Organization of a wiki

Every page in a wiki has a single unique name which appears at the top. All the pages of a wiki are kept in a single folder. (Also, Zwiki organizes pages semi-automatically into a hierarchy, which you'll read about soon.)

Zwiki user interface

Zwiki sites look different depending on how they are installed and whether their "skin" (user interface) has been customized. There are basically three kinds of zwiki site you'll see:

In this guide we'll assume you are using this site, with its up-to-date standard skin. Zwiki in Plone works much the same way; we'll tell you about differences as we go. Here are the elements of the normal zwiki page view:

Below these, you'll see:

Try it out

Try these things to see how all this works in practice.

  1. Click changes. Try the buttons and see what they do. What has been going on in this wiki recently ?
  2. Click contents. Get a rough idea of what's in this wiki. Using your browser's "find in page" feature, see if you can find the test page you made earlier. (Note in a large wiki like this one, contents may take a little while to finish loading, and then it will jump to the position of the current page.)
  3. Search for some words. How many occurrences of "raspberries" are there in this wiki ?
  4. Read about access keys. These are keyboard shortcuts which allow you to navigate any zwiki site very quickly. Find out how to use these in your web browser.
  5. Click options and give yourself a username and set your timezone. Then try changes again; the times should be more useful now.
  6. Now rate some pages. Rating is the easiest and quickest way to contribute to a wiki. It is a good practice, because it helps other visitors know which pages are worth reading, and it encourages authors to write good content.


After the above, you should now feel comfortable reading and rating pages, getting an overview, and finding information in any zwiki site.

When you're ready for more, let's find out how to do some editing.