Wikipedia Sandbox Tutorial: How to Make a Wikipedia Page

Updated on December 8, 2019
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.

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

Lastly, check out for other computer tutorials for your PC.

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.

Video: Wikipedia Sandbox Tutorial of the Visual Editor

Have you ever used Wikipedia's Sandbox editor?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      micheal marshal 

      9 months ago

      it's easy to add new pages - anytime you search for something that doesn't already exist it gives you the option to create the page. if you want any tips then visit for help


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)