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=== Use of subpages  ===
 
=== Use of subpages  ===

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Subpages introduce some hierarchical organization into wiki pages, with levels of the hierarchy separated by slashes (/).

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Where it works

By default, MediaWiki's subpage feature is turned off in the main namespace, but can be used on talk pages and user pages. See Help:Namespaces. In namespaces where the feature is switched off, any slashes (/) within a page name are simply part of the page name and do nothing special.

How it works

Slashes (/) within a page name break the page into parent and subpages, recursively, e.g.:

  • Subpages - this page
  • Help:Subpages/subpage - child page
  • Help:Subpages/subpage/sub-subpage - grandchild page

Note that the part of page names after a slash is case sensitive including the first letter.

In subpages, a link back to previous pages will automatically appear at the top. These links do not appear, however, if the previous pages have not yet been created.

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Use of subpages

There are various uses for the subpage feature. Some of the typical usages of subpages are:

  • to create archives of old discussions under a talk page
  • to create scratchpad editing spaces under a user page
  • to create other language versions of a document in multilingual wikis

Subpages are useful for organizing information hierarchically. On the other hand, subpages tend to have a long name that is hard to remember, so it may be more user-friendly to use them as little as possible. You can also organize pages with the category feature, which is more suitable for creating a hierarchical network of information.

Tools.png Tip for wiki admins: You can specify the namespaces to have the subpage feature enabled with $wgNamespacesWithSubpages array.

See also