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Can Template:T replace more complex code?[]

The help page still contains some complex expressions using "code" and "nowiki" tags that look as if they could be simplified with use of {{T}}. Are there still places where it can't be used? — Robin Patterson (Talk) 03:07, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I'm new to templates, and I'm having a hard time locating templates for the wiki I'm working on. If someone could update this article and explain how to find existing templates, I'd appreciate it! —This unsigned comment is by Istril (wallcontribs). Please sign your comments by adding "~~~~" in the source editor.

Hey ;)! You can find a complete list of widgets using the Special:Prefixindex, and selecting templates. You can also use this link, changing <WIKILINK> to the Wiki's URL; Hope this helps ;). Tedjuh10 - Talk 10:25, October 17, 2009 (UTC)

Template Loop Detected[]

I don't understand this problem, I can't figure out how to fix it.--Phantom Stranger 01:47, March 30, 2010 (UTC)

if you keep posting your question in a dozen places, you are never going to get a response when one is left. Please see the email reply, or the message on the central forums. --Uberfuzzy 04:51, March 30, 2010 (UTC)

Foiled by Templates[]

I'm still needing some help with templates. I've created the template with the double fancy brackets as a sub-page and then this can not be put into any other page.

So, at this test page on my wiki: there is a link to a page that has a number. That number should be something that should be able to be put into a chart.

The number page is here:

The text for the link to show the template should be: * {{Pittsburgh_Obama_Academy_of_International_Studies_6-12/HS_boys}}. But it is not working. It seems as if the sub page with the / mark is messing us up.

Can templates have a / in them?

These pages were created with a simple link, [[/HS boys]]. Then the number was put into the blank page. Rauterkus 18:53, October 11, 2010 (UTC)

Testing Templates[]

Is there a way to test potential changes to a template without saving, but still being able to see how it looks when put on a page? I'm trying to fix some padding and margins (which don't show up in a preview) on multiple templates used on the home page and I keep messing up, which makes the home page look bad. I'd like to fix the weird padding without messing up the home page. SereneChaos 21:14, July 19, 2011 (UTC)

Not as far as I know of - The preview page show templates (that are saved) so when you are making a change to a template and click on Preview - You see the version that is saved not the unsaved version you currently are working on.
What I do, so I can see immediate effects of the template when I save it without having to leave the template is have a {{Documentation}} page for the template with some examples already set up, and add the following to the end of the template: <noinclude> {{Documentation}} </noinclude>. This will cause the Documentation page to be transcluded onto the main page, while not passing this information onto the regular articles that use the template. When you make changes to the template and save it you can see immediately how the changes look in your examples that are transcluded.
-- (<span=help title="Morph">M o r p h | <span=help title="See what Morph has Contributed to Wikia Central">C | <span=help title="Morph's Discussion Page">T) <span=help title="Morph has made Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr Contribution(s) to Wikia Central" style="font-size:70%; font-weight:bold; background:#FAE0AE; color:black;">[[Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr|Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr]] contributions and counting. 19:54, June 4, 2012 (UTC)

Help me please![]

I want the family tree template on my wiki, but I don't know how to put it on there. if I try It just says that the page does not exist and I made a page for the template but that didn't help at all! Please help me! —This unsigned comment is by Leapkit (wallcontribs). Please sign your comments by adding "~~~~" in the source editor. 14:14, June 4, 2012

Did you copy the both templates? {{Familytree}} and its sub-template {{Familytree/element}}?
-- (<span=help title="Morph">M o r p h | <span=help title="See what Morph has Contributed to Wikia Central">C | <span=help title="Morph's Discussion Page">T) <span=help title="Morph has made Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr Contribution(s) to Wikia Central" style="font-size:70%; font-weight:bold; background:#FAE0AE; color:black;">[[Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr|Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr]] contributions and counting. 20:01, June 4, 2012 (UTC)

Template Help[]

I'm having so much trouble with templates I'm trying to make a template similar to the one used here but nothing seems to be working :( I tried using the default ino box and edited it so it ended up like this, but it keeps telling me template loop detected whenever I try and use it, I got rid of the monster part so it just started with {{Infobox but then it wouldn't let me edit it when I stuck it into the page. Help please?

