What is an template?
A template is any wiki article where the name starts with
Template:, e.g. the article is inside the namespace Template.
And why is that so special?
The special things about templates is that any of these can be included into another article. To make things even more versatile, each template can take one or more parameters - and these parameters influence the text that is included, so that the same template can look different when included into two different articles.
How do I use Templates
Templates are included in other articles by using the special template-inclusion syntax:
So you just wrap the article name without the Template:-prefix into double curly braces and the content of the template will be included at this place.
Templates can have named parameters, and each parameter has a (typical) default value. Parameters are specified in the form of
name=value, and the parameters will be separated by
| (the pipe character):
The order of the parameters does not matter, but they have to come after the template name.
Finding usable templates
The Templates category lists all available templates.
Creating a template
To create a template, simple use the New Article menu entry on the left, then choose a good name and prefix it with
Template:. Please also include help in the template and sort the template into the category "Templates". If you are unsure how to do this, use this template as an example: Template:Editing