Online Tutorials

Getting Started with Wikispaces
Another tutorial also titled Getting Started with Wikispaces
If you want to do more complex things with your Wikispaces wiki such as add a scrolling banner to the top of your pages, this wiki called 'Getting Tricky with Wikis' will be a great reference.

The Basics

  • Click on 'Edit This Page'
  • You can then start typing directly onto the page.
  • If you want to format your text in any way, you will need to highlight the text you want to change and then use the buttons on the toolbar.

Inserting Files and Images

When you click on the Images and Files button, a window will pop up showing pictures and files that have already been uploaded to the wiki. At the bottom of this window is an area to upload new files and images.

Click on 'Browse' to locate a file or image on you computer and then click on 'Upload'. When the file or image appears in the top part of the window, double click on it to add it to the wiki page.

You will see another box saying 'Insert External Image by URL.' I use this option all the time. All images that are posted on the internet have a unique internet address (URL). If you are using Firefox and right click on an image from the internet, you can choose 'Save Image Location'. This copies the URL of that image. You can then paste the URL into the bottom box and click 'Load'. When the picture appears, double click on it to add it to the wiki page. If you are not using Firefox, click on an internet image to open it on a page by itself. The URL for that image is normally the address in the browser address window. Copy this address and paste it into the bottom box and double click on it when it appears. The beauty of this option is that the image is hosted elsewhere on the net and doesn't use up any of your wiki space allowance. The downside is that if you have a lot of these hosted pictures, you page can take a long time to load as it looks to all the sites where the pictures are stored and if the picture is deleted on the site where you 'borrowed' it from, it deletes on your wiki page as well.

Embedding Media

Use this button if you want a video, slideshow, podcast or any other widget (object that can be embedded on your page) on your page. You will first need to copy the html code from the site where your content is hosted (normally this is very easy to find and the pages in this wiki give you information on how to do this).
Then you click on the Embed Media button and paste the code in the box that pops up and click 'Save'. When in editing mode, some widgets appear as a grey box with 'Custom' on it. Don't worry - this is the way it should be. When you save the wiki page, the object displays correctly.

Downloadable Wiki Tutorials

Instructions on how to get a Wikispaces wiki.

Instructions on how to add pictures and embed content from other websites.

Index to Other Wiki Pages