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Welcome to Wikia

Everything is ready here for you to add content. There are some basic help and guideline pages to start off your community, and a basic main page as the entry point to this Wikia. You can start adding pages now!

Here are some things you might want to start with to improve this Wikia.

Add a custom logo (done: Jepsen Dodecahedron with white Logo)Edit

The default logo on all pages can be changed for one specific to this Wikia. The image should be no more than 135 pixels wide and 155 pixels high. Upload the file as wiki.png and it will appear on all pages in place of the default logo.

Add a custom faviconEdit

Although it's a small thing (just 16 by 16 pixels) a custom favicon can help give a consistent theme to the wiki. Just upload a 16 by 16 pixel image at favicon.ico <instructions for people who can't make favicons>.

http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/ for a free favicon generator.


Improve your front page Edit

Amafirlian put the table of contents up front: which is great whilst total number of articles is small - feel like the font page needs to be more graphical, though. Karl Horton 02:00, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Your basic front page is ready to use. You can improve it by adding content about this Wikia. Consider what visitors will want to see first. What are the starting points for anyone reading about your subject? Where should editors start and what are the most important things for them to work on? You may also want to include links to the help files.

Finding and keeping new editors Edit

Invite your friends to help you edit. Communities you already belong to about the topic of your Wikia are a good place to ask for people to come join you. Be careful not to spam, though! Think of the types of messages you would like to read and the types of messages you delete.

When you see someone new edit the wiki, leave them a nice welcome message as soon as you can! (If there are many newcomers you can use a template to save copying: see Template:Welc.) It will encourage them to stick around. Wikis work when there is a community of people editing; try to keep in contact with the other people who show up to edit.

Add content!Edit

Although this is a wiki, your first visitors are not likely to want to jump right in. They need some idea of what your wiki is about first. "Seeding" content is vital to get people interested and to show them what sort of content you want. You may need to add many articles before people start to join in and add with you.

Ask for helpEdit

The Wikia staff are here to help you succeed with this wiki. If you have problems at any time, or are not sure how to make changes to your wiki, then please ask us. You can email using the form at Special:Contact, you can write to us on our Central user pages, or you can click the "live chat and support" link on the left of any page to go to the Wikia IRC channel (also at irc://irc.freenode.net/wikia). For a list of Wikia staff, see the Wikia Inc. page on Central.

More adviceEdit

Anyone can create a community on Fandom at any time through the creation form. Below we walk through what to do and how to go about creating a community.

Creating a community

Before you start

  • Plan your project and decide what it will be about.
  • Check to see if a community already exists on the topic you want to cover by searching for it by going to Fandom's home page. It's better to work within a community of others than alone.
  • Click on the magnifying glass in the top navigation bar in order to see the search box. After writing the name of a community and hitting enter/clicking the arrow pointing to the right, you will be redirected to a search results page where you will see results from Fandom articles (on the left side) and community results on the right module. Click on the View More Wiki Communities to see all the results.
  • Read Fandom's Terms of Use — become familiar with what is and isn't okay.

Create your community

  1. Click on the Start a Wiki button in the global navigation bar at the top of the page. This button brings you to the creation form.
  2. Decide on a name for the community. — To help users find you in search engines and help your rankings, do not use obscure names or -pedia. Instead, it's best to use common keywords or titles for your topic.
  3. Choose the URL or address for your site — Similar to the name, the URL or web address you choose for your site will affect how easy it is for people to find your site and understand what it is about. The URL automatically changes to a URL version of the name of the wiki you are creating when changing the wiki name. However, this can be changed.
  4. What's your wiki about? - Describe your community's topic briefly. This text will automatically display on your wikis main page. This can be skipped and changed at any time.
  5. Checkbox - Is this community directed to children under the age of 13? If so, please keep in mind Fandom's Terms of Use for users under that age.
  6. Choose a Hub - A category that best describes the subject of your community.
    1. Seven categories are available: Games, Movies, Comics, Books, TV, Music, and Lifestyle.
    2. Eight additional categories are also available to choose from: Anime, Books, Comics, Fanon, Movies, Music, TV, and Video Games.
  7. Choose your theme - A list of premade themes can be chosen from. This includes the colors of your wiki's background, links, buttons, headers, and page colors. You can skip this and choose or make a personalized one later in Help:ThemeDesigner.
    1. Upload a graphic wordmark: take a look at Help:ThemeDesigner#Wordmark.
    2. Create a favicon: check out Help:Favicon.
  8. Congratulations! You've now created a community!