GamingGrl24 19:53, July 7, 2012 (UTC)

The Monster Infobox template was calling itself when it should have been calling the the Main template {{Infobox}}. On the " Monster " pages you will use {{Monster Infobox}}. -- (<span=help title="Morph">M o r p h | <span=help title="See what Morph has Contributed to Wikia Central">C | <span=help title="Morph's Discussion Page">T) <span=help title="Morph has made Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr Contribution(s) to Wikia Central" style="font-size:70%; font-weight:bold; background:#FAE0AE; color:black;">[[Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr|Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr]] contributions and counting. 21:44, July 7, 2012 (UTC)

Ok thanks :) but now when I imput the template into the page I'm not able to edit it the way you can with the example one? GamingGrl24 21:55, July 7, 2012 (UTC)

You do not edit a template on the "article pages" you add the template to the page with the parameters that you do know and add the others later as you find the information for those parameters. - Example: if you know only the image to be used you would enter this on the monster page:
{{Monster Infobox
| image = image file name goes here
-- (<span=help title="Morph">M o r p h | <span=help title="See what Morph has Contributed to Wikia Central">C | <span=help title="Morph's Discussion Page">T) <span=help title="Morph has made Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr Contribution(s) to Wikia Central" style="font-size:70%; font-weight:bold; background:#FAE0AE; color:black;">[[Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr|Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr]] contributions and counting. 22:01, July 7, 2012 (UTC)
After thinking about what you are asking to be able to do, I think you need to substitute the template onto the page so that all of the parameters are there and you can just edit them later -- to do this you would use {{subst:Monster Infobox}} onto the page and then SAVE the page - then edit the page and the template with all of the parameters would be there as well for you to change the N/A's into the information you want displayed.
Edit my user page to see what I mean
-- (<span=help title="Morph">M o r p h | <span=help title="See what Morph has Contributed to Wikia Central">C | <span=help title="Morph's Discussion Page">T) <span=help title="Morph has made Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr Contribution(s) to Wikia Central" style="font-size:70%; font-weight:bold; background:#FAE0AE; color:black;">[[Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr|Special:Editcount/Jrooksjr]] contributions and counting. 22:09, July 7, 2012 (UTC)

OK thanks for all your help :) GamingGrl24 22:26, July 7, 2012 (UTC)


I've been trying to create a template. But when I watched the video, it said to click "add other templates" Well I don't have that option, all it says is "show list of used templates" so why is mine different?

Click on that. There is something like a search box there. Type your template's name in there and it should come. 05:37, August 12, 2012 (UTC)

Edit Button[]

Hi, I created a multi-purpose template on my wiki, but it has no edit button (which means I can only use it on one article). Please tell me how to fix it. Thanks.Superlana (talk) 17:45, August 15, 2012 (UTC)

  • Hi there. The best place to go for help is our Community Central Forum, where users experienced with templates can give you a hand in fixing yours. Good luck! - Brandon Rhea(talk) 18:30, August 15, 2012 (UTC)


I'm new to all this, and i've just started trying to use templates. I'm following the instructions, but when i go onto edit mode in the template section it just says 'show list of new templates', not 'add other templates'. Btw im on an ipad is that whyits not working, or is it me being a moron?

Hi, it looks like this button was removed - I'll update the help article in order to change this. In the future, you'll get a faster response if you ask this question in the forums, as there are more people who look at them. -- RandomTime 21:24, November 7, 2012 (UTC)

Color on family tree[]

Is it possible to add a background color to certain cells in a family tree using {{Familytree/doc}}? Thanks!--Ylnani (talk) 04:24, December 28, 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I would recommend asking that in our Forum - its gets a lot more activity and there are a lot of advanced users there who may be able to answer your question. Sarah (help forum | blog) 17:39, January 2, 2013 (UTC)

N*** questions[]

I am new to this, so please help me:

1. Where do I find Template:Example on my wikia? What you put in the article is not clear enough. I have been searching everywhere on my wikia.

2. I take it I can edit the template's contents at any time and in the articles I am writing as well?

~~ Haou1987 April 2, 2013, 12:53 ~~

Hi there, so the steps on the page use Template:Example as an example for how to create a simple template. It doesn't exist on your wiki so you can practice creating one. As for editing, if you want to add content to the template, you do that when you are editing the page. If you want to change the template itself, you have to do that on the Template page. Sarah (help forum | blog) 16:32, April 2, 2013 (UTC)
Okay now I try to set up a Quote template, which works in different wikia's. So I simply put in how its done in other wikia's where it works, but when I do it here it doesn't. This is what I mean
~ Text

