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PZwiki uses Mediawiki, a free software wiki engine licensed under the GNU General Public License. On this help page, you will find a user guide to help you start creating and updating pages on this wiki.

Editing basics

Create an account

To help prevent spamming, you'll need to create an account to edit the wiki. You can easily do that by clicking the 'Register' link at the top right hand corner of the page.

Start editing

To start editing a MediaWiki page, click on the "Edit this page" (or just "edit") link at the top of the page. This will bring you to the edit page: a page with a text box containing the wikitext: the editable source code from which the server produces the webpage.

Summarize your changes

You should write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box. You may use shorthand to describe your changes, as described in the legend.

Preview before saving

When you have finished, press preview to see how your changes will look -- before you make them permanent. Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click "Save" and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.

Wikitext markup

Please note that this section has borrowed heavily from Mediawikis own help pages.


What you type What it looks like
''italic text''
italic text
'''bold text'''
bold text
no ident
:single ident
::double ident
:::triple ident

no ident

single ident
double ident
triple ident


What you type What it looks like
[[canned soup]]
canned soup
[[canned soup]]s
canned soups
[[canned soup|un-canned soup]]
un-canned soup
[ Project Zomboid]
Project Zomboid

Minor edits

A user who is logged-in can mark an edit as "minor". Minor edits are generally spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearrangement of text. Users may choose to hide minor edits when viewing Recent Changes.

Marking a significant change as a minor edit is considered bad Wikiquette. If you have accidentally marked an edit as minor, make a dummy edit, verify that the "[ ] This is a minor edit" check-box is unchecked, and explain in the edit summary that the previous edit was not minor.

Specific PZwiki editing

See Also: PZwiki:HelpingOut

Use a template

We have several templates (known as Boilerplates) set up for you to make use of when creating a new page. These boilerplates make adding a new page quick and easy and makes sure all of the pages stick to consistent look. To see our current boilerplates see this page.

Mediawiki help

PZwiki uses a version of the same software that powers wikipedia. For more comprehensive help on anything to do with Mediawiki, see Wikipedia's own help section.