new categories (such as making them into a Category or Template page) by using the Move function. 

1. Click on the More option on the top left of the Wiki page you wish to rename. 

2. Select Move. 

3. Select the page's new category from the right drop-down field box. 

4. Ensure that the Leave a redirect behind option is selected so that you will not lose continuity between hyperlinks. 

5. Click Move Page.

How to Add a User to the Wiki:

  • On left panel, click on User Manager.
  • Click the green Add button.
  • Add smartstaff group.
  • Click OK.

Deprecating/Deleting Articles

Before deleting an article get approval from Eric Lauer and copy the source of the whole article into a TXT file using notepad. This way we can restore the article if needed. Delete can be found under the "more" menu top right. Remember to remove any linkages to deleted articles.

Finding Broken Links

When articles are deprecated or deleted, or the name is changed, it may result in broken links. You can see a list of broken links by going to