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How to Create a Wikipedia Page in 3 Steps
Become a Wikipedia Author
Have you ever wondered how people get published on Wikipedia? Where does all of that information come from when you look up a topic on the web’s encyclopedia? Well, it was put there by people just like you! However, before you get too excited and dive straight into making your own Wikipedia page, there are several things you must consider before you begin. This hub will explain three basic key steps to follow that will clearly outline how to create a Wikipedia page.
Step 1: Research a topic and find proper references.
Some people make the mistake of writing an article for Wikipedia; go to submit it, then discover that the topic they have written about already exists. They are confident they know how to create a Wikipedia page, but all of that precious time they spent writing went to waste because Wikipedia only accepts articles on topics that haven’t been published yet. So it is important to research what topics are in demand on the site before you go ahead working on your own article. To find what topics are in demand, you can do this by simply typing “WP:RA” in Wikipedia’s search box. By doing this, a list of topics will appear that haven’t been written about yet. Now, once you find a subject from the search list that is of particular interest, you can then start writing an article about it.
Once you have decided on a topic, the next thing you must do is to find proper references for the information you include in your article. These citations could be things like statistics, quotations, or any other type of factual information you wish to put in your Wikipedia page. Be aware that Wikipedia editors will not accept articles that don’t include proper citations, so this is another essential detail you must submit along with your content.
Step 2: Register a Wikipedia account.
After you decide on the topic you are going to write about, the next step is to register your own official Wikipedia account. Registering is not a requirement, but there are several advantages to doing so and it can make your life a lot easier when submitting an article. Registration is a simple process that can be followed when you visit the Wikipedia home page. Click the “create account” link at the top right portion of the screen and follow the steps to create a username and unique password for your account. The steps are easy to follow and you will be well on your way to creating your official account with Wikipedia in a few minutes. The benefits of registering allow you to receive notification about your article submissions and you can also communicate with other users in the Wikipedia community. Now you are only one step away from understanding how to create a Wikipedia page of your very own!
Step 3: Edit and submit your Wikipedia article.
After you have written your article, the final step is to put the final touches on what you have created before you submit your work to the Wikipedia editors. Most authors create their article in Microsoft Word or another word processing program on their computer then copy/paste the text into Wikipedia’s online text editor called “SandBox.” In SandBox you can double check your grammar again and make sure that all of your references are properly cited. The text editor is very intuitive and straightforward to use, but be sure to familiarize yourself with its features before submitting anything.
When you are ready to send in your article, it is important to preview how your article will look before pressing “send.” If there are any blatant grammatical errors or improper citations, then the Wikipedia editorial staff is likely to request another review before they publish your article. However, if you follow their submission guidelines properly, then it will increase your chances of publication significantly and they won’t ask you to re-submit anything in the future. So remember to be prudent!
Knowing how to make a Wikipedia page can be a daunting task for a writer, but if you follow these three steps then it will make it much easier when publishing your first Wikipedia article.
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- How to Use the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor
For people curious about writing for Wikipedia, this article will outline some of the tools used in the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor. Sandbox is Wikipedia’s stand-alone text editor.