• Wiki Instructions

last modified October 25, 2016 by strypey

What in the universe is a Wiki?

A Wiki is a website made up of wikipages which can be quickly and easily edited, so the information on them can constantly updated, added to, and generally improved by a group of collaborators. Every project on CoActivate has a Wiki, which you can get to by clicking the 'Wiki' button on the green menu bar.

Note: All changes to *any* wikipage are stored in a version history, so any page can be restored to any previous version. Your changes can be reversed if things go wrong. Feel free to experiment! If you are new to using a Wiki, you can play around with our SandBox page to help you get comfortable with how it works.

Instructions for Editing Wikipages


  1. Getting Started
  2. Editing Existing Pages
  3. Useful Tips for Using the Editor Window
  4. Making a New Page
  5. Using Anchors to Make Linked Contents Lists

Getting Started

Before you can edit wikipages on a CoActivate.org project, you need to register for a free account on Coactivate, and follow the instructions to confirm your email address. Then you need to request to join the "project" team, by clicking on the "Join Project" button. Once your request to join a project is approved by one of the existing members who is trusted with administrator privileges, you can edit wikipages on that project.

Editing Existing Pages

  1. Login to CoActivate 
  2. Use the green "MyCoActivate" button to navigate to the "project" whose pages you want to edit, in this case CoActivate Users' Group. 
  3. This should now take you straight to the Wiki homepage, but if not, click on the "Wiki" button, among the green buttons under the project name. 
  4. Follow the links to the page you want to edit. 
  5. Click the "Edit" button, on the right-hand side, just under the green buttons, next to the orange "View" button. This will open an editor window, where you can change the text on the page, add new links etc
  6. When you are finished making your changes, Go down to the bottom of the page and click "Save"
  7. If you wish, you can enter notes about what you've changed or added, to help other users track changes to the page. Just click 'Revision Note', and type your notes into the box which opens up.

Useful Tips for Using the Editor Window

The toolbars at the top of the editor (two rows of buttons, with a pastel blue background behind them) give you many of the same buttons you'd use in a word processor. If you hover your mouse pointer over each button a label will pop up telling you what it does. Two buttons which are very helpful:

  • Making the Editor Fill the Window: On the upper row of buttons, at the far right end, is the button with the green arrow which points up and to the right. Clicking this will make the editor fill your browser window, so that the toolbars are always at the top as you scroll up and down the page. Clicking it again goes back to the way it was, so you can scroll down and save your changes.
  • Making Links to Other Websites: On the lower row of buttons, at the far left, is the button with the globe and the chain link. Try selecting some words in the page, then click this button. A pop-up windows appears for you to enter the address of a page on a website (eg http://permaculture.org.nz/node/29). Once you do that and click "OK", those words you selected will become a link to that page. You can come back later and change where this link points (eg if the address of the page changes), or remove it completely. This is a link.

Making a New Page

  1. Type the name you want to give the new page into the text of an existing page, and put double brackets around it, eg Putting "New Page" inside double brackets makes a link to a new page called New Page+ .
  2. Go down to the bottom of the page and click "Save"
  3. Now you can click on the New Page link (usually highlighted in green like other links, but with a + to show the page hasn't been created yet). That will create the page, and take you to the editor, to start adding text to your new page.

Using Anchors to Make Linked Contents Lists

To avoid having pages which are just a handful of links and no content, you can make a contents list at the top of a page, and link each item in the list to the paragraph in the text. This makes it easier to find the information you need in longer wiki pages, so you don't need as many of them.

  1. Click 'Edit' to open the editor window
  2. Make your contents list (see the top of this page for an example).
  3. Scroll to the heading for an item in the Contents List, and click at the start or end of the heading (if you put the anchor at the start, it will indent the heading). Make sure your cursor is blinking there
  4. Click the anchor button, third from the left in the bottom row of the toolbar.
  5. Enter a number or a name for your anchor in the pop-up window.
  6. Do this for all the items in your Contents list
  7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click 'Save'
  8. Click 'Edit' again.
  9. Select the name of the section in the Contents list, and click the link button (lower row of buttons, far left, button with the globe and the chain link).
  10. In the pop-up, you will see 'anchor-link', click that.
  11. Choose the correct number or name for the section you have selected in the Contents List.
  12. Click 'OK'.