Wikipedia:Portal guidelines/Instructions

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This page provides guidance on creating new portals.

There is no required standard design for portals. Creativity is encouraged.

Portal creation templates[edit]

While there are no mandatory methods for portal construction, there are two templates that have been used to construct the majority of portals:

New design: Template:Basic portal start page[edit]

See {{Basic portal start page}} for instructions.

This is a one-page portal design, that results in a portal that is nearly fully automated. That is, content remains up-to-date, and content selection expands as the subject's coverage expands on Wikipedia.

Old design: Template:Box portal skeleton[edit]

See {{Box portal skeleton}} for instructions.

This design uses subpages, and is in the process of being phased out.