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Hitchwiki Tutorial
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Linking hitchwiki articles together is very important. These easily created links allow users to access information related to the article they are reading and greatly add to hitchwiki's utility.

How to link

To make a link to another hitchwiki page (called a wiki link), put it in double square brackets, like this:

[[Afghanistan]] = Afghanistan

If you want to link to an article, but display some other text for the link, you can do so by adding the pipe "|" divider (SHIFT + BACKSLASH on English-layout and other keyboards) followed by the alternative name. You can also find the pipe divider as second in the special chars list just below the Save Page button. An example:

[[Target page|display text]] = display text

You can make a link to a specific section of a page like this:

[[Target page#Target section|display text]] = display text

If you want the display text of the link to appear in italics or bold, nest the double square brackets for the link within the multiple apostrophes that delimit the italicized or bold text, like this:

''[[Afghanistan]]'' = Afghanistan

Please check your links to ensure they point to the correct article. For example, Georgia points to a disambiguation page -- these are not articles, but pages which contain links to articles with similar titles. These differing titles make piped links especially useful, as a link to Georgia (country) is far less readable than a piped link called Georgia.

When to link

Adding links to an article makes it more useful, but too many links can be distracting. This is why you should only link the first occurrence of a word. Lead sections can have more links.

Looking at other hitchwiki articles can also help you learn when to add links.


You can also put the article in a category with others in a related topic. Just type [[Category:]], and put the name of the category between the colon and the brackets.

It is very important to put in the correct categories so that other people can easily find your work. The best way to find which categories to put in is to look at pages on similar subjects, and check which categories they use. Most common, a city article is put into the related state/nation category. (Kabul is categorized under Afghanistan, Afghanistan under Asia, etc.)

Test what you have learned in the sandbox! This have been the basics of editing and working with hitchwiki. Now you should be able to feel comfortable with editing articles to share your knowledge and information with other hitchhikers out there. Still there are lots of things to learn, so if you are interested, check out the help article about talk pages.

Click here to start the next tutorial about talk pages

This article contains text from the Wikipedia article on Wikipedia Links.