This tutorial will work for any wiki on

This tutorial  accompanies the SetUpAWikiNamePage exercise that you'll find on the home page of the wiki you're using.

The wikis are all on the domain, and include the course name in the address:

Relax.Take your time with this tutorial. Wikis are not like commercial social software. They are easy to get started on but have some rough edges. So it helps to walk carefully thro a ugh registering and starting out.

Check your browser. Please do not use Internet Explorer for the wiki. It might work, but it might not. IE doesn't play well with this kind of work. Use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari on Windows or Mac. Use a laptop or desktop to register. Later, you can try a tablet for editing.

Work through this tutorial as an introduction to the wiki.  Then return to your course home page and refer to SettingUpAWikiNamePage to refine your WikiName page.

Claim your WikiName and Register

Claim your WikiName and Register

Go to the home page for the course.  Check the course statement for the wiki home page. It will be one of these:

Scroll down that page a little and you'll see a list of participants. Take note of how your name is formatted there with an intercapital letter. That's your WikiName. Remember it for a moment. You'll need it to register.

Click on the Login/Register button at the top of the page, next to the Search box.


Fill in the registration form.

  1. Enter your WIkiName as it appears on the home page. It's your first and last name jammed together with an intermedial capital letter: Gill Student becomes GillStudent. There are no spaces in WikiWords. The capital letter somewhere in the middle of the word is essential.  
  2. Choose a password. Security on wikis is pretty light. Make it a password you'll remember. I won't have access to it.
  3. Uncheck Redirect to HomePage After login! If checked, you'll have to find your way to your NamePage later.
  4. Enter the invitation code I've given you. You only need it for registration. This keeps spammers from registering.
  5. Enter the same password you entered above.
  6. Enter your email address. Use a real one.
  7. Click the Register button, and wait a few moments.



If everything went well, you should see the UserSettings screen above. You can leave the settings as they are for now.

If you don't see thie UserSettings screen, follow the onscreen instructions, or click your browser's back button and try again.

Your WikiName should appear in blue under Your Account near the top of the page. Click on your name.

Problem: If you have landed back on the HomePage, find your WikiName under CurrentParticipants. Cick on it to get to the next step.

Create your WikiName page

Clicking on your WikiName click will lead to a page asking you to create the page.  Click on the word create, and a new window will open with the page editor.

Have a look at the page editor

Clicking Create will lead you to the page editor. Have a look at the editor before you start adding content.

  1. Navigatlion bar. You'll see your WikiName here when you're logged in.
  2. Formatting bar. Headings 1-5, bold, italics, underline, strikethrough, and some down arrows. Then alignment, lists, indents. It will look like a simplifed version of a word processor.
  3. Editing field. Where you'll compose.
  4. Store, Preview, and Cancel. Store is wiki-geek for Save. Save often. The wiki stores on the web, not on your local computer, so save often.

Add content and wiki formatting

Get used to editing by adding a little information about yourself and organizing it for use in class. This gives you a little practice in formatting with a wiki.

  1. Start your page with a title, and set it in H2 level formatting. There are three ways to do this.
    • Click the line on which you want the heading. Click the H2 button. Type the content between the sets of equals signs.
    • Type the heading. Select it. Click on H2.
    • Type the formatting code yourself. Enclose the heading content in 5 equal signs for level 2 heading. 4 equal siqns for level 3 ... and so on.

2. For paragraph text, just type. But with two differences from word processing:

  • Do not space or tab to indent. Taps are used differently on wikis. We use block paragraphs on a wiki, not indents.
  • Leave a blank line between paragraphs.

3. A second paragraph, separated from the first with a blank line. Hit the return key twice.

4. This is a level 3 head (H3) followed by a bulleted list. Again, there is more than one way to format a heading and a list.

  • Type in the heading, then surround it with three equal signs.
  • To create a list, start on a new line, then type a tab, a dash, a space, then type the list item.  A return at the end of the item will create a new item. To stop that, backpace over the last item.

