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Though much of this subject is covered at Help:Links, you may find the following approach more suited to your individual needs. Here, we'll only talk about linking through wikitext or linking in source mode.
An internal link is a link to any other page on the same wiki that you are currently editing. Attempting to create a link to the current page will fail. Instead, you'll just get bolded text.
Below we show a link to another page on this wiki:
and a link to the page we are on:
The most basic kind of link is two [[square brackets]] around the name of a page on the wiki.
If you wish, you can change the displayed text by using a pipe, the vertical line found on most English keyboards above the Enter key (|). Generally, the pipe delineates between the proper name of the article on the left, and the how you want to display that link on the right.
Now that we know what a wikitext link is, let's look at the variety of ways in which it can be achieved.
|What you type||What happens|
|[[Color]]s||Colors (note how the s automatically becomes a part of the link)|
|''[[Sci-Fi|science fiction]]''||science fiction (you can apply formatting to the whole link)|
|[[Sci-Fi|'''science''' fiction]]||science fiction (or you can emphasise only a part of the link)|
|[[This article doesn't exist]]||This article doesn't exist (red links mean the article doesn't exist)|
|[[:file:wiki-wordmark.png]]||file:wiki-wordmark.png (creates a link to the file, rather than putting the file on the page)|
|[[:category:browse]]||category:browse (creates a link to the category, rather than putting the page into the category)|
External links can be roughly broken up into two types: those that can be created purely with wikitext and those that are generated through URLs.
Links to a page that's not on your wiki can be achieved by either using the "w:c: method" or by knowing the domain name of wikis that are in your wiki's interwiki map.
The w:c: method
Every wiki on Fandom can link to every other wiki by simply typing:
Be careful that you link to a page that exists. A "w:c: link" always appears blue, even if there is no article of that name on that wiki. For instance, w:c:batman:Walt Disney World is a false blue link. When performing a "w:c: link", you should always click on it afterwards to make sure you're going to the intended page.
You can use a pipe to change the display text for a "w:c: link" just as you do for an on-wiki link.
Wikis in your interwiki map
If an external wiki is in your interwiki map, you can link to a page there by simply using [[domain:article name]].
By far, the most common wiki that uses this method is Wikipedia. Links there are achieved simply by typing wikipedia:Dolley Madison. Another popular external wikis is mediawiki.org, which houses a ton of help pages our readers enjoy. Links there are as easy as mw:Help:Parser functions
Although it's possible to create an internal link with a URL, you shouldn't. It's easier just to create a wiki-text link, and it makes wiki maintenance much easier if everyone is making internal links the same way.
When you need to link to a site that's not connected to Fandom, though, you have little choice but to make a URL link.
Here are some ways you can do that.
|You type||You see||You link to|
A pipe trick uses a pipe to automatically transform the way a link is displayed. On saving a pipe-tricked link, the software actually changes the way the link is made.
Its most basic form is to chop off a namespace from the front of a page name.
Imagine you're trying to create a link to Community Central:Admins and mods, but you don't want to show the words Community Central. Just add a single pipe at the end, and the software will do its thing.
When you go back to edit the text, you'll find that the pipe trick has resulted in the full form, [[Community Central:Admins and mods|Admins and mods]].
Here are some other examples:
|What you type||What happens|
|[[Forum:Background (color2)|]]||Background (the namespace gets lopped off, but also the parenthetical)|
|''[[wikipedia:Life on Mars (TV series)|]]''||Life on Mars (The call to wikipedia and the parenthetical get lopped off, but then the remainder gets made, properly, italic.)|
|[[Community Central:Community Development Team/Requests|]]||Community Development Team/Requests (the namespace gets lopped off, but not the subpage)|
|[[:file:wiki-wordmark.png|]]||wiki-wordmark.png (gets rid of the namespace, but not the .png file extension)|
|[[Forum:Background colors/pictures, HTML|]]||Background colors/pictures (removes the namespace and everything after the comma)|
|[[w:c:parksandrecreation:Leslie Knope|]]||c:parksandrecreation:Leslie Knope (pipe trick fails, but link is still valid)|
A slash trick is related to the pipe trick, but it helps you quickly link to subpages from the main page. For instance, this page, Help:Links/Wikitext is a subpage of Help:Links. If you were on Help:Links, you could link here by typing:
If you wanted to get rid of the slash at the beginning, then you could type:
Since we're here at Help:Links/Wikitext, the use of a slash trick would refer to the subpages of this subpage:
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