Editing a page may require changing its name (and URL). Wikis call this process moving a page. This operation doesn't only concern general pages: it may also be necessary to move categories, images, or other types of content that belongs to a specific URL.

Reasons to move a page[edit | edit source]

There are various reasons why a page may need to be moved:

  • The current title contains spelling errors.
  • The title doesn't follow nomenclature with our page naming standard, or its name is prone to ambiguity or confusion by other users.
  • The topic has been shortened, extended, or changed from the original draft, and the title no longer represents the content of the entry.
  • The page belongs in a different namespace.
  • Certain section of the page fits better as a section of a more complete page.
  • A page needs to be merged with another, either because both are too similar or complement each other.

As long as the proposed name fits with Help:Page naming it should be okay, but ask if you're unsure (on the article's talk page, or the village pump).

Avoid creating dead links[edit | edit source]

Wiki pages are connected to other pages through its categories and links. Moving a page implies that other pages linking to it might end up with a dead link. For this reason, we encourage to move the page correctly. This is not strictly necessary for new pages, but simply deleting a page might make some content difficult to find.

How to move a page correctly[edit | edit source]

Moving a section[edit | edit source]

If you want to move only part of a page, then you can simply cut and paste the wikitext into a new page. In this case, you must summarize the reason and what content you are moving on the edit summary of the pages you're editing.

How to move a complete article[edit | edit source]

If you have been a registered user of Appropedia for a while and have made a few edits, you should see a Move tab at the top of the page.

Click on the pencil, it's the third option. It is helpful to other editors if you enter a brief reason for the move, unless the reason is very obvious.


If you select the option to leave a redirect, the page will be moved to its new location while leaving a redirect from the old to the new page. Please leave the redirect in place indefinitely so that people who use the old link or type the old name in the search box will find the article in its new location.

Video demonstrations[edit | edit source]

How to move a page

Tutorial on how to move a page in Appropedia.

Language: English (EN)
Cómo mover una página

Tutorial sobre cómo mover una página en Appropedia.

Language: Español (ES)

I can't move pages![edit | edit source]

If you have trouble moving a page or cannot find the option, continue editing and wait a few days. If you've been registered for a couple of weeks and still can't see a move tab, leave a note at the page's talk page or ask for help at the village pump.

Merging[edit | edit source]

If there is already a page at the new name, it won't work. Consider a merge instead.

Are they different kinds of pages, e.g. one is a how to and one is a project, or a topic? Then they should be separate, but named in ways that tell the reader what kind of page it is.

Moving category pages[edit | edit source]

Categories cannot be easily moved like other pages. For this reason, please choose category names carefully.

(Other pages have a "move" tab at the top of the page, to the left of the "watch" tab. However there is no "move" tab on category pages. Admins can easily delete and recreate the page, but this loses any page history.)

Moving a category is also a bigger decision, as every article in the category must be edited (usually it's easiest to use the pywikipedia bot, with category.py). If you want this done, leave a note on the talk page, and perhaps mention it to an admin (admin priveleges are needed for some of the steps below, in any case).

These steps should be arranged more neatly (with main steps, broken down). But for now...


  1. Go to Special:Export and paste or type the current name of the category you want to move. (Add to the large box, not the one line Add pages from category: box.)
  2. Either add the talk page here also, or just use the move tab from the talk page. (Or is this automatic?) If for some reason the talk page needs to be moved separately, You can move using the "move" tab - this is possible with category talk pages, but not with the category pages). This preserves the history. This has the advantage of creating a redirect.
  3. Uncheck the first option, Include only the current revision, not the full history. You want to save the history, so make sure this is clear, not checked. Offer to save as a file should be checked (this is the easier way... or at least the way that I know).
  4. Click Export, and save the .xml file (which will be called something like Appropedia-20080110030559.xml, where the numbers are the date and time of saving).
  5. Use a text editor to open the file.
  6. Go to the line starting <title> and change the title to the desired title.
  7. Optional (when moving many pages in a batch): search and delete (or replace as appropriate) any templates which do not belong in mainspace.
  8. Save your edits.
  9. Go to Special:Import, browse to the .xml file (with the updated title) and click Upload file. The category page should now be at the desired page name.
  10. Move every article in the category to the new category, by editing the category tags. For details on using pywikipedia bot, see meta:Category.py.
  11. Deal with the old category. Note Appropedia:No redirects for categoriesIf there is a chance there are links to it especially from outside Appropedia, don't delete, but add a temporary {{category redirect}}, adding the current date as an argument. This is only temporary - The old category page should then be deleted some time later (after double-checking that the category has no members). If a talk page is being deleted as well, be sure it has already been copied to the new location, and don't delete the redirect.
  12. At the old category page (now an empty page), click "What links here," and fix all the redirects (is there an automated way to do this? What are the steps for replace.py?). Inevitably this will be missed sometimes - so part of maintenance involves checking for redlink categories at Special:Wantedpages. (Categories on this page may also be broken redirects, or simply genuinely wanted category pages that haven't been created yet).

Between category pages and other namespaces, use the Export-Import technique above, simply changing the full pagename (e.g. adding or removing the "Category:" prefix, or replacing it with a different prefix. There is no other difference between the XML files of category and other pages, so this should be safe.

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Authors Chris Watkins, Kathy Nativi
Published 2007
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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