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There are many templates in use in Rome - Total War; these are only a subset, representing some of the most important and commonly used ones. If you feel that a template belongs on this page, do not hesitate to add it.

  • Category:Templates should cover all templates in the wiki, categorized into the various subcategories.
  • The Template namespace always has all templates in the wiki, sorted alphanumerically.

What are templates? Edit

Wiki templates provide a means to insert the same content over and over in different (or the same) pages. This saves editors the hassle of duplicating the same text again and again, and also helps ensure consistency.

Templates are generally shown with the format required to use the template (e.g. {{stub}}). Clicking the template name takes you to the template's page, where you can see what it looks like and how it is used.

Detailed instructions on the usage of each template should exist on either the template page itself (inside "noinclude" tags) or the template's talk page.

For more information on templates, see Help:Templates.

Article management templates Edit

Nominate an article for deletion Edit

{{delete}}

{{speedydelete|<reason>}}

Disambiguation articles Edit

{{disambig}}

  • If you have several articles that have similar or identical names, you may wish to create a "disambiguation" page at the main article name, with the articles taking an extra phrase in brackets afterwards. For example:
The Prince <-- disambiguation page, with links to:
The Prince (frog)
The Prince (human)

Stubs Edit

{{stub}}

  • When a page has little or no useful information, then it is likely a stub. This template will include them in Category:Article stubs, and is used to list which articles need expanding.
  • For more information, see Help:Stubs.

Category templates Edit

General category template Edit

{{category}}

  • This can be added to categories to add general categorising details. Use in cases where it may be useful to point out to users how to categorise, such as popular categories.

Template category template Edit

{{templatecategory}}

  • This should be added to any template-related categories, to list template-specific categorising details, which differ from those of normal pages.

General wiki templates Edit

Clear Edit

{{clr}}, plus {{clrl}} and {{clrr}}

  • This template is used to reduce the amount of non-wikicode used on pages, replacing the code <br style="clear:both;" />. Its use should generally be avoided.
  • You can use {{clr}} instead of the HTML tag that clears space below things like images, pictures and tables, so the following stuff doesn't begin until the bottom of the image, picture or table box.
  • You can also use {{clrl}} or {{clrr}} to clear only left or right floats.

For Edit

{{for|<name>|<link>}}

  • Use at the top of articles as a simple "for x see y" template.

Main article Edit

{{main|<main article>}}

  • Use at the start of a section to link to the main article on it.

Right-aligned Table of Contents Edit

{{tocright}}

  • This template floats the table of contents (toc) on the right. It should only be used when absolutely necessary, to keep consistent design.

Sandbox Edit

{{sandbox}}

T is for template Edit

{{t|<template>}}

  • This template allows you to show example template code (with a link to the templates) without using the template itself. It is used extensively on this page.

Welcome Edit

{{welcIP}} and {{welcome}}

  • The first (with longer version "welcomeIP" for those of you who like typing more) is to welcome new non-vandalistic contributors who are "anonymous", identified only by their IP number; it encourages them to register.
  • The second template is for welcoming new registered users. Should be customized for the wiki, indicating the pages we most want newcomers to visit.
  • The above two templates are very suitable for having "subst:" prefixed, because they can be edited with additions or deletions appropriate to the apparent strengths of the person being welcomed; e.g. if the contributor has already demonstrated good wiki editing skills you could delete references to pages about "how to edit".

Wikipedia Edit

{{wikipedia}}, {{wikipedia-deleted}}

  • Wikipedia-related templates. Use {{wikipedia}} for articles taken directly from Wikipedia, and {{wikipedia-deleted}} for articles deleted from Wikipedia.
This help page references the classic editor. Note that the VisualEditor may behave differently.

A template is a special type of page that has been designed so its content can be included in other pages. Since a given template can be included in many pages, it can help reduce duplication and promote a uniform style between pages.

Templates can be useful for...

  • Creating content that should appear on many pages.
  • Formatting content (such as infoboxes) in a way that should be consistent across many pages.
  • Creating a shortcut for writing things that you repeat often when communicating with others.
  • Replacing long, complicated code so that a page is easier for other users to edit.
  • Protecting parts of a page from editing while leaving other sections open for edits.

