Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Infobox - Placing

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How to place or embed an infobox[edit | edit source]

  • Infoboxes are templates and are embedded (or placed) into our article or sandbox pages like templates with double opening and closing curly brackets.
{{Name of infobox}}

The big difference is when you embed the infobox template you must add the parameter coding as shown below:

{{Name of infobox

| organization name=
| image=
| president=
| address=
| phone=
| hours open=


  • You add the data values after the "=" sign. Here is the coding example for a fictitious organization:

{{Name of infobox

| organization name=Smith Family Assoc
| image=[[File:Erastus Deaf Smith.JPG|180px]]
| president=John Smith
| address=1234 Hill St, Anytown, Anystate.
| phone=360-555-1234
| hours open=12:01 pm - 12:02 pm.


Here is the final product:

Smith Family Assoc.
Erastus Deaf Smith.JPG
President: John Smith
Address: 1234 Hill St, Anytown, Anystate.
Phone: 360-555-1234
Hours Open: 12:01 pm - 12:02 pm.

  • NOTICE the name of the organization and the image are centered. We built these attributes into the infobox when we created it. It is also floated to the right side.

Again it is up to you to add the parameter coding when embedding the infobox. The parameters do NOT automatically show up if you have only embedded {{Sample infobox}}.

Edit an infobox[edit | edit source]

When you need to change the infobox, you need to edit the infobox template.

When you need to edit the infobox value or data, you edit the page where the infobox is embedded. The ability to make changes or add to other pages with different information makes infoboxes very useful tools.

Customize infoboxes[edit | edit source]

  • Be creative when creating these infoboxes. Try different background colors, different kinds of borders, etc.

Existing infoboxes[edit | edit source]

  • There are hundreds of infoboxes already created. Please check to see if there is one that might apply to your needs.
  • Be careful with these existing infoboxes. Some of them have built-in features not covered in this chapter.
  • Many only require the image name without the square brackets or the word "File:" to place the image. For example, you would enter Missouri.png not [[File:Missouri.png]]
  • If you have used the square brackets and the word "file" and the image does not show, try leaving them out. It might be a infobox that has these attributes already built in.

Try these out[edit | edit source]


Here is an existing infobox template: {{Infobox U.S. County}}.
(1) Place this template into your sandbox. (2) Add the parameter coding followed by the = sign. The parameters used for this template are bulleted below. Finally, (3) add the data values for the county in which you were born.

  • county
  • county_map
  • state
  • state_map
  • founded year
  • founded date
  • seat wl

ATTENTION: This is an existing infobox for US Counties. You do not need the square brackets and the word "File:" to place any image. "founded date" represents month and day. "Seat wl" represents the county seat.

Quick Quiz
  • Once the information after the equal signs is entered and saved, there is no changing the parameters.
A. True
B. False
  • Infoboxes can only be used on county pages.
A. True
B. False
  • Infoboxes are limited just to genealogical organizations.
A. True
B. False