Simply click on the edit button at the bottom of the page you wish to edit. This will open an editor with a toolbar palette containing options for adding a table of contents, headers, bold text, italic text, quotes, tables, bullet points, numbered lists, links, images, footnotes, and bibliographical references; though you can, of course, just simply type in some text.
Adding New Pages
To add a new page, just create a link on an existing page to the new page by typing, e.g. [[[new page name]]] or [[[new page name|text to display]]]. Save your edit, follow the link which appears (which should have a different colour if the page does not exist) and create a new page and edit it. Don't forget to add a parent to your page (usually the name of the page where you created a link to your new page) which will add breadcrumbs links to the top of your page, and will make sure that it shows up in the Site Map. You can set the parent by clicking on the options button at the bottom of your new page.
To add links to other pages on the wiki you just need the actual URL page name and not the full URL, e.g. [[[how-to-edit-pages]]]. Bear in mind that some pages on the wiki have a different URL name from the page title, so, for these, remember to use the one given in the URL, and you can use, e.g. [[[church|Camborne Parish Church]]] for such pages. For external links just type the url, e.g. http://www.oldcornwall.org. To display alternative text for external links use a single square bracket and just type the text to display one space after the URL, e.g. [http://www.oldcornwall.org Federation of Old Cornwall Societies]. To make the link open into a new window or tab place an * directly before the URL, e.g., *http://www.oldcornwall.org.
To display images on your page you will first need to upload them to that page. Click on files at the bottom of the page, then on upload new file and follow the instructions. When you wish to include the image on your page use, e.g. [[image example.jpg]] at the point in which you want the image to appear. To get the image to appear on the left hand side of the page use [[f<image example.jpg margin="2em"]]. The margin ensures that a gap appears between the image and the text. To use the image on the right hand side of the page use [[f>image example.jpg margin="2em"]] and to use the image in the centre use = [[image example.jpg margin="2em"]].
Copying Code From Other Pages
Clicking on the options button and then on the view source button will show you the coding of any of the pages on the wiki, so if you see something that you would like to use on your own pages you can copy the code and change it to suit your needs. Alternatively, you can click on edit and copy and paste the code directly from the edit box, but beware of unintentionally altering any of the page, and just click on cancel rather than save when you are done copying. I personally use two tabs (or you can use two separate browser windows) to switch between the page being copied from and the page being copied to, and this is a quick method for creating page content. If you do unintentionally alter another page see the Reverting to an Earlier Version of a Page section below.
Reverting to an Earlier Version of a Page
You can do this by clicking on the history button and then clicking on the boxed R next to the version of the page you want to revert the edit to. This is only really necessary if you, or someone else, has really messed a page up. Clicking on the boxed V will show you the previous version(s) of the page.
It is possible to embed a large variety of media on the site, including video, maps and images. This has the added advantage that such embedded media do not contribute to the 300Mb site allowance for uploaded files. See http://www.wikidot.com/doc:embedding for details of this.
Wikidot Help Pages
Although creating and editing pages is relatively easy, there are a lot more options available that will enable you to create attractive and informative pages. Please visit Documentation pages and Wiki Syntax pages to learn more.