. Can you explain how I can make that work? ~~ Haou1987

Answering could be easier if you gave us a link to show which wiki you are talking about. -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 00:05, April 3, 2013 (UTC)
Sorry yes of course. I'll give a link to an example I meant:
(totally random page btw)
I mean like the quote they use there on top of the page. I try use the same template on my wikia, but it does not work.
~~ Haou1987 April 3, 2013 13:28
Looks like {{Dialogue}}. Does your wiki have a page called "Template:Dialogue"? Templates generally don't work from one wiki to another. You have to have a copy (or an adapted version) on your other wiki. Open the "Edit" screen - - copy, and paste into a page of the same name on your wiki. They don't seem to use the current standard documentation system; you should, so you need to add <noinclude>{{documentation}}</noinclude> at the end (starting in the same line as the last bit of the template). Then on the new documentation page you say where you copied the template from. Then try to use it. (You should have been able to work all of that out for yourself with careful reading of Help:Templates.) -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 08:23, April 4, 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! It seems to work now. ~~ Haou1987 April 4, 2013 10:40


A section should be added to this help article detailing what templates are not meant to be used for, but I don't want to add this myself as I don't know what to add. --{{SUBST:User:Speysider/Signature}} 20:17, August 18, 2013 (UTC)

Wide image scroller[]

I was wondering if there are any wide image scroller templates? I ask because I have a timeline that is being cut off the page, and it isn't showing the whole graph. I have found scrollers that go vertically, but I would like to know if there are any that can go horizontally?

MySummerJob (talk) 05:07, October 3, 2013 (UTC)


My template is different than yours. It comes out like this:[]


I can't even add a photo and I can't change where it says "Some attributes, first, sencond,...." and all that. What should I do? HELP ME PLEASE

Copied template cannot function ?[]

Hello, I would like to ask, since a few months ago, this has been bugging me for a while, i copied this template from another wikia, but it doesn't work, i copied every wiki text , and it still doesn't work, Am i missing something? I double checked everything, nothing was missed out, it's really weird ... Vergilheartnet (talk) 16:34, June 9, 2014 (UTC)

It's entirely possible the template requires custom js or css to work. You should ask the person who created (or at least, made most recent changes) the template. Though if you copied it without permission or attribution (the latter is compulsory, the former is just nice), it may be they don't want to help you. I've seen that happen. --Tupka217 16:48, June 9, 2014 (UTC)
Can you please give a link to the original template and to the one you copied?  Staw-Hat Luffy  Talk  08:56, June 10, 2014 (UTC)

List of common templates[]

It would be nice to have a list of working common templates like for example wp:Template:Navbox or wp:Template:Val or wp:Template:Date or wp:Template:Reflist. When I will find or translate such templates on Wikia, I will add to the list below:

BlizzardOSH (talk) 17:18, October 17, 2014 (UTC)

Apologies for adding a little rain on your parade, but it's likely to be pretty difficult to list common templates, to be honest - many can have matching names but slightly (or wildly) different coding. Others may have completely different names but essentially identical coding. That being said, I think the Templates Wiki can be a good place for many to start looking for generic, popular templates like navboxes and infoboxes. Kirkburn  talk  contr    14:18, October 20, 2014 (UTC)

Template Restructuring[]

I'm having trouble restructuring a template because I don't yet know the wikia language well enough. This is my template: I want to add members to the family tree and have labored at doing so because I'm not quite getting the language right. Can anyone help me in properly restructuring the template to better reflect the family tree? Thanks, in advance!Tejrinde Shahrizai (talk) 03:58, July 22, 2015 (UTC)

Not sure if you're already over this problem or not, but if it's just instructions on how to use the template you need, they're in the template's documentation page at Template:Chart. If that doesn't help, maybe I can help if you describe what you're trying to add. -Illumini9 (talk) 07:31, September 23, 2015 (UTC)

Loading times[]

I consider myself to have a penchant for making pretty big templates. My laptop's a relatively low-end one that sometimes chokes just trying to load a normal wiki page in the Wikia skin.

Basically, my question is: how "big" (i.e. bytes of code) or "complicated" (i.e. nesting levels) do templates need to get before loading it starts to become a problem for the average user? There're a lot of nifty little automatic features I'd like to put in my templates, if only I could be sure just how many parserfunctions and other templates I can nest within each other before they start becoming a serious bother to people. -Illumini9 (talk) 07:38, September 23, 2015 (UTC)

Template source editor?[]

I'm using the source editor and I wanted to edit an article in the template namespace on the RuneScape wiki, and it appears that the source editor is now different for the template namespace. Why? Why can't I use the regular source editor for this. I even changed my Preference to VisualEditor, but it didn't affect the template namespace. Is there a reason why the source editor for the template namespace was changed? It acts differently from the regular source editor which is very annoying... P.S. I checked other wikia's and they have the same messed up template editor. — Salix7 (talk) 13:28, November 3, 2015 (UTC)

This was a recent tweak to make Wikia behaviour more consistent (the updated editor was used for some infoboxes). The editor style is now controlled by Help:Syntax highlighting#User preference. We'd love feedback on it - please send thoughts in to Special:Contact/feedback! Kirkburn  talk  contr    14:14, November 3, 2015 (UTC)

Help with a family tree[]

I keep trying to make a fsamily tree for my webside but its not working and everytime i fix it it doesn't work. What do i do?

Spence222 (talk) 22:15, February 10, 2016 (UTC)

If you send in a note to Special:Contact/general about this, with more detail about what exactly you're trying to do, we may be able to give you more pointers. Kirkburn  talk  contr    16:16, February 11, 2016 (UTC)

List templates[]

Some wikis, like w:c:clubpenguin have a list of templates used on that page. I was wondering how to generate that list? -- —This unsigned comment is by Kaixokkiten (wallcontribs). Please sign your comments by adding "~~~~" in the source editor.

I'm not quite sure what would be different between Club Penguin Wiki and elsewhere - if you send in a note to Special:Contact/general we can look into this in more detail. Kirkburn  talk  contr    15:03, April 15, 2016 (UTC)

Someone please please PLEASE help me.[]

I did a lot of looking into how to get infoboxes on your wiki. I manged to sorta get it to work by getting the html from inspect elements since no one ever bothers to post a link to the html like seriously ever on any of the template places ive seen...

Can someone PLEASE just give the html i need for a info box that works like the one on this page? I'm not able ot get images in mine and im not able to get the toggle thing. Please just help me out with this. :C what is the html to use this as a template with working images and working toggle.

For assistance with infoboxes, I suggest checking out Help:Infoboxes - it has lots of details on how to create new-style infoboxes on Wikia.
That particular page you linked uses the old style of infoboxes which are rather more complex to deal with, but the wikitext code is found here. Kirkburn  talk  contr    13:59, May 31, 2016 (UTC)



This problem started out because I wanted to add another row to an infobox. Simple, right? Apparently not.

I wanted to add a section to an infobox on my music wiki indicating an artist's owned record label. What happened was I got the section added, but now the infobox is only editable in VisualEditor mode. This is the page I tested out. Any help would be massively appreciated.

SUPERCEREAL (talk) 20:42, June 22, 2016 (UTC)

User good at template?[]

Are there users here that are willing to help templates? The reason why I asked is that I have a problem with with the fact that not all of my rows of slots info are not closing when the "slots" title is clicked on. And I want my layout of the slots thing to be more or less that format. Qwertyxp2000 the second (talk) 22:41, July 15, 2016 (UTC)

It's working for me at the moment - but I see you've made a bunch of changes since then. If you still need help, please feel free to post on the Forums, or send a request in to Special:Contact. Kirkburn  talk  contr    17:56, July 21, 2016 (UTC)

Unused/redundant Template Deletion.[]

Hi. I was wondering if there is a way to see if and where templates are being used on a wiki, without manually checking every page. I'm trying to remove junk templates that users created trying to use my wiki as a sandbox.Zane T 69 (talk) 16:47, November 2, 2016 (UTC)

go to Special:Templates in wiki to view list of templates. MINATOTalk latest?cb=20161021143147 16:54, November 2, 2016 (UTC)

Thank you. Zane T 69 (talk) 17:40, November 3, 2016 (UTC)

Tracking Templates[]

Is there any function that allows me to see all the pages a template is on?
--|| Grudgeholderr (Pulty) ||-- 07:56, November 24, 2017 (UTC)

Yes - they are listed as 'transcluded' in Special:WhatLinksHere. For example, for Template:Talkheader is used on all pages with (transclusion) at Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Talkheader. Hope this helps! noreplyz talk 09:44, November 24, 2017 (UTC)
You can also filter WhatLinksHere to only show transclusions by clicking on "hide links" and "hide redirects" in the box at the top. -- Cube-shaped garbage can 15:36, November 24, 2017 (UTC)
Thanks a lot!
--|| Grudgeholderr (Pulty) ||-- 16:04, November 24, 2017 (UTC)

Template acting up[]

I had made a template, but when I implemented it on the pages, the Wiki Activity and everything that would usually appear on the sides would be faded out or just not appearing on the page at all, with a stamp saying "Retrieved from" at the bottom. I don't know what I did for the template to make a page act up and I would like some help to fix it.

