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Greenlivingpedia help

If you have a technical question which is not answered here, you may wish to check the help pages on Wikipedia (as Greenlivingpedia and Wikipedia use the same software); or please ask at the Technical questions page - we'll be glad to help!


Creating a new page

Main article: Help:Creating a page

The two easiest ways to create a new page are:

  1. Perform a search for the new title with the Go button. When the search finds nothing, click on the red link "create this page".
  2. While editing an existing page, create an "interwiki" link to the new page by typing [[new page name]], then save the page. Then click on the redlink 'new page name' to edit the new page, add your content, then save it to create the page.

Naming conventions

Page names are case-sensitive, except for the first letter, which is automatically made upper-case. Don't capitalize all words, except for proper names, e.g. use Sustainable building rather than Sustainable Building.

For guidelines on naming projects and other types of pages, see Help:Page naming.


You can format your text using wiki markup. This consists of normal characters like asterisks, single quotes or equation marks which have a special function in the wiki, sometimes depending on their position. For example, to format a word in italic, you include it in two single quotes like ''this''


Appropedia ignores normal line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can also start a newline with the HTML tag <br>.


Description You type You get
applies anywhere
Italify text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic
Escape wiki markup <nowiki>no ''markup''</nowiki> no ''markup''
only at the beginning of the line

of different sizes

==level 1==
===level 2===
====level 3====
=====level 4=====

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Horizontal rule (use sparingly)


Bullet list

* one
* two
* three

  • one
  • two
  • three
Numbered list

# one
# two
# three

  1. one
  2. two
  3. three
Definition list

:item 1
:item 2

item 1
item 2
Preformatted text

  a space at the
  beginning of the line
  preformatted text

a space at the 
begin of the line 
preformatted text


Greenlivingpedia encourages the use of supporting media and images. Following are some instructions and guidelines on including media in your page.


Before uploading, please ensure that you have rights to upload and redistribute the file(s) in question and that you in turn grant these rights to others.

  1. Save a file on your computer and remember where, i.e. what folder.
    • Make sure to give it a unique name, such as your projectname_description.jpg
    • For photos: Save the photo with no dimension greater than 800 pixels, and do less if big is not necessary
    • For photos: Save the photo rotated in the proper orientation
  2. On the Greenlivingpedia sidebar click "Upload file"
    • This link is located in the menu on the left in the "toolbox"
  3. Click "Browse..."
    • This button is located in the Upload file page you now have up
    • This will bring up your operating system's standard file open dialog
  4. Browse your computer for your file
  5. Choose the file
    • This will fill the Source and Destination Name of that file into the corresponding text fields.
  6. Enter a summary (this step is optional but considerate)
  7. Then press the "Upload file" button to finish the upload. This may take some time if you have a slow internet connection.

The preferred formats are JPEG for photographic images, PNG for drawings and other iconic images, and OGG for sounds. Please name your files descriptively to avoid confusion.

Please note that as with wiki pages, others may edit your uploads (and admins may delete them) if they think it serves the project, and you may be blocked from uploading if you abuse the system.

Once your file is uploaded you will probably want to put it in your page.

Avoid huge image files

Huge image files should be avoided - it puts a load on the servers and makes pages load slowly (especially in remote or underdeveloped areas). Usually the file should be compressed to 100 kB or less (200 kB or less for a very large or detailed picture). Raw photos from digital cameras can be more than 1 MB, which is much too large.

An image editing tool can help you make it smaller. An excellent free program for Windows users is Easy Thumbnails. By default it makes small "thumbnail" images, but the output can be adjusted to any size, and a preview is given (with the output file's size in the top bar). This program seems to give optimal quality for a relatively small image size.


To put your picture (file) in your page, you link to it by placing double brackets around the name of the file page (as if it was another Appropedia page). For instance if you just uploaded a file named AEFprevfilt2.jpg, you would put double brackets around image:AEFprevfilt2.jpg, eg: [[Image:AEFprevfilt2.jpg]]

See Wikipedia:Picture_tutorial for more options.

Editing Pages

See Wikipedia:Help:Contents/Editing Wikipedia

External links

External links

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