We recommend that you edit Wikipedia with the visual editor rather than by learning to edit the source code of pages.
If the source editor loads by default, click the pencil icon to switch to the visual editor.
If the pencil icon is not visible, head to ‘Preferences’ in the top right of the screen and scroll down to ‘Editing mode’. Select the option ‘Show me both editor tabs’. This should allow you to switch between the source editor (‘Edit source’ tab) and the visual editor (‘Edit’ tab).
Here’s how the visual editor works:
Add citations for every piece of information you add to the article by hitting the ‘Cite’ button at the top of the editor:
- Make sure not to infringe on copyright by using any copyrighted material without the proper citations.
- You can add media such as photographs with the ‘Insert’ tab in the toolbar. The search function provided will search through media which is free and safe to use under Wikipedia Commons. If you are uploading your own content, you must follow strict guidelines around content ownership which are detailed in the uploader.
- Don’t forget to remain impartial – avoid offering your opinion as fact.
The first edit: The basics
When you begin editing it can be useful to start with key basic information, as it’s an essential first insight into any practitioner/topic and as you can see below, sometimes a lot can be missing.
Check for example that the following information available about individual figures or practitioners:
- Known for
Once the basic information is noted, it’s time to delve further into the page. Don’t be shy to get stuck in!