Welcome to Nick's now official userpage fancifier guide!!!

I hope you find this little guide useful on how to design userpages, and please put feedback in the talk page with comments and suggestions on how to improve the page. Also, always link me when you've made a cool page so I can check it out.

Model userpages to spark your creativity: User:Phmall, User:Koolaidman, User:Kericanfly, User:Gateboy42

Originality & General Guidelines

While we encourage Lostpedia editors to learn from one another's layout ideas and use other people's pages to inspire creativity, it is not considered kosher to simply cut and paste all the code directly from another userpage, and just change the information without credit and permission (with the exception of templates, see below).


The Infobox

This is something which, technically, I lifted myself. Its available for any user under the template {{Lostaway}}. However, its never that easy, and in order to make the template unique to you, you have to manipulate aspects of it. I'll keep it simple-ish, just use this:

{{lostaway|
Username=______
| Image=______
| Name=______
| Birth=______
| Origin=_____
| Location=____
| Quote=_______
| Source=______
| Shows=_______
| Languages=___
}}

Now just fill in the gaps, and remember that for each line a color could be used for the text if you wanted (see below). Also, for an image, you can upload a picture for your main page by going here (it works as JPG only, so you might have to reformat your images before uploading). Or, alternatively, you can go to the list of files on Lostpedia here and search as the image you want may already be on the site.

An image problem you may experience is that the pic is too big for the infobox. The easy way around this is to simply tell the computer to resize the image. For instance, my image's title is categorised as "DHARMAlogo.jpg" and I add the suffix of 120px to make this: [[Image:DHARMAlogo.jpg|120px]], which fits my box. To change size, any number can be put in instead of 120. Play around (using preview!) and get the image size that suits your page.

A quick side note, you could always go on the template link and click "edit". There you could copy and paste the whole formula into your userpage. This means you could then have a try at changing some of the cells, so instead of your favourite shows, for instance, you could change it to movies. It is more complicated though, so I'll leave it up to you whether you wanna do that! That said, I recently did it myself for my page

Other Kinds of Pics

Sometimes you want pics in your article out of the infoboxed one. Use [[Image:_____.jpg]] and put the filename in the space to upload a pic for such a reason. Make sure though that you have the correct extension, some pics use .png and even those with .jpg are sometimes .JPG . Always check!

You can easily manipulate an image. I've already discussed changing the pic size above, but you can additionally tell the computer where on screen you want the pic. For example, if I wanted a pic on the right hand side I would put [[Image:_____.JPG|right]]. You can change this to "left", "center", or apparently even "none" (so the pic doesn't float - I don't see the point in that though cause leaving out that part will make it not float anyway). As well as this, try using : or :: - these indent things slightly and work on pictures. So if you want your picture a little to the right of the middle of a page, you'd just use the "center" command and place a couple of colons in front of the image formula.

Finally, you can always use the thumb command. For instance, [[Image:____.jpg|thumb|right]] places the pic to the right but puts a little box around it and makes it smaller. This can easily be counteracted by making it a bigger size (e.g. 200px), but thumbs are useful as the box it creates means you can add a caption. This is done by simply sticking it on at the end, so for example....

[[Image:Questionmark.jpg|center|This is the question mark seen on LOST]]

....would make:

This is the question mark seen on LOST


Clever justification can really make a page more interesting.

Colors

I'm no expert in this area, but User:Jengod aka the star, gave me this link which makes it really easy to get [1]. Just use the style in the nav box and you'll see lots of different color codes like #3299CC (skyblue) or #FFD700 (gold). OK, so we have codes, but there's no color. Well thats where it gets slightly tricky.

What you need is this formula <span style="color: ______;">. In the _______ section, you place the code, so for instance using the following code <span style="color:#3299CC;"> will make things sky blue!!!

At the end, you also need a </span> which basically tells the wiki computer or whatever that you've finished using that color, otherwise everything in your article would become one color. The formula contains the color in a set place you choose.

So by the end a word, sentence or paragraph in a color should look like this:

<span style="color:______;">''Your text that you want colored''</span>


Background Colors

Once you've got your text colors down, this isn't really that much of a step up. Background colors do though tend to have a mind of their own, so I'd suggest practicing a little before combining them with all the other tricks I teach on this page. However, you could always use different ones for different sections in your page - it depends on your confidence. I'd suggest a neutral one, and of course you should play around so that your background color doesn't cover over your text color.

So, to make a background color. Its just like text color except instead of span style, you are using div style. So, your formula looks like this:

<div style="background-color:_____;">All your text within these walls</div>

So,
as you can see,
background colors can really give your page,
that little bit extra

P.S. I'm still no expert, if you know how to make the color not spread across the entire row, then lemme know!

