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How To Create An Account, Edit and Create Informative Pages On Wikipedia

Everyone knows that Wikipedia is full of information. Some of this information is valuable and some, we’ll, it could use a bit of help. Let’s begin by first discovering how to create a page on Wikipedia. I’d like to thank the team at Get Your Wiki  for providing all of the excellent advice that you’ll see in this article. And I’d be remiss not to mention that they’ll do this all for you if you’d prefer not to do the work!

To begin with, you’re going to need to register an account. Don’t worry, it’s free. In order to register you’re going to need a few things. You’re going to need a ‘user name’ and a password. It’s also wise to include your email address. As soon as you’re registered it takes you right into your account.

From your account page you can then begin creating pages, editing pages, and renaming pages (to be more accurate) as well as uploading images (be sure that you have the rights to do this or that the images are public domain).

Now that you’ve got that down, let’s go to creating a user page. Here you will create your own page. From this page you can see all of the other pages you’ve created, and you can see any edits on pages that you have made. Simply follow the prompts to create your own user page.

Before you begin creating other pages, you’ll want to go into the upper right corner and do a search on the topic you are planning to create. If the topic is already there, peruse those pages and see if you have anything to contribute or if there is a need for more information. You may find that you are actually adding to a page or creating a sub topic.

Wikipedia has made creating, editing and improving pages very easy. They have prompts for each and every step, all you have to do is follow the prompts from within your account. It’s important to remember, the Internet is worldwide and many people are using Wikipedia on a daily basis.

Back up your information with citations whenever possible. If there is a glaring spelling error or grammatical error, fix it (politely). There are varied spellings for many words and some words can be spelled regionally (example: check and cheque).

Take a tour through the various topics that Wikipedia has up for helping you to improve their site. Be the friendly page creator/editor, not the English professor that everyone hates.

Practice a few times before you actually publish your own pages. Peruse other pages and get the feel for how they do it. Once you get the hang of it, you’re going to have a wonderful time helping to improve this site.