Templates are usually located in the Template namespace. This includes any page with a name beginning with Template:, such as Template:Name. A list of used templates can be seen in Special:Templates and can be filtered by template types.

Note: Templates cannot be edited by anonymous users[1].

Video overview

If you're new to templates, this video will help you get started.

Introduction to Templates03:40

Introduction to Templates

How to create a basic template

Templates can be very powerful, but also sometimes very complicated. It often helps to start by creating the simplest possible kind of template, and then experimenting from there.

  • On your community, navigate to 'Template:Example' using the address bar of your browser and click "Create".
  • Type "Hello, World" in the editor.
  • Click "Publish". You have just created a template with some sample content.
  • On your community, create a new article called "Template test".
  • In the editor, go to source mode and enter the following code:
{{Example}}
  • Click Publish. Your "Testing Templates" page should display the text you added to your template.

You've successfully created and used a template! Now you can change the content of your template and add it to more pages to make it more useful for your community.

Adding pre-existing templates

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New FANDOM communities come with pre-loaded default templates. You can view a complete list of templates available on your community by going to Special:AllPages and selecting "Template" from the namespace dropdown menu. Click "Go" and all available templates will appear in a list.

  • In the editor's visual mode, you can select from the list of all templates available on your community by clicking "Add other templates".
  • In source mode, you can use the code {{Template name}} to add any template to your page.
  • Advanced users can edit the page MediaWiki:Editor-template-list to change the list of templates available by default in the "Templates" section of the editor. Up to four templates can be in this list.

Advanced templates

Template parameters

Templates can have parameters. These allow you to alter the way the template is displayed, such as including specific text or altering the design.

To take Template:Wikipedia as an example, adding just {{Wikipedia}} assumes that the page on Wikipedia is the same name as the page of the current page the template is used on. However, a parameter can be added, e.g. {{Wikipedia|Microsoft}}, to tell the template that the page on Wikipedia was Microsoft.

To learn more about how to change the output of the template based on what the user inputs, see Help:Template parameters and Help:Parser functions.

Substituting templates

A different way to use a template is to substitute its content into a page. This is done by inserting subst: immediately after the opening braces: {{subst:templatename}}. Once the page is saved, the link to the template is removed and the template output is substituted in its place and can be further edited. Any updates to the template will not affect the content that was substituted into the page.

To learn more, visit Help:Substituting templates.

Updating and adding standard templates

The official Starter Wiki and semi-official Templates Wiki occasionally improve some of their documentation as well as adding new templates specifically designed for FANDOM sites, and are therefore worth checking from time to time.

Copying templates from other wikis

Contributors throughout FANDOM have made all different kinds of templates. It is often simpler to copy an existing template and modify it for your needs, rather than creating one from scratch. The Templates Wiki is a good place to start looking for a template that fits your needs. In most cases, you are free to copy templates based on the shared CC-BY-SA license, but make sure the community you want to copy from does not have an alternative licensing scheme that may place restrictions on what you can copy. Giving credit to the community which you copied the template from is recommended and would likely be appreciated by that community.

Here are some basic steps to copy most templates:

  1. Find the template you want to copy (usually http://wikiname.wikia.com/wiki/Template:templatename).
  2. Click the Edit button, select all of the wikitext and copy it.
  3. Create a new template page on your community (http://yourwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Template:templatename?action=edit).
  4. Paste the wikitext code you copied and press the Publish button.

Many templates have a separate subpage for documentation about the template. Fortunately, the location is often standardized, so it is easy to copy the documentation as well. If you notice the template page you copied above does not look like the original, it is likely the documentation is on a separate subpage:

  1. Find the template documentation you want to copy (usually http://wikiname.wikia.com/wiki/Template:templatename/doc).
  2. Click the Edit button, select all the wikitext and copy it.
  3. Create a new template documentation subpage page on your community (http://yourwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Template:templatename/doc?action=edit).
  4. Paste the wikitext code you copied and press the Publish button.

Template Webinar

Looking for further video instruction? This webinar recording overviews the basics of adding and customizing templates for your community.

Templates Overview25:30

Templates Overview

See also

Further help and feedback

References

  1. homepage:w:User_blog:Rappy_4187/Technical_Update:_November_30,_2015

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