This is the link to the code used;

Thank you in advance. Jaax23 (talk) 01:53, June 1, 2018 (UTC)

Hey, I made this edit to the template, there was a broken 'div' that was messing things up. Hope this helps! noreplyz 08:07, June 1, 2018 (UTC)

Sub Column thins out[]

In this CD template, the Tracklist section appears fine on the first track, but when other tracks are added the column becomes much thinner. Is there any way to rectify this?

Jaax23 (talk) 06:57, October 17, 2018 (UTC)

Could we put links toward this page in the other languages? I think it'll be helpful and a nice little addition.

Nnnooooonnnnn (talk) 08:38, June 6, 2019 (UTC)

In other languages Template on The Chocolatier Series Wiki[]

Hello. On The Chocolatier Series Wiki (It's fairly new btw and I'd love to get some help), I've been wanting to create a template where it shows the name of a topic in other languages (I'd like to include every one in Google Translate). I'd want to make it table style, with the name of it in the other language and what it means. But to make it work there will need to be spaces where editors can put information in it. Could anyone give me some help here to make a template like that, please? Thank you!

GameBoy2479 (talk) 11:08, February 7, 2020 (UTC)

Help:Tables should give you a good startup on creating a table. For adding "spaces" for editors to add information into, I think you might be aiming for parameters. See Help:Template parameters for it.
If you can't figure it out, let me know on my wall. I'll help you out. :) Nan CrazyForMyself 13:41, February 7, 2020 (UTC)

I'm Confused[]

the part where it said "On your community, navigate to "Template:Example" using the address bar of your browser and click "Create" which can be found in the top right corner of the content section." what does that even mean? IndieTheCat 20:05, September 24, 2020 (UTC)

So it basically means that you can create a template by clicking on the "Add" button in the top right corner, and type "Template:Name" in the field that popped up, replace the "Name" with the name you want. KiwiReg (talk) 16:48, 5 July 2021 (UTC)

Adding Headings and Subheadings in navboxes[]

I am new to the source editor, so how do you add headings and subheadings to the navboxes, like the ones on This page

[[Entity303lollol]]====> (talk) 06:34, October 7, 2020 (UTC)

Anyone here? [[Entity303lollol]]====> (talk) 06:35, October 12, 2020 (UTC)

Bruh the USERNAME template ain't working Jotaro Kujo (Message Wall or Talk page) 02:00, October 21, 2020 (UTC)

Does anyone know if 1) there is a way to integrate a hoverable spoiler tag into a larger template coding like character box. And 2) if there is a way to code a set number of characters under the spoiler tag; say 25 or something. Would like to propose putting this option for status for some media which are death heavy, and there's not much point when you can tell whether it says "Active" or "Deceased" based on character count. I know there is also the option of adding " " to the page code and manually counting some consistent number of characters, but that seems too labor intensive to be feasible. Blumenblatt (talk) 00:12, January 5, 2021 (UTC)

A subpage to supplement additional information[]

Should there be a [[/technical]] or [[/info]] subpage to this help page? Many people are still confused on how templates work, and this could come in handy. Maybe it explains templates in more detail, or something. Anyone agree? User:SuperDragonXD1 (talkmessage wall) 07:32, 2 November 2021 (UTC)

I believe the subject is too wide to cover it on Fandom help pages. At the bottom of the help page there are links to more complete guides on and
Also, some confusion simply cannot be cleared up by more explanation. It comes with time and experience of the tool.
Nam 11:22, 2 November 2021 (UTC)
Ok, thanks! I am also the one who added the links to MediaWiki, so that's great. User:SuperDragonXD1 (talkmessage wall) 12:18, 2 November 2021 (UTC)

What's up?[]

How are you all doing?


I am making a wiki for my fanfic. I was making a new template and got it working but when I insert the templates it also ad's the syntax. What did I do wrong!?

What should my navbox template documentation look like[]

I don't what my navbox template documentation should look like, nor the design. Someone teach me... MapGuy101 (talk) 18:34, 12 December 2022 (UTC)

Appeal Blocks, Isn't Working?[]

Hey?, This Is Allow The User, Isn't Working? Suhaib Mahdi (talk) 18:38, June 12, 2023 (UTC)