Formatting Category Pages

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Title ¶ 

The title is both what a category will be known as, and the way that people will find a category. Therefore, it is important that the category title is appropriate for the subcategories and guides that it contains. Category titles should be broad enough to include all pertinent subcategories, 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, and 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 too narrow. You'll want categories that give your content room to grow.

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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.

Summary ¶ 

Summaries provide a brief idea of what the category page is about. They show up on searches and underneath the category image, so they are very useful for identifying a category.

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Typical content in a summary includes date of release, important specifications, and possibly an ID number.

Images ¶ 

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Images help users recognize the topic of a category page. Most people 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.

Attaching the category image is quite simple. Once an image is uploaded to the Media Manager, simply drag click on the thumbnail of the image, and it will appear where the grey image placeholder was.

Images can also be put in the main body of the category page. The process for adding an image to the main body of the category page is the same as adding an image to a Wiki. 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/medium/large" or "|align=left/center/right" inside the image brackets.

Here's an example:

[image|123456|size=medium|align=left]

Permissions Manager ¶ 

Categories are wiki pages, which means they are open for public editing. This is great because it allows any expert to critique or make changes to the page. However, it can be a problem if people start to abuse their editing freedom. The Permissions Manager is a system that prohibits edits to pages from being automatically 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.

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Keyword Tags ¶ 

Keyword Tags act similarly to any other tags, in that they increase search popularity by including extra words that many would think of in relation to that category, even though they may not be a part of the title.

To add a tag, locate the "Tags" field on the category page, type in the tag you want to add, and then press "Add".

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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.

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