GrassrootsWiki is based on the MediaWiki software which also powers the well-known Wikipedia. So, the wiki code is fully usable on GrassrootsWiki. For this option have a look into Wikipedias tutorial.
The editing toolbar on GrassrootsWiki differs a bit from the MediaWikis one. But likewise, it offers the most needed wiki commands as buttons.
In addition to the wiki code GrassrootsWiki comes with an WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor. At present, this editor is applicable with the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox browser. It is planned to extend the application to other browsers like Opera.
The editor allows to edit articles similar to word processing programs. This makes it even easier to start as an editor on GrassrootsWiki. If you are in the edit mode of a page you can freely switch between wiki code and the editor.
The rich editor has just one button for links (including to files!).
In both editing modes (wiki text or rich editor) GrassrootsWiki offers two ways to add images to an article:
Please take note, that the maximum file size is 200 kB.
Using the rich editor click its image button and select the type of image you want to add. Write the image file name including file extension. To add a file use the link button and put the file name including file extension.
In both edit modes the image or file will appear automatically after saving. If it is not included in the wiki database, you have to use the function Upload file or just click the image or file name in your article to follow the instructions.
The purpose of adding references is explained in the article guidelines.
Many articles place their references in footnotes. Footnotes show which specific part of the article a reference is being applied to. The inline citations in this method appear as small clickable numbers within the text, which link to a numbered list of full citations in footnotes at the end of the article. To add footnotes to your article the basic steps are:
If a source supports a significant amount of the material in an article, it may sometimes be acceptable to simply add the citation at the end. It serves as a general reference, not linked to any particular part of the article. The basic steps are: