Help:Starting a new page

From Open Energy Information

An example of how to add a company to the Solar Gateway

There are several ways to start a new page. These can vary based on the type of page started, as well as the wiki and namespace.

The first thing you should do is know which topic area your page falls under. OpenEI has several gateways around specific topics, such as Solar, Wind, and Geothermal. In these Gateways, you'll immediately see forms for adding content. Forms were created to standardize the information you put in, and make it fast and easy to get your content published on OpenEI.

For example, in the Solar Gateway, you'll see a map of Solar Energy companies, under which you can add a new company that will add a new page and populate the map. Companies, like many other categories of information on this wiki, can be creating using a convenient form. To add a company, or to see the list of other such forms, go to our Contribute page.

If you wish to create a new page, you should first use OpenEI search to see if the page exists:

If it does not yet exist, you can create it using the tool below:

You must be logged in order to create or edit pages.

Refer to the other OpenEI Help sections for guidance on how to use wikitext to edit, format, and manage your page.


It is also important to make sure your page is categorized. For instance, if you are adding a page related to solar energy that doesn't exist, make sure to include at the bottom of your page [[Category:Solar]]. This will help keep track of your page.

Using Wikilinks

MediaWiki makes it very easy to link wiki pages using a standard syntax (see Links). If you (or anyone else) creates a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured red, like this.

Clicking a red link will take you to the edit page for the new article. Simply type your text, click save and the new page will be created.

Once the page has been created, the link will change from red to blue (purple for pages you've visited) indicating that the article now exists.

Usually this is the best way to create a new page, because it means that right from the start, the page will be linked from at least one other place on the wiki (and typically you will want to mesh it into other related pages later). If you are creating a new page without creating any link to it, you may need to ask yourself: Does this page really fit in with the topics already covered in the wiki? Also, how are you expecting visitors to find this page? Normally there is no reason to create a page without first creating a red link to it.

Using the URL

You can use the wiki's URL for creating a new page. The URL to an article of the wiki is usually something like this:

  •    or

If you replace ARTICLE with the name of the page you wish to create, you will be taken to a blank page which indicates that no article of that name exists yet. Clicking the "Edit" page tab at the top of the page will take you to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text, and clicking submit.

Create redirects to your new page

Don't forget to setup redirects when you create a page. If you think another person may search for the page you've created by using a different name or spelling, please create the proper redirect(s). See Help:Redirects

Protecting your new page

Normally a new wiki page can be edited by other people (that is one of the main ideas of a wiki!) However, a sysop could 'protect' the page, if desired, to prevent normal users from editing it.

Tools.png Tip for wiki admins: The "CreatePage widget" allows you to embed a create link on any page.