Tips and Tricks: Create Templates for Your Wiki Pages

Maybe you’re an educator looking to set up a project for each student in your class and you would like each student to follow a similar format as they present their research. Or you’re a manager who would like your employees to fill out weekly expense reports on the wiki. Instead of formatting pages for each person or occasion, you can save time by using our page template tool.

To create a page template, go to “Manage Wiki” and “Templates.” There’s an option to either create a template from a blank page or from a page you have already built. You can edit your template further as you would any other wiki page. Once you save the page, your template will be created. You can edit it later by returning to “Manage Wiki” and “Templates.”

To create a new page from a template, click on “New Page.” Choose a name for your page and the template you would like to start from. Then all you have to do is click “Create” and you have your newly templated page.

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30 Comments

  1. Michele McCracken
    Posted August 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Do I have to buy a premium membership to use templates?

  2. Posted August 30, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Is it possible to share a template file with another wikispace user?

  3. Posted August 31, 2009 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    The green background on these websites really ruined my vision. Please change that hideous color.

  4. Frode
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Templates made in Safari doesnt show in Firefox. In firefox uou just see the imageadress.
    Do you have any fix for this

  5. Posted September 1, 2009 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Great! Thank you!!!

  6. Debbie
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Michele,

    You can use page templates on all of our plans from our free Basic plan, to our K-12 Plus plan, to our Super and Plus plans.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  7. Debbie
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi John,

    Anyone who has the ability to view your wiki and get to the Manage Wiki page can view your templates. You can also copy the templates to another wiki by copying and pasting the page template content into the other wiki.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  8. Posted September 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Your directions seem circular for someone who is very new to using a wiki. First of all, I cannot find a list of templates to choose from. Second, I do not know how to build a page from an existing template.

    A related issue – is this:
    We migrated a lot of pages from another wiki. Our GAAHome page was a long page that we had to scroll down to read. I just edited the page by copy pasting the widget – and now I only get a short page that basically fits on the screen without scrolling. I do not see a vertical scroll bar. I go back and check the html code contained in the widget – and the code is all there. It only displays about half the original page. What is going on?

  9. Oladipo
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Ok. Umm… can students blog about theyre own events or can only teachers

  10. Posted September 9, 2009 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I love the idea of creating a template but when I go to “new page” it does not show an option of choosing from the templates. How do you create a new page and choose the template at the same time?

  11. Ushasewpaul
    Posted September 10, 2009 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the template. I need to figure out how to use it

  12. cole negronida
    Posted September 10, 2009 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    owww that is nice to know

  13. Debbie
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Frode,

    Can you send us a bit more information at help@wikispaces.com? You should be able to use templates in all browsers by going to your wiki, selecting Manage Wiki, and selecting Templates.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  14. Debbie
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Donna,

    We do not give you any default templates, however you can make a template out of any page on your wiki. To create a template please sign in, go to your wiki, select Manage Wiki, and select Templates.

    Did you add all of the text to the widget? Could you please send us the text, the widget, and a link to your page at help@wikispaces.com?

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  15. Debbie
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Oladipo,

    Depending on your wiki’s settings your students can add to it with their information. You can check your settings by signing in, going to your wiki, selecting Manage Wiki, and selecting Permissions. With some permissions your students will need to become members of your wiki before they can add to it.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  16. Debbie
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Debra,

    The template option will appear after you have created a template. To start, you first need to go to your wiki, select Manage Wiki, and select Templates to create your template. Once you are done you can select the New Page link and you will see an option to select a template to use for the page.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  17. Merrilee
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I am having problems with templates. I have read the above questions and answers (where there were some) but still don’t understand how to create a template. I think my defination is different than yours. I am thinking a template is a premade section (for want of a better word) that information can go on. For instance how do I get to type in the left hand column. How can I make columns in the main area, I saw one that is layed out very well and is easy to use. But I can’t seem to do it. Please help!
    Thanks

  18. Gordon
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I still don’t understand what is a template.

  19. Posted September 22, 2009 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to create a template that participants can “type” on to provide their responses to questions–that all could then view?

  20. jeanne
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    I’m new at this. What is the BEST use of Wiki for an educator?

  21. Posted September 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I want to use a glogster on my home page, when I install it as a widget it’s very small. Any suggestions out there how to install my glog to my wiki and make it full size?

    That sounds so crazy all of these terms are new to me. I’m excited but getting frustrated…. :)

    Thanks in advance.

  22. Posted September 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I am a kindergarten teacher and just signed up. I am wondering how I could use this tool to enhance my teaching. Any ideas?

  23. Posted September 28, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Help.. I need to set up a wiki page for class, but don’t know how.

  24. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi Merrilee,

    A page template is something that you create from a page already on your wiki. You can use it as a default when creating new pages. We do not automatically provide any templates for you. To create your own page template please sign in, go to your wiki, select Manage Wiki, and select Templates.

    To enter information in the navigation bar on the left of your wiki please go to your wiki and select the ‘edit navigation’ link at the bottom of it. For more information about editing your navigation bar and putting your pages in columns e-mail us at help@wikispaces.com

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  25. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Gordon,

    Please see my response to Merrilee above, if you still have questions let us know at help@wikispaces.com

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  26. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi Liz,

    That is exactly what a template is – you first create the page you want people to respond to. Once you are done you turn it into a template. You then instruct the participants to create their own page and use your response template for it. Then all they need to do is go in and answer the questions on their new page.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  27. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi jeanne,

    It depends on what exactly you would like to do.

    Check out http://www.wikispaces.com/help+Teachers for some teacher tips and http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/ for some great wiki examples.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  28. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jaclyn,

    The size of your glog is usually set on the Glogster site. However, if you are having trouble changing the size there, you can change the size on your wiki page by going in to edit the page, selecting the Glog widget, selecting the widget properties box, and using the + button to increase the size.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  29. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi mcronrod,

    Sure, you can use the template feature to create a base page that you want all of your students to use. For example you can create a profile page for your students to fill out. On the page you have something like this:

    Name:

    Favorite Food:

    Picture:

    Etc. Once you are done creating the base page you can turn it into a template as mentioned in this blog post. Once it is a template your students can go to your wiki, create a new page, and use the template. Then all they need to do is fill out the template with their information.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  30. Debbie
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,

    Please e-mail us at help@wikispaces.com for full Getting Started information.

    Cheers,
    Debbie

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