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Face-smile.svgWelcome "to Wikipedia" FOR IPs or THE REGISTERED USER'S NAME!

MESSAGE FOR REGISTERED USERS - "Now that you've joined Wikipedia, there are 32,692,862 registered editors!"
Hello, REGISTERED USER'S NAME. Welcome to Wikipedia and thank you for LINK TO USER'S CONTRIBS!

I'm YOUR NAME, one of the other editors here, and I hope you decide to stay and help contribute to this amazing repository of knowledge. IP's ADVISED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT. EXTRA MESSAGE IF ADDED.

Some pages of helpful information to get you started:
Face-smile.svg   Introduction to Wikipedia
BluePillar.svg   The five pillars of Wikipedia
Crystal Clear app ktip.svg   Editing tutorial
Crystal package utilities.png   How to edit a page
Crystal Clear app kedit.png   Simplified Manual of Style
LetterW.svg   The basics of Wikicode
Symbol support vote.svg   How to develop an article
Cscr-featured.svg   How to create an article
Crystal khelpcenter.png   Help pages
Octagon-warning.svg   What Wikipedia is not
Some common sense Dos and Don'ts:
UncialB-01.png   Do be bold
Face-angel.svg   Do assume good faith
Face-tongue.svg   Do be civil
Face-wink.svg   Do keep cool!
Symbol neutral vote.svg   Do maintain a neutral point of view
No-spam.png   Don't spam
NotCommons-emblem-copyrighted.svg   Don't infringe copyright
Crystal Clear app error.png   Don't edit where you have a conflict of interest
Ambox warning blue.svg   Don't commit vandalism
Stop hand.svg   Don't get blocked
If you need further help, you can:
Nuvola apps filetypes.svg   Ask a question
or you can:
WP teahouse logo.png   Get help at the Teahouse
or even:
Presa de decissions.png   Ask an experienced editor to "adopt" you

Alternatively, leave me a message at my LINK TO YOUR TALK PAGE or type {{helpme}} here on your talk page, and someone will try to help.

There are many ways you can contribute to Wikipedia. Here are a few ideas:
Edit-find-replace.svg   Fight vandalism
Vista-Login Manager.png   Be a WikiFairy or a WikiGnome
Crystal package settings.png   Help contribute to articles
Vista-advancedsettings.png   Perform maintenance tasks
Vista-messenger.png   Become a member of a project that interests you
Curly Brackets.svg   Help design new templates

Remember to always sign your posts on talk pages. You can do this either by clicking on the Insert-signature.png button on the edit toolbar or by typing four tildes ~~~~ at the end of your post. This will automatically insert your EITHER "signature" OR "IP address", a link to this (EITHER "this IP's" OR "your" talk) page, and a timestamp.
The best way to learn about something is to experience it. Explore, learn, contribute, and don't forget to have some fun!

To get some practice editing you can use a sandbox. You can REGISTERED USERS CAN CREATE THEIR OWN SANDBOX for use any time. Perfect for working on bigger projects. Then for easy access in the future, you can put a link to it on your user page. REGISTERED USERS WITH NO USER PAGE ENCOURAGED TO CREATE IT.

Sincerely, ~~~ ~~~~~   (Leave me a message)

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Without substitution of this template (or its short versions), features of the template will not work correctly.

  • Use to welcome new editors and provide links to useful information spread out across Wikipedia.
  • To add the default version to a user's talk page, write {{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia}}. To see how it works, transclude it in various forms to your own talk page or sandbox.
  • Can be given to IP or registered users. If given to an IP user, the content changes to advise the user to create an account, pointing out a few of the benefits. This applies to long IP addresses as well as the shorter IP addresses.
  • An extra message can be appended to the header message. If desired, include your message as the first parameter, using a pipe (|) separator following the template name.
    • If your added message includes any equal signs (=), each one must be wrapped in doubled braces, as in {{=}}. E.g., a diff should be written as{{=}}Template_talk:Welcome_to_Wikipedia&curid{{=}}32277318&diff{{=}}465230338&oldid{{=}}465229550.
    • If your added message includes one or more pipes (|), replace each instance with {{!}}. This calls the template {{!}}, which adds a pipe in its place.
  • The template contains a section heading in the banner by default, so there is no need to add one manually.
    • The section heading level is <h2 /> (==) by default, but can be changed by specifying the desired level as the second parameter. If the second parameter is a number from 2 to 6 (inclusive), the banner's heading will be set to the corresponding level.
    • If the second parameter is a non-numeric text (i.e., more than just "3" or "24" or an IP address), it will be used as a level 2 (==) section heading placed outside (above) the template body (as normal).
  • There is no need to sign your addition as the template already contains code that does it for you. This will not work if you do not substitute the template.
  • A shorthand of {{subst:Wtw}} or {{subst:Greet}} may be used for this template.

Syntax simplified

{{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia
|Extra message appended to header message
|Section level if number between 2 and 6 (inclusive) or level 2 section heading if text string


{{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia}} → The standard version for registered or IP users. Auto detects whether IP or not.
{{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia|Thanks for correcting the spelling at [[Example]].}} → Adds an extra message to the header.
{{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia||4}} → Sets the "Welcome to Wikipedia" section heading in the banner to level 4 (====)
{{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia||Message from a fellow editor}} → Sets the text as a normal level 2 (==) section heading above the template message's banner (The template is the message within the section titled "Message from a fellow editor").

See also