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Subpages introduce some hierarchical organization into wiki pages, with levels of the hierarchy separated by slashes (
Where it works[edit | edit source]
By default, MediaWiki's subpage feature is turned off in the main namespace, but can be used on talk pages and user pages. See Help:Namespaces. In namespaces where the feature is switched off, any slashes (/) within a page name are simply part of the page name and do nothing special.
How it works[edit | edit source]
Slashes (/) within a page name break the page into parent and subpages, recursively, e.g.:
- Subpages - this page
- Help:Subpages/subpage - child page
- Help:Subpages/subpage/sub-subpage - grandchild page
Note that the part of page names after a slash is case sensitive including the first letter.
In subpages, a link back to previous pages will automatically appear at the top. These links do not appear, however, if the previous pages have not yet been created.
Subpages/subpage[edit | edit source]
This is an example of a subpage of Help:Subpages.
- Help:Subpages – parent page
- Help:Subpages/subpage – this page
- Help:Subpages/subpage/sub-subpage – child page
When the parent page actually exists, a link to the parent page automatically appears under the page name header at the top unless the subpage feature is turned off.
Subpages/subpage/sub-subpage[edit | edit source]
This is an example of a sub-subpage of Help:Subpage.
- Help:Subpages|Help:Subpages – grandparent page
- Help:Subpages/subpage|Help:Subpages/subpage – parent page
- Help:Subpages/subpage/sub-subpage – this page
When the antecedent pages actually exist, the links to antecedent pages automatically appear under the page name header at the top, creating a breadcrumb, unless the subpage feature is turned off.
Use of subpages[edit | edit source]
There are various uses for the subpage feature. Some of the typical usages of subpages are:
- to create archives of old discussions under a talk page
- to create scratchpad editing spaces under a user page
- to create other language versions of a document in multilingual wikis
Subpages are useful for organizing information hierarchically. On the other hand, subpages tend to have a long name that is hard to remember, so it may be more user-friendly to use them as little as possible. You can also organize pages with the category feature, which is more suitable for creating a hierarchical network of information.
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