Your community's next steps

Create the main page

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Main page on your new community

The main page is just that; the page everyone sees. When you first create your community, there is some default text that will appear on the main page. All of this can be modified/removed once you start to create your main page:

  • Welcome to (community name here): is the description you wrote when you described your community's topic.
  • Describe your topic: Here you can write a more detailed description of what your community is about. If some description was already added in the creation form, the description section will automatically modify from its default text after the wiki's creation.
  • Latest activity: All of the activity on your community will appear here.

A few things to do in the beginning:

First impressions count. Your main page is what nearly everyone will see when they visit, so there are a few things to do in the beginning that are important:

  • Make sure your main page clearly communicates what your community is about. Write a short introduction to what the community is about.
  • Link to new articles and categories on your front page as you create them so you can keep things organized and this will increase search engine optimization.
  • Create a "to do" list so new visitors know how they can help and what to add. Be specific about what the community needs.

Create content

The most valuable thing you can do when you start a community is to write article pages. This is called "seeding". It will give visitors and potential editors an idea of what to start from. The articles don't have to be long or perfect from the start. Remember, it's a community and others can help build on what you start.

You may need to add dozens of articles before people start to join in. Don't get discouraged. The more content you add, the sooner the search engines and potential editors will find your site and the quicker your small project will start to grow.

Use the Wiki Progress Bar to get your community off and running by following the tasks listed in your admin dashboard.

Create your profile and user page

Add a friendly face: Your profile page is a chance to tell people about yourself. So is your user page. You can keep it as simple as you want or go all out. The important thing is to give people a way to see "who" is behind this community.

Keep an eye on your community

We suggest that you turn on email notifications for your talk page / message wall and community in your preferences. If any visitors leave you a message on your talk page/message wall while you're away from the community, you'll receive a reminder to come look at your talk page/message wall. You will also see a bubble in global navigation next time you log in.

As the founder of your community, you can also choose to receive emails about who edits, joins, or views your community. You can choose which emails to receive in your preferences in the 'Email' tab.

Invite editors and visitors

Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to open your community to visitors and other editors. Invite your friends, family, and other people you think would be interested in the subject. Reach out to communities you already belong to or related communities. Special interest forums are also a great place to find people passionate and willing to contribute. Be careful not to spam, though!

Welcome everyone!

Keep an eye on recent changes, and when you see someone new edit the community, add a nice welcome message to their talk page as soon as you can! Communities work when there is a community of people editing; try to keep in contact with the other people who show up to edit, as it will encourage them to stick around.

If you have many newcomers you can use our welcome tool to welcome them.

Friendliness and humor can go a long way in making new visitors feel welcome.

Other advice

Don't be afraid to ask for help!
If you have problems at any time, are not sure how to make the changes you want to your community, or want help customizing your site, then check out the Community Central forums. No questions here are off limits!
If things get especially hard you can always contact Fandom Staff through Special:Contact.
Create together!
Creating a community with a team will give you a stronger start and will prevent it from looking like a personal site. Launch a discussion on a forum and encourage your friends to contribute. Most importantly, gather people before you set up the community rather than after, otherwise they may not see the community as their own community.
Building a community is an art, not a science!
Don't be overwhelmed or discouraged. Take risks, remember you can always change or delete later. Above all remember: have fun!
Using writing tools
There are many writing resources and tools that are freely available on the web, such as Online Word Count Tools and Online Grammar Tools. You can make the most of them to improve your writing productivity.

Further help and feedback

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.