5. A level 3 head followed by a set of links. Create links by setting them in double brackets, like this: [[ and ]]. Examples are

  • A link to the BBC. The first part is the url, followed by a pipe (A pipe is the vertical line character | above the slash, just above the Return key.) The text to the right of the pipe is called the link text: it's what users will see when they view the page.
  • An example of a link to a FB page. To do this, go your FB page, copy the url (it wil end in a permutation of your name), paste it in, then enclose it in double brackets, and add link text.
  • Alternely, you can click where yo want the link, then click the link button in the formatting bar. That will produce [[ Page Title]]. Replace the generic information with the specific info.
  • RecentChanges and GettingStarted. These are internal links to pages on the wiki. Notice that they don't need brackets, and use WikiWord intermedial capitals. Whenever you use a WiikiWord form on the wiki, it will create a link to that page if the page exists, or lead to a page offering to create the page if it doesn't exist.
  • Two ways to format a link to a mail address. The first will show up to users just as typed, sans the brackets. The second uses link text to indicate what the link is.

6.  Assignments and Exercises. This is a level 4 heading (H4) followed by list to pages on the wiki where Gill will be creating her content for the course. Notice the names of these pages use intermedial capitals, and are followed by Gill's initials. Those intials make sure the page is unique to Gill. When creating exercise and assigment poages, always use your initals at the end of the wikiname. Best to use all three initials if you have three.

You won't know the exercise names yet, so you can do this later.

Save Often!

Hit the Store button often.  

The page you're working on is not on your local computer. It's on a server on the west coast of the US. When you Store, the changes are saved to the server. The page doesn't store automatically. So, Save Often.

If you wait too long, or shut down your computer or close your laptop, or move from one access location to another, you may loose contact with the server. If that happens, you'll loose any work you haven't stored. So, Save Often.

The wiki can recover anything you stored. If you want to change something later, you can roll the page back as far as you want. That's the beaty of working with a wiki.  But for that to work, Save Often.


Gill's WikiName page stored.

After clicking the Store button, this is what you''ll see.

  1. The heading Gill used, set in large type.
  2. Paragraphs of text, not indented, but each separated by a blank line.
  3. Two bulleted lists, both with level 3 heads, set in a representative sized type.
  4. A set of links.
  5. A double line. This is a wiki convention of separting temporarily complete material above the double line from material in draft and other notes below the line.  Create a double line by using two lines of 4 hyphens, like this:




What's next?

  • Refine! Now that you've had some practice, use the SetUpAWikiNamePage exercise on your course home page to refine your WikiName page. You may delete or incorporate what you've done on your WikiName page so far. But use the SetUpAWikiNamePage exercise to clean up your page so it's well structured, using headings and lists. Others will be visiting to see what you're up to.


  • Try accessing your WikiName page from other computers. Go to the  home page for your course, click on RecentChanges or PageIndex, or type your WikiName into the Search box.
  • The HowToUseTheWiki page covers page and text formatting. If you're looking for informatlon on formatting, look there first.
  • FormattingRules covers formatting in detail, if you're interested.

Issues? Questions? If you were able to register on the wiki, check the comments FAQ for SetUpAWikiNamePage. If you can't get on the wikl, email, or ask around.

FAQ: How to we use videos?

We can't embed video in our wiki but you can link to videos.You can embed images in your page if you'd like. Have a look at  HowToUseTheWiki page for instructions.

Extra: Two Alerts from the Wiki and How to Recover

Authenication Failed

You may eventually see this when you try to store:

Authentication failed: CSRFToken mismatch

This means your computer lost contact with the wiki. It usually happens if you don't store soon after you create a new page, or if you don't story for an hour or two, or if you put your computer to sleep without saving. Your work is in your browser but not saved. There's no guarantee of getting it back on this one, but it's worth trying.

Try this

  • Click on the browser back button.
  • If you now see your current work, copy it all. You might even paste it into a scrap file for a moment. Click cancel.
  • Double-click the page to edit again. Select everything and paste in your work.
  • If you see your current work, select it all, copy it, then cancel the store.
  • Double-click your page again, and paste in the current work. Click store.

Overwrite Alert

You may eventually see this when you try to store:

OVERWRITE ALERT: This page was modified by someone else while you were editing it. Please copy your changes and re-edit this page

This happens when you save a page, then use the back button on the browser to get back to editing rather than double-clicking the page.

To fix things, select all the text you're editing, copy it, then Cancel the save. Check to see if the current version of the page is complete. It usually is. But if not, double-click to edit the page, select everything, then paste the version you have on the clipboard into the wiki and save.

Move into editing wiki pages by double-clicking on them. I forget all the time, but I rarely lose anything.