Formatting Category Pages
The title is the way that people are going to find a category. Therefore, it is important that the category title is appropriate for the sub-categories and guides that it contains. Category titles should be broad enough to include all pertinent sub-categories, but narrow enough to exclude irrelevant categories. For example, if you wanted to create a Category for Honda cars, you wouldn't want to title it "Honda Vehicles" since that might also include motorcycles and trucks. It's simply too broad; such a category would be increasingly hard to manage as your content grows.
On the other hand, you also wouldn't want to title it "Honda Coupés" since that would exclude four-door sedans. That's much to narrow. You'll want categories that give your content room to grow.
The Title field is automatically filled with the name that was provided when first creating the page. You can change the title to whatever you like, although this will not change the URL for the category page. It will change the display title on the "View" tab. For information on how to change the URL of the category page, read about the Wiki Title Editor.
Summaries provide a brief abstract to whatever the category page is about. Because they show up on searches and underneath the category image, they are very useful for identifying a category.
Typical content in a summary includes date of release, important specifications, and possibly an ID number.
Images are the eye candy of the category page. Most folks will use the category image as a form of identification, so it is important that it be general enough to cover all the sub-categories and guides that it holds, but specific enough that people can easily identify the category at a glance. Since the image will often be viewed as a thumbnail, it should be simple and free of clutter. The pictures on category pages do no have to be cropped to a specific aspect ratio, however they do have to be at least 300 x 150 pixels. They will fit the space best, though, if cropped to a 4:3 aspect ratio.
Attaching images to the category page is quite simple. Once an image is uploaded to the image shelf, simply drag the image wherever you want it to show up. To place an image as the category image, drag the image to the box with the ruler in it. If you would like to change the image, just drag a different image to the image box.
Images can also be put in the main body of the category page. When images are dragged into the main body, wiki text generates for the image, allowing for the image to be easily moved and edited within the body text. To change size and alignment of an image inside the body text, add "|size=small/me
Here's an example:
Permissions Manager ¶
Because categories are wiki pages, they are open for public editing. This is great, because it allows any off-the-street expert to critique or make changes to the page. However, it can also be a problem if people start to abuse their editing freedom. The Permissions Manager is a system that prohibits edits to pages from automatically getting accepted if the user making the edit has less than the necessary reputation. Check out these other pages for complete breakdowns on reputation and the Permission Manager.
Keyword Tags ¶
Keyword Tags act similarly to any other tags, in that they increase search popularity by including extra words that many folks would think of in relation to that category, even though they may not be a part of the title.
Body Text ¶
The body text is the meat of the category page. This is the best place to put the identifying characteristics of the category and why all the sub-categories and guides belong in this particular category. This is also a great place to put interesting background information.
Banner Images & Text ¶
You can spice up the look of a category page by adding a banner at the top. To add a banner, you need to copy/paste a bit of code on top of the category page body text:
[banner | Generic Title | image = IMAGE ID # | subtitle = Generic sentence about stuff. | link1 = [link|http://www.something.com|Link 1] | link2 = [link|http://www.something.com|Link 2] ]
Link 1 and Link 2 can be re-named to anything you'd like in the code above, and can point to any internal or external URL of your choosing.
You can find the IMAGE ID # you need by uploading the banner picture and dragging it into the wiki edit box. If performed successfully, you will see something like this show up in the edit box:
In this particular instance, the IMAGE ID # is "123444" -- and that's the number you need for your top banner code. Copy/paste the IMAGE ID # into the banner code, and then erase the [%image|123444|
The banner should be 150 pixels tall and can be a maximum of 923 pixels wide. The recommended size is 592 x 150 pixels, as that particular width is the exact width of the main wiki column.
The banner code will allow your category page to go from this:
Note that the sample banner above is 592 x 150 pixels, the same exact width as the main wiki column.
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