How to add your own resources

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Getting started[edit]

(There is an illustrated guide on setting up a Wikimedia account here)


  1. Start by logging in to your Wikimedia account, 'Log in' can be found at the top right of the page. You will now be able to make edits across the site.
  2. Return to the MESH site and log in (top right of the page) - you can now make edits.
  3. To add a resource you will need to return to the 'Resources' page. At the top of the page there are three tabs in a row - 'Read', 'Edit' and 'View History'. As a visitor to the site you automatically see the 'Read' section, but to make edits you need to click on the 'Edit' tab. This will take you to the editable section of the wiki.

You can also make edits to specific areas of the page, by selecting the localised 'Edit' buttons next to 'Templates' or 'Guides' while in 'Read' mode.

Adding a new category to Templates or Guides:[edit]

Let's say you have a new idea for a category to go alongside 'Emails' (in Templates) or 'Painting' (in Guides). This is how you add it:

  1. In the 'Read' section of the site, select 'Edit' next to the area that you'd like to add to (either 'Templates' or 'Guides'). This will take you to an editable section of the site.
  2. Decide on a clear name for the category you want to add. Is it clearly distinct from what is already there?
  3. When you’ve decided on a name, add it alphabetically in the section ('emails' will be below 'applications' and above 'invoices').

Use the following code to add a new category, and add a description underneath the header if you think it will help others understand how to add their own resources to the category:

Emails.png

The navigation of this site relies on each category being formatted in the same way, so make sure you follow this template.

You can check how this looks using 'Show Preview' at the bottom, and make sure you 'Save Changes' when you're happy with it.


Adding a new resource:[edit]

The 'Resources' page is essentially a list of links. The resources themselves live on separate, dedicated pages within the wiki, so they have room to breathe. When you add a resource you therefore need to create:

  1. a link on the homepage, leading to your resource.
  2. a new page, dedicated to your resource.

You will start by creating the link and then move on to creating the new page and adding your content.

  1. In the 'Read' section of the site, find the category you want to add to, then select the 'Edit' button next to it. This will take you from 'Read' to the 'Edit' section of the site.
  2. Decide on a clear name for the resource you want to add. Is it clearly distinct from what is already there?
  3. When you’ve decided on a name, add it alphabetically in the category by typing into the editable document.
  4. From here, you can now turn this text into a link. When you generate a new link, you create the page that it links to. I find this quite magical. To do this, highlight your text and press the 'link' button at the top of the edit page.

Link.png

You have now created not only a new link but a new page (where you will paste the content of your resource). Save changes and return to the 'Read' section of the site.

You can now add your content to your new page:

  1. Back in the 'Read' section of the sit, click on your new link. The text should be red.
  2. This takes you to an editable page, where you should see this text at the top:

"You have followed a link to a page that does not exist yet. To create the page, start typing in the box below (see the help page for more info). If you are here by mistake, click your browser's back button."

  1. In the text box below, fill in the text of your resource. This might be an email template, a step-by-step guide, etc.
  2. At the bottom of your resource you might want to add a link back to the Resource page or the Main Page. You can do that by adding the script below:

Return.png

You can check how this looks using 'Show Preview' at the bottom, and make sure you 'Save Changes' when you're happy with it.


Return to Resources