P.S.S. Well what d'ya know, User:Phmall has kindly donated us a little thing to try out:

<div style="border: 1px solid #COLOUR OF BORDER; padding: .5em 1em; color: #COLOUR OF TEXT; background-color: #COLOUR OF BACKGROUND; margin: 3px 3px 0; text-align: left">YOUR TEXT HERE</div>

Which could make:

A very funky dual bordered background
Notice how the outskirts is a darker shade
Play around with this one guys!

I liked it so much I nicked it for my page lol. See, even I'm learning as I make this guide!


Font

Yes that's right, you can also make your page fancy with fonts. With colors and background done, I won't even bother with this one, just use this format:

<font face="_______">Text here</font>

All you need is to pick the font you like. Using Microsoft Publisher or Word will do, as I've found this wiki uses most of those fonts. Have fun!


BIG

You can furthermore make your text big or very very small. This one is very simple, just use <big>____</big> or <small>____</small> respectively.


B R E A K S

I'll be honest, I don't really get this stuff other than the basics, but it can be useful. You'll notice on the background color bit I split up the sentence on different lines, like this:

What did one snowman
Say to the other snowman

You'd think you can just tab return, write it on a new line and it'd appear on a new line. Not always the case my friend, this isn't Microsoft Word. You just need <br> which sends the nice lil message to the comp that you want a break in the text. Simple, no?

A more complicated one is this <br style="clear:both;"> (or just the template {{Brclear}}, which works the same say). I won't lie, I stole this formula off a different page and used it when I created the station explorers article. I have little idea on how it works but it broke each paragraph for me when the images overlapped each other. I probably could have just used the simple <br> though. Oh well, if you ever are having trouble and the easy one doesn't work, give that long one a try, and let me know the results...


Quote this...

This one is quite nice,
especially for your userpage when you wanna highlight
a particular something.

It can be easily used by writing {{Quote|text=_______}} - make sure to use <br> breaks with this if you're quoting a long piece of text that requires line breaks.

Alternatively, you can use traditional quotation boxes by just doing one space at the start of a line, i.e.:

<--- a one space indent will cause the quote box

Or, do it much more easily by just using <pre>Your text here</pre>. A word of warning with this stuff though, the box highlights the whole row of a page, much like the background colors do. Also, without splitting the text up by putting parts of it on a new line, everything inside the quote box will go on one line, meaning if you put a lot of info in, it won't fit on a page. Splitting it up is the only real way of it working effectively. However, play around with this one, and let me know if you learn how to control/manipulate it for effect. You could maybe even try and figure out if its possible to get background colors in within quote boxes?!

Stick em all together

So you've got all these different skills now, nothing is stopping you from doing them all together. For example, try combining font, big and color with...

<font face="Ellis"><big><span style="color:#EE0000;">______</span></big></font>

...to make something really stand out.

Experiment for yourself and make your userpage really unique! Thank you, namaste, and good luck







Sigs --Nickb123 (Talk)

Not so much the same category, but I figure I'll do my unofficial guide. If you've got all the stuff I've laid out above then I would say you're a reasonably skilled average wiki user, having competentknowledge of a variety of different basic wiki syntax stuff. Congrats, you also know everything I know pretty much. Anyway for signatures its quite easy when you know how.

Firstly, set up a new page in your userspace. For instance, this page right now is User:Nickb123/page_help - its under my user, but is an extension link. The same is true for sigs. Mine is under User:Nickb123/sig and most people use sig as their extensive (I guess theoritically you can call the extensive anything you want?!). Anyway with that done you go into your new sig subpage and basically just write your name, and then fancify it with fonts, colors, and all the stuff you already know (see above for some tips if you haven't already read it). Also make sure you write an internal link to your page on it, so when, for instance, I write Nickb123 all fancy, I should make sure I do a link [[User:Nickb123|__________]], otherwise your sig will work, but clicking it won't do anything! With the sig complete, go onto your "preferences" (top right hand corner of the screen its there near the logout button).

Under there click on the "nickname" bit and write in {{User:_____/sig}} placing your user name in that gap obviously. You're now basically working your "nickname" as a template of your sig, and so when you sign it leaves what is under [[User:_____/sig]] instead of just your usual name. Make sure though once you've written in the nickname bit you click for "raw signatures" - this is vital as otherwise your whole formula spews out onto pages. For example, click edit and look at how I've signed this when I unclick raw sigs Nickb123 (Talk)

See what I mean? You get the whole thing, and this will annoy other users on talk pages as some complicated sigs can take up half a page in the editing mode with their sig hanging out. On that note, have fun making your own sig, and follow the steps exactly k. Any problems, you can always message me.

An Important Notice!!! - Recently, even clicking raw signatures results in your whole sig formula appearing on a page. To solve this, make a new subpage e.g. [[User:Nickb123/autosig]]. Here, write simply {{User:Nickb123/sig}}. Now go on preferences and change your nickname bit to {{User:Nickb123/autosig}}. Basically, you're now mirroring the mirror if you get me, and the formula will no longer appear when you sign!

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