How To: Create a New Topic
See Also: HowToCreateNewPages
Note: The Wiki is organized into webs (folders) and topics (pages).
Webs contain hundreds or thousands of topics.
The information on this page is an excerpt from TopicGuidelines
See the more complete page for additional details.
Pick a Name
It may seem backwards, but in a Wiki, the name comes first.
Before you can create a topic, you have to choose a name.
A topic name should be a WikiWord
composed of at least two words, each capitalized and spaces removed.
It must begin with a capital letter.
Be sure to review the topic naming guidelines
Where To Create a Topic
The Wiki is organized into "webs" and "topics."
A "web" is implemented as a directory (folder).
Each web contains anywhere from 10s to thousands of topics.
Topics should be created in the most appropriate "web"
Avoid putting project data into administrative webs such as
If you are unsure which web you should be working in,
consult a co-worker in your project team.
Create the Topic
Create a New Link
To create a new page, first create a link.
Review the naming conventions and guidelines when choosing names
- Choose a related page that already exists.
- Edit the existing page.
- Add your new page name to the existing page.
- Use of double bracket syntax,
[[PageName]] is recommended.
Alternatively, enter the Name in the Address Field
Alternatively, you can create a new page by simply trying to access it
from the address field of your browser:
If the page doesn't exist, the Wiki will ask if you want to create it.
Pages created this way are "orphans".
They are not connected (yet) to any other page
and their parent topic
is the default top of the web.
The parent relationship is important;
it forms the basis of the "breadcrumbs
" shown at the top of every page.
In addition, the TreeBrowserPlugin relies on topic parent/child relationships
to present a logical hierarchy of a site. (See TopicTree
for an example.)
Be sure to set the parent topic appropriately (Details).
Use a Form
You can also set up a form with a button to make creating new topics easier.
If you like, make a copy of this page: NewTopicCreate
in your own web.
-- 10 Apr 2009