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Keywords Appropedia help
Aliases H:CREATE
Authors Sara Khan
deepika gaur
Ricardo Reyes
Chris Watkins
Kike Ramirez
Lonny Grafman
Kyle Price
Cole Van Camp
Pankaj Deshmukh
Zach Chenier
Emilio Velis
Isidore Esemonu
Published 2007
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Derivatives Ayuda:Crear una página
Impact Number of views to this page. Views by admins and bots are not counted. Multiple views during the same session are counted as one. 8,192

This page explains how to create a new page. If instead you are looking for help in editing existing pages, take a look in Editing basics.

At it's simplest, you can just create a new page from scratch by writing the title you want for your page in the box below:

If instead you want to create a page of a specific type, such as a project or an organization, go the preaload section below.

Be BOLD. Start adding information right away. Do not worry about formatting or completeness if you are not sure how to do it, since others will help. Remember that changes are made easily and you can always revert them. Come back whenever you wish to make changes; pages will live on Appropedia for years to come.

Here you will find some further information regarding content, format and general anatomy of a page.

Page anatomy

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Here are some of the most common sections of an Appropedia page:


The choice of the title is a fundamental element in the composition of a voice, because it summarizes the content of the voice in one or very few words. The title must be consistent with the content, incisive, explanatory and representative at the same time. Use a clear and descriptive name, usually in singular, in lower case except for proper names, without articles and avoid these symbols: & # < > [ ] | { } / (see Help:Page naming for details)


The opening section should contain an abstract or intro, explaining the content of the entry in simple terms. This functions as a summary of the entry and illustrates the importance of the topic in a few sentences. In most cases, an abstract should start like this: "ABC is …".

Keep in mind that search previews and excerpts reuse the first sentences of a page, so they help others find and use your content more easily. Also remember:

  • There should not be any header above the abstract in order for the text to be picked up.
  • Abstracts must be short and informative in order to catch the readers' attention.

Table of contents

Appropedia automatically generates the standard index for all the pages that contain at least four sections, except those in which the command __NOTOC__ is present. Conversely, you can force the presence of the table of contents even on a page that has fewer than four sections, by adding the command __TOC__ to the text. These may be useful if the page is very long or very short.


Example of content typology on Appropedia described through Template:Databox.
Databoxes are a modular infobox format to classify and organize content on Appropedia.

Please add at least one keyword in Template:Page data, for example recycling or energy.


First of all, remember an entry is never complete. No matter how deeply you have dealt with a certain topic, there's always something more to explain, a note or a detail to add, a sentence, a paragraph, etc. It is also important to cite the sources of what has been written so that the information reported is verifiable. It is necessary to be complete in explaining at least the most important aspects, but without exceeding.

Take your time to do justice to a topic that is particularly close to your heart, and make sure you don't make any grammatical or syntactic errors. When you are satisfied with the result, simply click on the Save Page button, which you find exactly below the editor you just used.


These tools below may be helpful to get you started with a pre-filled page. Enter a title and click the button if you wish to start a page about a specific topic or a specific project. Be sure to remove any code that you don't end up using.

If you choose a page name that already exists, this won't overwrite the page —it will fill the edit box with the content from existing page instead. Please be careful if that happens so not to blank another's work-.

If you want to experiment editing Appropedia or brainstorm content without publishing anything, you're welcome to start a test page at your personal Sandbox.


Document your experience solving a problem, either community or individual. You can explain the context, the problem solving approach, prior knowledge, devices or methodologies required, learnings an impact of the applied solution. Projects are the heart of Appropedia, since they showcase past experiences of people around the world. You can browse the Projects articles and subcategories for examples and check for collaboration opportunities, i.e. articles similar to what you're considering writing.

Here you have two examples of a Project pages:


Tell the world about your (or somebody else's) organization. You can write about its history, goals, vision and keep it up to date with its latest actions.

Here you have an example of organization:

Topic page

Document key information about a concept or idea.


Document how to build a device, appliance or gadget. Here you'll add, for instance a list of materials as well as the step by step instructions for building that device.

Here you have two examples of devices:

Medical course

Document and develop a medical course

Here you have an example of a medical course:

Medical skill

Document an ability that needs to be acquired in order to perform a medical treatment.

Here you have an example of a medical skill:

For more about page types, go to Help:Types of content

Create from scratch

If you don't want to use any of the preloads, you can always start with a clean page. There are two main ways:

Use the search box

1. Search for the title

In the search box, write down the title and hit enter.

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2. Click on the red link

In the search results, look for the black and red bold text saying Create the page ... on this wiki!. This will open the page on edition mode.

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3. Edit and save

Add the content you wish on the page you're creating and then click on save.

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Use the address bar

1. Write the title

In your browser's address bar after write the title you wish replacing spaces with underscores. Then hit enter.

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2. Click on Create this page link

You will see a page like this. There click on the blue link saying "create this page".

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3. Edit and save

Add the content you wish on the page you're creating and then click on save.

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Adding a link on another page

Now that you have your page made, you can link to it from other pages in the same way you link to other Appropedia pages within your page.

1. Add link on source

In the "parent" page, click on Edit source and then add the link with the desired page title. Then click save.

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2. Click on the redlink

In the "parent" page, click on the redlink of the new page you want to create. This will open that page on edition mode.

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3. Edit and save

Add the content you wish on the page you're creating and then click on save.

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See also