Wiki Quick-Start Guide

What is a Wiki?

A wiki is a website that allows groups of people to create and change its content without possessing any Web programming skills or technical knowledge. Instead of using programming commands, users enter special punctuations that are automatically converted into appropriate programming commands. Wikis are useful educational tools, especially when used for collaborative-based classwork.

Creating a New Wiki

The first time you click on Wiki in the left hand tools menu, you will see a default Wiki page:

Default Wiki page

To begin personalizing the Wiki:

  1. Click the Edit button at the top:
    Wiki Edit button
  2. Highlight all of the pre-filled text and delete it:
    Default text highlighted in Wiki page
    Blank Wiki page in Edit mode
  3. Enter the desired text or other content into the cleared text box. To format this text, use the text edit buttons at the top of the text field:
    Text Edit buttons on Wiki page

    Icon Function
    Save Icon Save your work in this editing session.
    Bold Icon Apply boldface to selected text.
    Italic Icon Italicize selected text.
    Superscript Icon Apply superscript to selected text.
    Subscript Icon Apply subscript to selected text.
    Headings Icon Apply format for a specific heading level to selected text.
    Table Icon Insert a simple table. After creating the table structure with this icon, enter content into that structure.
    Resources Icon or Images Icon Add an attachment from Files and Folders (from this site or any other site you belong to and can access files in). After clicking either icon, click the Select link for the file(s) you need and then click Continue. Note that you may attach any type of resource that you can create in Resources. Therefore, you can attach any type of file you can upload, an HTML file, or a text file that you create. If you update an image in Resources and if that image is also attached to your wiki, all copies of that image in Wiki will automatically be updated too. Similarly, if you update an attached file in Resources, the attachment will automatically be updated for wiki display, as well.
  4. To preview your changes before saving, click Preview. To save your work, click Save. To exit without saving your changes, click Cancel.
    Wiki page Preview Tab

Using Wiki Markup Language

Wiki markup language allows you to format your text, create new pages, and insert pictures or links, etc., without having to use programming commands.

For example, adding "_" to both sides of text bolds it (_word_ = word).

The Wiki Tips sidebar (located on the right side of the Edit screen) lists some of the shortcuts available.

Wiki Tips

To see a full list of shortcuts (seen below), click on More Hints on Wiki formatting at the bottom of the Wiki Tips sidebar.

Simple Text Formatting Shortcuts

Macros and More

The Wiki edit page also allows you to enter macros into the Edit page content box. Macros are small programs that perform a simple function, such as inserting a link to an email address or adding an image to our wiki. Below is a partial list of available macros:

For more information on these macros, select More Hints on Wiki formatting on the Wiki Tips sidebar or type "{list-of-macros}" in any page.



To display a heading, type "h3" followed by a space and the header. Headings start at h3 for the largest font and decrease in size to h6.


To add a table, click the Table Icon Table button at the top of the edit frame. The following will be inserted:

To add more columns, append the pipe symbol ("|") and a "Title" to the titles row and the pipe symbol ("|") followed by "contents" to each subsequent row. (Tip: the pipe symbol ("|") can be found on the "\" key on your keyboard.) You can keep adding Titles and contents as needed. See below:

To add more rows, type "Row", the row number, the pipe symbol ("|") and contents as needed.

To add a link to a resource, click the Resources Icon Resources button at the top of the Edit frame. Note: this can only be used to link to materials stored in a SmartSite Resources folder.

To add a link to an image, click the Images Icon Images button at the top of the Edit frame. Note: this can only be used to link to images stored in a SmartSite Resources folder.

To add a link to an external page, insert:


To strike out your text, insert:

To change your text to any color, insert:

To highlight your text with any color, insert:

To highlight your text with any color and change the text to any color, insert:


End your lines with double backslashes (\\) if you want a line break in your text. Otherwise your text will be strung togehter in one line.


To make a bulleted list, use the asterisk (*) followed by a space before each item.

To make a nested bulleted list, use the asterisk (*) followed by a space before each main item. Use the double asterisk (**) followed by a space for each indented item.

Note: an error will occur if the bulleted items are not on continuous lines. Do not place empty line breaks between bulleted items.

To make a numbered list, use the hash symbol ("#") followed by a space before each item. Subsequent items may be indented with double and triple symbols ("##" or "###").

Do not mix numbered and bulleted lists.