Wikipedia Sandbox Tutorial: How to Make a Wikipedia Page

Updated on January 26, 2018
Learn how to use the new Wikipedia Sandbox and become a Wikipedia author.
Learn how to use the new Wikipedia Sandbox and become a Wikipedia author. | Source

Are you interested in writing an article or editing content for Wikipedia?

Ever wonder how all of that information on Wikipedia gets published?

It is a collaborative effort by academics and people with a passion for sharing factual knowledge with the world. In fact, the articles on Wikipedia are put there by people just like you and me.

Anyone can submit content to Wikipedia as long as it is well-written, properly researched with relevant citations, and contains valid information about the topic of interest.

This Wikipedia Sandbox tutorial will briefly explain how to make a Wikipedia page and outline the tools used in the visual editor.

Wikipedia's updated Sandbox Visual Editor has a more comprehensive interface.
Wikipedia's updated Sandbox Visual Editor has a more comprehensive interface. | Source

Try editing some existing articles in Wikipedia first

Once you have created your own username on Wikipedia’s website, the first step is to try editing existing articles that are already in Wikipedia’s database.

When you log in, go to any article on Wikipedia and click the “edit” link. This will bring you to the Wikipedia Sandbox editor (Wikipedia’s stand-alone online text editor) where you can make changes using the simple tools.

After you’ve made the changes to the article, you can submit it for review and approval. If you have properly cited your edits, then there is a good chance the revisions you made will be acceptable.

Writing for Wikipedia isn’t difficult as long as you have written the content professionally and cited your sources.

Use the Wikipedia Sandbox toolbar to create and edit articles.
Use the Wikipedia Sandbox toolbar to create and edit articles. | Source

Create your own article in the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor

Instead of editing pre-existing articles, another way of understanding how to make a Wikipedia page is to actually create a brand new article yourself.

Search Wikipedia for “requested articles” in the search bar and it will give you a number of topics to choose from. Click your preferred topic and it will bring you immediately to the Wikipedia Sandbox editor where you can begin writing your article.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Wikipedia Sandbox tool. It is fairly straight-forward, but there are a number of basic tools that can be explained.

Along the horizontal bar at the top of the editor, there are the bold and italic text tools. You can highlight text in your article and simply push the “B” or “I” buttons to either bold or italicize words.

Next to those tools, there are other buttons, including the insert image tool, signature tool, link tool and another tool to cite references.

Adding references and editing links is easier with the new Sandbox Visual Editor.
Adding references and editing links is easier with the new Sandbox Visual Editor. | Source

Advanced features of the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor

There are also advanced tools under a drop-down that involve extra formatting features. Options under this menu allow you to include bullet/number lists, format indentations and use other formatting methods.

In addition, there are a few other text-editing features to choose from if you want to edit the appearance of the text in your article. Other buttons allow you to do things like insert picture galleries, tables and auto-redirects.

After running through the list of features and experimenting on your own, you soon be able to fully understand how to utilize all of the Wikipedia Sandbox tools.

Writing for Wikipedia is certainly much easier once you’ve familiarized yourself with the features of the text editor.

More resources about how to make a Wikipedia page

To further clarify the purpose of each tool within the visual editor, watch the recommended YouTube video at the end of this article. In the video version of the Wikipedia Sandbox tutorial, it provides very clear instructions on how to make basic edits for pages.

In addition, Wikipedia's official Sandbox Visual Editor user guide is very helpful for beginners and advanced users who would like an update on the new features of the tool as well.

Lastly, for more details and additional information about writing for Wikipedia, read the following article about How to Create a Wikipedia Page.

Hopefully, these tips were useful and can help inspire you to contribute something to Wikipedia about a subject that interests you. Please leave a comment below and remember to participate in the poll to share your feedback.

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