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So I've taken to cleaning up the wiki and as such, I've started on the templates. They are hideously underused so I thought I'd blog a kind of 'run-through' (if that) so you can see all the different templates that can be put on a variety of articles:

How to add templates:

Method 1:

For templates that don't require you to fill in any parameters (e.g construction boxes, stubs etc) you can simply place {{insert template name here}} at the top of the page.

Method 2:

This is probably the easiest and I'm giving you a pictorial:

TT1

Find the page you want to place a template on and click on the edit button to the right of the title.

TT2

You'll see the editor. The right of the page has a grey column - the bottom of the column has 'templates' with an arrow pointing down. Click on the arrow (it doesn't matter whether or not you prefer to use source or visual mode.)

TT3

There are these 4 jigsaw pieces. Ignore those and click on 'Add other templates'.

TT4

A black box pops up. To the bottom left are the most frequently used templates - if you find the template you're looking for, click on it and proceed to the step after next. Ignore the MAGIC WORDS thing.

TT5

If you can't find the template you are looking for, type it into the search box. The box will suggest which template you want - you need to find a suggestion that matches with your template. If you can't find it, try spelling it a different way because you can't go to the next step without clicking on the correct suggestion. You don't need to type 'Template:' before the template name.

TT6

The box should now hold two columns - the left has parameters you need to fill in accordingly. You don't need to fill in 'Box Name' in the infoboxes unless the template name doesn't match with the page name - the template automatically uses the page name.

TT7

You can press preview so you can see your work on the right column of the box.

TT8

Press OK when you are done and a little jigsaw piece will pop up on the page (if you are in visual editor).

TT9

Press 'publish' on the right hand corner and you'll see your work!

TT10

Method 3:

(Particularly useful for source mode)

I've added the links to each template page - on the template page you'll find some code at the bottom which you can copy and paste directly on to the editor.

E.g character infobox template:

{{Character
     | name              =
     | occupation        =
     | image             =
     | species           =
     | gender            =
     | fairy tale        =
     | age               =
     | family            =
     | skin color        =
     | hair color        =
     | eye color         =
     | status            =
     | appearances       =
     }}

Just fill in the correct information after the equals sign.

Method 4:

(This is really long winded so try to stay away from it)

Where it says {{insert template name here}} you have to type that in source mode. (Alternatively, you can type that into visual mode, switch to source and then switch back to visual which will produce the following step). You should find a green jigsaw piece and if you click on it, then and only then can you edit the parameters (the bits you change for each template).

CharNav

This should be on every page. Place {{CharNav}} at the very bottom of the page, to produce this:

The Sisters Grimm Navigation
The Books
The Grimms
The Everafters
Click here for the template page.

Construction

For pages currently under construction, place {{Construction Box}} at the top of the page, to produce this:

This page is under construction.
Please bear with the Wiki as it is edited to its full potential - if you want to edit or add anything, feel free!

Click here for the template page.

More Content

For pages that seriously need people to edit, place {{More Content}} at the top of the page, to produce this:

If only we had the Wand of Merlin...
This page is lacking a lot of information found in the series.
Please edit it to so it has all the information needed to make this Wiki a smorgasbord of all things Grimm!

Click here for the template page.

Stub

For pages that have literally no information (stubs), place {{Stub}} at the top of the page, to produce this:

This article is a stub.
You can help The Sisters Grimm Wiki by expanding it.

Click here for the template page.

Delete

For pages that are repeated or have no use, place {{Delete}} at the top of the page, to produce this: Click here for the template page.

Speedy Delete

I don't really see the use of this but it came pre-loaded so...for pages that you just reeeally want to get rid of, place {{Speedydelete}} at the top of the page, to produce this: Click here for the template page.

Character Infobox

On character pages, place {{Character}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

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Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Book Infobox

On book pages, place {{Book}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Publication Order
previous:
next:
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Relationship Infobox

On relationship pages, place {{Relationship}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Setting Infobox

On setting pages, place {{Setting}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Organisation Infobox

On organisation pages (armies, groups, classes and the like), place {{Organisations}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Businesses Infobox

On pages that are about the various businesses in Ferryport Landing, place {{Store}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.


Item Infobox

On item pages (usually magical artefacts, tomes etc), place {{Item}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Event Infobox

On event pages (the Everafter War, the tear in time etc), place {{Event}}using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Real Person Infobox

On pages that are about actual people in our world (usually authors), place {{Real Person}} using any of the above outlined methods, which will produce this:

FireworksandChimpanzees/Template tutorial thing
Click here for the template page. Fill in the parameters as necessary, leaving blank the ones that are not known.

Small Text

On pages that need some sort of footnote or directional sentence after a heading, place {{Small Text}} to produce this:
{{{1}}}
Click here for the template page. Type whatever your text is into Parameter 1.

See also

On pages that link directly to another (primarily the relationship sections), place {{See also}} to produce this:
See {{{1}}} for more details.

Click here for the template page. Type whatever your text is into Parameter 1.

Similar

On pages that have a similar name to another (or even kind of the same -The Council of Mirrors and the Council of Mirrors), place {{Similar}} to produce this:

Click here for the template page. Type a small description about the current page into Parameter 1 and a small description about the other page/s with links in Parameter 2. There can be as many page links as necessary in Parameter 2.

Text Boxes

Generally, if you want to leave some kind of note to say that you plan to return to a page or whatever or even if you want a box about yourself for your user page, place either {{Dark Text Box}} or {{Light Text Box}} on the page. The background and border colours can be changed for both boxes and the Dark Text Box has black coloured font (unchangeable) so you can use a light background. Alternatively, you could use a Light Text Box which has cornsilk coloured font (unchangeable) so you can use a dark background:

Insert text here

Insert text here

Click here for the Dark Text Box template page
Click here for the Light Text Box template page. The first two parameters allow you to change the colour of the border and the font (use a HEX value if you aren't using on of the Wikia pre-loaded colours) and the third parameter is where you can input your text.

Quote

This template really only works well with one liners as it stops adhering to the colour combinations after one line which sucks (check Puck's page to see what I mean).  User:EstrangeloEdessa dicovered that you can use the template for really long quotes that have many lines if you type in <br> after the line - it basically breaks everything up, so place that nifty bit of code where you would usually press enter. Use it in the following way: place {{Quote}} on the page to produce this:


{{{1}}}
~ {{{2}}}, from {{{3}}}


in Parameter 1, type the quote; in 2, type the source (usually the person who is saying it) and in 3 type the base source (the book it's from). Click here for the Quote template page.

Ignore the categories below; when you insert the corresponding template onto a page, the wiki automatically categorises the article for you :)

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